Adventuresome people who thrive when competing will once again have the chance to race around Arlington completing highly unusual tasks in the upcoming Most Amazing Race. Back for a fourth year and benefiting The Salvation Army, competitors will experience physical, mental, thrilling and exhilarating tasks in an event that is a break from the mundane as they race toward a top prize of $2,500.
Challenges have ranged from shooting a team photo while riding the Texas Giant at Six Flags to hitting a home run at Globe Life Park to taking the stage to perform a dance number from a Broadway play. Or maybe assembling a gas pipeline or completing a police obstacle course or jumping off a 10-meter high dive. The challenges each year are top secret until the race begins.
In charge of the event is David Sanders, an IBM executive who lives in Arlington and is active in the community. Building on the success of the earlier races, Sanders says the event coming up Sept. 9 will be the best yet.
“This year’s event promises to be huge as more community groups, race teams and sponsors have expressed interest in participating,” Sanders said. “Our goal is to add to last year’s fundraising success so The Salvation Army is able to provide character-building programs for at-risk youth, and also to help struggling families within our community.”
New this year is the Emergency Responders Challenge where a special trophy will go to the highest finishing team that has at least one police, fire, EMS or ER emergency responder.
Returning for the fourth year are the Turbos, Kevin Blair and Nick Rod, who say they keep coming back for the fun and thrill of a teamwork adventure. “We were proud to see The Salvation Army raising money and awareness that would benefit our hometown,” Blair said.
“We encourage others to be a part of raising money for our city’s needs fulfilled by The Salvation Army in Arlington. This may be the most fun way to show support for a charitable cause. At minimum, this is a great way to spend your Saturday.”
The first 40 race teams that raise a minimum of $125 qualify for participation. Funds raised will help The Salvation Army fund programs that include providing meals and emergency shelter, after-school care, summer camp and the Angel Tree program.
Sign up at mostamazingracetx.org or contact Bridget Lenhardt at Bridget.Lenhardt@uss.salvationarmy.org.
School districts host back-to-school and health fairs
Before the first bell rings, families across the area need to arm their kids with school supplies and make sure they have immunizations, physicals and even haircuts to start the year off right. Arlington and Mansfield school districts are hosting festive and fun events where supplies will be handed out along with offering a wide array of needed services.
Arlington ISD Back to School Kickoff set for Saturday
More than 10,000 Arlington students will benefit from the AISD Back to School Kickoff set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Pre-registration is necessary, and attendees should be students that qualify for the free or reduced-price meal program.
This is the third year for the event where students will receive a backpack filled with school supplies appropriate to their grade levels and be able to get immunizations, dental and vision screenings, and haircuts.
More than 100 exhibits will be set up to give parents information on after-school care and other community resources. Kids will love the chance to meet Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
“To see so many organizations and volunteers come together for the benefit of our students is truly heartwarming,” said Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos. “I know that the backpacks, supplies and resources our students and their parents will receive at the event will help them start the school year on the right foot. Having confident students translates into a successful year.”
The event is hosted by the Arlington school district and co-hosted by the Arlington NAACP, Junior League of Arlington, churches of Arlington and The Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town. The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation donated a $50,000 grant, as well as the use of AT&T Stadium for the event.
To register or donate, visit www.aisd.net/kickoff.
Mansfield ISD hosts Back-to-School Bash Saturday
Officials hope to give away 6,000 backpacks filled with school supplies at the annual Back-to-School Bash at the MISD Center on August 12 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts located at1110 W Debbie Lane.
All MISD families and others from the community are invited to attend this official school year kick-off and enjoy a day of family fun.
Among the free services that may be provided are sports physicals, immunizations, eye exams and glasses, haircuts, dental sealants and other resources. Uninsured parents should bring their children’s shot records to receive free immunizations.
Scores of vendors and community groups will be on hand to answer questions about their services and to hand out information. Don’t worry about being hungry because food trucks will be on hand with a variety of offerings. Each school campus will have an exhibit where they can visit with families. Entertainment by students will keep guests engaged throughout the event.
Free shuttle service will be offered at the tennis courts of Legacy High School and Summit High School from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. due to construction in the area. Direct inquiries to MISD Communications Department at 817-299-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dinner to shine spotlight on baseball, ballparks and business
The inaugural “Legends and Leaders” Dinner will make its debut Aug. 22 at the Cholula Porch in Globe Life Park. Hosted by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the event will honor former Texas Rangers ballplayers and Arlington mayors who have championed having the Rangers make Arlington their home.
“The chamber is proud to honor those having such tremendous impact on baseball, ballparks and business in Arlington,” said chamber CEO Michael Jacobson.
Honored guests will include National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez and Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Michael Young. Representing his late father Mayor Tom Vandergriff will be Victor Vandergriff who will be honored alongside former and current Arlington mayors Richard Greene and Jeff Williams.
“We will recognize the mayor who was instrumental in encouraging the team to move to Arlington and the mayors who provided the leadership to keep the Rangers here in Arlington,” Jacobson added.
Guests at the event will receive an autographed copy of Rodriquez’s book, “They Call Me Pudge: My Life Playing the Game I Love.” For those who purchase a table, two tickets for a VIP reception are provided where photos with Rodriquez and Young will be offered.
“The Texas Rangers are proud to be an integral part of Arlington,” said Rob Matwick from the Rangers executive team. “We sincerely appreciate the outstanding community partnerships between our baseball operations, the city leaders, our chamber and all the players who have contributed to deliver our world-class product.”
Tables can be purchased for $3,000 and $2,000 and only a limited number remain available. Purchase online at www.ArlingtonTx.com or call the chamber office at 817-275-2613.
At a glance
The Grand Prairie Fire Department Centennial Celebration Pancake Breakfast and Open House is Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Station 10, located at 2645 S. Grand Peninsula Drive. The fun morning will include special access to fire department apparatus and equipment (think photo opp). Visitors will see displays highlighting GPFD’s 100 year history, and kids will receive fun giveaways. A delicious pancake breakfast will be served by the Grand Prairie Firefighter Association and Hearts and Hoses Organization. Breakfast is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Call 972-237-8300 to inquire.
The Hero and Rising Star Awards nominations are due Aug. 25. These awards — sponsored by the Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce — “acknowledge unique women of all ages who approach community and business needs with strong leadership, collaboration and intentionality to effect change and influence their surroundings.” Criteria and nomination forms are online at www.ArlingtonTx.com or call the chamber at 817-275-2613.