Before the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo came barreling into town, the Junior League of Fort Worth rolled out the virtual red carpet for its 2019 Grand Entry Gala.
More than 800 guests, clad in their best Western chic, descended on "the dirt floor" of Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum on January 12 for a night of food, fun, and fabulous community support.
The Grand Entry Gala draws the who’s who of Fort Worth, this year attracting such notable guests as Brad Barnes, Ed Bass, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Gail and Bill Landreth, Olivia and Jeff Kearney, Elaine and Neils Agather, Kit Moncrief, and Mayor Betsy Price and Tom Price.
Event chairs Caroline Crawford and Mary Lou Hilliard, along with honorary chairs Jean and John Roach, helmed the star-studded evening, while Junior League president Carrie Cappel presided.
Party-goers gathered on the rodeo arena floor to sip cocktails and bid on silent auction items. Among the attention-grabbing items? A pair of stunning, 2.75-carat diamond hoop earrings from Bachendorf’s.
Later, attendees danced and sang along to tunes by Texas Country sensation Aaron Watson — including his greatest hits and the premier performance of his new single, “Kiss That Girl Goodbye.”
Giving attendees reason to pause — but only long enough to fuel up — was delicious fare provided by rodeo favorite Reata, including beef tenderloin tamales, jalapeño cheese grits, and traditional Southern desserts.
Spotted in the crowd, having a great time, were JLFW members and special guests Leo Taylor, Melissa Taylor, Michelle Marlow, Scott Marlow, Troy Robertson, Amber Robertson, Katie Howard, Stephen Howard, John Michael Fierer, Ashley Fierer, Becky Mazur, Clay Mazur, Caroline Kelly, Regan Haggerty, Ryan Haggerty, Meggan Morrison, Andy Morrison, and Kevin Kelly. Also, Todd Davenport, Catherine Davenport, John Wynne, Whitney Wynne, Rebecca Rucker, Michael Bornitz, Lisa Moore, Clark Rucker, Leigh Bornitz, Ryan Moore, Blair Walker, John Walker, Lucy Semple, Chris Semple, Rob Sell, Lizzie Sell, Brandom Gengelbach, Allison Gengelbach, Lyndsay Dickerson, Ryan Dickerson, Caroline Lamsens, and Frank Lamsens.
Gala funds raised benefit the Junior League of Fort Worth, whose mission is to promote volunteerism, develop the potential in women, and improve the lives of women and children in the community. Junior League continues its partnership with the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo by "yelling and selling" official rodeo programs throughout the event, which continues through February 9, 2019.