Archive for June 2010

Preliminary Winners Named in Texas Pageant

by Joy Donovan on June 30, 2010

Miss Irving, Jordan Johannsen, and Miss Frisco, DaNae Couch, walked away with preliminary awards Tuesday night at the second night of competition for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant (

Johannsen won for physical fitness in swimsuit, and Couch, who twirls batons, won the talent award during the competition at Texas Hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. For Couch, it was the second night in the row to win a preliminary round. She captured the physical fitness award during Monday’s competition. Winning talent Monday night was Miss Fort Worth, Ashley Melnick, a singer.

A third round of preliminaries is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Miss Teen Texas Scholarship Pageant is being held simultaneously. Preliminary winners for physical fitness were Miss Teen East Texas, Reilly Johannsen, the younger sister of Miss Irving, and Miss Teen Plano, Kaitlyn Wilson. The talent winners included Miss Teen West Texas, vocalist Jordan Sheets, and Miss Teen Ellis County, Kafarra Douglas. 

The Miss Texas 75th Celebration includes a reunion and a black-tie gala Thursday, followed by a brunch Friday. Many events are open to the public.

 The 2010 Miss Texas will be crowned Friday night at the finals at Texas Hall.  She will go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant, the world’s largest provider of scholarships for women.

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Tee-Off to the Crown

by Joy Donovan on June 23, 2010

Date: 2010-06-28

Location: Tierra Verde Golf Course, Arlington

Start Time: 7:00 am
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Description: Golf tournament raising money to fund scholarships for the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant.

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You Call This Entertaining?

by Joy Donovan on June 22, 2010

Entertainment is one thing; wasting your own life is another.

If you could see me now, I’m shaking my head in disbelief. Even as oil spews into the gulf and a war rolls on, what’s making news again is some well-coiffed single guy and his made-for-TV girlfriend have called off their engagement.

I ask you: why does anyone besides their immediate family and best friends care? And while I’m thinking about it, could I have a show of hands of how many people actually are surprised?

I once watched “The Bachelor” as a sort of bonding experiment with a college-aged daughter. I’m sure what enjoyment she could have garnered from this activity was lost because I couldn’t restrain my guffaws, sighs and outright cackles over the stupidity of it all.

A romance, calculated to end in the middle of TV rating sweeps, consisted of lavish picnics, helicopter rides and candlelit dinners. As the TV cameras rolled, the handsome guy was supposed to find his life partner.


Here’s a better idea. Let’s have a reality show where the people have to deal with tangled Christmas lights. Or sit next to a jerk who won’t show up in a crowded movie theater. Or traffic that results in missing the kickoff of the big game. Then we can see how the two deal with a little of life’s disappointments.

Once the camera lights were gone, and the staged dates were over, evidently reality without the TV were too much for Jake and Vienna. Geez, what a pity we’ll never get to watch their wedding.

But here’s another idea. Let’s have some real entertainment or let’s just turn off the TV during these idiotic “reality TV” shows and live our own lives.

Instead of waiting for the final rose, we could go out and smell some.

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Grapevine Chapter of AMBUCS Marks 30 Years With Special Fundraiser

by Larre Green on

The Grapevine Chapter of American Business Clubs (AMBUCS) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special fundraising event June 27-28: The AmTryke Trailblazer & 11th Annual Golf Tournament. Supporting its mission of “creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities,” all proceeds will go to the purchase of AmTryke® therapeutic tricycles, physical therapy scholarships, building wheelchair ramps and other community service projects. 

The Trailblazer kicks-off the two-day event on Sunday, June 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Austin Ranch in Grapevine. Special guest is Rich Behm, Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant and  AmTryke recipient (Behm was paralyzed in the collapse of the structure at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility in 2009). In addition, AmTrykes will be presented to local children the evening. 

The action-packed Trailblazer promises a good time with live entertainment by the Walton Stout Band.   Two auctions will be available.  A silent with over 100 items for both men and ladies and a live which will include items such as golf outings, fishing trips, an African safari, hotel and spa packages.  Additionally there will be a Wine pull, putting contest and long-drive contest. 

The dinner menu includes barbecue beef sliders, mashed potato bar, Texas caviar, salads and cobblers.  There is also a cash bar, so don’t forget your wallet.  

Trailblazer tickets are $50 per person (each registered player in the golf tournament receives two complimentary tickets) and may be purchased online or at the Bank of the West in Grapevine, Legacy Bank in Grapevine, Northstar Bank in Colleyvilleor Sovereign Bank in Southlake. 

Grapevine AMBUCS will host its 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, June 28 at Grapevine Municipal Golf Course. The four-man Florida scramble tournament begins with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start and concludes with lunch and awards presentation. Golf teams are $800.00 and individual players are $200.00 (includes two Trailblazer tickets per player). 

“In honor of Grapevine AMBUCS 30th anniversary, we decided to expand our annual fundraiser to generate more awareness of our mission and increase participation from the community,” said event co-chair Ronny Nordling. “Every penny generated goes to the purchase of our signature AmTrykes, which have answered prayers for many local children and their families.” For additional information, to register for the golf tournament or purchase Trailblazer tickets, go to or call 877-AMTRYKE.

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Dallas Cowboy Boot Scootin’ for Special Olympics

by Joy Donovan on June 14, 2010

Drew Pearson, a Dallas Cowboy super star, will appear at Steaks and Stetsons for Special Olympics.

Expect Dallas Cowboy legend Drew Pearson to trade cleats for cowboys boots as the special guest for Steaks and Stetsons, the annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas.

This year’s benefit for Special Olympics Texas – Greater Fort Worth area is set for Saturday at the Hyatt Regency DFW, located at DFW International Airport. Chairing the western-style event is State Rep. Vicki Truitt and her husband Jim Truitt of Southlake.

The non-profit organization serves more than 3,200 adults and children who participate in Special Olympics Texas competitions. All money raised during the “Texas chic” party will benefit training and competition for athletes in the Greater Fort Worth Area.

As the event name implies, steaks are on the dinner menu, and Stetsons are suggested attire for this night of boot-scooting, auctions and live entertainment.

Tickets? They’re $100 each or $1,500 for a table of 10.

For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Susie McAlister at 817-332-3433 or  For more information about Special Olympics, call 800.876.JOIN or visit


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Two Men from Colleyville and One from Richardson to be Honored by Saks Fifth Avenue

by Larre Green on June 10, 2010

Gene Monacelli

Saks Fifth Avenue Galleria Dallas has announced the winners of its Father’s Day Honors and this year’s recipients are: Mark Fadden and Gene Monacelli of Colleyville along with Charlie Chen of Richardson. 

The awards celebrate the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day.  

On Saturday, June 12 at 5:30, these fathers will be honored at an awards ceremony at Saks Fifth Avenue Galleria Dallas. The Father’s Day Honors sets out to find local role model dads in the Dallas/Fort Worth area who are making a positive impact through their style, generosity and dedication to their families and communities.

Mark Fadden

 “The Father’s Day Honors awards ceremony allows us to celebrate these great dads, each with a unique style,” says Karen Olivarri, General Manager, Vice President Saks Fifth Avenue Dallas Galleria. 

 The awards ceremony will be followed by a shopping evening at Saks Fifth Avenue Galleria Dallas where 10% of Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection sales that evening and throughout the weekend will be donated to GRACE and organization that provides emergency assistance to over 1200 families per year who are faced with financial challenges due to low-income or recent emergency.

Charlie Chen

  To ready their entire nomination forms go to  

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New Look? Sometimes It’s Just Time

by Joy Donovan on

Updating is good.

Sometimes it’s a new hairdo; sometimes it’s a fresh coat of paint. Today The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth is updating itself with a “rebranding campaign.” The 84-year-old non-profit organization gave itself a whole new outfit in its mission to help disadvantaged youth.

This includes a new tagline, an updated logo and a complete redesign of the organization’s website ( The new tagline, “Changing the Odds for Youth in Fort Worth,” was created “to reinforce and communicate the 84-year old organization’s mission of providing enriching programs for youth from disadvantaged circumstances so that they may develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens,” according to the non-profits press release.

Expect to see the new look in such marketing efforts, as the new website, the organization’s 2009 Annual Report and other communications materials.

For more information about The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth and to see the group’s new look, check

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Flag Day Celebration

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Date: 2010-06-14

Location: Grapevine Gazebo

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Description: Civic organizations participating to honor America\’s flag.

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Edith\’s Follies

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2010-06-11

Location: Palace Theatre, Grapevine

Start Time: 7:30 pm
Description: An old-fashioned variety show. Call 817-410-3100 for tickets.

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2010 Dallas Flamenco Festival

by Joy Donovan on June 4, 2010

Date: 2010-06-05

Start Time: 9:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: The Festival presents Tablao at The Ochre House. Call 214-876-4401.

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