FACES & PLACES POW                                                                                  
Last Friday at Brewed, almost 40 young professionals kicked off their morning with an hour of networking, great coffee and new connections. Due to Vision Fort Worth's rapid membership growth and a need for more networking events, a bi-monthly coffee mixer called YP Wake Up! was created. This informal coffee gathering allows for both new and current members as well as people interested in joining Vision Fort Worth to meet up and get a feel for the organization. L to R: Staci Kirpach, Project Partners, Inc.; Brittany Brookens, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Nicole Stanley, Frost; Sunny Brous, Junior Achievement of the Chisholm Trail, Inc.; and Hillary Curtis, Fort Worth Chamber.

See additional event photos here .

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Quite appetizing: You are going to have to figure out how many this would feed, but Mr. B scoured the menu and came up with this lunch offering of a $50 gift voucher to Thailicious. Three Thailicious samplers produce 6 chicken satays, 6 coconut shrimps, 6 pot stickers, 6 crab Rangoons, and 6 crispy spring rolls; add drinks and sticky rice. There's an extensive menu and more if you just go with a friend or go it alone.
Fundraising film: Three years ago, a number of Cowtown Business Exchange Leads Group members decided to do a fundraiser for Cancer Care Services. In two years, they have raised nearly $30k and formed their own nonprofit. And the event, Drive In Help Out at Coyote Drive-In, is one of the more enjoyable fundraisers among the Fort Worth circuit. From 5-10 p.m. October 14, you can sample food vendors, win raffle prizes or bid on auction packages AND watch your choice from the movies playing at the theater. Film, food, fun and financial support for health services provider Cancer Care Services with these six tickets for you and the five others you stuff into one car.   
Can't beat(s) this: Thoroughly Modern Millie until Midnight has become a tradition for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. This year's version - Saturday, Oct. 24 -- celebrates Beats and Baroque in conjunction with the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Kendal (Jump in the) Lake and merry modernistas have put together an eclectic array of live music outside against the Modern's reflecting pond, unique spotlight tours within the galleries, a DJ and dancing in the grand lobby and prize drawings from the Modern Shop. There is a cash bar, and cuisine from Café Modern and The Modern Grill for purchase. Kendal sent over two tickets.

Laser 'em, Cowboy! What if you could go to a Wild West Shootout and laser shoot your frenemies but know you really meant harm even if they aren't injured? Who needs therapy, right? The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Young Guns group is hosting Wild West Shootout Oct. 22. (You must be at least 21 for these shootanigans.) The duels will have prizes, and the event includes live music by singer/songwriter Summer Dean, food, drinks (whiskey tastings) and more. B2B Insider goes with the (Sherry) Flow and she has your tickets for two, which include two rounds of laser shooting.

Congratulations to September 30 Prize Winners:
  • Mark Warren, PlainsCapital Bank
  • Nicholas K. Martin, Concorde Asset Group
  • Lori Workman, Carlton Staffing
  • Christy Blackwell, Cockrell Enovations
  • Melissa Mata-Valadez, Workforce Solutions
  • Travis Gallatin, Southwest Bank
  • Wayne Canter, Bullseye Promotions
  • Amber Cole, Express Employment Professionals
  • Angela Hoyt, Cotten, Schmidt & Abbott
  • Sara Waskow, FranNet
  • Francie Cooper, Tarrant Area Food Bank

Tap dancing: In selling out its Wine, Women & Shoes event, Communities In Schools wrote - "Not to be a heel, but we are can't wedge in any more."

Sign her up:
Famous herownself already for not owning a TV, Linda Gartin of LegalShield can add to her unique braggart rights because she has worked with actors Marlee Matlin, Kathy Baker, David Hasselhoff and Morgan Fairchild. Linda is an interpreter/signer.

Kaboom! The acquisition of Brants Realtors, Mira Vista Realtors and Bloom Real Estate Group by Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty screams like a winner for Robbie Briggs. He says merger talks started months ago, in the spring. "Sothebys ... We have quite an infrastructure to support our agents through our 'University' with classes on every subject. The agents already have signed up and will start one-on-ones with their managers, with me and with marketing." Briggs Freeman is a bigger player, with a bigger geographic base to sell and likely dollar savings after the initial acquisition expenses, especially in media buys, office space and membership costs.

Don't write him off: Vince Nelson of Fort Worth's Texas Can Academy (Write off the car, not the kid) is going to challenge Mount Kilimanjaro during February.

Not re-cycled info:
Vicki Peden, Managing Partier at Cowtown Cycle Party, is temporarily located at Gordon Boswell Flowers. CCP expects to be in its own garage across from Rahr soon. Top secret, but Vicki says she is starting a complementary business around Nov. 1.

Work warbler: @Work's Christi Ketcham says boss Jonathan Jenswold speaks Spanish and Chinese, both of which are Greek to her. She says his foreign language skills have helped him find employment for folks who speak those languages.

Insider trading 1: Erica Zaza works for NTE Mobility Partners (toll road owners) and Mr. B has been trying to borrow her car for free trips to the airport. "Ha ha, I wish I could help you out," Erica said, "but even I pay for tolls!"

Insider trading 2: Linda Keas works for Goodwill Industries so you figure she would have first shot at the best items. However, she says her best finds have come during the weekly Saturday auctions. The auctions can have memorabilia, antiques, collector items, dolls, cars, musical instruments, etc.  "My best find has been a cowhide and Indian peace pipe, bow and arrow, and ax set for $25. The pipe alone was an antique and has been appraised at $375," Linda said. "I have purchased a really nice bike for $35 and I use it along the Trinity Trails all the time."

"I like the microphone. I don't get one at home."

                                                -- Betty Harvey, host, moderator & mother hen
during Chamber's Job Links EXCELerator

Star search: Mr. B is no Bud Kennedy or Cary Darling reviewer, but he does suggest you check out their fellow Star-Telegram columnist Mac Engel's Facebook page on Sept. 29. Engel interviews and videotapes six-year-old daughter Vivian, who just has had her first taste of the new (Dallas Cowboy Jason) Witten Lucky Stars cereal.

The High life: Andrews Distributing, which has grown to a portfolio of seven facilities, 37 brewers and more than 300 brands, is Beverage Industry's 2015 Wholesaler of the Year. Barry Andrews is CEO and Chairman.

Building brick by brick: Acme Brick has donated $50,000 to help start schools within University of Texas at Arlington to develop more masons and building contractors. Dennis Knautz, Acme's President/CEO said, "...if no one is available to install our brick, block and stone, builders and masonry contractors will understandably look to alternative materials. This has become an acute issue."

Running with scissors: Am-Bass-Adorables will tie their ribbon around the re-brand of Southside Bank, 1000 Pennsylvania Avenue, tomorrow night after its purchase of OmniAmerican Bank. At a recent event there, Chad Kerr, area retail manager for Southside, said, "We will have wine so I know a lot of you will be here." And next Wednesday at 10:15, things will be hospitable at Asana Hospice, 3509 Hulen Street, Ste 116. Photos from this and many Chamber ribbon cuts can be seen here.

###:  Thank you Richard, Erma, Dee, and Cathy for everything. You will be greatly missed.

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