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April 8, 2020
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Hope your Easter is eggscellent!
YMCA of Fort Worth  is partnering with local vendors to provide free Grab & Go meals in Tarrant, Hood and Johnson counties while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus crisis. These meals are provided by  Tarrant Area Food Bank  and Purple Hearts Inc.
Additionally, The Y is offering free childcare for essential employees and first responders.
Way to go, YMCA!
Click on the links below to enter for prizes
Meals of a deal: This is not their grandmother’s salsa. Renfro Foods , maker of multi-platinum, award-winning Mrs. Renfro’s salsas, relishes, peppers, cheese dip and barbecue sauce, is so much more than chips and dip. Its website has eight pages of recipes, with collaborating chefs, including Stefon Rishel; brewers, including Rahr & Sons; and even Uncle Dicky and peachy Paula. Grits, pork tenderloin, steaks and pies. Sweet, just a bit spicy or Carolina Reaper hot. There’s something for everyone. Mrs. Renfro’s Virginia Patron – we’ll drink to her – has a package for one reader: six jars of new taste salsas (craft beer and blackberry), a bag of chips, a stress reliever, a t-shirt, a cap and a coffee mug.
Bid while biding: What if you could celebrate a non-profit during an annual gala in your jammies? Check it out at 7 p.m. April 21 on Facebook Live when Camp Fire First Texas streams its 2020 Camp El Tesoro de la Vida benefit. Marketing magician Christy Jones is hopeful 500 or more “guests” will peruse the auction “tables” beginning April 14 at FB Events. Dollars raised drive awareness and financial support for Camp Fire’s week-long summer camp for about 100 grieving children that have lost a loved one. Justin Frazell of 95.9 The Ranch radio will host the event and Christy has $25 for two readers to get you started. (The Camp El Tesoro de la Vida gala is tentatively planned for July.)
Wild ride on the wild side: Way before its time, all the way back to 1984 and Big Brother, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center has been practicing social distancing. You’d better not get within six feet of that rhino during your self-guided tour! Fossil Rim is where Africa comes to Texas, and unfortunately for visitors, the approximately 1,100 animals, including cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, rhinos and more, are sheltering in place. More like a six-mile distance. Animal planeteer Jennifer Smith is safari searching everywhere to maintain the superb care and food the animals are receiving as they await your return. Jennifer has a car pass for two readers to drive the 1,800-acre park any time this year after it re-opens.
Congratulations to the April 1st
Prize Winners:

  • Kelly Beck, Simmons Bank
  • Riza Nolasco, FW Housing Solutions
  • Doug Clayton, Cantey Hanger
Best birthday gift…EVER: March 28, 2020, Sonya Cisneros Wierzowiecki, on her birthday, gave birth to Amelia Catherine Wierzowiecki, six pounds one ounce and 19 inches long. “She and I will share a birthday forever, “ said Sonya, the membership and events manager at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Changing of the guard:  For 14 years and 49 weeks   of her 30 years at the   Chamber,   Mr. B was assaulted by Miserly Mistress' red lines and red markups of his brilliant writing and ranting. No more. This  B2B Insider  is retiring EVP-Marketing Marilyn Gilbert's last ambush. But B's sigh of relief isn't long. Coming from San Antonio in time to have her Bryn Mawr paw prints all over  B2B Insider  next week is new Chamber   EVP-Marketing Katie (not related to Frederick) Douglass.  
Mr. B asking for a friend: Do I have to shave my legs for Zoom meetings?
Helping is contagious: What started as a Facebook request March 4 to Carlo Capua at Z's Cafe for help finding hand sanitizer, turned into WOW! by the end of March for Tony Formby at Acre Distilling . “This has become a full-time gig,” Tony said. “We are making it in bulk to complete orders for nursing homes, hospitals, Fed Ex drivers, postal workers, etc. We bottle at the distillery for smaller donations and complimentary 4-oz. squeeze bottles that go with Acre retail liquor bottle sales. Just gave 40 bottles to the City of Fort Worth building inspectors. Now filling 300 bottles for Meals on Wheels volunteers. We are working to supply 1,000 gallons a week to Baylor Scott and White .” Only hitch? He can’t get enough isopropyl alcohol.
Join us; don’t be passed over: Mr. B’s family of 63 (though some are stragglers that haven’t converted) will celebrate its 96th Passover tomorrow night via Zoom. The prophet Elijah, who always is late for his matzo and glass of wine, will have a tough decision on which Jewish house(s) to visit in this era of sheltering and could be overly imbibed by night’s end. Happy Passover, and BTW, there is a .pdf of The Maxwell House Haggadah.
Jetting to the forefront: Lockheed Martin took a broadside last week in a local publication for not doing enough in north Texas during the pandemic. Here’s a bit of what Lockheed has done: It’s helping multiple school districts fund the technology they need for distance learning. It is providing 2,000 meals a day for organizations that provide meals for the elderly, children, veterans and the homeless. That enables Compass, its food provider, to retain its workforce. It has made grants to multiple north Texas food pantries. This giving is not something new. During 2019, Lockheed Martin employees in Fort Worth volunteered more than 64,000 hours and donated more than $1.3 million; the company donated an additional $2.3 million to support Tarrant County nonprofits.
“People, I am not qualified to be an elementary school teacher.”

--Michael Ryan (sheltering)
Four Thirds Creative
Workplace & COVID-19: Steve Peglar, senior veep at Whitney Smith and a member of Chamber partner FW HR, says a company could be liable if an employee were to contract the coronavirus at work. "Employees, particularly healthcare workers, may be entitled to collect workers’ compensation,” he said. He also says an employer may screen job applicants for symptoms of COVID-19 after making a conditional job offer, as long as it does so for all applicants for that job.
Thanks for the memories! The feast of fun, folly and food stories from the Original Ms. B are over. Tarrant Area Food Bank , swamped with the urgent need for packaging and delivering food to the community, has ended its Community Kitchen culinary arts job training program, which Barbara (Ms. B) Higbee headed. Side note: EECU , a long-time partner with TAFB, purchased 10,000 cloth bags to help with the increase in food distribution.
A little Jolly during spring: Diane Willingham, Director of Sales and Events with Eight O Management, which owns Bird Café , Flying Saucer, Flying Fish and Rodeo Goat, says eGift cards are Flying out the door “…on par with typical Christmas volume.”
Kit a fit: Amanda Kit Tollett is the new Chief of Staff to Tarleton President James L. Hurley, and veep for University Relations. She also will coordinate legal and policy issues, and oversee Tarleton’s marketing and communications area. She will not have any spare time. Dr. Kim McCuistion is now dean of Tarleton’s Fort Worth campus and veep for External Operations.
Kudos: Wendy Shabay, veep and Group Manager of Urban Planning + Design at Freese and Nichols , has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Planning Association. Just 53 were inducted nationally for 2020.
To comply with Tarrant County's recommendations on public gatherings, our in-person programs are currently on hold while we re-assess and determine next steps for planning.
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April 8 - 2:00 p.m.
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April 9 - 2:00 p.m.
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