SafeHaven of Tarrant County recently brought fine dining and people together for a good cause.
The Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven held their 17th Annual Celebrity Chefs event, Pairing with a Purpose, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at the Hurst Conference Center.
The goal of the Mid-Cities SOS event was to help SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a partner organization of the City of Southlake, with its mission to end family violence. This is done by providing financial support through volunteer services and increasing community awareness of family violence.
The event featured 16 celebrity chefs from Tarrant County, three of whom are from Southlake.
Over 400 individuals attended the sold-out event.
Attendees had the opportunity to enjoy decadent cuisines paired with fabulous wines, a live auction featuring chefs’ packages, and an online silent auction.
Funds from the event will go toward stopping domestic violence and supporting SafeHaven shelters.
SafeHaven’s Private Grants Manager, Amy Hampton, discussed how partnering with the City of Southlake helped the organization meet its goals.
“The partnership with the City of Southlake has been vital to SafeHaven’s mission and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable women and children in our community – those escaping domestic violence. By supporting SafeHaven, Southlake has helped protect victims from danger, helped them heal from their traumatic experiences, and live free from domestic violence. We are so grateful for the City of Southlake’s support,” said Hampton.
Hampton also discussed the vitality of receiving community support.
“Because SafeHaven offers all programs and services to domestic violence victims at no cost, community support for SafeHaven is vital. With the support of the community, SafeHaven is able to continue providing crucial life-saving and life-changing services to domestic violence victims and their children,” said Hampton.
If you’d like to check out the local Southlake chefs, here’s a list of those featured:
Chef Andrew Huszar
Tastefully Yours Catering
Chef Luciano Salvadore
Chef Brook Elizonda
SafeHaven is a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides for all the needs of the women and children residing in their shelters during their stay, including clothes, toiletries, and baby care items.
Carroll ISD School Board Trustee Michelle Moore recently received two distinguished honors.
Moore, who joined the CISD Board in 2015, has earned the designation of Master Trustee through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.
“Leadership TASB was a unique opportunity to learn and grow as a Trustee,” Moore said. “The program allowed me to build relationships with school board members from around the state and gain insight on the challenges and opportunities facing public schools in Texas. I believe this experience will make me a better Trustee for CISD.”
Leadership TASB is a unique board development program designed to take experienced board members to a new level of service and leadership by exposing them to a variety of issues, people, activities, and locations during a year-long program. The program is composed of multiple training sessions held among a cohort group of 28 to 36 participants. Class members are selected for demonstrated leadership in their local district and communities, and for their representation of the diversity of Texas school districts.
Selected by TASB, the group participated in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 1,000 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.
Moore also received recognition from her hometown.
She was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce. Moore served the community in multiple roles — Co-Coach with Odyssey of the Mind program in CISD, NCL Southlake Fashion Show Sponsorship Co-Chair, Eubanks Intermediate School and Carroll Elementary PTO fundraiser, member of the Carroll Education Foundation Advisory Committee, Southlake Association for Gifted and Talented Grant Chairperson and member of the CISD School Board.
“I’m honored to have been selected Volunteer of the Year for doing what I love — helping our schools and kids succeed and flourish,” said Moore, who serves as secretary on the CISD Board. “I am blessed to be part of a community that is so generous with its time and treasure.”
Each Friday morning through February, students have the opportunity to build relationships with other students over a donut or cup of hot chocolate in the cafeteria.
All proceeds will be donated to charities this holiday season.
Peyton Brush, a sixth grader at Eubanks, is raising money for a great cause that is dear to his family. Peyton has severe hemophilia, a genetic condition that prevents his blood from clotting properly. This is Peyton’s fourth year to be a team captain for the DFW Walk for Hemophilia.
Peyton is getting a lot of support from his community this year. Weidenhoff Martial Arts, through the city of Southlake, held a benefit for Peyton’s team with a special belt testing on September 23. 20 Southlake students tessted and together they raised over $800 in one for this cause. Sensei George Weidenhoff was the idea behind that generous event. While Peyton cannot participate in Jui Jitsu, his two brothers are members of the school. If Peyton’s team reaches it’s fundraising goal of $6500 this year for the Walk November 8th at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, his 4 year fundraising total will be over $25,000.
His parents are very involved in the cause as well. Both have served on the board of directors for the organization and Mrs. Brush was President the last two years. She is also the author of 10 books for toddlers and young children living with the condition.
Hemophilia is one of the most expensive conditions to live with in the country. Costs for medication alone to prevent bleeding range from $200,000 to $500,000 per year with no complications. Much of the funds raised goes to education, advocacy, and sending kids with this condition to a special camp where they learn the skills needed to deal with this disease.
Call A Ride of Southlake, Inc. (CARS) will host its 4th Annual First Tuesday Benefit at Fish City Grill Southlake on October 7, 11:00am to 9:00pm. Fish City Grill will donate 15 percent of all sales – including lunch, dinner, to-go orders and catering – during the October 7 fundraiser.
“Enjoy a great meal knowing that 15 percent of the purchase will be going towards supporting CARS and their efforts to provide transportation for our local senior citizens and disabled adults,” said Dave Garner, co-owner of Fish City Grill and local resident.
CARS is a volunteer organization which provides vital transportation for medical appointments and other approved purposes in and around Southlake. Board members will be in attendance at this event and will be available to provide further information about the nonprofit which has been providing service since 2000.
For more information, call (817) 798-4022 or go to www.CallARideSouthlake.org.
Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life is Friday, May 2 at Carroll High School
This is the fifth year Carroll ISD, the American Cancer Society and the Southlake Community have come together to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Rachel’s Rally will kick off at 6:30 p.m., followed by Relay opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. on the Carroll High School campus located at 800 White Chapel Boulevard in Southlake. The event will conclude at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Security and first aid attendants will be on site during this event. Questions? Call 817-949-7080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Rachel’s Rally?
Rachel’s Rally is an hour-long celebration to recognize students in grades K-12 who have shown kindness and compassion as part of the Rachel’s Challenge curriculum and program in all Carroll ISD schools. Five years ago, our students decided pick the Relay For Life American Cancer Society fundraiser as their culminating event. Rachel’s Rally kicks off the all-night fundraiser that was started in the Southlake community by our own Dragon students. This year, students have taken a Kindness and Compassion Pledge to be kind online (social media) and in their treatment of others. As a visible sign of their support, students have sold purple ribbons in an effort to Paint the Town Purple. To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge, visit http://www.rachelschallenge.org.
What Is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that offers everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of family members, friends, coworkers and others join together each year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and make a difference in their community. In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the night for 12 hours. For those not walking, there is around-the-clock entertainment and fun to keep everyone busy. From entertainment, food and games to ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay For Life Southlake.
Come Join The Crowd at Relay Southlake 2014
Relay For Life Southlake is a family-friendly event for the entire community. The Southlake relay was first organized by students who were members of the Friends of Rachel Clubs in CISD schools. There will be a lot of on-site games, food and fun, so be sure to bring cash/checkbooks with you to Carroll High.
Are You A Cancer Survivor or Caregiver? Be Our Guest!
Are you a cancer survivor or the caregiver of a cancer patient? Then we want to invite you to a special event hosted by Baylor Regional Medical Center, Carroll ISD and the American Cancer Society. We would love to have you register online at www.relayforlife.org/southlaketx and join in our Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. at Carroll High School on May 2. You will walk as our honored guest in the Relay For Life Survivors’ Lap and then join us as our guest at a dinner in your honor. There will be door prizes, free t-shirts, dinner from Blue Mesa and fellowship with other cancer survivors. To learn more, email Paige Buck at email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunities Abound
We also need event volunteers covering various duties such as parking lot attendance, booth assistants, site clean-up, bank monitor, etc. Won’t you give at least one hour of volunteer service to help your community fight cancer? Does your student need community service hours? Are you a charitable or service organization interested in volunteering as a group? If you are interested in signing up to help, visit this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094CAFA82DA31-southlake.
Register Your Team
Teams are forming now, visit http://www.relayforlife.org/southlaketx to register your team or join an existing one. Teams must raise $100 to stay the night at Carroll High School. The last day for teams to submit their $100 commitment is Thursday, May 1. New this year, teams will be set up inside the track at Carroll High School. A site map is available by clicking here.
Let’s Get Social!
Turn your communication about Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life into interactive dialogue. By using social media, you are capable of reaching a global audience. Get more people knowledgeable and involved in Relay For Life, Southlake. Visit our website at www.relayforlife.org/southlaketx. You can find us on Facebook: Southlake Relay For Life. Our Twitter account is @RFLSouthlake. using this year’s hashtag #SLRelay14. SMS Text Updates on the Southlake event can be obtained by texting 5413 to 22723. Be sure to share your fundraising activities, brilliant ideas and personal Relay stories on each of our social media outlets. Do you have questions? Email our Social Networking Chair Cathy Bergstrom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchase Your Paint The Town Purple Shirt Today!
Paint the Town Purple T-shirts are now on sale to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Shirts are $12 and can be purchased at the Carroll ISD Administration Center located at 2400 N. Carroll Avenue. Click here to download the order form.
Final Team Captains’ Meeting April 16
Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carroll ISD Administration Center for our final Team Captains’ meeting before the Relay event. Representatives from every team should be present at this important community meeting. Get all your questions answered and pick up forms for parental permission, fundraising, etc. There will be representatives present to accept donations and credit the fundraising amounts to your team. Campsites will only be distributed to those teams that are represented at this final Team Captains’ meeting.
Teens Must Complete Youth Participation Agreement For Overnight Stay
Students wishing to stay all night at this fundraising event will be required to have a signed parental permission slip and an official wristband to stay past midnight. Permission forms will be handed out at the final Team Captains Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at the CISD Administration Center. Click here to download the Youth Participation Agreement or, email Tracey Flores at Tracey.Flores@southlakecarroll.edu. Wristbands for overnight participation will be provided to all Team Captains on Bank Day. Only students who raise $100 will be permitted to spend the night.
Bank Day is Monday, April 28
Bank Day is an important event related to the all-night walk and fundraiser. Event organizers also encourage teams to turn in as much of their fundraising dollars as possible on Bank Day. Teams can submit fundraising totals between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the CISD Administration Center. As in the past, Team Captains and participants will have the opportunity to pick up T-shirts, parking passes and team packets that day. There will be a bank operational on site the night of Relay.
Parking Passes Limited
Because such a large crowd is expected at Rachel’s Challenge/Relay for Life, there will only be a limited number of on-site parking passes available. Click here to download the site map. Parking restrictions and permit requirements will begin at 4 p.m. and entrance will require a parking permit. Survivors, sponsors and various event planners will be issued on-site CHS parking passes. Handicapped spaces will also be available on-site. Team Captains will be assigned one parking pass per 15 team members in the Red Lot at Durham Intermediate School. A limited number of parking passes will be available for purchase for $20 that will allow for on-site parking in the Pink Lot of Carroll High School (north entrance). These passes may be purchased at Bank Day on Monday, April 28th at CISD from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Remaining parking passes will also be available throughout the week from Paige Buck (email@example.com) or on Relay evening from parking attendants in the Pink Lot.
Event volunteers will also be issued passes to the Red Lot. Off-site parking will be available with shuttle bus service every 15 minutes to and from CSHS. Shuttles will begin at 4 p.m. and continue through 12 a.m. A final shuttle bus will serve participants at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life Schedule Of Events
Shuttle Bus & Remote Parking Information
Parking spaces on the Carroll High School and Durham Elementary/Intermediate School campuses are reserved for permit holders only. Free shuttle bus service will be provided throughout the evening. Shuttles will begin picking up riders from remote parking lots at 4:00 p.m. and continue making their routes until midnight. A final shuttle bus route will be run at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for those who have spent the night at Carroll High School. Remote parking is at Carroll Senior High School (north of the campus near the CISD Aquatics Center). Park and lock your vehicle and wait for the next shuttle bus near the shuttle bus load zone sign. Shuttles will run back and forth to the Carroll High School site up until 12:00 a.m. so come out and enjoy the evening at CHS.
Activity Booths, Games, Food & Entertainment
There will be games, face painting, photo booths, delicious food, and other activities for all members of the family at Relay For Life. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at Carroll High School. Bring money to have some fun and don’t miss out on some of the outstanding entertainers featured on our center stage at Relay. All proceeds go to support the overall American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Silent Auction Hours 5:30-10 p.m.
Relay For Life will include a silent auction from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Visit the tent inside the track to bid on items during the night. Donations for the Silent Auction are still being accepted and may be brought to Bank Day. Any money raised from an item/service auction donation will be credited to the donor’s account or any team you wish. For more information about the Silent Auction, contact Tina Auten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luminaria Bags To Be Sold On Site
We need 5,000 luminaria bags to circle the track for our inspirational 10 p.m. ceremony. Bring a bag you have purchased beforehand or come decorate a bag on-site in honor or memory of friends and family members who have suffered from cancer. You’ll want to participate in this inspiring ceremony. Bags are $10 with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. The sale of luminaria bags count toward your team fundraising goals. For more information about the Luminaria sales and/or the ceremony, email Bianca Ramirez at email@example.com.
Canned Food Drive Underway
Southlake’s YMSL (Young Men’s Service League) are going neighborhood by neighborhood collecting can goods as donations for Relay For Life. The cans help weigh down Luminaria bags for the 10 p.m. ceremony at Carroll High School May 2. The cans will be donated to a local food pantry after the event ends. For more information contact YMSL volunteer, Paige Buck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep These Important Rules In Mind
Relay For Life, Southlake Rain Plan
Every effort will be made to host the event outdoors, all-night (5:30 p.m. May 2 to 7 a.m. May 3) as planned. However, safety is a top priority. Carroll school officials and local law enforcement will be consulting regularly with weather experts throughout the morning Friday to obtain the most accurate, up-to-date forecast. Unless you are notified differently from an official communication from Carroll ISD, assume the Rachel’s Rally/ Relay For Life event will occur as scheduled and as planned outdoors at CHS. If the weather prevents the safety of participants, organizers will change the date of Relay For Life Southlake 2014 to Saturday May 3 from 1- 8 p.m. In the event weather continues to prohibit the outdoor event on the back-up date, Relay will again move to Sunday, May 4 from 1- 8 p.m. Shuttle buses, parking passes and permits will still be enforced on the CHS site as necessary.
Check These Sources For Official 2014 Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life Announcements:
The Carroll ISD PTO for Special Programs is launching Kickz for Kids, a fundraiser benefiting the Special Programs students, parents and faculty. Exclusively sold through the PTO for Special Programs, these shoes show Carroll Dragon Pride and raise money for children in Carroll ISD all at once.
The shoes come in both adult and youth sizes. Each pair features the Carroll Dragon Trademark in all white or a pink-white a
nd green-white combinations. Click here for more information regarding the shoes and to place an order online.
For every pair of Dragon Logo Shoes sold, the PTO for Special Programs receives 20% ($10). Support the Special Programs Department in Dragon Style! For more information about the Carroll ISD PTO for Special Programs, visit the PTO website.
Homecoming is an exciting time of school spirit and fun for the Carroll Dragons. This year’s activities include a carnival, parade and pep rally in Southlake Town Square on Wednesday, September 25, the varsity Homecoming game Friday night, September 27 at Dragon Stadium and a Homecoming Dance for Carroll high school students on Saturday.
There are some important details about the Homecoming 2013 event in Town Square. Details are listed below.
The carnival begins at 4:30 and ends at 6:30 p.m. There will be overlap, so those organizations who are in both should ensure that there are volunteers to keep the booth open once the parade line-up begins. Each organizations or business who reserved a booth will get the following provided: 10 by 10 tent weighted down by sandbags, table and two chairs. The tents will be set up beginning at 10 a.m. on the day fo the event. Groups are encouraged to be at Town Square by 4 p.m. to get their booth ready for Dragon families. The money you make at your booth is yours! This is a great fundraising opportunity for our student and parent organizations. Activities so far incude a dunking booth, bounce houses, face painting, carnival food, a cake walk, balloon darts, and more! Clean up at your booth area at the close of the carnival is your responsibility. Leave all tents, chairs and tables at the spot. Please clean up trash and use the receptacles provided, including the recyling bins!
Participants in the parade are Carroll ISD student groups in grades 7-12. Each K-6 campus is permitted one parade entry, too. The parade will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. from the parking lot behind Trulucks and Barnes & Noble (north parking lot). Each group will be emailed a specific parade number and location to line-up. Vehicles can be placed at the spot and locked beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning. All parade entries should be at their spot ready for safety checks at 6 p.m. The parade will pull out from the parking lot, head south between Brio and Taco Dinner, continuing past the Coach store and turning by Anthropologie. The parade will continue past the Apple store and Starbucks and turn in front of the Gazebo. Do not stop at the gazebo, but continue on through the parking lot behind Corner Bakery. Administrators and School Resource officers will be present at that site to help ensure pedestrians safely get to the pep rally on the steps of Town Hall. No candy or items are to be thrown out because of the safety of our small parade atendees. Those walking along the parade route may hand items to the people along the parade route, but no items should be thrown out to the crowds. Click here to find parade waivers for adults and students. Waivers must be turned in before participation in the parade.
The parking spaces along the parade route will close at 5 p.m. Signage will warn shoppers and visitors to Southlake Town Square. Patrons will likely want to avoid these parking spaces in the late afernoon. Please use the parking garages – they are your best option for parking. Expect traffic around Southlake Town Square during Homecoming activities; plan plenty of time to get to the parade line-up area. If you are not at the carnival, we suggest using the service road along Highway 114 to access the parade line-up parking lot.
Student Council will host the pep rally immediately after the close of the parade. The pep rally will be held near Southlake Town Hall. Areas will be roped off for the high school band, cheerleaders, football team, Emerald Belles and Crew. The Homecoming Court will be announced on the steps of Town Hall and the winners will be crowned at this event. Once the pep rally is over, the Homecoming events at Town Square on Wednesday, Sept 25 are over.
Info Booth/First Aid:
There will be a Student Council information booth and a first aid booth between the Fountain and Pavillion in Rustin Park. The Homecoming Planning Committee will have basic first aid services, a lost and found and DEET insect repellent wipes for those needing assistance. Fire and Police Personnel will be on site during this event.
Portable restrooms will be available at the carnival site and at the parade line-up area.
Inclement Weather Plan:
We will do our best to have this event, weather permitting. We do not have an alternate rain date if the event is canceled. In light of the recent positive mosquito samples for West Nile Virus, please Fight the Bite. Be sure to protect your children and family with insect repellent that includes DEET. Although 80 percent of the people who have West Nile Virus never even experience symptoms, we want all our Dragon families to take the City of Southlake’s precautions and advice serious! Visit the City of Southlake website for more information about steps to Fight the Bite.
Carroll ISD and the Student Council are proud to announce this year’s Homecoming Sponsors! Special thanks to Grubbs Infiniti, Frost Bank, Sushi Zushi and Re/MAX Heritage (agent Tim Nystrom) for their support of this year’s carnival, parade and pep rally. Corporate Booth Sponsors also include Cafe Express, Pie Five Pizza Company, Southlake Style Magazine/Simply Sundress, Republic Services and Advanced Spine & Orthopedics, Southlake. The funds raised for this event will benefit the Carroll Student Council. For additional information about event sponsors, click here.
The grand prize includes two reserved seats for the 2013 Dragon Varsity Home Football Season and a VIP reserved parking spot for every home game. To participate, individuals must purchase tickets for the drawing which will be held on August 23. Tickets are $10 each or six for $50. Tickets can be purchased online through the AP Booster website: www.dragonap.org.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly benefit teachers and students through classroom enrichment grants and scholarships. The Carroll High School Advanced Placement Booster Organiztion is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.