Global Connections Thrive in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas Sister Cities Kicks Off 2018 Members Circle Campaign

Led by Bob Jameson, 2018 Campaign Chair and President of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Members Circle is a thriving network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for Fort Worth.

Lead donors to this year’s campaign will be recognized at the Mayor’s International Dinner at the Omni Hotel May 24.  Due to the generosity of corporate and individual donors, Sister Cities is starting the year with $195,208 in Members Circle commitments and is on its way to meeting a $350,000 goal.

This early support comes from Sundance Square, as a Platinum member; the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rae & Michael Hyatt, and Texas Health Resources as Premier members; BNSF Railway Company, the DFW International Airport, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Simpson, LLP as Global members; Bank of Texas, Bell Helicopter, Bennett Benner Partners, Mary Palko, Sister Cities International, and Tarrant County College as Presidential members; as well as 100% of the Sister Cities’ board of directors and others.

“We kicked off this year’s campaign with a reception to welcome a delegation from Nîmes, France who were visiting in hopes of establishing a partnership with Fort Worth,” said Johnny Campbell, Board Chairman. “We are working to strengthen and create even more relationships for Fort Worth and grow the opportunities for youth and adults alike.”

Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth (4% of Sister Cities’ budget) plays a key role in Sister Cities’ mission, but most work is made possible through public support like that received through the Members Circle.

To support Fort Worth Sister Cities and join the Members Circle, contact Katie Wharry at 817-632-7101 or katie@fwsistercities.org.

Mayor’s International Dinner Big Success 2017

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Recognizes Global Award Recipients 

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs, Becky & Henry Borbolla, lead the crowd of nearly 400 through an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities recognized and honored individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Awards were presented to: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company – THE GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD Catholic Charities of Fort Worth –  THE GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD Bob Jameson – GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company received the Global Nexus Award as good representatives of Fort Worth to the world, creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth was given the Global Citizens Award for their strong representation of Fort Worth by creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational and humanitarian initiatives.

Bob Jameson received the Global Impact Award for his long-time service to the Fort Worth community and development of international partnerships through global business, culture, and tourism.

The event was made possible by the Fort Worth Sister Cities 2017 Members Circle, a network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad.  Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support through the Members Circle.

The dinner was held June 1 to celebrate 32 years of service by Sister Cities to the City of Fort Worth.  Entertainment was provided by the Taiko Drummers, Mariachi Real de Alvarez, Andrea Tullis from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, KJRI Dancers from the Consul General of Indonesia’s office, Swahili Carmel Choir from Christ Chapel Bible Church, and representatives from each of Fort Worth’s eight sister cities.

Mayor’s International Dinner & Global Awards Announced for 2017

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities honors global award winners & donors

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs Becky & Henry Borbolla will lead the annual Mayor’s International Dinner on June 1 at the Omni Hotel as Sister Cities honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics will be awarded the Global Nexus Award recognizing businesses that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth will receive the Global Citizens Award which is given to organizations that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational, humanitarian, or cultural initiatives.

“Much of our work encompasses our call to ‘welcome the stranger,’ and we are honored that this award not only reflects our passion to serve the vulnerable and marginalized, but also that it gives a platform and a voice to those who have become our neighbors here in Fort Worth,” said Heather Reynolds, President & CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth. “We are committed to work within the laws of our land and in conjunction with our city to continue to show what global citizenship can be when we partner together- a mutually beneficial experience.”

Bob Jameson, President and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau will be honored with the Global Impact Award. This honor is given to individuals who have made significant efforts to promote Fort Worth globally and establish international partnerships. 

The dinner is made possible by the Members Circle which is comprised of individuals, businesses, and organizations who support the mission of Sister Cities with a financial contribution. For more information about the Members Circle, please visit weblink.donorperfect.com/memberscircle. If you would like to attend the dinner or get involved with the Members Circle, please contact Katie Wharry at 817-632-7101 or katie@fwsistercities.org.

Global Connections Thrive in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas Fort Worth Sister Cities International Kicks Off 2017 Members Circle Campaign 

Led by Bob Jameson, 2017 Campaign Chair and President of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, the 2017 Members Circle is a thriving network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad. Lead donors to this year’s campaign will be recognized at the Mayor’s International Dinner at the Omni Hotel on June 1.

Due to the generosity of corporate and individual donors, Sister Cities is starting the year with $180,925 in Members Circle commitments and is on its way to meeting a $400,000 goal.  This early support comes from Sundance Square, as the Platinum member; the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rae & Michael Hyatt, and Texas Health Resources as Premier members; Bennett Benner Partners, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Simpson, LLP as Global members; Alcon, Cook Children’s, The Law Office of Greg Jackson, Mary Palko and Tarrant County College as Presidential members; as well as 100% of the Sister Cities’ board of directors and many others.

After a very successful 2016, Fort Worth Sister Cities continues to promote Fort Worth globally and enrich the local community through international education, exchange and commerce.  “We had a warm welcome from the community last year and loved sharing our story with a record number of people,” said Johnny Campbell, Board Chairman. “Our business is people-to-people relationships.  We do it well and want to do even more to benefit Fort Worth.”

Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth (4% of Sister Cities’ total budget) plays a key role in Sister Cities’ mission, but most work is made possible through public support like that received through the Members Circle.

To support Fort Worth Sister Cities and join the 2017 Members Circle, contact Katie Wharry at 817-632-7101 or katie@fwsistercities.org.

The Amazingly Global Race Winners Announced

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities teams compete in downtown Fort Worth  

dsc_0518If you saw crazy costumes over the weekend in downtown Fort Worth, they were teams in the 3rd Annual Amazingly Global Race chaired by Carolann Morris, Inwood Bank, benefitting Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Mayor Betsy Price awarded trophies to race teams of four people who walked, ran, or rode to stations representing Fort Worth’s eight sister cities and attempted various feats ending with the awards festivities at the Flying Saucer.

dsc_0508“It’s so good to see how creative people can be in order to support our international efforts. Forming international relationships, fostering new business connections, and promoting tourism and cultural understanding are vital to seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges in this global era,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Trophies were presented in the following categories:

GRAND CHAMPIONS & TOP FUNDRAISING TEAM – The Wonder Team:  Gloria Staring, Carolann Morris, Paul Acosta, and Steve Ortega

FASTEST TIME & BEST COSTUME – 2 Ballers Team:  Jason Murtaugh, Chad Morgan, Steven Deane, and Jeremy Reinhardt

BEST COSTUME RUNNER UP – The Golden Girls Team: Jerod Butler, Denise Harris, Derek Tillemans, and Andy Yates

TOP FUNDRAISER – Carolann Morris

dsc_0484“The Race is held annually to fund the international youth education programs of Sister Cities that give students leadership and communications skills preparing them for a global society,” said Mae Ferguson, President/CEO of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Mayor’s International Dinner a Big Success 2016

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Recognizes Global Awards Recipients 

Finale pic with MayorMayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs Phil and Anne Moroneso lead the crowd of nearly 500 through an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities recognized and honored individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

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Jacques Marquis accepting the Global Citizens Award on behalf of the Cliburn

Awards were presented to:

THE GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD

The Cliburn 

 

THE GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD

Alcon

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Bettina Maunz accepting the Global Nexus Award on behalf of Alcon

The Cliburn was given the Global Citizens Award because they are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational and cultural initiatives.

Alcon received the Global Nexus Award due to their positive connections around the world and for their long history with the City of Fort Worth’s international efforts through the Sister Cities organization since 1985.

md-2278The event was made possible by the Members Circle, a network of individuals, organizations, corporations and community leaders committed to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad.  Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth (4% of FWSCI’s total budget) plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support like that received through the Members Circle.

md-2325The dinner was held May 5 to celebrate over 30 years of service to the City of Fort Worth.  Entertainment was provided by the Mondo Drummers, Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth, Steven Li from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Youlan Ji from The Cliburn, Panther City Five band, and many community leaders and members of sister Cities performing various international songs and dances.

TEAMS TO COMPETE IN FIRST GLOBAL RACE IN FORT WORTH

Funds Raised Will Benefit Fort Worth Sister Cities International Youth Programs 

Join Honorary Chair, Mayor Betsy Price and Co-Chairs, Andrea Ballard and Andrea Puente for the Inaugural Amazingly Global Race Saturday, October 4 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Sundance Square Plaza benefitting Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Teams of four will walk, run and ride to eight stations throughout downtown attempting to complete various challenges ending back at Sundance Square Plaza for an awards ceremony at 1:00 p.m.  To participate teams raise a $1,000 entry fee which is due by Friday, October 3 at noon.

Each challenge station represents one of Fort Worth’s sister city partners from China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Swaziland.   A few challenges include moving giant sushi onto a plate with chop sticks made from swimming pool noodles at the Japanese station and kayaking across the Danube (Trinity River) in Budapest, Hungary.  After teams accomplish the challenge at each station their passports are officially stamped before proceeding to the next station.

“Every city larger than Fort Worth has a sister cities program and none is more active or effective than ours.  In an increasingly smaller world, Sister Cities plays a huge role in  enhancing the image of our city abroad, helping to improve the lives of our citizens and provide global opportunities for all,” said Mayor Price.

The event is sponsored by the Bank of Texas and the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, as well as DFW International Airport, Mrs. Renfro’s, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and INDULGE magazine along with a host of team sponsors and other supporters.  All funds raised will go towards supporting youth and education programs of Fort Worth Sister Cities.

Awards will be presented to the Grand Champion Team, Top Fundraising Team, Fastest Team, Top Fundraising Individual and Best Team Costumes.

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CELEBRITY CHEFS COOKING FOR SISTER CITIES

Fort Worth, TX — Chefs to cook unique menus in winners’ homes Eleven well-known Fort Worth chefs have graciously donated their time and expertise to help Sister Cities promote Fort Worth to the world and provide the community with a global education. Some chefs are preparing meals in winning bidders’ homes for 8 to 10 people and some with specialized wine pairings to complement the menus. “These chefs are some of the best in the country and are willing to create a unique meal in your home,” said Becky Renfro Borbolla, Sister Cities Development Chair.   “I have already put a group together to bid on a package.  What a fun way to raise money and help our kids.”  Bidding starts May 15th and ends May 30th at /fort-worths-favorite-chefs-up-for-bid with these participating chefs:
  • Bobby Albanese—Piola Italian Restaurant & Garden
  • Vance Martin—Lili’s Bistro
  • Anthony Felli—Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
  • Janet Capua– Z’s Café
  • Derek Venutolo—Capital Grille
  • Chef Rivera—City Club
  • Donatella Trotti—Nonna Tata
  • Heather Kurima—Culinary School of Fort Worth
  • Timothy Prefontaine—Fort Worth Club
  • Michael S. Thomson—MichaelsCuisine Restaurant & Bar
  • Nehme Elbitar—Chadra Mezza & Grille
In an ever-expanding global marketplace, cultural enlightenment is crucial for students, adults and businesses alike. Sister Cities’ programs leave lasting impressions for guests to take home and share with others leading to economic ties, educational opportunities that prepare youth for a global marketplace and cultural understanding. Sister Cities maintains and nurtures international relationships so that other partnerships, including economic development programs, can flourish. Tourism from Fort Worth’s sister cities contributes $2.6+ million annually to the Fort Worth economy.

Champions Announced

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Champions Dan & Sharon Millians with Mae Ferguson
Millians 2013 Dance Champions at Mayor’s International Dinner Fort Worth, Texas – Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars Winners Announced

Dan and Sharon Millians were awarded the mirrored ball trophy as the 2013 Dance Champions at this year’s Mayor’s International Dinner benefitting Sister Cities. Dan is a retired teacher who taught at Country Day School in Arlington and Sharon an attorney at Kelly Hart & Hallman. They performed a spicy salsa to the Miami Sound Machines’ Conga. Close behind in 2nd place were Frank Shiels, Sr. VP at Frost Bank and Connie Blake,  interior designer with GL Seaman Co.  Gordon Rhodes and wife Julie Rhodes’ understudy, Abi Abel, rounded out the top three.

Gordon and Abi also won Best Costume for rapper/hip hop—styled garb including a gold jacket and pants worn by Gordon over a fishnet t-shirt!  Gustavo Pena and Anne Cox were awarded the Most Likely to Go to Broadway trophy for a beautiful waltz to The Commitments, Never Loved a Man.

The event was Chaired by David Parker, Vice President of AT&T and hosted by Mayor Betsy Price. Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars was a huge success raising nearly $180,000 to support Sister Cities’ programs.

The surprise of the night was a gift of song performed by Andy Taft, Gary Cumbie,  Michael Bennett, Owen Daniel, David Parker, Commissioner Roy Brooks and Alison Edwards.  The audience jumped to their feet and sang along to the Coca Cola inspired song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”.

Another crowd pleaser was the African Hip Hopsters. These brave guys and gals danced to live African drum music performed by the Mondo Drummers led by Eddie Dunlap and wowed the crowd with their hip hop skills. They included: Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, Andrea Ballard, Dr. Jennifer G. Brooks, Kelly Campbell, Jason Lamers, Clint Riley, Renee Snoke, Robert Sturns and Alan Young with a surprise ending including Mayor Price herself.

Eighteen incredible couples entertained the audience with their various renditions of disco, swing, waltz,  salsa and a free-style routine that had them “bustin’ a move”. Regardless of talent, they were all entertaining with their flamboyant and sometimes reckless performances. They included: Jim & Gloria Austin; Jerod Butler & Renee Glass; Bill & Julie Fairley; Tre Garrett & Renita Smith; Randle & Teresa Harwood; Courtland Kilpatrick & Morgan Albert; Dan & Sharon Millians; Brandon & Carley Moore; Frank & Martha Newman; Todd & Sandy Olsen; Gustavo Pena & Anne Cox; Gordon & Julie Rhodes; Joe Rians & Christen Glennon; Ramon Romero & Anette Soto;  Dennis O’Neill & Stacy Robinson; Frank Shiels & Connie Blake; Jeff & Shelly Whitfield; and    Joshua Willis & Tracy Williams.

Videos of the evening can be seen soon on You Tube and online at www.fwsistercities.org.

MAYOR’S INTERNATIONAL DINNER – NOV. 21ST

Celebrity Dance Couples Announced

Fort Worth Sister Cities will be staging its annual Mayor’s International Dinner on Nov. 21st at the Renaissance Worthington  Hotel featuring the final year of Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars!  The event is hosted by Mayor Betsy Price and chaired by David Parker, AT&T Vice President. Guests will be entertained by popular emcee Gary Cumbie and local celebrity couples vying for the coveted mirrored ball trophy to be presented to the Dance Champions performing either a disco, swing, salsa, tango or waltz routine. Celebrity couples include: Jim & Gloria Austin, Jared Butler & Renee Glass, Bill & Julie Fairley, Tre Garrett & Renita Smith, Randle & Teresa Harwood, Alec Jhangiani & Sasha Comacho, Courtland Kilpatrick &  Morgan Albert, Dan & Sharon Millians, Brandon & Carley Moore, Frank & Martha Newman, Todd & Sandy Olsen, Richard Shea & Stacy Robinson, Gordon & Julie Rhodes, Joe Rians & Christene   Glennon, Ramon Romero & Anette Soto, Frank Shiels & Connie Blake, Jeff & Shelly Whitfield and Joshua Willis & Tracy Williams.

Vote NOW for your Favorite Celebrity Dance Couples

Special entertainment will be provided by the “African Hip Hopsters” dance group accompanied by Fort Worth’s own Mondo Drummers.  The Hip Hopsters are a group of  local community leaders, including Mayor Price herself, dancing a hip hop routine to authentic live African drum music. Guests at the Mayor’s Dinner will be entertained by the dancing celebrity couples and Hopsters throughout the evening and will dine on cuisine from Fort Worth’s sister cities. All this is being done in an effort to raise funds to support the educational, cultural and economic opportunities provided by Sister Cities to the citizens of Fort Worth. For more information or to sponsor go to the Sister Cities’ website www.fwsistercities.org or call  Mae Ferguson at 817/632-7104.