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 $2500.
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 executing 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.”
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New this year is the Emergency Responders Challenge, in which 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.
Events continue across the area as summer winds down
If summertime is supposedly when nonprofits and charities host fewer events, it looks like several of them did not get the message. Everything from runs, walks, galas, and grand openings to casino parties, training sessions, contests and supply drives are set for the weeks ahead. Here’s a look at just a few:
Hot Hatch Chile Race Aug. 26
Name your distance — 1-mile, 5K or 10K — in the upcoming Hot Hatch Chile Run, Walk & Roll benefiting Neuro Assistance Foundation. The NAF helps people with spinal cord injuries and disabilities.
For differently abled participants, a free hand cycle will be provided, and registration fee is waived for wheelchair athletes. Doggies and strollers are welcome, and registered pooches get a cute bandana.
“I am inspired every day by the people we help and I consider it an honor to provide support to those living with paralysis,” said NAF founder and President Cindi Cooperman.
“This fundraiser not only provides funding for our programs, it also shows all participants that the human will is unbreakable. I hope someday there will be a cure for spinal cord injuries, but until then, NAF will continue to help those affected to improve their quality of life.”
Fort Worth Federation of Women’s Clubs offers training on parliamentary law
Anyone needing a refresher on the how-to’s of conducting meetings, writing minutes, or following Robert’s Rules of Order should plan to attend the parliamentary law course on Sept. 6 and 7.
The Fort Worth Federation of Women’s Clubs is hosting the sessions conducted by certified parliamentarian Mary Short. Register for $40 before Aug. 28 and $45 later on. Sign up by contacting Sue Jones at email@example.com or 817-838-9823. Proceeds from the course are used to fund scholarships for students enrolled in colleges located in Tarrant County.
Bowden Events Center to be dedicated by Keller Women’s Club Foundation Aug. 20
Residents in Keller will at long last have their own event facility thanks to the generous gift from the late Linda Bowden and husband, Don Bowden. The Bowden Event Center will open soon, and a dedication ceremony is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the facility, at 1745 Keller Parkway.
Linda Bowden was an active member of the Greater Keller Women’s Club and a stalwart of the community. Before her death this year, she oversaw the construction of the $20 million facility that she and her husband gifted to the Greater Keller Women’s Club Foundation. The beautiful facility will host weddings and local events. Profits after operating the center will go to the foundation to later be granted to local charities and nonprofits.
“We are so blessed because of the extraordinary generosity of the Bowdens,” said Janna Clarke, of the Women’s Club Foundation. “It will offer the opportunity for the community to use the facility for a variety of uses. Civic groups, school groups — in addition to those using the chapel — will benefit the community at large. Keller has not had this type of resource before.”
Guests at the event can enjoy a leisurely self-guided tour of the event center and the Holly Chapel. Guests are asked to RSVP to EBargo@TheBowden.org or call 817-781-0168.
25th Anniversary for Black Tie Boxing Gala raises money for Link2STEM Program
Black Tie Boxing, A Knock-Out Affair — Round XXV will welcome guests at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Saturday evening raising money for community service projects of the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links.
The gala has evolved since the event’s inception to now include casino games and advance purchased raffle tickets instead of a silent auction, “but the professionally sanctioned boxing that follows dinner and dancing remains the focus of the evening,” said an event spokesperson.
Chapter President Billie Hawkins is proud of the milestone the gala is celebrating and credits the members for their commitment to community programs like the LinkED2STEM Enrichment Program and Summer Camp. The program serves Arlington elementary and middle school students with mentoring and field experiences focusing on STEM careers. It is a partnership with UT Arlington and Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.
Chairing the event are Links members Faye Barksdale, Marnese Barksdale Elder and Morgan Faye Mangana. Raffle prizes include tickets to the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the weekend use of a Mercedes Benz and a couple’s stay at an Omni resort including airfare. Gala reservations are due by Wednesday. Learn more at midcitieslinks.org/fundraiser.php.
4th Annual Grapevine Casino Night
A casual night of fun is planned for Aug. 25 at the Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to raise money for programs of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce.
Hosted by Past Chairman’s Advisory Council, the evening will include great food, cash bar and casino games including roulette, poker, black jack, craps and bingo. Prizes are valued at $250 and more.
Tickets to the party are $50 per person and include $1,000 in gaming chips and unlimited visits to food stations during the evening. Make reservations at www.grapevinechamber.org or call RaDonna Hessel, president, at 817-481-1522
Photo contest will show ‘Why H-E-B is picture-perfect’
Amateur and professional photographers are invited to grab a camera and click away for the H-E-B Chamber Photo Contest.
Photos can depict an event, a place or an activity, a scene, people at work or local residents. “We’re looking for fun, original, interesting images of Hurst, Euless and Bedford that will show what makes H-E-B such a great place to live, work and play,” said a chamber spokesperson.
Cash prizes for the first, second and third-place photographs are $125, $75 and $50 respectively. Participants may end up seeing their work in the chamber of commerce membership directory and community guide.