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YMCA Heroes Luncheon

photos by Ashley Grossman - 2010-04-21 11:20:29

On April 1st, the YMCA hosted its 72nd annual Heroes Scholarship Luncheon. This year’s recipient of the Harry Mays Award was David Washer.

WTAMU 100th Anniversary

- 2010-03-30 11:00:33

WTAMU celebrated its 100th anniversary with a founder’s day birthday party on February 17th at the Jack B. Kelley student center. As part of the birthday bash, guests feasted on 1,000 cupcakes, an enormous two-layer red velvet birthday cake and washed it all down with “buffalo milk,” bottles of milk with the WTAMU logo. Music played as people viewed objects from the 1985 time capsule, which can be viewed until November 2010.

2010 Torch Awards for Marketplace Ethics

- 2010-03-30 10:45:28

The Better Business Bureau held its annual Torch Awards on February 26th at the West Texas A&M University Alumni Banquet Facility to honor businesses who perform ethically within the community. The winner of the small business category was Catmandu Inc. and other finalists were Scottie’s Transmission Inc. and Shreiner Plumbing Inc. The medium business winner was Elliot Russell Office Supplies and Furniture. Finalists included Broome Optical and Education Credit Union. Talon/LPE was the winner of the large business group and the finalists were First United Bank and Golden Plains Community Hospital.

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.
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