September fundraiser roundup: Komen race, Wing Wars, Crimestoppers Car Show, more

Last Updated by Chip Chandler on
The P3 pub crawl is one of several fundraisers in September.

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Folks looking for fun ways to give back in September will have no shortage of options. Check out this roundup, and mark your calendars!


Crimestoppers Car Show

The ninth annual Crimestoppers Car Show, billed as the region's second-largest indoor car show, features hundreds of cars — from classics to the latest innovations.

The show will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex North and South Exhibit Halls, 401 S. Buchanan St. It will feature door prizes, raffle prizes, food, vendors and activities.

Registration is $25. Move-in begins at noon Sept. 1.

Car show admission is $5 for ages 11 and older. 

Call 806-378-6100.


Goodnight Under the Stars

Enjoy wine, steak dinner and live music at this fundraiser for the Goodnight Historical Center.

Goodnight Under the Stars begins with a wine walk at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2 around the grounds of the historic home of Charles Goodnight, 4989 County Road 25, approximately 12 miles east of Claude on U.S. Highway 287.

A sit-down steak dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a live auction and a dance featuring Coby Carter and Johnny Nix. Western artists also will display their works.

Tickets are $100, or $1,000 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit the center. 

Call 806-676-8418.


Tribute to the Greatest Generation

Remember the end of World War II on Sept. 2, 1945, at this dinner and dance at English Field.

The Tribute to the Greatest Generation begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the hanger at Texas Air & Space Museum, 10001 American Blvd., near the grounds of the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

Patrick Swindell & Esquire Jazz will perform Big Band songs of the '30s to the '50s in military dress.

Dinner will be a world buffet featuring foods representing nations that participated in World War II. A cash bar also will be available.

Tickets are $35 to $50.

Call 806-374-2066.


Friends of Fogelberg VIII

The Friends of Fogelberg concerts will be held Sept. 7 and 8 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts.
Photo by Nancy Smith

The annual concert that honors the memory of the late singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and raises prostate awareness is now a two-night event.

Friends of Fogelberg VIII will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 7 and 8 in the Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Buchanan St.

The "Our House" concerts will feature music by Fogelberg (known for such hits as "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne"), as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. A lineup of Amarillo musicians will perform, including Anderson, Flesher & Key; Irma-Esther Borup; Joe Ed Coffman; James Davis; Jimmy Doche; Rick Faucett; Mike Fuller; Gary Guinn; Bob Hopkins; Insufficient Funds; Tony Naples; Maggie Scales; Nick Scales; Buddy Squyres; Russell Steadman; Bond Jessup Thompson; Randy Tupin; Cathleen Tyson; and Robert Workman.

Reserved seats are $16, plus fees. Proceeds benefit Harrington Cancer and Health Foundation and Olivia's Angels.

Call 806-378-3096.


Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally

The Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally will run Sept. 8 to 10.

Three days of activities are planned for the eight-annual Up in the Air for Family Care Balloon Rally.

Hot air balloons will inflate and (weather permitting) launch at several Amarillo schools on Sept. 8, but the main action begins with a launch from 7 to 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at John Stiff Memorial Park, 4800 S. Bell St. Breakfast vendors, coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast burritos will be available.

A balloon festival will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9 at the park, featuring live music, food and merchandise vendors, bounce houses and more. 

The event will close with a balloon glow and launch from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at the park, also featuring breakfast vendors, coffee, hot chocolate and breakfast burritos.

Admission is free. Donations will benefit the Family Care Foundation, which assists those in financial need during a one-time medical emergency.

Call 806-622-9473.


West Texas Chefs' Table collaborative wine dinner

Some of the area's best chefs will work together on a limited-seating dinner.

The West Texas Chefs' Table collaborative wine dinner is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Amarillo Country Club, 4800 Bushland Blvd.

The dinner will feature an amuse bouche course of house duck prosciutto with a sweet corn semifreddo, red wine caviar, pea gel, huckleberry, lotus root chip and cedar essence by chefs Chris Kizer and Joseph Guzman; a first course of bulgogi smoked pork belly with spicy apple pear chutney and a crisp chicharron by chefs Dillan Chase Mena and Brian Mason; a second course of Chilean sea bass with truffle-roasted sunchoke, Brussels sprouts, carrot confit puree and apple fennel caviar by chefs Joe Mendez and Sam Blackburn; a third course of venison with smoked artisanal grits, thumbelina carrots, collard mustard greens, heirloom tomato and a red-wine reduction by chefs Jeff Taylor and Chase Reid; and a fourth course of lemon honey mousse with sesame sponge cake, candy beets, sesame rice crisp, goat cheese, rosemary meringue and honey foam by chefs Allisun Wilbur and Marcus Snead.

Sommelier Daniel Maxwell will provide wine pairings with each course — Alma Negra brut rose, Smoke Tree chardonnay, Smoke Tree pinot noir, Alma Negra Gran Alma Negra, and Raventos i Blanc L'Hereu, respectively.

Only 75 tickets will be sold. Cost is $100. Proceeds benefit culinary endeavors at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.

Call 806-333-8042.


Ladd Lecture

Architect Lawrence Speck will discuss how art and architecture work together in a special lecture for Amarillo Museum of Art.

Speck, the principal at Austin's architecture engineering firm Page, will give a free lecture, "Architecture That Makes Lives Better," at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Concert Hall Theatre at Amarillo College. The free lecture is in conjunction with AMoA's ongoing Amarillo Biennial 600: Architecture exhibition. 

He also will appear at a cocktail buffet reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at the museum, 2200 S. Van Buren St. Admission is $40. Proceeds benefit the AMoA Alliance.

Call 806-371-5050.


Walk to End Alzheimer's

An Amarillo Walk to End Alzheimer's is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 16 at Sam Houston Park, Line Avenue and Western Street.

Participants can raise money to benefit Amarillo Alzheimer's Association. Register online or at 9 a.m. Sept. 16. A ceremony begins at 10 a.m., followed by a two-mile walk at 10:30 a.m.

Call 806-881-7145.


Mary Poppins Tea Party

The no-nonsense nanny herself will host Amarillo Little Theatre's Mary Poppins Tea Party on Sept. 16.

The party begins at 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the ALT Adventure and Academy Space, 2751 Civic Circle. 

Tickets are $20 for ages 12 and older or $18 for ages 11 and younger. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Individual seats and tables of 10 are available.

Poppins (played by Kristen Loyd) and other characters from the musical will be in attendance. The musical will be staged Sept. 21 to Oct. 8 at the ALT Mainstage, 2019 Civic Circle.

Call 806-355-9991.



The animals and their friends will be grooving to hot tunes at an Amarillo Zoo fundraiser.

JazZoo will run 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, inside Thompson Park. The event will feature performances by the Jim Laughlin jazz ensemble; Belmar Bakery will provide food, and adult beverages and soft drinks will be available.

Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple. Proceeds benefit planned renovations to the children's zoo.

Call 806-381-7911.


Horns & Heels

A gala dinner and a team roping exhibition will raise funds for Advo Companies.

The Horns & Heels event kicks off with World Series roping at 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at Will Rogers Range Riders arena, 313 W. Loop 335 South.

The gala dinner begins at 6 p.m. at Advo, 5241 S. Washington St. Tickets are $150; sponsorships are available.

Roping continues at 9 a.m. Sept. 23 and Sept. 24.

Advo provides vocational training and residential homes for people with intellectual disabilities.

Call 806-342-0600.


Amarillo Race for the Cure

The Amarillo Race for the Cure is Sept. 23.

Run or walk in support of breast cancer survivors and research at the annual Komen Race for the Cure on Sept. 23.

Participants will raise money to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

Morning activities begin at 7 a.m. with a survivor breakfast, followed by the 8 a.m. start for the 5K competitive race and opening of the expo. The 5K and one mile fun run/walk begins at 9:15 a.m. The race kicks off at Amarillo National Bank Plaza 1, 410 S. Taylor St.

Registration can be done online or in person from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 or 6:30 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at ANB Plaza II, 500 S. Taylor St. 

Registration fees are $35 for adults, $30 for survivors and children, or $40 the day of the race. The fee is $50 to "sleep in for the cure."

Call 806-698-1900.


Wing Wars

Cook or just eat a slew of wings at the Wing Wars fundraiser for Amarillo Montessori Academy.

Registration for cook teams is $200. Call 806-353-3871 or email Deadline is Sept. 15.

The event itself runs 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Feruson's Enterprises, 5823 Canyon Drive. It will feature wings, beer and music by Cooder Graw.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for children 5 to 11 and $60 for VIP passes, including a meeting with the band. Prices do not include additional fees, and prices go up $5 at the door.


P3: People, Pints and Pedals Pub Crawl

The ninth annual P3 pub crawl will run from 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

The crawl begins at 575 Pizzeria, 2803 Civic Circle, and hits Golden Light Cafe, 2906 S.W. Sixth Ave., and I Don't Know Sports Bar and Grill, 1301 S.W. Sixth Ave., then back to 575 for an after-party. Pre-registration will be available soon on the website.

The event is free, but a suggested donation of $15 will benefit One Chair at a Time, which buys sports wheelchairs for Amarillo adolescents and young adults.

Call 806-322-5575.


Dinner in the Garden

Enjoy a tenderloin dinner on the grounds of the Medical Center League House in a fundraiser for the facility.

The dinner runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at the house, 7000 W. Amarillo Blvd.

Delvin Wilson will provide the dinner. The Prairie Dogs will perform.

Tickets are $50 or $150 for host couples. Sponsorships are available for $1,000, $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000. Reservation deadline is Sept. 8 to be included on the invitation.

The house provides lodging for families whose loved ones are undergoing medical treatment.

Call 806-358-3759.


Una Gran Cena

Celebrate and support the mission of the Amarillo Wesley Community Center at the annual Una Gran Cena.

The fiesta dinner begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 28 at Polk Street United Methodist Church, 1401 S. Polk St.

Elsa Diego-Medrano, West Texas A&M University assistant professor of reading and early childhood, will give the keynote address.

Tickets are $40; sponsorships are available.

Call 806-372-7960.


Delicious Wishes Burger Bash

Restaurants and cook teams will compete to determine who has the best burger in the Panhandle in this fundraiser for Make-A-Wish North Texas.

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 28 at Cornerstone Ranch Events Center, 1901 Cement Drive.

A limited number of tickets are $50 are each; sponsorships are available.

Call 806-358-9943.


Turn Center Golf Tournament

Tee up to support Turn Center at this Sept. 29 tournament.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Sept. 29 at Comanche Trail Golf Course, 4200 S. Grand St.

Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 15. Individual players can play for $100, or teams of four are $400; sponsorships are available.

The center provides occupational, physical and speech/feeding therapies to children from birth to 21 years old.

Call 806-353-3596.


Junior League of Amarillo Golf Classic

More golf action is set for Sept. 29 with the Junior League of Amarillo Golf Classic.

Early-bird registration ends Sept. 8 and costs $600 per team. After that, registration is $700. Sponsorships also are available. Deadline is Sept. 23.

Registration begins at noon, followed by lunch at 1 p.m. and a shotgun start at 2 p.m. at the La Paloma course at Tascosa Golf Club, 4302 Fairway Drive.

A party will follow, featuring music by Velvet Funk, a silent auction, hors d'oeuvres and a specialty cocktail bar. Tickets are $25 for non-golfers.

Proceeds benefit the Junior League.

Call 806-374-0802.


Get Fit Mayor's Half Marathon and 5K

Lace up your running shoes for the annual Mayor's Half Marathon and 5K.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 30 at Get Fit, 1911 S. Georgia St., and trails through the Wolflin neighborhood, downtown Amarillo and historic Route 66.

Live music, food trucks and refreshments will be waiting at the finish line.

Proceeds benefit The Bridge Children's Advocacy Center.

Registration is $25 for the 5K and $75 for the half-marathon, and fees increase by $5 on packet pick-up day on Sept. 29. No registrations will be accepted on the day of the race.

Call 806-350-4262.


Great Strides

Your shoes are made for walking at the Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The 5K walk begins with check-in at 9 a.m. and kick-off at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Medical Center Park, 1100 Wallace Blvd.

There's no fee to participate, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds for the foundation.

Call 214-871-2222.


Ramble Across the Panhandle

The Amarillo Elks' fifth-annual Ramble Across the Panhandle will raise funds for the Rainbow Room.

The 200-plus-mile motorcycle run begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at the Amarillo Elks Lodge, 932 Clyde St.

It will run to Dalhart and Borger, then back to the lodge.

Entry fee is $25 per rider and $15 for passengers. Pre-registration will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at D&M Leathers, 3113 S.W. Sixth Ave. 

Rainbow Room distributes new clothing, shoes, diapers and more to children entering the foster system.

Hangman will perform at a party at the end of the run.

Call 806-206-6754.


Wonderful Women Brunch

Celebrate the power of sisterhood at the Wonderful Women Brunch.

The brunch — which raises funds for Martha's Home — begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at The Venue, 7200 Canyon Drive.

The event will feature a meal catered by Bud Andersen, a fashion show, vendors and more.

Tickets are $30. Registration deadline is Sept. 29.

Martha's Home provides homeless women and their children with shelter and support.

Call 806-443-5577.


Frames of Love Benefit Dinner

Support a memorial service for terminally ill children at the Frames of Love Benefit Dinner.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 30 at Timeless Events, 11131 Farm-to-Market Road 1541. The event also will include music by the Amarillo High School jazz band.

Tickets are $30; sponsorships are available.

Frames of Love provides free photos to families with terminally ill children, a child who has recently passed away, and special-needs kids in the Amarillo area.

Call 806-654-6191.


The Great Epilepsy Steakout

Dine on a steak dinner at the Great Epilepsy Steakout on Sept. 30.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St.

Smitty Brothers BBQ of Fritch will provide the meal at this fundraiser for Epilepsy Foundation — West Texas. The Buster Bledsoe Band will perform.

Tickets are $60, with sponsorship tables for $450, $500, $1,000, $2,000 and $2,500. Tickets for the concert alone are $25. Deadline is Sept. 29.

Call 806-352-5426.



Chip Chandler is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. He can be contacted at, at @chipchandler1 on Twitter and on Facebook.

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