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Veteran's Day Parade

photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2009-12-28 14:14:47

The 17th annual Amarillo Veteran’s Day Parade was celebrated on November 7th to honor all who have served and sacrificed. The parade was held on Polk Street. The theme for this year’s 83 participating floats was “Honoring All Who Served.” A “Welcome Home” hamburger cookout and a trophy ceremony for winning floats were held right after the parade at the Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center. The official observance for Veterans Day was on Wednesday November 11, 2009.

Inaugural Membership Tea for the Champions of Breast Health

- 2009-11-20 12:02:51

This first meeting was held Thursday, November 5th at the home of Claudette Dove. The Champions of Breast Health is a group of breast cancer survivors and other women who are interested in funding projects of the Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition. The inaugural event raised $15,000.

Texas Hunt Dinner and Auction

Photos by Donna Alexander - 2009-11-20 11:48:40

The Annual Texas Hunt Dinner and Auction hosted by Friends of the Amarillo Botanical Gardens was held on November 7th at the home of Jamie and Bobby Mansfield. The guests enjoyed a gourmet dinner of Texas beef tenderloin, quail and other wild game along with live music from Ed Montana. The proceeds from the event will benefit the operations of the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.

Peppermints & Pearls Christmas Roundup

Photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2009-11-18 14:07:37

The 29th annual Christmas Roundup was held November 6-8th at the Amarillo Civic Center. Sponsored by the Art Museum Alliance and the Symphony Guild, shoppers enjoyed three days of strolling up and down the decorated market aisles to see what vendors had on display. Buyers left with bags of holiday décor, clothing, jewelry, and art pieces, as well as food and gift items.

Signature Chefs

Photos by Twyla Brassfield, T Photography - 2009-11-18 14:04:09

The 8th Annual Amarillo Signature Chefs Auction benefiting The March of Dimes was held on Saturday October 17th at the Amarillo Civic Center Heritage Room. This unique fundraising event displays the culinary excellence of local chefs and caterers who present their signature dishes in a tasting format. One in seven infants born in Texas are premature. The funds raised by the event benefit the work of The March of Dimes as they promote healthy babies and fight premature births.

Mad Scientist Ball

Photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2009-11-18 13:59:47

On October 17th, the Don Harrington Discovery Center offered an evening of mayhem and fun for adults, along with live music by The Space Rockers. The event included a variety of interactive science experiments and an upscale epicurean dinner complete with spooky cocktails that billowed smoke. The attire for the evening was “Science Geek Chick.” White lab coats were provided for each guest so they’d blend in with the Discovery Center’s own mad scientists. The inaugural ball raised funds to help support the DHDC’s unique educational programs. Without a doubt, this was an unforgettable evening of monstrous fun.

Amarillo Start! Heart Walk

Photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2009-11-18 13:54:38

The American Heart Association sponsored the Amarillo Start! Heart Walk on Saturday October 17th to build awareness about achieving heart health through physical activity and a healthier lifestyle. The participants gathered at MediPark for the one and three mile non-competitive walks. This year also included a 5K competitive race. The money raised from the walk is used in the fight against both the leading and number three causes of death in American adults: heart attack and stroke.

19th Annual Greater Amarillo Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

- 2009-10-15 09:29:22

This year’s Race for the Cure boasts the largest turnout in the history of the event locally, with over 5000 registered participants. For the 19th year, walkers and runners gathered to be a part of the largest annual foot race in Amarillo on September 26th. The Race for the Cure is an event that generates significant funds in order to support breast cancer screenings, research, treatment programs and education. In addition, cancer survivors are honored and victories celebrated at the conclusion of the walk. Various vendors and Race sponsors were on hand to pass out refreshments, free gifts, pink products and educational materials.

NFL Punt, Pass, Kick Competition

- 2009-10-15 09:25:53

Boys and girls between the ages of eight and 15 participated in the annual skills competition, Punt, Pass and Kick at Dick Bivins Stadium on September 19th. The event was open to every young person who wished to participate and compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking. The winners of each event earn the chance to compete at a Dallas Cowboy football game. The PPK program is sponsored by the National Football League.

Opportunity School LIPS Gala

- 2009-10-15 09:13:52

The 16th annual LIPS! Gala to benefit Opportunity School was celebrated on October 1st at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza. Performers for this year’s event, themed “LIPS Goes Hollywood,” lip synced well-known songs from the silver screen. In addition to the show, the event also included “SIPS,” a pre-event cocktail party, dinner and a silent and live auction, as well as a raffle drawing for a trip for four to Disney World. Proceeds help provide educational materials, classroom instructions, bus transportation and speech therapy to children. Opportunity School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing new opportunities to children who lack basic learning skills and enter school unprepared for academic achievement.
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