Fundraising season flourishes in the fall, and Irving has stayed busy hosting and throwing an array of benefits. In September, ClubCorp started off the season with its Charity Classic events at La Cima Club, and at Hackberry Creek and Las Colinas country clubs. Also in September, the Black Collar Affair raised funds for the furry creatures at DFW Humane Society. October saw the Great Harvest, which this year drew a great crowd of Irving Cares supporters to the Four Seasons Resort and Club. Also at the Four Seasons in October was A Night in Rio, a gala to benefit the Irving Schools Foundation. Foundation director Crystal Scanio said she surpassed her goal of $300,000, which means great funding for scholarships and grants.

Equest, a nonprofit that provides horse therapy for those with disabilities, came to Irving to hold a golf tournament and dinner at Las Colinas Country Club the first weekend of November.Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne gave the invocation at the dinner, which included a few remarks from Rep. Pete Sessions and an address from Admiral Patrick Walsh. One of the Equest horses greeted guests as they entered the building. The event raised funds for the nonprofit’s Hooves for Heroes program, which helps veterans. To learn more, visit La Buena Vida Foundation also held a fundraising dinner at Las Colinas Country Club in early November. The Irving-based nonprofit helps homeless teens. Next door to Irving, the C.R. Smith Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala Nov. 8. Guests enjoyed wine and food tastings while surrounded by American Airlines memorabilia. The museum hosts a photography exhibit called Colorama through Jan. 4. Visit One of the larger nonprofits in Irving is Big Brothers Big Sisters. Every year, the nonprofit holds its Big Black Tie Ball, complete with entertainment, a live auction, dinner and more. This year’s ball was Saturday at Omni Dallas Hotel. Country music singer Trace Adkins performed and three guests received awards. The Neal Hawks Compassionate Spirit Award went to Chris Owens, Mark Early received the Frank Bracken Visionary Leadership Award and the Tom Slone Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dick Kilgust. Katherine Musick of Irving served as ball co-chair and spotted in the crowd were several Irving Chamber staffers, Mayor Beth Van Duyne and council member Gerald Farris. Honorary chair was T. Boone Pickens. Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a leader in one-to-one youth mentoring for 86 years. While it has served more than 10,000 children, the need remains great, with about 5,000 on the waiting list. Call 888-887-2447 or visit

One more November fundraiser was the Dream Achievers Luncheon held at Brook Hollow Golf Club to benefit Communities in Schools Dallas Region. The nonprofit serves schools in Irving and across the area. The Dream Achiever Award went Geraldine “Tincy” Miller. Lt. Gov. David Dewhustwas the speaker and Harriet Miers was honorary chair. The nonprofit’s site coordinator Rey Maldonado received the 2013 Dream Maker Award.

In October, Irving-based Flowserve held a golf tournament at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Irving that raised $98,905 for Communiities in Schools. To learn more, visit

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