In 1978, funds from Mr. A. Smith Gill’s trust, combined with resources from public and other private institutions, helped to create Gill Children's Services, Inc. The charitable corporation would serve low-income children who fell through the gaps of existing services. Its staff meets with each family individually to assess the child’s need, locate a service provider, and secure funds for the treatment or service that is required. This can range from wheelchair ramps and hearing aids to eyeglasses and root canals. Over the past three decades, the organization has served more than 44,000 children to date, refusing to turn away any child in need.
Dave Fannin remembers when treadmills were found only in doctors’ offices. As someone who has watched the fitness industry evolve since his first front-desk job at a gym in 1984, it’s no surprise that his weight-loss programs incorporate a wide range of techniques. Since opening his training business seven years ago, he’s helped more than 1,000 clients achieve a healthier lifestyle with a combination of nutritional coaching, fat-burning workouts, bursts of cardio, and ample support and motivation. He shares these regimens through one-on-one sessions, small-group personal training, boot-camp classes, and by acting them out in games of charades. Regardless of a client’s fitness level or unsuccessful attempts at weight loss in the past, Dave welcomes the challenge of helping them get healthy.
A nonprofit organization promoting cinematic art, the Lone Star Film Society gives three-star members free admission to select events at the annual Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF), 25% off festival passes, entry to year-round panels and classes, and a 2011 LSIFF t-shirt. At the LSIFF, cinephiles can watch new independent films and listen to luminaries like past guests Robert Rodriguez or Harry Dean Stanton speak in the curious tongue of faraway Hollywood. Three-star members also receive advance notice for sneak previews, film retrospectives, or protospectives on high concepts still gestating in the minds of baby producers.
The 17th annual Celebrity Cutting event raises funds for the Careity Foundation while bucking fans to the edge of their seats with equestrian competition, celebrity appearances, and performances by country-music stars. This year, a fresh lineup of famous faces saddles up in search of horse cutting glory. Judged by a panel of experts, competitive cutting bouts spotlight the relationship between rider and horse, as the tandem work together in attempt to prevent shifty cattle from slipping past and rejoining the herd without first presenting proper identification. A combination of speed, agility, and balance, 2.5-minute rounds are scored on each sprightly stallion's training and skill. Meanwhile, live performances by Lyle Lovett, Presley Tucker, Radney Foster, and various other stars help assuage the heat of competition faster than the intial bites of a frozen salt lick.
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Tarrant County helps protect and advocate for the best interests of neglected and abused children involved in court proceedings. After 30 hours of intensive training on the legal process, foster care, courtroom procedures, and child abuse, volunteer advocates receive their first case and then speak up for the children through every step of the court process. Advocates visit with the children and get to know their teachers, family members, and school counselors to help determine where the child will be happiest and safest, with the goal of placing each child in the best possible permanent home. Last year, CASA of Tarrant County advocates served 750 children.
Project Mom grants mothers of all stages and ages a mini break from the frenzies of home during a relaxing day convention. Saturday's festivities put the spotlight on several experts in maternal matters, from Lilian Hopes Designs to Kara Abrahamson and Jennifer Brandt of Planting Seeds Christian Counseling. Relaxation stations throughout the convention melt away stress between breakout discussions on a variety of topics, including frugal nutrition, wrangling teens and tweens, party planning, and managing toddler during those pre-hours before preschool time. Free giveaways reward guests with luxurious prizes, such as spa passes, and complimentary swag bags send moms home with gift cards, beauty products, and fly swatters for disciplining mischievous imaginary friends.