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.

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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.

See pictures of event…

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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.

See pictures of event…

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.

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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.

2013-11-22 02:00

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.

2013-08-21 10:38

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.

Mayor’s International Dinner To Be Held Nov. 21st

Fort Worth, TX Dinner To Feature Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars! Fort Worth Sister Cities International is staging the Mayor’s International Dinner Nov. 21st at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel 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, tango or waltz routine. Celebrity couples will be announced soon. Special entertainment will be provided by the “African Hipsters” dance group accompanied by the MONDO Drummers.  The Hipsters are a group of local community leaders, including Mayor Price herself, dancing a hip hop routine to authentic African music. Auditions are occurring now to fill the dance company. Guests at the Mayor’s Dinner will be entertained by the dancing couples and Hipsters throughout the evening and 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, please click here.

Japanese New Year’s Celebration Big Success!

Oshogatsu Celebration  – Year of the Snake

What an amazing Oshogatsu Celebration held in January. From fabulous Asian foods to the sounds of Taiko drummers the event was incredibly successful. Over 100 people joined in to celebrate the Japanese New Year and learn and experience more about Japanese culture. Domo Arigato to Nagaoka Chair Tom Brents and the committee for their work on the event. Join us next year for the celebration of 2014 – The Year of the Horse. Fort Worth, TX – The Nagaoka, Japan committee of Fort Worth Sister Cities plans to stage an authentic  Japanese Oshogatsu celebration (Japanese New Year’s celebration), January 24th at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  The evening will feature international cuisine, entertainment, and a raffle. Oshogatsu is the celebration of the Japanese New Year and is considered to be one of the most important  annual festivals and holidays in Japan.  “The Japanese look to Oshogatsu as a time for peace and resolution.   It provides people with a sense of renewal,” said Tom Brents, Sister Cities’ Nagaoka Chair.  In Japan, houses can be found decorated with origami and special good luck charms of cranes and turtles that signify hope and happiness for the New Year. Sister Cities stages international events and programs as a way to bring the world to Fort Worth and connect globally as citizen diplomats.  “Despite the fact that technology has made the world a smaller place and facilitated communication, humanity is just as much in conflict.  It is imperative that we prepare ourselves with skills and cultural understanding necessary to function in an increasingly globalized world.   Sister Cities has programs that do just that,” said Board Chairwoman Ann Rice. Cost for the event is $25.00 for Sister Cities’ members and $30.00 non-members.   For more information, please contact Beth Weibel, Sr. Program Manager of Sister Cities at beth@fwsistercities.org.  You may purchase tickets here: https://www.fwsistercities.org/2013-oshogatsu-the-year-of-the-snake

2013-01-25 10:46

Japanese New Year’s Celebration Big Success!

Oshogatsu Celebration  – Year of the Snake

What an amazing Oshogatsu Celebration held in January. From fabulous Asian foods to the sounds of Taiko drummers the event was incredibly successful. Over 100 people joined in to celebrate the Japanese New Year and learn and experience more about Japanese culture. Domo Arigato to Nagaoka Chair Tom Brents and the committee for their work on the event. Join us next year for the celebration of 2014 – The Year of the Horse. Fort Worth, TX – The Nagaoka, Japan committee of Fort Worth Sister Cities plans to stage an authentic  Japanese Oshogatsu celebration (Japanese New Year’s celebration), January 24th at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.  The evening will feature international cuisine, entertainment, and a raffle. Oshogatsu is the celebration of the Japanese New Year and is considered to be one of the most important  annual festivals and holidays in Japan.  “The Japanese look to Oshogatsu as a time for peace and resolution.   It provides people with a sense of renewal,” said Tom Brents, Sister Cities’ Nagaoka Chair.  In Japan, houses can be found decorated with origami and special good luck charms of cranes and turtles that signify hope and happiness for the New Year. Sister Cities stages international events and programs as a way to bring the world to Fort Worth and connect globally as citizen diplomats.  “Despite the fact that technology has made the world a smaller place and facilitated communication, humanity is just as much in conflict.  It is imperative that we prepare ourselves with skills and cultural understanding necessary to function in an increasingly globalized world.   Sister Cities has programs that do just that,” said Board Chairwoman Ann Rice. Cost for the event is $25.00 for Sister Cities’ members and $30.00 non-members.   For more information, please contact Beth Weibel, Sr. Program Manager of Sister Cities at
beth@fwsistercities.org.  You may purchase tickets here: https://www.fwsistercities.org/2013-oshogatsu-the-year-of-the-snake

Dance Champions Named at Sister Cities Event 2012

Fort Worth, Texas–DeVaults named champions at Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars 

2012 Dance Champions Travis and Catharine DeVault Travis and Catharine DeVault were awarded the mirrored ball trophy as the 2012 Dance Champions at this year’s Mayor’s International Dinner benefitting Sister Cities.   Travis is Director of Customer Support at BNSF Railway and Catharine a 9th grade teacher. They performed a sultry tango to the Eurthymics Sweet Dreams. Joe Berry & Janee Harrell – 2nd place winners! Close behind in 2ndplace were Joe Berry of Winslow’s Café and Janee Harrell, The Janee Show and State Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock rounded out the top three. Mayor Kenneth & Ashley Shetter who sported a 50s costume took home the honors for Best Costume.  Councilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton were awarded the Headed to Broadway trophy for a lively Swing number with a “surprise” ending. The event was Chaired by Michael Guyton, Vice President of ONCOR and hosted by Mayor Betsy Price.  Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars was a huge success raising over $150,000 to support Sister Cities’ efforts to provide educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all Fort Worth citizens. The surprise of the night was the Stompin’ Studs.  These brave businessmen danced to the Broadway hit, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and wowed the crowd with their dancing skills.  They included:  Henry Borbolla, Carlo Capua, Bob Jameson, David Goodroe, Glen Hahn, Greg Kalina, Andy Taft, Robert Sturns, David Parker, Matt Graves, TD Smyers, Chris Edwards, Chief Jeff Halstead and Lee Rogers. Another crowd pleaser was the Dance of Champions.  This group was made up of champions from the last two years including Mary Palko & Owen Daniel, Greg & Tina Kalina, Johnny & Sherry Campbell, Mark & Robin Nurdin, Henry & Becky Renfro Borbolla and Paul & Harriet Harral. Sixteen incredible couples entertained the audience with their various renditions of disco, swing, waltz and tango. Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock 3rd place winners! Regardless of talent, they were all entertaining with their flamboyant and sometimes reckless performances.    They included: Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock; City Councilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton; Mayor Kenneth & Ashley Shetter; Chris & County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia; Kyle Arnold & Andrea Ballard; Capt. Rob & Lori Bennett; Joe Berry & Janee Harrell; Travis & Catharine DeVault; Steve & Rebecca Montgomery; Bob & Sally Parmelee; Charlie & Beverly Powell; Greg & Jeanine Ricks; Clint Riley & Kelly Campbell; Marshall & Annette Searcy; and Fred Slabach & Melany Neilson.

Videos of the evening coming soon to our You Tube channel – Stompin’ Studs Preview Video

2012-11-02 02:23

Dance Champions Named at Sister Cities Event 2012

Fort Worth, Texas–DeVaults named champions at Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars 

2012 Dance Champions Travis and Catharine DeVault Travis and Catharine DeVault were awarded the mirrored ball trophy as the 2012 Dance Champions at this year’s Mayor’s International Dinner benefitting Sister Cities.   Travis is Director of Customer Support at BNSF Railway and Catharine a 9th grade teacher. They performed a sultry tango to the Eurthymics Sweet Dreams. Joe Berry & Janee Harrell – 2nd place winners! Close behind in 2ndplace were Joe Berry of Winslow’s Café and Janee Harrell, The Janee Show and State Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock rounded out the top three. Mayor Kenneth & Ashley Shetter who sported a 50s costume took home the honors for Best Costume.  Councilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton were awarded the Headed to Broadway trophy for a lively Swing number with a “surprise” ending. The event was Chaired by Michael Guyton, Vice President of ONCOR and hosted by Mayor Betsy Price.  Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars was a huge success raising over $150,000 to support Sister Cities’ efforts to provide educational, cultural and economic opportunities for all Fort Worth citizens. The surprise of the night was the Stompin’ Studs.  These brave businessmen danced to the Broadway hit, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and wowed the crowd with their dancing skills.  They included:  Henry Borbolla, Carlo Capua, Bob Jameson, David Goodroe, Glen Hahn, Greg Kalina, Andy Taft, Robert Sturns, David Parker, Matt Graves, TD Smyers, Chris Edwards, Chief Jeff Halstead and Lee Rogers. Another crowd pleaser was the Dance of Champions.  This group was made up of champions from the last two years including Mary Palko & Owen Daniel, Greg & Tina Kalina, Johnny & Sherry Campbell, Mark & Robin Nurdin, Henry & Becky Renfro Borbolla and Paul & Harriet Harral. Sixteen incredible couples entertained the audience with their various renditions of disco, swing, waltz and tango. Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock 3rd place winners! Regardless of talent, they were all entertaining with their flamboyant and sometimes reckless performances.    They included: Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock; City Councilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton; Mayor Kenneth & Ashley Shetter; Chris & County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia; Kyle Arnold & Andrea Ballard; Capt. Rob & Lori Bennett; Joe Berry & Janee Harrell; Travis & Catharine DeVault; Steve & Rebecca Montgomery; Bob & Sally Parmelee; Charlie & Beverly Powell; Greg & Jeanine Ricks; Clint Riley & Kelly Campbell; Marshall & Annette Searcy; and Fred Slabach & Melany Neilson.

Videos of the evening coming soon to our You Tube channel – Stompin’ Studs Preview Video

Mayor Betsy Price to Host Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars!

Fort Worth, TX— Celebrity dancers announced As Honorary Chair of Fort Worth Sister Cities, Mayor Betsy Price will again host the annual Mayor’s International Dinner Nov. 1st at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel to raise funds for educational, cultural and business opportunities for the citizens of Fort Worth. The dancers are rehearsing, the chef is cooking and early voting has started for the Best Dancers at this year’s event. The winning couple will be selected by audience votes at the dinner and online  prior to the event at www.fwsistercities.org. This year’s line up of local celebrity dancers include: SwingCouncilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton, Greg & Jeanine Ricks and Kyle Arnold & Andrea Ballard Waltz—Bob & Sally Parmelee, Charlie & Beverly Powell, Marshall & Annette Searcy, and Capt. Rob & Lori Bennett. Tango—Joe Berry & Janee Harrell, Clint Riley & Kelly Campbell, Travis & Catharine DeVault, and JaMarcus Perdue & Stephanie Flesher. Disco—St. Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock, Steve & Rebecca Montgomery, Mayor Ken & Ashley Shetter, and Fred Slabach & Melany Neilson. New this year are the “Stompin’ Studs” dancing with Mayor Price. This group of community leaders will perform to a wild and energetic song but will not compete for votes. They include: Bob Jameson, David Goodroe, Glen Hahn, Greg Kalina, Carlo Capua, Andy Taft, Robert Sturns, David Parker, Matt Graves, T. D. Smyers, Chris Edwards, Chief Jeff Halstead, Lee Rogers, and Henry Borbolla. “This is going to be an event you do not want to miss. These guys are well-known in Fort Worth but you don’t usually see them perform a dance routine for a crowd of 500 people,“ said Michael Guyton, this year’s Dinner Chair and Vice President of ONCOR. For information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase individual tickets at $150 each contact Sister Cities at 817.632-7100 or email Eva.

2012-09-12 09:17

Mayor Betsy Price to Host Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars!

Fort Worth, TX— Celebrity dancers announced As Honorary Chair of Fort Worth Sister Cities, Mayor Betsy Price will again host the annual Mayor’s International Dinner Nov. 1st at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel to raise funds for educational, cultural and business opportunities for the citizens of Fort Worth. The dancers are rehearsing, the chef is cooking and early voting has started for the Best Dancers at this year’s event. The winning couple will be selected by audience votes at the dinner and online  prior to the event at www.fwsistercities.org. This year’s line up of local celebrity dancers include: SwingCouncilman Dennis & Cindy Shingleton, Greg & Jeanine Ricks and Kyle Arnold & Andrea Ballard Waltz—Bob & Sally Parmelee, Charlie & Beverly Powell, Marshall & Annette Searcy, and Capt. Rob & Lori Bennett. Tango—Joe Berry & Janee Harrell, Clint Riley & Kelly Campbell, Travis & Catharine DeVault, and JaMarcus Perdue & Stephanie Flesher. Disco—St. Rep. Kelly & Robin Hancock, Steve & Rebecca Montgomery, Mayor Ken & Ashley Shetter, and Fred Slabach & Melany Neilson. New this year are the “Stompin’ Studs” dancing with Mayor Price. This group of community leaders will perform to a wild and energetic song but will not compete for votes. They include: Bob Jameson, David Goodroe, Glen Hahn, Greg Kalina, Carlo Capua, Andy Taft, Robert Sturns, David Parker, Matt Graves, T. D. Smyers, Chris Edwards, Chief Jeff Halstead, Lee Rogers, and Henry Borbolla. “This is going to be an event you do not want to miss. These guys are well-known in Fort Worth but you don’t usually see them perform a dance routine for a crowd of 500 people,“ said Michael Guyton, this year’s Dinner Chair and Vice President of ONCOR. For information about sponsorship opportunities and to purchase individual tickets at $150 each contact Sister Cities at 817.632-7100 or email Eva.