Archive for October 2009

Big Shock: Actor Not a Woman

by Joy Donovan on October 29, 2009

After showing movie clips of him as a macho, tough-talking bad guy, a very handsome Victor Rivas Rivers stepped up to the microphone at the Seasons of Hope Luncheon and deadpans:

“I am not a woman,” he tells the crowd that consists of mostly women.

So his talk for the Open Arms fundraiser starts off funny and upbeat, but soon Rivers got very, very serious about the subject of domestic violence. As a child, he lived through the terror of a father who physically and emotionally abused his entire family. It was an important message for this group assembled for a luncheon at Cowboys Stadium to raise money for the Open Arms program, a domestic violence shelter and prevention program.

The luncheon also included a short fashion show from Belk where the latest fall trends were on the runway. Plaids. Animal prints. Leggings. Pencil skirts. And some ’80s-style hair to go with it.

Chairing the event were Patti Fuller and Beth Leaman, my gracious hostess. Also seen in the crowd were Angie Summers, Bonnie Kurtz, Kelley Pledger, Cathy , Winnie Wayne and Ginny Tigue.

And after a chicken luncheon, a fashion show, an inspirational talk and a raffle, there was still more…a tour of the new stadium. Women, men, whatever…there were a few takers for that one!

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Greater Keller Women\’s Club Holiday Craft Auction

by Joy Donovan on October 28, 2009

Date: 2009-11-18

Location: Timmaron Country Club, Southlake

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Club members provide items to be sold during a live auction. Members and friends are invited to join the fundraiser, which includes dinner and a cash bar. Cost $24. Contact Jean Manuszak at 817-427-1727.

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2nd Annual Clients and Cocktails

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Date: 2009-11-05

Location: Watermere, Southlake

Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm

Description: Greater Keller Women\’s Club will host a shopping and networking event. Free. Contact Patty Recca at 817-929-8428.

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Trophy Club Women\’s Club Tour of Homes

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Date: 2009-12-06

Location: Trophy Club

Description: Four homes decorated for the holidays will be on tour, with a holiday party following at Trophy Club Country Club. Susan Edstrom at 817-430-4554.

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Quality Hill Holidays

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Date: 2009-12-06

Location: Thistle Hill, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave., and the Micthcell-Schoonover House, 600 8th Ave., Fort Worth

Description: An old-fashioned holiday experience. Cost is $15 adults, $7 for children 4 to 12 and free for children 3 and under. 817-336-2344, ext. 100.

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The Best of Northwest

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Date: 2009-11-12

Location: City of Roanoke Recreation Center

Start Time: 3:00 pm
End Time: 7:00 pm

Description: Restaurants and businesses from six communities served by The Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce will be showcased. Free.

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Bob Jones Nature Center Fundraiser

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Date: 2009-11-07

Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake

Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

Description: Dessert tastings from Northeast Tarrant County confectioners. Tickets $35. 817-939-1110.

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Youth First Texas Sunday Brunch

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Date: 2009-11-15

Location: Home of Doug Haloftis and Trent Hagler, 4420 Rawlins St., Dallas

Start Time: 12:30 pm
Description: Event with special guest Stuart Milk to celebrate a \”Decade of Difference,\” for LGBTQA. Tickets $100. 408-891-0643.

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Greater Dallas Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals Annual Awards Luncheon

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Date: 2009-11-10

Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion

Start Time: 11:30 am
URL: Click here
Description: The 24th annual event will honor outstanding philanthropists. 972-233-9107, ext. 204.

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Chefs March to Signature Event

by Joy Donovan on October 26, 2009

March of Dimes Tarrant County Division ( will host its third annual Signature Chefs Auction at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Fort Worth Hilton.

Party-goers will have the chance to meet area chefs, enjoy their signature dishes and bid on unique chef packages offered only at this event. Individual tickets cost $175 per person. 

Serving as lead chef for this event, as he has since the party’s creation three years ago, will be Tim Love, owner of Fort Worth’s Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Love Shack, White Elephant and Tim Love Catering. Chairing the event will be Lisa Grubbs, holds the cause of March of Dimes near to his heart. “I cannot overstate the importance of the March of Dimes,” said Love.

The 2009 Signature Chefs and the restaurants they represent include:Love; Keith Hicks, Buttons; Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Restaurant; Lou Lambert, Lambert’s Fort Worth; Tom Perini, Perini Ranch Steakhouse; Bobby Albanese, Piola Italian Restaurant and Garden; Derrick Paez, Aventino; Catherine Ruehle, Sublime Bakery; Jamie Samford, Winn Meat Company; Donatella Trotti, Nonna Tata; and Michael Thomson, Michaels Restaurant & Ancho Chile Bar.

For more information regarding this event please contact Sara Wilson at 817 451-9174 or

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