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Fly Away With The Bridge, A Night in The Emerald City, benefiting The Bridge Breast Network Kick Off Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Tue, Jan 3, 2012, 11:51 am

Gala event is Saturday, February 18. Sponsorships and underwriting available.


Fly Away with The Bridge |A Night In The Emerald City
Celebrating The Bridge Breast Network’s 20 Years of Service
Kicks Off at the Marquee Grill & Bar

Joining event chairs Janie Morris and Hamilton A Sneed were
Lynn McBee, Dena Miller, Mrs. Highland Park 2012 and Dawn Neufeld of VH1’s Football Wives


Fly Away with The Bridge - A Night In The Emerald City celebrating The Bridge Breast Network’s 20 years of service in North Texas kicked off at the Marquee Grill & Bar at Highland Park Village with an evening beginning with cocktails and gourmet bites in the patio and bar and ending with guests shopping at Anne Fontaine, Q Custom Clothier and Stella McCartney, all donating a portion of their sales to The Bridge Breast Network.

          As the champagne flowed, VeeV Açaí Spirits were poured alongside delicious hors d’oeuvres prepared under the supervision of executive chef Tre WiIMG_0003Web.jpglcox and the exciting news began.

Event chairs Hamilton A Sneed and Janie Morris welcomed guests and reminded everyone that The Bridge Breast Network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for breast cancer to low income, uninsured and underinsured individuals, serving women and men in 16 counties in the DFW area.



(Photo: Janie Morris-Groom, a Fly Away With The Bridge Chair; Finley Moll, an Honorary Chair)

Hamilton introduced Honorary Chairs Finley Moll and Dr. Sally Knox, who reiterated the powerful and positive impact The Bridge Breast Network has on lives every day.








( Photo: Hamilton A Sneed, a Fly Away With The Bridge Chair; Debbie Stagg, Million Air Dallas, a sponsor)










(Photo: Sue King, Hedy Rittenmeyer, President, Board of Directors, The Bridge Breast Network)

 Janie recognized the Board of Directors, including Suzanne Bock Grishman, Board Advisor; Hedy Rittenmeyer, President; Sheila Taylor, Vice President and Interim Treasurer; Karen Gray, Secretary; Dr. Keith Argenbright; Mitch Dean; Jessica Hoffmann; Walton Taylor, MD and Linda Perez Yater and introduced event Co-Chairs, Tracey and Micah Goins.

Tracey thanked this evening’s event sponsors: Marquee Grill & Bar, M&M Special Events, Laura’s Events, Highland Park Village, Stella McCartney, Q Custom Clothier, Anne Fontaine, Equinox, Gilt City, Kiehl’s, VitaminWater, POPLife Jewels by Jacque Martin, Bootglams, HELPS Tea and Chocolate Secrets and named the event sponsors and partners to date, including host location, Million Air Dallas, plus VeeV Açaí Spirits, Classic BMW, Community Coffee, Adams Communications Public Relations, HAS Events, Lomo Creative and Grand Luxe Magazine.

Hamilton announced Preview Host Committee and Event Host Committee members would be joining everyone for dessert, cocktails and shopping beginning at 7:30 PM. Detailed listings are below.

At Stella McCartney were Finley Moll; Dena Miller, Mrs. Highland Park 2012; Kimberly Hall Alexander and Tara Harper. Joining supporters at Anne Fontaine were Sherri and Dr. Mason Yeary, Dawn Neufeld, from VH1’s Football Wives and her husband retired NFL player Ryan Neufeld. At Q Custom Clothier were Dawn and Jon Mellon.

Slated for Saturday, February 18, 2012, Fly Away with The Bridge – A Night In The Emerald City celebrating The Bridge Breast Networks’ 20 years of service will be held at Million Air Dallas’ brand new airplane terminal and hangar in Addison, with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert and dancing to the live tunes of TruBone Band.

Celebrity chef stations include Tre Wilcox from Marquee Grill & Bar, along with fellow executive chef and restaurant stations serving up fabulous dinner and desserts: Tim Bevins, Craft Dallas; Tim Byres, SMOKE; Tiffany Derry, Private Social; Jeff Harris, BOLSA & Bolsa Mercado; Chad Houser, Parigi & Café Momentum; Juliard Ishizuka, Dee Lincoln’s Restaurant & Bubble Bar; Kent Rathbun, Rathbun Concepts; Abraham Salum, Komali.

Join in the live and silent auctions and an exciting online auction, including an experience from Top Chef All-Star Tre Wilcox: Training with Tre for one week, including four hours each day in the kitchen plus chef’s tasting for two at the end of your culinary experience. Priceless!

Preview Host Committee members are Dena Miller, Dawn and Ryan Neufeld, Dan Pritchett. Event Host Committee members are Kimberly Hall Alexander, Tara Harper, Lynn and Allan McBee, Torii and Katrina Hunter, Jerricka Kelly of Odyssey Concierge, Dawn and Jon Mellon, Maribeth Peters, Sherri and Dr. Mason Yeary.

          Tickets start at $125.00 for general admission and tables with general seating beginning at $1,000 with sponsorships available. For details visit the web site at or contact Event Chairs Janie Morris at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 214-908-1234, Hamilton A Sneed at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 214-454-5683 or The Bridge Breast Network Office, Terry Wilson-Gray, Executive Director at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 214-821-3820.

History and Mission:. 

In the past decade, The Bridge Breast Network has served over 100,000 North Texans and connected more than 10,000 with medical treatment. The Bridge Breast Network was founded in 1992 to serve as the link between uninsured and underinsured women and men and the life-saving care they so desperately need. Only through the help of volunteers and generous donations from the North Texas community is The Bridge Breast Network able to carry out this vital mission. Status or circumstance shouldn’t be a factor in the fight against breast cancer. Cancer doesn’t care whether a person is Asian or Caucasian, 16 or 60, insured or not. The care shouldn’t discriminate either.

For every dollar donated, Bridge clients receive nearly 10 times that amount in medical care.  Hundreds of physicians and medical facilities in the Metroplex have volunteered their professional services or drastically reduced their fees to make a large discount possible.  Your tax-deductible donation goes toward lifesaving evaluations and treatment, such as biopsies, medication, and chemotherapy.  


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Photos by Rob Wythe


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Join the Oak Cliff Lions Club on Thursday Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Wed, Nov 16, 2011, 09:58 am

Please join us for the Oak Cliff Lions Club 2011 Boot Scootin' Extravaganza next Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Salon Las Americas, 1004 Fort Worth Avenue in Oak Cliff. 

The Western-style dinner/dance features some great homestyle country cooking including BBQ Brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans and dessert plus tea and coffee. 

Country music entertainers will be District Lions Renee Francey and Britnie Rosenbalm, and Oak Cliff Lions Club members demonstrating line dances. 

Tickets are $50 each that include the Reverse Raffle where the winner receives a $5,000 credit card of his/her choice, or $25 for dinner and entertainment only without the raffle. 

For more information please visit


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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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