Goodyear Car Care's mechanics, certified by the institute for Automotive Service Excellence, slip under car hoods and undercarriages to perform tasks from routine oil changes to intricate engine replacements. Tools let out pneumatic whines as they install new tires from brands such as Michelin and Goodyear, and the complete list of services includes brake adjustments and state inspections. They also pick up and drop off customers by appointment and provide loaner cars when needed. Tow trucks rumble out of the lot en route to get patrons unstuck from ditches or give third graders an idea for their thesis papers.
As noted on CBSDFW.com, Gene Simmons and longtime partner Shannon Tweed hosted a live-music event coordinated by The Aces & Angels Foundation, which was later featured on Simmons's A&E reality show. The party was just one of many fundraisers that the nonprofit organization has created to provide assistance for active-duty and former members of the United States Armed Forces. They visit US military installations with a cadre of famous musicians, Hollywood celebrities, and athletes, doing their part to boost morale and the instances of excited, high-pitched screaming within the armed forces. They also organize charitable, star-studded events such as poker tournaments, VIP parties, and chili cook-offs.
Proceeds from the events benefit charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps veterans recover from physical and mental injuries, and The Gleason Initiative Foundation, which raises public awareness of ALS and provides equipment and services to individuals with muscular diseases or injuries.
Child Advocates raises funds for its charitable kid-advocacy mission with a four-hour chili-cook-off competition that hosts popular area restaurants and their chefs. Nine eateries compete in this year’s spice-off, including Zelko Bistro, Haven, and BRC Gastropub, stuffing the roster with more VIPs than a continually updated list of spelling-bee champions. Guests can taste the chili concoctions that emerge from the competition, assessing their favorite flavors and knowing each bite supports a positive local cause. The chili cook-off raises funds to help curtail child abuse, universally considered a better way to support kids than firing chili-filled canons over elementary schools.
Theater should be accessible for all. That's the belief espoused by UpStage Theatre, a non-profit, volunteer-run company that welcomes everyone from experienced attendees to newcomers who still expect Godot to show up. Each season places an emphasis on works that are as professional in their staging as they are family-friendly in their content. To that end, UpStage produces children's plays—which have included Alice in Wonderland and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—alongside all-ages classics such as On Golden Pond and Blithe Spirit.
Friends for Life plans to open a new, LEED-certified animal shelter in spring 2012. The organization would like to create a comfortable Senior Kitty room for elderly cats that reside at the shelter, providing them with a safe, loving environment to aid in both their mental and physical well-being. The older cats will be able to roam freely and safely in the room, which the staff hopes to furnish with soft beds, climbers, and toys.
The kindhearted grassroots gallopers at the 10th annual Run to Cure HD race and Team Hope Walk lunge and leap to raise awareness and needed funds to fight Huntington’s Disease. Whether pushing the envelope in the competitive run, enjoying a leisurely run for fun, casually walking with the pack, or impressing onlookers with a practiced moonwalk, caring bipeds can sweat comfortably knowing that every limb movement goes toward a good cause. Compare times, goody bags, and calf flexes at the post-race party, where philanthropic sprinters can dive into a vat of complimentary snacks and beverages. One overall female and male champion will take home the Shirley Whitley Memorial grand prize, which awards each with an expense-paid January trip to the Carlsbad Marathon in San Diego.