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Nonprofit Matters: National Cowgirl Museum to celebrate five women


More than 700 people are expected to attend the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame’s 38th Annual Induction Luncheon on Oct. 24 in Fort Worth. Pam Minick, who was inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2000, will emcee the event at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Round Up Inn, 3400 Burnett-Tandy Drive. Four accomplished women will be inducted into the Hall of Fame: Dr. Eleanor Green of College Station, a pioneer for women in equine veterinary medicine for four decades and the first female dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University; Cathy A. Smith of Santa Fe, N.M., an Emmy-award winning costume designer and artist who is dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century cowboy/girl and the Plains Indians and whose work in Dances With Wolves set the standard for authenticity in Western filmmaking; Mary Walker of Ennis, the 2012 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world champion barrel racer, who overcame a debilitating injury to become the second-oldest woman, at age 53, to win the 2012 world title; and Elizabeth (Lizzie Johnson) Williams (1840-1924), nicknamed “The Cattle Queen of Texas,” who ranched near Austin and pioneered cattle trading for women. Missy Bonds, assistant general manager and export program manager of Bonds Ranch in Saginaw, will receive the Mitzi Lucas Riley Award. Presented by the Young Guns, a group of young professionals who advance the mission of the museum, the award recognizes young professionals who promote and preserve Western heritage in the community through education and volunteerism. Events begin at 11 a.m. with a Champagne reception and viewing of Western-style table centerpieces created by 80 designers and a bazaar of Western clothing, accessories and gifts. Proceeds benefit the museum. Tickets are $125. Make reservations at, or call 817-336-4475.

Harvest House Holiday Drive Harvest House of Burleson has partnered with Lost Oak Winery, City Market and local artist Brad Smith in a Holiday Drive on Oct. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the winery, located at 2116 FM 731 in Burleson. Rather than paying for admission, guests are encouraged to donate City Market gift cards, toiletries and personal hygiene items to fill the holiday needs of community churches and schools. The event includes the debut of an estate-bottled wine called Harvest Moon specially designed for the benefit. Two dollars from the sale of every bottle will be donated to Harvest House. Smith designed the label and will auction off the original painting. The event also will feature wine tastings, food pairings and live jazz music. For information and tickets, visit Texas Wit & Grit Annie’s List Fort Worth Fall Reception will feature actress Georgia Clinton with excerpts from her performance as Molly Ivins on Oct. 22 at Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St. in Fort Worth. Guests also will receive a political update from Annie’s List, a statewide organization that supports Democratic women candidates for public office, and hear from the organization’s endorsed candidate, State Rep. Nicole Collier. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the program at 7:30. Tickets are $50, with sponsorships available. Tickets are available by

World Sight Day inspires partnership On World Sight Day, Oct. 10, four patients without health insurance received free cataract surgery and post-operative care thanks to a new collaboration between two local nonprofits supported by the Alcon Foundation. The Cornerstone Assistance Network (CAN) has the nation’s first free cataract facility serving the uninsured. The Fort Worth-based CAN Cataract Clinic is supported by volunteer ophthalmologists and their new partner, Community Eye Clinic. This teaching clinic for fourth-year students is a collaboration between the University of Houston College of Optometry and the Rosenberg School of Optometry at the University of the Incarnate Word. The CAN Cataract Clinic uses donated equipment and lenses while Alcon contributes medical supplies for post-op care. Goodwill opens new donation station Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth opened its 11th attended donation station in the greater Fort Worth area on Oct. 12. The new station is at 8653 N. Beach St. and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Beneficiaries receive donations Council for Life presented the Gladney Center for Adoption and Buckner International with a combined contribution of $100,000. The two nonprofits were the beneficiaries of the organization’s April 6 5K Run for Life. … In celebration of its 32nd year, Community Foundation of North Texas awarded Bark-n-Rest Retirement Center Inc. the $10,000 Tarrant County Challenge Award from donations received during North Texas Giving Day. Azle-based, volunteer-driven Bark-n-Rest provides respite for animals in need. Currently run from founder Dawn Enriquez’ home, Bark-n-Rest plans to build a dog-centered nursing facility. … The 8th Annual City of Fort Worth Pro-Am benefiting The First Tee of Fort Worth raised more than $20,000 for the program. Kate Tran, the winner of a $10,000 putt for college at Colonial Country Club last summer, donated $5,000 of her prize to The First Tee. …The Children’s Advocacy Center of Johnson County received a $52,000 gift from Advice Interactive Group to help fund an online safety program called “B4U Click.”

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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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