6 Fort Worth fundraisers with pandemic-safe party plans this spring
Although there is light at the end of the tunnel as more Fort Worth area residents are vaccinated against COVID-19, big fundraisers are still not a good idea.
Typically this time of year, social butterflies pack their calendars and open their paperbacks at their favorite charity galas and lunches. But since the coronavirus forced large gatherings to be canceled in March 2020, gala auctions have been held virtually, pre-recorded lunches and fashion shows have been streamed, and some popular parties have turned into TV events with celebrity hosts.
One thing hasn’t changed: organizations need to raise funds to provide vital services to the community. In fact, their need is now greater than ever.
Here are some of the latest Fort Worth charitable fundraising drives to showcase plans for a safer pandemic. (For previously announced events around Dallas-Fort Worth, see here, here, here, and here.)
Empty bowls from the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Jan. March
The popular Fort Worth food bank fundraiser, where attendees usually enjoy samples from local restaurants and take a bowl home to keep, has turned into an online fundraiser where donors can sponsor boxes of groceries for families . A mega empty tray mobile market will be held on March 25th from 10am to 2pm in the Dickies Arena to provide groceries to Tarrant residents in need of assistance. (Literally, by using empty bowl donations to fill empty bowls – by feeding those who are unsure.) With each virtual box donated, guests receive their own “studio bowl” made by local Handmade by artists. They are also to be picked up at a contactless prosperity event on March 26th in the Dickies Arena. Please visit the website for more information.
Spring Gallery Week Preview Party at Artspace111, March 26th
Popular Fort Worth gallery Artspace111 is hosting a kick-off party for Spring Gallery Week from March 27 to April 2. The preview party, which will take place on March 26th, will toast to the new exhibition of the gallery of Carly Allen-Martin and Jim WoodsonA space between time. The ticketing event ($ 500 to $ 1,000 for a table for 4) features socially detached private tables with special performances by artists, live music, food, limited edition printing, gifts, discounts on art, and refreshments. A VIP Virtual Experience ($ 100) gives collectors access to an exclusive virtual preview of the new artwork available, as well as discounts on purchases. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. More information and tickets can be found on the Artspace111 website.
The Tarrant County Women’s Center’s Victory Over Violence Campaign on April 6th
In place of its annual “Victory Over Violence Walk / Run” fundraiser, Tarrant County’s Women’s Center is launching a “Victory Over Violence Hope Begins Here” campaign by selling $ 25 T-shirts to Turn Tarrant Teal. (Teal is the color used for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.) The group will speak in Tarrant County Commissioners Court on April 6th, the sexual assault community action day. There will also be events with universities and colleges throughout the month. The organization encourages the community to wear their teal t-shirts on April 6th and throughout the month to raise awareness of sexual violence. More information and t-shirts can be found on the website.
33rd Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery, April 15th
The annual Jim Bradshaw Memorial Stars in Recovery event features a chat with the singer / songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. The afternoon event chaired by Shauna Jenkinsis offered both live and virtually by Artspace111 in Fort Worth. Proceeds will go to the Recovery Resource Council, which helps individuals and families struggling with alcohol, substance abuse, and trauma. Virtual tickets are $ 100 and personal tickets are $ 200. More information and tickets can be found on the website.
American Heart Association Go Red for Women’s Experience, April 23
The AHA’s popular Go Red for Women Luncheon, which traditionally takes place in Fort Worth every February, is instead transformed into a multimedia experience this year. Patrons can click on the Go Red for Women Experience – Tarrant County, an all-digital event from 12pm to 1pm, to raise funds and awareness for women’s cardiovascular health. During the virtual “lunch” (don’t forget to wear red!), Viewers learn strategies for healthy living to reduce their personal risk for cardiovascular disease by hearing inspiring stories about the impact on the community To offer auction items and to support AHA’s mission. Recommended speaker is Kathryn Childers, one of the first five US intelligence special agents tasked with protecting Kennedy children while traveling with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Visit the website for more information and tickets ($ 40).
Ladder Alliance presents It’s in the Bag, April 29th
The Ladder Alliance presents its eighth annual It’s in the Bag – which used to be a big lunch in a country club – as a socially distant evening event with limited capacity. Go on Justin Frazell From 95.9 The Ranch, the event will include a seated dinner, open bar, and live entertainment from Brad Thompson, Remarks from the Mayor of Fort Worth Betsy priceand live and silent auctions. Capacity is capped at 50 percent and customers are encouraged to purchase tables to sit with their own guests. Masks are required and temperatures are measured. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Stockyards Station. All proceeds support the Ladder Alliance’s mission to provide low-income women and victims of domestic violence with the tools to lead a successful and independent life. For more information on viewing the auction catalog and purchasing tickets ($ 150), visit the website.