Archive for July 2012

Celebrity Chefs

by Joy Donovan on July 26, 2012

Date: 2013-01-13

Location: Hurst Convention Center

Description: Culinary event hosted by Mid-Cities SOS and benefiting SaveHaven of Tarrant County.

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Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament

by Joy Donovan on July 19, 2012

Date: 2012-09-10

Location: Bear Creek Golf Course

URL: Click here
Description: Golf tournament for the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce

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Tanabata Festival

by Joy Donovan on July 12, 2012

Date: 2012-07-28

Location: Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth

Start Time: 1:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Crafts and live performances.

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National Day of the American Cowboy

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-07-28

Location: Fort Worth Stockyards

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Parade, gunfight shows, children\’s activities to celebrate cowboys and cowgirls. Call 817-625-9715.

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The Reality of Miss Texas

by Joy Donovan on July 7, 2012

Just returned from the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant. (

I went to see no one in particular, but I went just because I love the singing, dancing and beautiful clothes. The contestants are allowed to compete more than once, so I also like to see how the contestants tweak things from year to year in hopes of getting that winner’s bouquet of yellow roses. I also like to write about it, here now, but formerly for a certain Fort Worth newspaper.

This year the pageant was held for the first time in Allen. I’m definitely not a fan since I think it’s too far from the center of DFW  or even the center of the state. I think parts of Oklahoma were probably closer to it. I also thought the arena was a difficult place to view the show, and scoring a parking spot was not easy.

All of that is minor in compared to what I thought of the new pageant style with so many elements borrowed from “reality TV.” Cameramen walking on stage while the competitors modeled evening gowns, and backstage interviews with people scurrying about aren’t my idea of a lovely evening of entertainment.

The worst, though, was how the young women were treated. I’ve never competed in anything like a pageant, but I have competed for something I wanted badly and lost. It’s not fun, and the disappointment can be crushing. Now anyone who enters a pageant know the odds are against winning, so you know disappointment easily could be in your future.

But do we have to rub it in peoples’ faces when they lose?

Some of these contestants were given the news that they didn’t make the top 15, then 13 and final five while we stared at them. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, watch as young women wearing bikinis are told which two of them don’t get to move on. If that wasn’t fun enough, let’s ask them on stage dressed and ready to perform their talent,  but–just kidding–all of you won’t be getting to do that. You there in the dance costume, pack it up because you didn’t make the grade.

This is cruel. This is unnecessary. This is not entertainment.

I ask the new regime at the Miss Texas Organization to rethink how the finalists are informed that they won’t be going forward in their quest for the Miss Texas crown. Let’s be kind to the young women who have worked so hard to be on that stage, and let’s not make the audience cringe as they watch what happens on stage.

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Honorary Chairs Named for Cowtown Ball

by Joy Donovan on July 6, 2012


Leigh and Brian Lowrance will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 20th anniversary Cowtown Ball.

FORT WORTH _  Fort Worth civic leaders Leigh and Brian Lowrance have been selected as honorary co-chairs of the 20th anniversary  Cowtown Ball (, a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

The Lowrances, proprietors of Rebecca Creek Distillery, home of Enchanted Rock Vodka and Rebecca Creek Whiskey, reside in Fort Worth and are active in Tarrant County organizations. The parents of two boys, the Lowrances are active in the American Cancer Society, All Saints Episcopal School, The Junior League of Fort Worth and the Fort Worth stock show.

The 2012 Cowtown Ball will be held Nov. 3 at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets already are on sale, and sponsorships are available. Call 817-570-0633 for more information. Working chairs for the event are Kathleen McDowell Levens and Kristin Peaks.

The western-styled gala has raised more than $5 million the past two decades for the American Cancer Society in Tarrant County. This year’s event, themed “Boots & Bling,” will again feature dinner, dancing, casino games, auctions, midway games and more. 

As the nation’s leading non-profit funding source for cancer research, the American Cancer Society works to eradicate cancer, the second leading cause of death in the U.S. For 99 years, The Society has worked to save lives and end suffering from cancer.  As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, the American Cancer Society has contributed more than $3.6 billion to help people stay well and find cures. To learn more, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit

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Pro Players Foundation 2012 Golf Classic

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-09-17

Location: Timarron Country Club, Southlake

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North Texas SNAP Gala

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Date: 2012-09-22

Location: Hurst Conference Center

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The Empowered Woman

by Joy Donovan on July 1, 2012

Date: 2012-07-11

Location: Colleyville Center

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

Description: Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce showcases successful business women.

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Prelude a la Fete du Vin

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2012-09-06

Location: The Fort Worth Club

Start Time: 5:30 pm
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Description: Wine-tasting party for Botanical Resarch Institute of Texas. 817-332-4441, ext. 215

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