Stormy weather did not deter Mid-Cities SOS from celebrating 30 years of support to the women and children living at SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Twinkling lantern centerpieces set the stage for enjoying appetizers, beverages and delicious slices of cake at the Bent Creek Neighborhood Center in Southlake. President Tara Hutchins-Welsh conducted a short business meeting followed by introductions of SOS Board members and past presidents.
SOS past presidents, L to R, Deanna Stuart, Fonda Martin, Sally Bustamante, Linda Timmons, Martha Ragsdale, Leah Shaver, Jacquelyn Young, Carolyn Sims, Karen Parsinen, and current president Tara Hutchins-Welsh. Each past president was given a fall-themed lantern centerpiece. Other past presidents are Sandra Roberts, Genelle Spangler, Colleen Meadows, Cheryl Anderson, Debbie Esselman, Saundra Marling, Diane Foia, Bonnie Carroll, Cathy Gordon, Mary Burge, Jane Wood, Peggy Hoelscher, Janet Wilson, Julie English.
Celebrity Chefs Chair Mary MacDowell announced that Michael Martin Murphey will make a guest appearance at the January 2016 event, singing his hit song, “Wildfire”. Mary charged all members to attend, buy raffle tickets and donate online. The event marks the 10th anniversary of an evening of culinary magic benefiting SafeHaven clients.
Tara introduced SafeHaven Board President Scott Rynearson and presented him with a $20,000 “big check” representing the proceeds from the Tennis Benefit given to SafeHaven earlier this summer. Tracy Rector, the SafeHaven Board Secretary, was also introduced. Shown L to R, Martha Ragsdale, Scott Rynearson, Alma Barry, Tara Hutchins-Welsh, Anna Saunders, Patti Campbell.
Mid-Cities SOS has contributed over 1.7 million dollars to SafeHaven since its beginning in 1985.