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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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Sat. May 7: $150 tickets for Blake Shelton at DSM's Curtain Call Gala Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Thu, Apr 28, 2011, 02:17 PM

LogoComerica.jpgCurtain Call 2011
benefiting Dallas Summer Musicals and their Education and Outreach Programs


All About Tonight, All About the Kids

There are different levels of participation in the May 7th Curtain Call Gala event. For the entire evening's festivities: VIP cocktail hour, Gala dinner, benefit performance featuring Blake Shelton with VIP seating, after dinner dessert and dancing to Dallas Unlimited, open bar. Those tickets begin at $500 each.

But, if you want to attend the "Starlight Mezzanine Party," beginning at 7:30 for $150, see details below. 

It's going to be a fabulous night! Join us! 

Curtain Call 2011 Chairs Mary and John Gill have opened up the May 7, 2011 Blake Shelton benefit performance to the public with tickets starting at $150.00 each. Beginning at 7:30 PM, join us at the Music Hall at Fair Park in the Starlight Mezzanine (upstairs) for a fraction of the price of a Gala ticket. So get your friends and family to put on their black tie and boots and join!

For $150, patrons will receive:

  • Separate party upstairs with appetizers and a cash bar;
  • A balcony ticket to see Blake Shelton;
  • Admission to the after-party cabaret with all gala guests to enjoy dessert, music and dancing to the tunes of Dallas Unlimited with open beer and wine bar.

These tickets are available now by calling Meredith Ford, 214.413.3959 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it    and will be available beginning April 19, 2011 from the web



Country Music Association’s 2010 Male Vocalist of the Year and Grand Ole Opry inductee in a special performance benefiting the Dallas Summer Musicals’ mission to bring the Best of Broadway to North Texas and to provide for children’s education and outreach programs.



Curtain Call 2011
benefitting Dallas Summer Musicals and their Education and Outreach Programs

Event Name:          Curtain Call 2011

Benefitting:            Proceeds from Curtain Call support Dallas Summer Musicals' mission to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas and provide for children's education and outreach programs.  Sponsors’ support will bring the magic of musical theater to so many children who otherwise would never experience it — magic created through programs such as Seats for Kids, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, Kid’s Club, and Stage Right.

When:           Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM – Gala patrons
                             Starlight Mezzanine patrons ($150 ticket holders): 7:30 PM upstairs

Where:                     The Music Hall at Fair Park

                             909 1st Ave
                             Dallas, TX 75210

Honorary Chair:      Amy Turner   

Chairs:                   Mary and John Gill

The Evening:             Cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, gourmet seated dinner followed by the show (details below); dessert, cocktails and dancing to the sounds of Dallas Unlimited at the Curtain Call Cabaret late night party.

The Show:                  This year’s featured entertainer will be one of country music’s hottest stars, Blake Shelton.  Winner of Country Music Association’s 2010 Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year awards, Blake Shelton will bring Texas-sized charm to Curtain Call 2011.  Blake has visited the #1 spot on the country singles chart no fewer than six times, with three of those coming in the last three years.  He has been awarded Vocal Event of the Year by the Academy of Country Music and Collaborative Video of the Year (with Trace Adkins) by CMT.  In October, Blake received one of the most distinguished honors in country music — induction into the Grand Ole Opry.

Sponsors:                  Dallas Summer Musicals is presented by Comerica Bank.  Season sponsors are American Airlines, Dallas Morning News, Metro PCS, WFAA Channel 8, and Texas Instruments.  Curtain Call 2011 media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

Tickets:                      Sponsorships and underwriting available. Individual tickets are also available. Gala individual tickets begin at $500 each and Starlight Mezzanine tickets are $150 each. Before April 19, 2011, contact Meredith Ford, Special Events & Outreach Manager at DSM, 214-413-3959 and email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for the $150 tickets. After April 19, 2011, they will be available on line.  All gala underwriting opportunities and benefits are available through the web site at:


Contact:                Meredith Ford, Special Events & Outreach Manager at DSM, 214-413-3959 and email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it


About Dallas Summer Musicals

Dallas Summer Musicals (DSM) is the preeminent nonprofit presenter of Broadway theatre in North Texas.  DSM produces, presents and promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages, impacting the lives of children and families through community outreach and education and enriching the cultural landscape of Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas and the Southwest Region. Visit the website at

·               DSM Academy of Performing Arts:

The first component of Dallas Summer Musicals’ outreach initiatives, DSM Academy of Performing Arts, extends the legacy of former DSM Managing Director Tom Hughes’ vision, to create the broadest possible avenue for dramatic expression within our community.  In 1999, the DSM Academy of Performing Arts was established to provide training for students ages 7 – adult, as well as continuing education for adults in theater arts.  Professional instruction helps students integrate the disciplines of singing, dancing, and acting into the unique genre of musical theater.  To ensure access and availability, the school offers limited scholarships to promising students with limited financial resources. Instruction includes classes, workshops and performance. When possible, workshops are provided by cast members of productions playing at Dallas Summer Musicals. 

·               Seats for Kids: Created in 2003 to provide a meaningful theater arts experience to low-income, at-risk and special needs children, Seats for Kids serves approximately 2,000 children each year.  Nonprofit youth agencies and Title 1 schools are eligible to participate in the program. DSM provides children, their teachers and chaperones with free tickets as well as a professionally drafted study guide to support attending the performance.  In 2010 DSM provided this program to coincide with productions of XANADU and LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.

  • Kids Club: This free membership program for kids was created to develop tomorrow’s musical theater audience.  Through exciting activities, special events, backstage tours and informational       exchanges about shows included in the Kids Club membership, children gain an interest, knowledge and appreciation of the performing arts.
  • Stage Right: In 2005, the Stage Right program to introduce at-risk youth ages 12-15 to arts and cultural events, was created in partnership with the Dallas Police Department.   Together, DSM and DPD are “Raising the curtain for education and spotlighting the appreciation of the arts through experience and positive quality lifestyles.” The students entering the program are recommended by Dallas area teachers and counselors and other youth programs including Boys & Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and Dallas Recreation Centers as part of their ongoing efforts to keep students from joining gangs, getting involved in drugs and crime, or engaging in other activities that prevent their enjoying success in school.  Stage Right, with educational support from the Phoenix House, seeks to raise awareness of the arts, increase appreciation for different lifestyles and also increase self esteem. 
  • Discover Theatre:  In 2007 Dallas Summer Musicals added a program specifically for children in grades K-6.  The inaugural year included DISNEY’S CINDERELLA KIDS and THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS.  Building on its year’s initial success, DSM brought in FRANKLY BEN, FROG AND TOAD and FLAT STANLEY to entertain, educate and empower young people in elementary school. Nearly 6,000 students participated in this program in 2010.

The public can play a part in bringing the Best of Broadway
to the young people in our community

Charitable contributions are vital to the sustainability of these initiatives at Dallas Summer Musicals.  Please assist DSM in its mission to build awareness for the enjoyment and educational values of musical theater as it does so through its ongoing outreach programs.


For more information including sponsorships, booking or program details, please contact the DSM Development Department at 214.413.3959 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Ruben Esquivel To Receive Annual Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian Award Print E-mail
by Sharon Adams    Sun, Mar 20, 2011, 11:59 AM


The Oak Cliff Lions Club will present its 2010-2011 Oak Cliff Lions Club Bill Melton Humanitarian Award to Ruben Esquivel, Vice President of Community and Corporate Relations of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 12:00 Noon in the Weiss Auditorium of Methodist Central Hospital.  Lion Bill Tucker is Chairman of the Event.

The Award, first presented in 1978, to Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, is presented each year to recognize and honor the person (or persons) whose activities, contributions and service, best symbolize the ideals of Lionism. The Award is usually given to non-Lions who have demonstrated a dedication to community, profession/occupation, God and mankind that exemplifies the motto of Lions International, “We Serve”.  The Award was re-named by the Club Board of Directors in 2010, to reflect the name of the Founding President of the Award.

RubenEsquivelColor2007.jpgEsquivel currently serves as Chairman of the State Fair of Texas and Baylor Oral Health Foundation.  He is a Past Chairman of the Dallas County Hospital District Board (Parkland Hospital), Dallas County Historical Foundation ( Sixth Floor Museum), The Dallas Foundation, The Dallas Opera, The North Texas Commission, YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Commission, as well as Past President of the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, The Community Council of Greater Dallas, DeSoto Independent School District Board, DeSoto Chamber of Commerce and The Adult Child Training Center.

He is also the current Vice Chairman of the Stemmons Corridor Business Association and Dallas Symphony Association, as well as Trustee of Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Research and Education Foundation and Dallas Medical Philanthropic Fund.   Esquivel is also a Member of the Oak Cliff Lions Club.

Other Past Recipients of the Award include Ebby Halliday, T. Boone Pickens, Roger Staubach, H. Ross Perot, Nancy Brinker, Raymond Nasher, Ruth Altshuler, Robert S. Folsom, Lamar Hunt, Lillian Bradshaw, J. McDonald Williams, Paul Bass, Rodger Meier, Chris V. Semos, Lindalyn B. Adams and Dr. Charles Sprague
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