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Gold Ribbon Games 2016

Join the RUTLEDGE FOUNDATION and TCU’s miracle quarterback, BRAM KOHLHAUSEN, at the 6th Annual GOLD RIBBON GAMES KICKBALL TOURNAMENT on Sunday, April 10 at Benbrook Baseball and Softball Fields.

Gold Ribbon Games is a community-wide kickball tournament that raises funds for pediatric and young adult cancer research and care. Players come from all over the metroplex; high schools, colleges, young professionals, teachers and businesses, to compete, have a great time, raise awareness and support teens and young adults with cancer. In addition to kickball, this year’s games will host food trucks, a giant hamster ball race course, face painters and more.

The Rutledge Foundation is a Fort Worth based non-profit, well known for its collaborative efforts, bringing together doctors, researchers, patients, caregivers and the community. In the last five years, the Rutledge Foundation has funded over $700,000 to support care, awareness and research for less toxic, more curative treatments for the over 1,000,000 teens and young adults battling cancer in North Texas and throughout the United States. Teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer at eight times the rate of those under 15 years of age and have the lowest survival rates.

Join the Rutledge Foundation and Bram Kohlhausen #KICKINOUTCANCER!!! To sign up go to

Cassata Catholic High School presents its 19th annual Noche de Gracias fundraiser on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at Joe T. Garcia’s

Cassata is the outreach school of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth that offers students from all different backgrounds a chance to excel in their high school education.  Cassata’s unique educational model and family-like atmosphere provides a learning environment that helps students achieve success. Many students have had difficulty in traditional schools and face serious obstacles to completing their Education—for the 2014/2015 school year, 21% of graduates were the first in their family to earn a high school diploma, 37% were former dropouts, and 6% were teen parents. Cassata has an incredible legacy of success—in fact, 94% of 2014/15 graduates enrolled in 2 or 4-year colleges, enlisted in the military or have started trade school. Noche de Gracias is a dinner, live auction, and raffle, at which community and corporate supporters of education help raise money for tuition assistance, increasing academic programs, and upgraded technology. Cassata collects approximately 11 percent of its annual revenue through this annual fundraiser. To purchase tickets please email Corporate and table sponsorships available. Individual tickets $100.

Fort Worth Newcomers Club

Whether you are new in town or a long time resident, Fort Worth Newcomers Club is a great place to meet new people and make new friends.  For over 50 years our nonprofit organization has been welcoming new people to the area.  We want to help you explore and discover what makes Fort Worth one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Fort Worth Newcomers Club offers many monthly activities including dining, book group, beading, and a Garden Club affiliated with the State and National Council of Garden Clubs.  Come play a game of Mah Jongg, Canasta or Liverpool Rummey.  Visit us at a hospitality event or holiday party or to explore various cultural happenings.  Attend our monthly luncheons at Mira Vista Country Club, where we have a wide variety of interesting speakers.  Because we know what it’s like to be a newcomer, we’re eager to help you feel comfortable in your new home.

Visit our website to learn more.  If you would like more specific information or to attend any of our activities, please click the Contact Us button on the top right corner of our web page.  We look forward to meeting you.

Couture in a Can II

Exciting Can News!  Couture in a Can debuted their 2nd Airstream, Can II, @ the end of February!  Why is this so exciting?  Well, Can II is not only 7 feet longer it is also equipped with 4 fitting rooms.  What does this mean?  Well, it means less time waiting to try on and more room for fabulous Can goodies.  You can find Couture in a Can the last Wednesday of every month when they stop by Winslow’s Wine Café for their monthly GNO 5:30-8:30 PM or you can book them privately @ your home or office.  Also new to the Can is their updated website where you can now shop “Can Looks” online.  So grab your girls and come have some vino and shop with the Can gals Wednesday, April 27th @ Winslow’s Wine Café this month or catch them @ one of their other stops around town!   Call the Can @ 817-789-5625 or email them @ to book your Can play date.

Academic Year in America needs Fort Worth Host Family’s

Do you want to travel the world without quitting your job? Do you want to experience another culture from the comfort of your living room? Luckily, you don’t need a passport to do just that. Bring the world into your home and community by hosting an exchange student with Academic Year in America. Each year, Academic Year in America (AYA) brings more than 1,000 international students ages 15-18 to communities all over the United States. These students become a true member of your family, learning your traditions while sharing their customs and culture with you.

AYA is a not-for-profit organization designated by the U.S. Department of State to offer visas to international students. AYA allows host families the unique opportunity to choose a screened student who will best fit in their family. Students arrive from more than 50 countries including Germany, Brazil and South Korea. Host families can welcome their new family member for a semester, full school year or for a welcoming period. Host families must also provide their student with two meals a day and a place to sleep and study. To help facilitate the exchange, host families receive assistance from an AYA local coordinator and 24/7 support from the national office.

We hope you’ll join us in bringing a little more of the world to Fort Worth!

To learn more about hosting with AYA, contact Fort Worth Local Coordinator Lauren Ruth at 817-369-8337 or . Visit the AYA website at

Douglas Cannon Earns Prestigious Economic Development Financial Professional Certification

Douglas L. Cannon of the Camp Bowie District and West Side Business Association received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC).

Certification is a designation given to individuals who successfully complete an intensive economic development finance training series that is conducted by NDC. The courses provide individuals working in the field of economic development with training in credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs.

“This is a great personal and professional accomplishment completing the coursework and I am excited to bring this knowledge to the business community of Fort Worth.” Cannon said
Cannon is serving as a board member of the Camp Bowie District, West Side Business Association and SiNaCa School of Art Glass. He has also been active with Ideaworks assisting with Start Up Weekend and the Fort Worth Business Plan Competition having mentored 3 First Place Winners. He represents the interests of owners, developers, investors, marketers and other retail specialists across North Texas.

Each of the courses are five days in length and end with a written review that must be passed before a certification candidate is allowed to continue in the EDFP program. When a candidate has completed the entire series, a comprehensive examination is given.

The National Development Council was established in 1972 and is a private non-profit organization specializing in economic and housing development training and technical assistance for community development. NDC has provided training to over 50,000 professionals working in the fields of economic and housing development. Participants come from diverse backgrounds including city and state governments, public agencies, community-based organizations, professional organizations and banks.