March Fundraiser Roundup: Make-a-Wish Car Show, EQTX, Restaurant Roundup, Fol de Rol, Crafts & Drafts, more
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By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer
March springs upon us with a host of fundraisers, banquets and other ways to give back. Check here for details, and mark your calendars now!
The event is set for 5 to 9 p.m. March 1 in the Rex Baxter Building on the Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds, 3301 S.E. 10th Ave.
Tickets are $30. Proceeds benefit scholarship funds and local culinary education programs and other food-related charities.
Top chefs will take part in the Battle of the Chefs, featuring Dillan Mena of Embassy Suites Amarillo defending his title against Brian Mason of BL Bistro, Sam Blackburn of Sodexo at Northwest Texas Hospital and Ethan Williams of Imperial Taproom and RecrEATion.
Students from Tascosa, Caprock and Boys Ranch will compete in a separate contest.
Insufficent Funds will perform.
Tickets are available at La Fiesta Grande, Macaroni Joe's, Joe Taco, Joe Daddy's, PanhandleTickets and at the door.
Seats & Feets
Seats & Feets asks for new packages of underwear or socks for children up to 18 years old for Colorful Closets. Those who bring one package get a free ticket to the Venom's season opener on March 17.
The drive runs from 5 to 7 p.m March 1 at Spicy Mike's Bar-B-Q Haven, 6723 S. Western St., which will offer a dinner special during the event.
Venom players will be on hand for a meet and greet, as well.
The Vagina Monologues
Tickets are $30. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Tralee Crisis Center in Pampa, which provides crisis intervention and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse, according to its website.
The play also will be staged in an unrelated production at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at RR Bar, 701 S. Georgia St., by a collective of Amarillo alt-theater actors and burlesque performers.
The V-Day organization allows benefit, royalties-free productions of The Vagina Monologues around the world, mandating that a portion of proceeds be given to groups combatting violence against women. Traditionally, the productions must be done in February, but in honor of V-Day's 20th anniversary, that performance period has been expanded through March.
(urban) Farm to Table
Foods raised and grown by Amarillo-area residents will be featured at a special dinner for Square Mile Community Development.
Four courses of foods wil be paired with wine and cocktails: potato and ricotta croquettes and champagne for the first course; grapefruit salad and a cardamaro spritzer for the second course; beef tenderloin and a cabernet sauvignon for the third course; and a cupcake duo and sazerac for the fourth course.
Crafts & Drafts
Enjoy draft beers, food and DIY crafts at this event at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.
The Crafts & Drafts party will run from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at the museum, 2503 Fourth Ave. in Canyon.
Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.
Fish Fry at Kids Cafe
One fish, two fish, baked fish, fried fish.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at a character dinner featuring baked fish and fries from 6 to 8 p.m. March 2 at Kids Cafe, 2199 S.E. Eighth Ave.
Kids Cafe is a program of High Plains Food Bank that offers daily, healthy meals to at-risk children.
Tickets are $10.
Call 806-374-8562 or email email@example.com.
Spring Benefit and Panhandle ProAm
The benefit dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at Amarillo Country Club, 4800 Bushland Blvd., featuring dinner by Chef Joseph Guzman, an auction featuring student artwork and other items, and a performance by the Killer Dueling Pianos.
Tickets are $125, with sponsorship levels available from $500 to $7,500.
The third annual Panhandle Tennis ProAm features an adults tournament and a children's tennis clinic on March 3 and 4.
Entry fee is $150 for men and women, and $75 for guests.
Autism United Pancake Breakfast
Enjoy a warm breakfast during a fundraiser for Amarillo's Autism United chapter.
The eighth annual pancake breakfast runs from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. March 3 at La Fiesta Grande, 7415 S.W. 45th Ave.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.
The breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, fruit, milk, juice and coffee.
Call 806-341-4028 or 806-236-5424.
Make-a-Wish Car Show
The 34th annual Make-A-Wish Car Show will boast a fleet's worth of classic and new autos.
The event, held by the Panhandle Council of Car Clubs, will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 3 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 4 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St.
Admission is $7 adults and $5 children. Car entry fee is $50.
Call 806-358-9900 or 806-353-2024.
The event begins at 6 p.m. March 3 at Embassy Suites Amarillo, 550 S. Buchanan St.
It will include the presentation of volunteer awards, a formal dinner, gaming tables, live and silent auctions, and dancing.
Tickets are $80, or $640 for a table of eight.
EQTX Heart & Soul Train
Get down, get down, get down tonight at the Equality Texas Heart & Soul Train party.
The event will run from 8 to 11 p.m. March 3 at The Federated Women's Building, 2001 Civic Circle, and will include light hors d'oeuvres, drinks and disco dancing.
Call 806-570-7889 or 806-463-9714.
One Night Victory
A portion of proceeds from both meals will be given to the center, and if $5,000 is raised, Access Community Credit Union will match it.
The Hard Road
The Hard Road runs from 2 to 5 p.m. March 11 at the Chalice Abbey, 2717 Stanley St. It will feature a five-year retrospective of Livingston's work, with poets Wes Reeves, Ryan Archer, Margie Netherton, William Netherton and Jim Anderson reciting new work inspired by the photos.
Folk singer-songwriter Mike Fuller will perform, and Cody Anderson of Cowboy Gelato Smokehouse and Tiffany Henderson Bateman will provide desserts.
Each attendee will receive a matted, signed print and a chance to win a photo on canvas.
Tickets are $60 each or $100 for couples. The abbey sells arts and crafts by artists from impoverished countries at fair-trade price.
Fol de Rol
Amarillo Opera's annual fundraising ball will take inspiration from its spring production of the classic musical Man of La Mancha.
The Impossible Dream ball begins at 6:30 p.m. March 17 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.
The event will feature drinks, tapas, entertainment, a Spanish-inspired dinner, a live auction and live music.
Tickets are $150, with sponsorships available from $500 to $15,000.
Man of La Mancha will be stagd April 5 to 7 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.
The event begins at 7 p.m. March 17 at the Yellow Rose Ballroom at Embassy Suites Amarillo, 550 S. Buchanan St.
The party also will feature Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Bar.
Tickets, which are available at all Happy State Bank locations, are $75 for VIP reception access and $50 for dinner only; sponsorships are available.
Proceeds benefit the Lions Club's various charitable programs.
Pot of Gold Feast
This is no blarney: An Irish feast will support efforts at Amarillo Activity Youth Center.
The Pot of Gold Feast will run from 7 to 11 p.m. March 17 at CP Event Center, 310 S. Ross St.
Tickets are $45, including the meal, entertainment, drinks and prizes.
Visit www.806potofgold.org or call 806-373-2292.
Salt and Pepper Luncheon
A lunch named for essential spices will support a program providing essential food to low-income and other adults.
The 19th annual Salt and Pepper Luncheon will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. March 22 at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral, 1200 S. Washington St.
Tickets are $25 and benefit Catholic Charities of the Texas Panhandle's Hunger Project, which provides food to low-income adults ages 55 and older or adults on disability. Tables are available for $250 to $10,000.
State Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) will speak.
Hope Fest 2018
Amarillo resident Margaret Willis will speak about her troubled past and volunteer experience at Sharing Hope Ministry at Hope Fest 2018.
The banquet begins at 7 p.m. March 29 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.