Saturday, December 2, 2023

Mid-Cities Fundraiser Benefits SafeHaven

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.

For more information about SafeHaven, please visit their website,
To learn more about the City of Southlake’s partner organizations, please visit our website.

Apex Arts League and Avant Chamberballet Present Free Spring Outdoor Concert

UPDATE: May 13, 2022: Avant Chamber Ballet and Apex Arts League present a free performance of Peter and the Wolf with live music on May 15th at 2 p.m. inside the ballroom at The Marq Southlake. The show is family-friendly and welcomes all ages!

The performance will include Paul Mejia and Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, plus classical ballet excerpts from Glazunov’s Raymonda and new works by Katie Puder and Eugene Barnes III. Pianist Mikhail Berestnev will accompany the dancers from Avant Chamber Ballet and Avant Chamber Ballet Trainees, ACB’s second company.

“We are so excited to present our free spring concert with Apex again this year,” says ACB artistic director Katie Puder. “This performance is a perfect one-hour show for the family to enjoy the outdoors and introduce children to the performing arts.”

The performances are presented by Apex Arts League and made possible by the City of Colleyville, the City of Southlake, Fichtenbaum Charitable Trust, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The information is available online at