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The intimate McDavid Studio, site of the Chamber Central Area Council lunch Oct. 26, offered a dessert on top of dessert, leaving attendees piano-keyed up with all the Van Cliburn Foundation International Piano Competition memories and music. Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis (left) said, "If my speech is bad, the pianist is fabulous." 2009 Gold Medalist Haochen Zhang (right) concluded the lunch, performing Schubert Impromptu D.935, No. 3. Not another sound was heard while he played.

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This floats our boat: 100 illuminated entries, marching bands, twirlers, Cowboy Santas and exotic trucks and cars. The Christmas tree will be lit up, too, as Downtown Fort Worth Inc. brightens the streetscape with the annual Parade of Lights beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday Nov. 20. Alert: The Cowboys play at noon. End alert. You can park at Farrington Field and shuttle over in plenty of time to get to Sundance Square early for many other assorted Parade-related events. Breanna Jefferies of Pavlov Agency marched in step with Diana Hahn of DFWI for two Family Four Packs of tickets for VIP seating. From start to Santa's finishing sleigh ride, you'll be front and center for all the activities.

Y oh Y not me? If the 35th edition of the Moritz Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot sounds vaguely familiar and similar it's probably because Chris Butler, Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, and Moritz have been around for 37 of those 35 years. Or forever, whichever is longer. What better family activity the (early) morning of Thanksgiving than to walk, run or sprint yourownself, your family's selves, and your strollers and pets with about 14,000 other enthusiasts. Is that something great for which to give thanks?  Another reason to give thanks is Chris has jogged over a family registration for four runners, a Turkey Trot t-shirt and one baseball cap. The Butler really did it!

Cause célèbre: The Project 4031 story began with a heart and a vision to strengthen the end of life journey for terminally ill patients and their families. The 501(c) 3 non-profit partners with hospice and palliative care to "fervently serve the needs of terminally ill patients and their families." Because of donations and an annual gala, Project 4031 is able to assist people on a unique end-of-life journey with peace and hope. Project 4031's fifth Annual Fundraising Dinner and Silent Auction -- Reflecting on the past and soaring into the future -- is Thursday, Nov. 17 at Marquis on Magnolia. Executive Director Leanna Gilles projected very well with a pair of tickets.

Wish granted: What if you could tour some lovely houses in an exclusive neighborhood, get tasty bites from chefs representing top area restaurants and be merrily on to the next house, possibly with a Bloody Mary in hand? Wish granted for two couples, thanks to Lesley Irwin at Wish with Wings. It is the non-profit's annual Kitchen Tours event through Rivercrest from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday Nov. 12. Wish with Wings has granted magical wishes for 1,400 little Texans with life-threatening conditions since 1982. Take the tour and you'll be wishing you could move-in instead of just visit.

Congratulations to October 26th Prize Winners:

  • Blair Chappell, UNTHSC
  • Kendal Smith Lake, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
  • Carol Bane, Advantage Supply
  • Michael Roundtree, Zebra Crossing Agency
  • Jessica Thomas, Junior Achievement 
  • Rod Bryant, GNA Partners
  • Kristine Lauer, Envision Imaging


Poll results: According to TCU Professor of Political Science Jim Riddlesperger, white males have been on the losing side of the vote of all but one Presidential election since 1992 (2004). "No wonder they feel disaffected," he said. He also pointed out that San Diego and Fort Worth are the country's two largest cities in Republican-voting counties. Most large cities vote Democrat. If you haven't already, don't forget to vote Tuesday.

Roll results: Fort Worth Mayor Price Is Right
is "America's Most Bike-Crazy Mayor," according to Bicycling Magazine. No one finished second.

Parents always know best: Northeaster Maggie Adler says her parents were collectors of American Art. Which meant she would study "anything, but American Art." After stints in teaching, marketing and development, she has docked in Fort Worth as Associate Curator at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. "I was drawn to the Carter because of its sense of possibilities," she said. 
Solid foundation: Newcomer Brad is a third-generation Bloxom at Speed Fab-Crete construction group. His grandfather, David, started the company in 1950 and Brad's father, Dave, and two others bought the company in 1998.  

Once in a lifetime lunch: At the Chamber Central Area Council luncheon last week, The Cliburn's history and future were explored.
  • Pre-lunch, Mr. B kept pace with Haochen while they tuned the piano, but was keystroked away at the first Schubert note.
  • Marquis said Van Cliburn had the first classical music album to go platinum (three million in sales). It was in 1967.
  • The Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, scheduled May 25-June 10, 2017, will be the most watched in history. All three weeks will be available live to five million homes in 160 countries via The final two rounds will be shown on 300 U.S. movie theater screens and on a screen in Sundance Plaza.
In tribute: During the combined Area Council luncheon next Wednesday at Cendera Center, long-time Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley will receive posthumously the Chamber's High Impact Legacy Award. During her 47-year career from professor to Chancellor with the college, she had one thing foremost in her efforts -- the students. She also chaired enough groups to have played Musical Chairs for 20. Hadley's daughter, Ardenia Gould, will accept on her behalf. Previous honorees have been Fort Worth Mayor Bob Bolen, U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright, DFW International Airport, and former XTO Energy chairman and Texas Rangers owner Bob Simpson. Seats are available for the luncheon. 

"My company turned around when I started treating it like a business and not a passion."

                                                -- Stevie Dawn Blakely
Stevie Dawn Inspires
Closer to the students: The Superintendent's Cabinet that FWISD's Kent Paredes Scribner inherited has gone from 24 members to a 10-member Leadership Team. In addition, 70 instructional specialists that worked at the district office are now out in the field working with 22 schools rated "needs improvement."

Are they not tax deductible? You know the slogan, "Write off the car, not the kid."  Well, Vince Nelson, development director for Fort Worth Can Academies, has heard a few variations, including, "Donate the car, not the kids."
No longer fence sitting: As of Nov. 17, Mishelle Lancaster, the everyday buzz at Buzz Fence and a most-loyal, 11-year reader of B2B Insider, is retiring. It's a Thursday. She wanted one last Wednesday to have a chance to win a giveaway.

Favored and flavored tagline:
Carolyn Phillips of Alchemy Pops sources her ingredients only from Texas. Says Carolyn, "Our Pops are farm to face."

Unique follow-up call:
Maureen Maidlow of Lee Johnson Capital Management was having trouble re-connecting with a prospect. After eight weeks, she sent over some Alchemy Pops with a note to call her when "your calendar cools off." He called.

Can't just forget this situation: Cathy Neece Brown of the James L. West Alzheimer's Center points out that one in seven people have some form of dementia at 65 years old. By 80, it's one in two. Wow! Consider the size of the future needs for housing and skilled care in our growing aging population.

Wine not you? Next Thursday is the deadline for a spot in the Chamber's nine-day, seven-night cruise through the premier Bordeaux wine region. Only five cabins remain! The price includes airfare, cruise (maybe even a room with a balcony), meals and drinks, including mixed and your favorite Bordeaux and a live orchestra to entertain nightly. Put on your GPS headset and spend the morning listening about the history of the area you are floating by, then in the afternoon tour cities and have wine tastings. All the info you need is here, but sign up by Nov. 10.
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Membership 101 - Orientation - SOLD OUT

Combined Area Council Luncheon with City Manager David Cooke, Presented by Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth

West Area Council: Wildflower Project Day at Tarrant Area Food Bank

From Cyber Risk to Business Risk; How Boards and Executives can develop a Successful Cybersecurity Hedge Strategy

Impact Your Business Luncheon with Sandi Mitchell, APEX Leadership Mastery, Presented by University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Vision FW Events (Chamber's 40 and under programming)

Table of 10 Mentoring Lunch - SOLD OUT

5th Annual ACH Thanksgiving Dinner

Ribbon Cuttings

Clearfork Academy
7820 Hanger Cutoff

Burgersmith LLC dba River Oaks Café 2
7355 N. Beach Street, Ste. 173
11:00 a.m.

Whole Foods Market
3720 Vision Drive
10:00 a.m.

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Our Fort Worth fold-out maps are free for members who would like to come by and pick them up (no shipping charge). Up to 50 copies per member. Email Christine Gores or call 817-338-3332 to schedule pick up.

For sponsorship inquiries, contact Jennifer Vuduris or call (817) 338-3335

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