FACES & PLACES POW                                                                                  
OMG! You couldn't pay attention to what Coach P was saying about TCU going 14-0 this season, winning the national championship and getting a new $20-million-a-year contract last week at the Chamber's Sports Series luncheon sponsored by Ciera Bank. Get a load of the designer heels of  TCU grad and B2B Insider designer Christine Gores. She got them online and was more Purple than anyone else and was elevated to new heights after her annual photo with Coach P.

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What is par for the course? Mr. B always has said the Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament brings out a different membership crowd than its breakfasts, lunches, education seminars, business after hours and the like. But when he saw T. Woods was an early golf registrant for the Sept. 28 day of food, fun and fanfare at the two Ridglea Country Club courses, well, that really was a different breed. Has his game fallen that far? Or was this possibly a joke and it really was the T. Woods at Bass Performance Hall. The tourney draws high demos and it will be a networker's nirvana for seeking executives. B2B Insider has a spot for two individuals to play; bring you're A-game for these C-levelers.


Nosh at Noche: Merryl Barker was asking for $50,000, her first going-solo grant request for nonprofit Catholic Charities Fort Worth. In the box for purpose, she confusedly wrote WEDDING. Barker is now Merryl Carson and Catholic Charities did get wedded to the grant. It takes money for Catholic Charities to further its goal of ending poverty in the community. Noche de Fiesta, an annual fundraiser, benefits more than 40 innovative programs covering 28 counties.  Noche dining, dancing and donating is August 22 at the Fort Worth Convention Center and these two tickets give you a chance to be part of the festivities and part of the solution. 


By George, they called him Orson: There's an old expression about "going to the well once too often" and if you're not old and still reading, you can Google it. Anyways, Magnolia at The Modern disputes that; it says you can go to the Welles very often, like eight times in four days. The Modern Art Museum is celebrating Orson Welles' birthday (he would be 100 this year) with a film festival Sept. 3-6 and Mr. B is trying to add some sleeping bags to this giveaway and make it an overnighter(s). There's no popcorn, but there's Café Modern for food. Kendal (jump in the Lake) Smith has two passes for the series of four days/eight films -- Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Lady from Shanghai, Mr. Arkadin, Touch of Evil, The Stranger, The Third Man and Macbeth.

Taken to the cleaners: Back in May when it rained cats, dogs and longhorns and the rain dislodged asphalt and bred mosquitoes, Doug Cookston and the guys at Jerry's Express Car Wash on Golden Triangle weren't washing so many cars and they had time to collect water in their rain buckets to save the environment. Now that it's not raining, that saved water is Expressly important because dead skeeters and loose asphalt and mud-turned-to-dust are desecrating vehicles. Jerry's says that is not acceptable! To the rescue it comes with its one month, unlimited wash offer. You can clean up if you win this one.

Congratulations to July 15th Prize Winners:
  • Erica Zazo, North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners
  • Penny Rowell, AIDS Outreach Center
  • Duane Hengst, RPS Klotz Associates
  • Christa Reynolds, City of Fort Worth

Winners will be announced weekly 


Ahh choooo: Meghan Dollar, Priority Power Management, wasn't feeling well. Doc says she has food allergies. She's allergic to all pepper, ginger (but not Mary Ann) yeast, sugar, coffee, (parsley) sage, peas (lucky girl), green and pinto beans and more. "The worst is yeast; it's in everything, including vinegar and alcohol and soy sauce!" she said. "I don't know anyone else who can't have black pepper. So, basically I'm eating rice with salt."

She's baaaack:
The Fort Worth Opera has asked Suzy Williams to do an encore performance in marketing. She's assisting Emily Weir and insists after humming a few bars that she'll be back to retirement.

No rain on this parade: Congrats to Downtown Fort Worth Inc. for checking and re-checking the Dallas Cowboys' schedule for Nov. 22 before moving the XTO Energy Parade of Lights from Friday after Thanksgiving to the Sunday before Thanksgiving. (Cowboys are in Miami for a noon game. Plenty of time for the Parade, which begins at 6 p.m.) The parade officially kicks off Fort Worth's holiday season if you don't count Christmas in July sales, Christmas store decorations in September and Christmas TV commercials the day after Halloween.


Cut, edit, cut, edit: One of Mr. B's 13 editors, boss lady Andra (not in my) House, the Veep of Communications, just "celebrated" 14 years at the Chamber. That's a lot of Mr. B's rejected items during 10 years of this newsletter because of poor taste. "...14 years. That's 98 years in dog years. Time flies when you're having fun," she says. 


Casting call: Anybody need a senior for a video? That 86-year-old "June" in the Uber video online is MumB. She nailed her part in one take.  


Video vision: VisionFW kicked off its Young Visionaries speaker series luncheons last week with Red Sanders, founder and President of Red Productions. "I'm not sure I'm the best or brightest (speaker)," Red said, "but you can sure build from here." Red showed a video the company did for Tyler Junior College that beat out all colleges for best video. "It was a 'least budget, most creative freedom' scenario," Red said. "It's not always about how much money you spend."  Next up, Sept. 22, is Heather Reynolds, President/CEO of Catholic Charities.


'Pass' the salt, please: That VisionFW head tabler representing major sponsor Bell Helicopter is Brandon Hassell, former TCU starting quarterback.    

"My task is to keep the program running on time ... and I'm not going to do that with five mayors (talking)."

                                                -- Dee Kelly, Chamber Board Chair
At the High Impact Luncheon
Highs and hi(s): During the Chamber's High Impact Luncheon earlier this month, the five mayors involved were asked to select one thing they love about being mayor. Ebullient Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right almost managed to stop at one, but used an assist from the always productive semi-colon -- "I absolutely love the people; it's a bully pulpit to get a message out." Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, "Biggest high is being somebody that is important to 8-year-olds. It's marvelous to interact with them." Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said, "Getting things done."

Road trip:
Local BBVA board members can "earn" trips for their participation. Next one is to Switzerland.
The Running Man: Mr. B was web browsing Google/SEO expert Mike Davis of Go Higher Internet Marketing and learned he ran the night-time, 31-mile El Scorcho last weekend in Fort Worth and will hit 500 straight days of runs this Friday.

Did you know? The local Holt CAT dealer is the largest in North America...Embassy Suites soon will be branding itsownself Embassy Suites by Hilton...i9 Sports for kids 3-12 is perfect for weekday working parents; it only practices and plays on Saturdays...and who needs to relax on a day off.

Copy cats: Am-Bass-Adorables could probably just copy previous ribbon-cutting activities when they go to ASI Business Solutions-Fort Worth at 5601 Bridge St. tomorrow. Pictures from ribbon cuttings and most Chamber events can be seen here.

24 students were part of the Fort Worth After School program 2-week summer camp. The focus of the camp was on college and career exploration. They visited UNTHSC with classroom sessions and hands-on activities, but not on any cadavers. They visited the Intermodal Transportation Center, University of Texas-Arlington's Fort Worth campus, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the C.R. Smith Museum. Last Wednesday, they visited the Chamber and heard from five execs about business in the Fort.


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