… On April 1, 2021 local volunteers and community members joined the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event. … Leaders from the Texarkana community read the names and ages of over 1,100 children who were reported as abused and received services through the Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA in 2020. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected, “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” were used in place of their names.
The Margaret Fischer Davis Elementary School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on March 1, 2021 at 4:30 PM. The staff, local community leaders and the community joined to celebrate the opening of the new elementary that opened in November 2020. The building was made possible by a nearly $20 million bond election approved by voters in 2018 and named in honor of Margaret Fischer Davis, who served as superintendent of the for 20 years.
The 10th Annual Gayble Moss Memorial Tennis Tournament was held Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27 at Texas High School indoor courts. The annual tennis tournament was rescheduled from its previous October date. French Open Champion, Luke Jenson was on site to take part in the event celebrating Gayble Moss. All proceeds benefited the Gayble Moss Scholarship Fund at St. James Day School. Luke Jenson who is the 1993 French Open doubles title winner and current ESPN commentator will be back October 15 and 16, 2021 for the 11th Annual Gayble Moss Tennis Tournament.
The 12th Annual Women for the Arts and For Arts' Sake Gift Shop Holiday Open House was held on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 at the Regional Arts Center in downtown Texarkana. The annual event offered a one-of-a-kind shopping experience with unique, handmade goods from local and regional artisans.
Thursday, November 5, Joseph Raymond hosted "10 Artists-1 Night Only" at the beautiful Omega Building in downtown Texarkana. Local collectors and art lovers joined area artists Ryan Schimidt, Polly Cook, Tyler Arnold, Chris Thomas, Jon Welborn, Jess Weiner, Holly Perez, James Hayes, and Allan Phillips for Raymond's annual showcase of incredible Arklatex talent. It was a great night with a variety of works including paintings, sculpture, blown glass, pottery and more!
The Opportunities, Inc. "Drive-Through" Autumn Luncheon was held on Thursday, November 5th outside the Senior Day Building. This signature event hosted by the Foundation Board has been held since 1985. While traditionally hosted in a home, extra precautions were taken to make it as safe as possible. The drive-through luncheon included a wonderful box lunch prepared by local Chef Marjorie Slimer, and each box included a recipe card featuring one of her specialty desserts. … Joan Carter and the late Nancy Sandefur founded the Opportunities, Inc.
Leadership Texarkana, with the support of the City of Texarkana, Texas, hosted their tenth annual Fall Party at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center, October 13. The event was held to celebrate the Leadership class of 2020 and the partners and supporters of Leadership Texarkana. There were food trucks on hand to add to the festivity and fun. … At the event, Dr. Mary Ellen Young was named as the 2020 Idalee Raffaelli Hawkins Leader of the Year honoree.
Sunday, October 11, the Opportunities, Inc. Angel Guild hosted an afternoon of football, craft beer, and delicious food at Pecan Point Gastropub and Brewery. This was a fantastic event and a real crowd pleaser with craft beer and food pairings such as Pecan Point’s “State Street Blonde” paired with Tuna Tartare, “Pecan Point Ale” paired with Beer-Battered Pub ‘Shrooms, “Grim Porter” and Duck with Cherry Sauce, and “Bell’s Dairy Milk Stout” paired with Chocolate Bread Pudding. … Ticket proceeds from this event will go to support Opportunities, Inc.
Golfers from the Texarkana community gathered, Tuesday, October 6th, for a golf tournament supporting the United Way Foundation. It was a beautiful day of golf, raising money for an important cause. … The event was hosted at Texarkana Golf Ranch and was organized by members of the tournament committee, including David Mims, Mike Mahone, and Mark Bledsoe.