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3rd Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament benefitting Alport Syndrome Hope for the Cure Foundation Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Nov 8, 2011, 12:08 PM

Register now and mark your calendars for Friday, November 11!


Join us at the 3rd Annual Texas Hold’em Tournament on November 11, 2011 at the Gleneagles Country Club in Plano benefitting Alport Syndrome Hope for the Cure Foundation. Proceeds fund much needed research for children with Alport Syndrome and other chronic kidney diseases.  

In addition to helping Children’s Medical Center, the Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to host a scientific research symposium in the next few years. In the past two years, the Foundation donated over $26,000 to the Hemodialysis Unit at Children’s Medical Center Dallas to help fund state of the art medical equipment and have sent 15 children on dialysis to Camp Reynal.

Alport Syndrome is a rare kidney disease that causes progressive kidney damage. The disease is more damaging to boys and all boys with Alport Syndrome will eventually develop end stage renal failure (ESRD). Most boys will require dialysis and a transplant during their early adolescent years. Currently, there is no specific treatment or cure for Alport Syndrome.

Foundation founders Jodi and Jeff De Serrano’s 4-year old son, Dylan, was diagnosed with Alport Syndrome at age 2 and is one of the youngest to be diagnosed. “It is our goal to help find a cure before he faces the difficult effects of this disease as so many others are facing now,” Jodi said.

Last year’s tournament was a wonderful success, selling out with over 130 players. There will be blackjack tables, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for registration, hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. 

The tournament is open to anyone over 21 years of age and spouses are encouraged to join in the fun.

Some of the prizes include American Airlines Center Suite for 18 people to a Stars Game, 60’ flat screen TV, 3 night stay in a Penthouse Suite at The Las Vegas Hilton, Suite to a Rangers game, 2 night stay with dinner at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, iPad 2, Cascades golf stay and play package, Set of custom fitted Irons from Adam’s Golf, 5 Lap Thrill Ride at the Texas Motor Speedway, private wine tasting party for 10 at Times Ten Cellars and more!


Join us at the event so the De Serranos and the entire board of directors can thank you personally for your support. The children affected by Alport Syndrome and other chronic kidney disease will benefit tremendously from your generosity. For more information visit


Alport Syndrome Hope The Cure Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising awareness and money for research related to Alport Syndrome and other kidney diseases. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. EIN# # 27-0433806



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November 12: BeatLeukemia Ball presented by McGladrey Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sun, Aug 28, 2011, 01:06 PM

 Cru Hosts the Kick Off for the 9th Annual BeatLeukemia Ball
presented by McGladrey benefiting LeukemiaTexas

          Cru – A Wine Bar in West Village hosted the kick-off celebration for the 9th annual BeatLeukemia Ball recently, where some exciting announcements were made. 
           “This is THE most fun you will have at a gala,” said Janie Condon, who is co-chairing the ball with cousin-in-law, Kim Miller. “The Fab Four will have you dancing all night. Last year we closed it down way after midnight.”
          For those who don’t know, The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles! is the spectacular musical show for which The BeatLeukemia Ball is renowned and patrons look forward to it every year.
          Slated for Saturday, November 12 at the Hilton Anatole Chantilly Ballroom, this high energy event promises no long speeches, loud auctions or lengthy raffles; just great food, great entertainment and great fun – all for a great cause!

          “We are honored to announce McGladrey as our presenting sponsor again this year,” said Stephen Young, executive director for beneficiary, LeukemiaTexas. “98.7 KLUV is also returning as a sponsor and has joined with American Airlines to offer a spectacular prize package, so brush up on your music trivia. The table that wins this year’s music trivia contest receives round-trip airfare on American Airlines for each person at the table, a value of $9,000.”
          After much applause, Young asked if anyone knew the connection between the Beatles and honorary chairs Julie and Jim Turner. The room went quiet. It seems that in 1967 Paul McCartney wanted to name the Beatles’ new album Dr. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band, but was advised against that, since the name Dr. Pepper was already taken. So, it became Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Band.
          Tickets and sponsorships are available now. See fact sheet below.


Photo: Jacob Dunn, Manager, Cru; Stephen Young, Executive Director, LeukemiaTexas; Kim Miller, Ball Co-chair; Lina Street, Cru; Janie Condon, Ball Co-Chair; Julie Turner, Honorary Chair; Roger Hendren, McGladrey, Presenting Sponsor, BeatLeukemia Ball 2011.

The BeatLeukemia Ball presented by McGladrey benefits LeukemiaTexas

LeukemiaTexas is an independent, nonprofit corporation dedicated to improving the lives of those with leukemia through the funding of research and patient aid exclusively in Texas.

Through its Research Grant program, LeukemiaTexas awards grants for translational research to advance the understanding and treatment of this life-threatening blood cancer.

This research has been conducted at Baylor Research Institute, UT Southwestern, MD Anderson and UT San Antonio Health Science Center. Its results have been recognized with publication in such leading journals as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Through its Patient Aid program, LeukemiaTexas provides much-needed financial assistance to leukemia patients to pay for their treatment expenses.

Founded in Dallas in 1970, LeukemiaTexas is not affiliated with any other leukemia or charitable organization. The majority of its contributions are from special events including The BeatLeukemia Ball.

What/When: The 9th annual BeatLeukemia Ball will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Hilton Anatole’s Chantilly Ballroom.

Sponsor: Returning as the Presenting Sponsor is McGladrey, the 5th largest provider of assurance, tax and business consulting services in America.

Who: The 2011 Ball Co-Chairs are Janie Condon and Kim Miller. 2011 Honorary Chairs are Julie and Jim Turner.

Attire/Event Timing: Attire is black tie or Sgt. Pepper chic. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner. At 9 PM guests will enjoy dancing and the spectacular musical show for which The BeatLeukemia Ball is renowned, starring The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute to The Beatles!

The BeatLeukemia Ball is a high-energy event! There are no long speeches, loud auctions or lengthyraffles; just great food, great entertainment and great fun – all for a great cause!

Tickets: Underwriting begins at $1,000. Individual tickets are $250 each. Visit the web site below for details and benefits.

Information: To find out more about the Ball or to register online, please visit or call LeukemiaTexas at 214-265-7393. To see a highlight video of the Ball on YouTube – just search “beatleukemia.”

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September 10: Pegasus Ball "Diamonds in the Rough" benefits the Autism Treatment Center Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sun, Aug 14, 2011, 12:34 PM

Bobby Norris' Roundup for Autism is one of Texas' largest fundraisers for autism, benefitting the Autism Treatment Center. The main events begin with a VIP Party in the heart of Fort Worth's Historical Stockyards on Thursday night, September 8, after a full day of Ranch Sorting.

Friday night, September 9, experience the excitement of a parade and the thrill of the country's top cowboys and cowgirls competing in a rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum.

Weekend events conclude in Dallas with the black tie Pegasus Ball at the beautiful Fairmont Hotel on Saturday, September 10.


Roundup for Autism Founder: Bobby Norris

Honorary Chair: Congressman Pete Sessions
Trail Boss: Tracy Rowlett

Dallas Celebrity Golf Hosts: Doug Dunbar and Garry Seith
Celebrity Host: Barry Corbin

San Antonio Celebrity Golf Host: Steve Spriester
Rodeo Master of Ceremonies: Larry Mahan

Rodeo Chairmen: Gina Marx and Heather Russell

Pegasus Ball Chairmen: Dee Carter and Sharon Folsom

Click here to see the fact sheet with sponsorship details, ticket information and more.  

Click here for the Events page, with information describing each day's activities, ticket information, links and more.

And if you are in Fort Worth, join us on August 18 for an art work unveiling. Link to the invitation here.

Scroll down for fact sheet info.
























Pegasus Ball Tickets - 972-644-2076 x 106 (Table Sponsor (10 seats) - $2,000; Individual - $200)

Rodeo Box Seats - 817-545-7248 (6 Seats - $300)

Rodeo Tickets - 817-625-1025 (General Admission - $15/adult, $10/child)

Neil Massey, ATC Special Events Coordinator, 972-644-2076 ext. 104 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Autism is the most widely diagnosed developmental disability in the nation, affecting approximately 1 in 110 children; a significant increase over the past 4 years.
Autism is more common than the sum of all childhood cancers, muscular dystrophy, juvenile diabetes and cystic fibrosis combined. ATC is striving to meet the
needs of these children and to give hope and inspiration to their families by expanding existing and incorporating new services. 4/6/11)

Thursday, September 8, 2011
Ranch Sorting - 8am
Cowtown Coliseum
VIP Kick-Off (Sponsors & Media) – 6:00pm
Rodeo Exchange – Fort Worth
Happy Hour, Lone Star Lockup & Roping Auction


Friday, September 9, 2011
Celebrity Staging Party – 5pm-7:30pm
Fort Worth Stockyards
Parade/Walk – 6pm
Fort Worth Stockyards
Celebrity Rodeo – 7:30pm
Cowtown Coliseum
Bull Riding, Team Roping and Penning, Mutton Bustin’


Saturday, September 10, 2011
Pegasus Ball – 6:30pm
Fairmont Hotel Dallas
Live Entertainment, Reception, Dinner, Drawing,
Live & Silent Auctions

Friday, October 21, 2011
Dallas Golf Tournament – 7am
(8am Shotgun Start)
The Cowboys Golf Club

Friday, November 18, 2011
San Antonio Golf Tournament – 11am
(12pm Shotgun Start)
The Quarry Golf Club


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Aug. 8: Cooking Class at Canary Benefits Breast Cancer Fight Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Aug 4, 2011, 02:24 PM

CanaryGorgiPhoto.jpg"Summer Grilling Secrets & Sizzling Sides"

Monday, August 8, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Canary by Gorji, located at 5100 Beltline, Addison 75254 (Village on the Parkway, Beltline & Montfort).

$59 plus tax and gratuity. Includes three-course dinner with paired wines.

20% of proceeds benefit Laidley's Ladies & Gentlemen supporting the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Reservations:  call 972-503-7080 or visit 

Special offer:  Gorji Gourmet Gift Bags are available for $50 and include Chef's entire line of products.  $30 from each sale will also benefit Laidley's Ladies

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The Family Place Seeks To Honor Trailblazers Against Domestic Violence Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, May 24, 2011, 12:53 PM

Award Nominations Due:  June 15, 2011

 The Family Place is seeking nominees for its Real-Life Hero Award, a new honor that will be presented at the 2011 Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon to an individual who creates positive change for women and healthy families within our community.


The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award recognizes a man or woman who works behind the scenes without reward or recognition to contribute to the quality of life of North Texans. This individual embodies a positive spirit, going well above and beyond the call of duty to make our community a better place.


Paige Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place, emphasizes the importance of honoring those who contribute so much.  “The Texas Trailblazer Awards represent a chance to give much-deserved credit to those who create significant positive change in the North Texas community,” says Flink.  “We’re especially excited this year to present the newly created Real-Life Hero Award, which will recognize an individual who works tirelessly and humbly to help others.”


Slated for Thursday October 6, 2011, the Texas Trailblazer Awards luncheon will be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  Margot Perot is the Honorary Chair for the event. “Mrs. Perot’s dedication to issues that affect women has helped The Family Place and other organizations make huge strides in improving the quality of life for women and children,” says Flink. Hadley Galt and Honey Rothermel will serve as Co-Chairs.


Luncheon guest speaker is Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide.  The book takes readers through Africa and Asia to meet extraordinary women despite their struggles facing abuses like sex trafficking, forced prostitution and gender-based violence. The stories in the book show how a little help and empowerment can transform the lives of women and girls abroad.  WuDunn and co-author husband Nicholas Kristof are Pulitzer Prize winners.

To nominate a local unsung hero that you see making a difference in our community for The Family Place Real-Life Hero Award go to and download a Real-Life Hero Award nomination form. Submissions are due by June 15, 2011.   If you have questions, call Kelly Cruse at 214.443.7766 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


Other awards as selected by The Family Place to be presented at the luncheon include The Family Place Texas Trailblazer Award, which recognizes a local woman who has achieved significant success despite the obstacles she has faced along the way.  She is a woman who has accomplished a "first" and opened the doors of opportunity for other women.  She has made significant contributions either in her community, business or profession.  No matter what her accomplishments, however, she is a woman who has blazed a trail for others to follow.


The Family Place Man of Influence Award recognizes a North Texan who is leading by example to make domestic violence a “community issue” rather than a “women’s issue.”  Through his lifestyle, he is setting a standard of compassion, support and commitment that promotes healthy relationships.


The Family Place Youth Service Award and Scholarship recognizes students who are outstanding leaders in their high school communities.  They have participated in The Family Place Students Be Project Program for a minimum of one year, acting as mentors to educate their peers about healthy relationships in an effort to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault.


The Family Place Advocacy Award recognizes an organization that has played a vital role in furthering the mission of The Family Place to stop the suffering of women and children victims of family violence in North Texas.  By providing generous financial and volunteer support and promoting awareness with employees, associates and peers, the Advocacy Award recipient is a strong voice speaking out for victims of family violence to improve our community’s response to their critical needs.


Event Details:  Hilton Anatole, October 6, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships start at $1500 and tickets are $125.


About The Family Place: It is the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area reaching out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that have kept women and children safe for 33 years providing intervention, emergency shelter and crisis counseling services.


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