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The Nutcracker Ball

photos by Donna Alexander - 2009-12-28 14:24:03

The Lone Star Ballet Guild held its annual Nutcracker Ball on November 21st at the Amarillo Civic Center. The event was catered by the Ambassador and guests enjoyed live entertainment from the band Insufficient Funds. The ball is the Guild’s major annual fundraiser which includes the presentation of the 2009 LSB ushers and usherettes, a raffle and a silent auction. The sponsor for this year’s event was Graham Brothers Jewelry.
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Celebrating Business Excellence

photos by Donna Alexander - 2009-12-28 14:19:58

On November 19th, The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce held its first “Celebrating Business Excellence” reception recognizing the recipients of its Top Small Business Awards and its Top 20 Under 40 Award winners. About 260 people attended the event in the Sunset Center Banquet Room. Cat-man-du of Amarillo was named winner of the Jim Henson Top Small Business Award.
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Cattle Baron's Ball

photos by Jeff Harbin, Life of Riley Photography - 2009-12-28 14:17:09

The Amarillo branch of the American Cancer Society hosted the Cattle Baron’s Ball on November 7th. The event was held at the Azteca Music Hall where guests enjoyed live music from Sawyer Brown along with a Cajun steak dinner. Several door prizes were awarded, including a trip to see Jay Leno in Burbank, California. Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the U.S. exceeded only by heart disease. The money raised from the event will fund research and give help to cancer patients.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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