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Family Support Services Mardi Gras

- 2010-03-30 10:42:19

On February 27th, the Family Support Services hosted their first ever Mardi Gras party as a fundraiser for FSS. Entitled “Let the Good Times Roll,” the festivities started at 7 p.m. in the FSS Barrel Building. Attendants participated in a Cajun dinner, casino games and silent auctions. Guests were also entertained with music from Blake Clark of Dumas and two local artists, Patrick Swindell and Pizzazz. Family Support Services is a non-profit organization that focuses on strengthening children, families and individuals in the Texas Panhandle.

AC Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Cal Ripken, Jr.

- 2010-03-30 10:35:09

Amarillo College’s Student Government Association has been scheduling renowned speakers for 23 years. February 9th, guests listened to Cal Ripken, Jr., National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Ripken shared stories of determination and motivation at the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts along with audience interaction. The SGA raffled off 10 autographed baseballs and one special item, a Baltimore Orioles jersey autographed by Ripken. Approximately 900 people attended the event. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for AC students.

Go Red for Women

- 2010-03-30 10:27:23

Red was definitely the color of choice at the Go Red for Women Luncheon held March 17th. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., and Amarilloans filled the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage room in support of the American Heart Association. The event was held to increase awareness about heart disease risks and provide women with information and answers. Three cardiologists were available to answer participant’s questions along with free screenings to check blood pressure and cholesterol. During the luncheon motivational speaker Sally Baskey provided a few words of advice and encouragement.

March for Babies Luncheon

- 2010-03-30 10:22:56

On February 18th, supporters filled the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza for the March for Babies Luncheon which was the kick-off for the 2010 March for Babies. One out of every eight babies born in the Texas Panhandle is born pre-maturely. The March of Dimes’ mission is to aid in research that will improve the health of all babies. The guest speaker was Dr. Joyce Chuachingco and the luncheon raised more than $500.

Good Scout Luncheon

- 2010-03-30 10:20:34

On February 16th, the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza was filled with more than 500 Boy Scouts and supporters for the Annual Golden Spread Council Good Scout Luncheon. The event was a celebration of the Boys Scouts’ 100th anniversary as well as a fundraiser that benefits Boy Scouts in the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. The recipient of the 2010 Good Scout Award was Monsignor Joseph Tash and the Pioneer Gun Collectors Association. The guest speaker was Brad Sham, the sportscaster who is better known as "the voice of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Centennial Gala

- 2010-03-30 10:16:03

The Centennial Gala on February 13th brought together many people from the West Texas A&M family as they celebrated 100 years of achievements as an educational institution. The event was held at the First United Bank Center in Canyon. It was a time for alumni, faculty, students and the community to commemorate WT. Guests enjoyed dancing to live jazz from the band Pizazz. Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, University president, and Dr. Charles Townsend, professor emeritus of history spoke at the event.

Man and Woman of the Year

photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2010-03-05 14:18:53

Approximately 500 people filled the Amarillo Civic Center's Heritage Room on January 27th, to honor the 2009 Globe-News Man and Woman of the year. Receiving the honor were Gary Pitner and Lilia Escajeda, who were awarded for their numerous involvements in the community and contributions to Amarillo. Also America Supports You Texas, an organization that supports military men and women in the community, and Paul Matney, the President of Amarillo College, were recognized as Headliners of the Year.

2010 Symphony Ball

photos by Donna Alexander - 2010-03-05 14:13:11

On February 6th, the Amarillo Symphony hosted its annual ball in the Heritage Ball Room at the Amarillo Civic Center. Guests were dressed in vivid colors as they celebrated the lavish theme, Carnaval Rio de Janeiro. The Symphony Ball honored the Symphony's Belles and Beaux, a group of high school seniors who served as ushers during the symphony's season. The evening consisted of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a Brazilian dinner catered by The Ambassador Hotel along with a samba, stilt walkers, professional dancers, roulette and other casino games. Proceeds from the ball benefit the Amarillo Symphony and its main educational programs.

Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Banquet

photos by Donna Alexander - 2010-03-05 14:03:30

The Chamber’s annual banquet was held January 21st at the Civic Center to reflect back on the previous year’s activities. The event also provided the opportunity for networking with businesses and members of the community. Attendees listened to motivational speaker and corporate trainer, Pat Johns. The Chamber has been stimulating the improvement and expansion of Amarillo as well as the celebration of business excellence since 1926.

Power of the Purse Luncheon

photos by Donna Alexander - 2010-03-05 12:18:30

Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health and the Community Connections Advisory Board of Amarillo hosted The Power of the Purse Luncheon and Designer Purse Auction on February 5th in the Civic Center Grand Plaza. All proceeds benefit the new InfantRisk Center in Amarillo. The center will be the first of its kind and will provide mothers with the free resources they need to seek medical advice for their infants. Guest speaker Jenna Bush Hager thanked and congratulated the people of the Panhandle for their accomplishment.
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