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,Â 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. PencilÂ skirts.Â 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, CathyÂ , Winnie WayneÂ 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!