Archive for March 2010

A “Touchdown” of a Wedding!

by Larre Green on March 24, 2010

Laura M. Spain and Bryan A. Howard were united in marriage on January 30, 2010 at half after six o’clock in the evening at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church in Fort Worth. The Reverend Kyland Dobbins officiated.  Andrew Spain, eight-year-old nephew of the bride, served as candle lighter and scripture reader. 

The first wedding reception ever held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington followed the ceremony. Guests celebrated the new couple amidst an elegant silver and black motif while dancing to the music of Sounds Spectacular with DJ Robert Williams.  The wedding cakes were created by Legends Catering and cake toppers from the couple’s parents and grandparents ringed the display.  The wedding party entered the festivities to the theme from Monday Night Football. On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at Cacharel in Arlington. The wedding weekend was beautifully captured on film by 1000 Words Photography and on video by Wylie Video Productions. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan L. Spain of Arlington. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Vickie Johnson and the late Mr. Clifford Johnson and the late Mr. and Mrs. E. T.  Spain.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Howard of Plano and Mr. and Mrs. Randall Walger of Scotland. He is the grandson of Mrs. Lorene “Sugar” Howard and the late Mr. Herman Howard and the late Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cheek. 

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore her mother’s forty-two year old wedding gown restyled by Rita McFadin of Arlington. The A-line sleeveless creation of silk faille featured pearls and crystal beaded re-embroidered Alencon lace appliqués down the front. Hand corded scalloped lace edged the hemline of the skirt and chapel length train. Her cathedral length veil sparkled with discreet rhinestones and crystals complementing her contemporary crystal bouquet from Stardust in Plano. 

Serving as matron-of-honor was the bride’s cousin Kristin Potts of Grapevine. Bridesmaids were Molly Pitchford, cousin of the bride, of Austin, Amy Saflekos, cousin of the bride, of Austin, Rachel Spain, sister-in-law of the bride, of Arlington, Emily Stroud, friend of the bride, of Fort Worth, Tammy Taylor, cousin of the bride, of Arlington and Courtney Wilkinson, friend of the bride, of Dallas. The bride’s nieces Madeline Spain and Allison Spain of Arlington were flower girls. 

The groom chose friend Robert Dupont of Plano as his best man.  Groomsmen were Jeff Clark, friend of the groom, of McKinney, Jeff Lathan, friend of the groom, of Round Rock, Christian Lehinger, friend of the groom, of McKinney, Jason McCall, friend of the groom, Scott Spain, of Arlington, brother of the bride and Tim Winger, friend of the groom, of Dallas.  The bride’s nephew Dylan Spain of Arlington was ring bearer.

Laura earned a Bachelors of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University. She was a cheerleader and member of Kappa Alpha Theta.  Laura is a partner in Hygeia Paragon Holdings, Inc. in McKinney.  Bryan earned a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A & M University and is a Project Manager for C. B. Richard Ellis in Dallas. 

The couple honeymooned on a Caribbean cruise and resides in McKinney.

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Disco Night to Boogie Down Funds for Artists

by Joy Donovan on March 22, 2010

Le Freak will entertain at the upcoming Bear Creek Art Gala.

Le Freak will entertain at the upcoming Bear Creek Art Gala.

With entertainment by Le Freak, party-goers are invited to wear “cocktail disco” to Young Artists of Texas’ 3rdAnnual Bear Creek Art Gala  April 17 at the First American Banquet Center at Solana in Westlake.

From 7 to 11 p.m., guests will boogie to a disco beat and feast on food while surrounded by artists and their work. The Bear Creek Art Gala’s annual celebration benefiting Young Artists of Texas serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization dedicated to educating and promoting artists, aged 18 to 25.

The evening’s festivities will include a live auction with offerings such as a 10-day African safari for two, a trip to New York City including dinner at Sardi’s and the purchaser’s own caricature created by Sardi’s artist Richard Baratz, a Caribbean cruise, a day on set and in role as an extra in the upcoming movie “One Heart”  and home dinner for eight created by chef Kevin Rodewald from Brio Tuscan Grille. 

In addition to the gala, YAT artists will exhibit work during the year at four gallery nights to be held at the YAT Gallery, as well as at 12 off-site art shows. YAT will be awarding scholarships to college-bound art students in May and hosting summer art camps for several local non-profits in June, such as H.O.P.E. Farm.

Tickets cost $50 per person. Visit the Bear Creek Art Gala website at for additional information.

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III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2010-06-14

Location: Gleneagles Country Club, Plano

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Description: The III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner will benefit TeamConnor, and the cost per foursome is $2,000. 972-699-8953

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Bargain Book Sale

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Start Date: 2010-04-30

Location: Colleyville Public Library, 110 Main Street, Colleyville

End Date: 2010-05-01
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Description: Friends of the Colleyville Public Library will host a members-only sale Friday, followed by a public sale Saturday.

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Mike Moncrief Believing in Youth Awards Dinner

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2010-04-29

Location: Fort Worth Club, 301 W. 7th Street

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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Description: Believing in Youth Award presentation to Jose Guzman and Community Hero Awards. VIP reception and dinner.

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The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Start Date: 2010-04-20

Location: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

End Date: 2010-04-25
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Description: Six performers are backed by an onstage orchestra performing some of the most-loved songs by the Tony Award-winning composer.

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by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2010-04-06

Location: Music Hall at Fair Park

End Date: 2010-04-18
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Description: The Tony-nominated musical adventure based on a 1980 movie starring Oliva Newton-John.

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Little House on the Prairie–The Musical

by Joy Donovan on

Start Date: 2010-05-11

Location: Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

End Date: 2010-05-23
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Description: The Laura Ingalls Wilder classic tale features Melissa Gilbert as Ma.

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Cottonwood Art Festival

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Start Date: 2010-05-01

Location: Cottonwood Park, Richardson

End Date: 2010-05-02
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Description: A juried show celebrating its 41st year.

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Fundraiser Cooks Up Green for Kids

by Joy Donovan on March 20, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - Kids Who Care, a non-profit international musical theatre company based in Fort Worth, announced the winners of the Thirteenth Annual Cookin’ for Kids Celebrity Chef Cook-Off,  held March 7 at River Ranch. 

For the event, 11 professional chefs, each with a notable Texan as an assistant, competed in a race against the clock to create the evening’s winning plates. Each competing team was provided with a cooler full of ingredients, two Bunsen burners and 45 minutes to create two plates. One plate was delivered and divided among the evening’s judges, and the other was auctioned off to the evening’s highest bidders. Simultaneously, five amateur chef teams competed in the amateur chef category.

In the professional chef category, first place went to chef Christof Syre of Four Seasons, assisted by Joan Trew of Williams-Trew/Joan Trew Real Estate Services. Second place went to chef Sean Merchant of The Covey, assisted by Richard Dixon, publisher of the Fort Worth Business Press. Third place was awarded to chef Juan Rodriguez of Reata, assisted by Tonya Veasey, of Open Channels Communication. In the amateur chef category, the winner was Mitch Conditt, DDS, assisted by Grant James.

Cookin’ for Kids is Fort Worth’s original celebrity chef cook-off benefit. Annually held the first Sunday in March, the charitable evening is the single largest fundraising event for Kids Who Care. All proceeds benefit Kids Who Care and help provide scholarships, youth leadership training and other support that makes Kids Who Care arts education and affordable family entertainment available in our community.

Founded in 1989, Kids Who Care offers professional musical theatre classes, leadership training, summer musical theatre camps, international cultural exchanges, a touring company and public performances. The company’s performances include taking the stage Off-Broadway at the Lamb’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. For more information, visit

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