March fundraiser roundup: Restaurant Roundup, EQTX Speakeasy, Celebration of Hope, more
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Restaurant Roundup is set for March 2.
Photo by Nancy Smith

By Chip Chandler — Digital Content Producer

Make your reservations now for these spring fundraisers coming to you in the next month.


Restaurant Roundup

More than 50 Amarillo restaurants and wineries will show off their best culinary and beverage offerings at the 10th annual Restaurant Roundup.

The event is set for 5 to 9 p.m. March 2 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 compete in a battle coordinated by Chef Bud Andersen, and high-school culinary students also will compete for best appetizers. The party also will feature live music.

Tickets are available at La Fiesta Grande, Macaroni Joe's, Jo Taco, Joe Daddy's, PanhandleTickets and at the door. Call 806-672-4118.


Make-A-Wish Car Show

The 33rd annual car show 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 4 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 5 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, 401 S. Buchanan St. (Watch out for construction along Buchanan in downtown Amarillo.)

Admission is $7 adults and $5 children.

Call 806-358-9900.


Beauty and the Beast Tea Party

Enjoy a hoity-toity good time with Mrs. Potts and Belle at this party thrown by Amarillo LIttle Theatre Academy.

The party will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Destiny's Garden, 1134 E. Loop 335 S. Attendees will meet the actresses playing Belle and Mrs. Potts (Rebecca Hartman and Anna Bahn) in the academy's upcoming performance of the stage musical (set for March 24-26 and March 31-April 1).

Tickets are $15 for children and $20 for adults, or $150 for tables of 10. 

Call 806-355-9991.


Speakeasy 2017

Equality Texas will host a mystery-filled night of drinking and dancing at its Speakeasy 2017.

The party runs from 8 to 11 p.m. March 4 in the Amarillo National Bank Skyline Room, 401 S. Taylor St.

It will feature a whodunnit mystery game, jazz and more.

Tickets are $60 through Feb. 25 and $70 after.


Respect Life Banquet

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott will speak at the 20th annual Respect Life Banquet.

The event, held by Respect Life Ministries of the Amarillo Catholic Diocese, runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. March 19 in the Amarillo Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St.

It also will feature a prime-rib dinner from Big Texan Steak Ranch and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $50 or $400 for a table of eight.

Call 806-414-1059.


Hope Fest 2017

Athlete Scott Rigsby, who survived a near-deadly accident and a battle with prescription drug addiction, will speak at Hope Fest 2017.

The banquet begins at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Civic Center Complex Heritage Ballroom, 401 S. Buchanan St. 

Rigsby is a double amputee and Ironman record holder, according to his bio.

Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit Sharing Hope Ministry.

Call 806-358-7803.


Celebration of Hope

The Turn Center's sixth annual Celebration of Hope banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. March 31.

The event — which benefit's the center's work in physical, occupational and speech therapy — will be held at Vintage Auto Haus, 8201 W. Amarillo Blvd.

It will feature dinner by Nineteen49 Catering, a silent auction and live music.

Tables are $1,000 or $2,500.

For reservations, email Taylor Pedigo at or call 806-353-3596.



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