JUST IN: Candice Romo And Hollie Siglin To Co-Chair Children’s Cancer Fund’s “Celebrating 30 Sweet Years” Fashion Show

News just arrived about the Children’s Cancer Fund’s annual fundraiser gala. Hold on to your football helmets! In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the fashion show will have the theme “Celebrating 30 Sweet Years.”

Candice Romo*

Hollie Siglin*

And to make a really sweet deal, the co-chairs will be Candice Romo and her longtime buddy Hollie Siglin. In addition to both being moms, the gals are also partners in Hawk and Sloane.

To add some muscle to their team, they’ve drafted Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as honorary co-chairs. Talk about star power!

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman (File photo)

The ladies have already locked down the Hyatt Regency Dallas for Friday, April 27.

This anniversary already has all the signs of being a sweetheart of a fundraiser. Sponsorships are available now!

* Photos provided by Children's Cancer Fund

Sadie Keller Stole The Limelight And Hearts At The Children’s Cancer Fund Patron Party

Despite being divorced, Pamela Moayedi and Mehrdad Moayedi are still on good terms. No, make that very good terms. Need proof? On Thursday, March 23, Mehrdad let his gorgeous blonde ex use his fabulous home on Strait Lane with the spectacular view of the property’s lake for the Children’s Cancer Fund patrons party. The reason is that Pamela is chairing the Friday, April 21st Children’s Cancer Fund “Broadway Light and Runway Lights” on Friday, April 21, at the Hilton Anatole.

Grant Keller, Sadie Keller and Sarah Moayedi

Shawn and Sarah Keller

Since the previous owner was in the restaurant/food industry (think Phil Romano), the home’s kitchen was larger than some condos and was the center of the festivities with pizzas emerging from ovens and the island covered with so many edibles for the 60 or so guests including the Moayedi daughter, Sarah and Shawn Keller with pretty-in-pink daughter Sadie Keller and very-cool son Grant Keller, Tim Mullaney, Ludovit Zywczak, Anne Davidson and Cornelia and Ralph Heins.

Cornelius Heins

Anne Davidson

At one point organizers scurried around notifying guests that Honorary Co-Chair Roger Staubach and his wife Marianne Staubach had just arrived.

Pamela Moayedi, Jennifer Arthur, Marianne and Roger Staubach, Sadie Keller and Becky Lewis

Photos were taken of the Staubachs with Executive Board President Becky Lewis, CCF Executive Director Jennifer Arthur and adorable Sadie Keller. Old pro Roger immediately welcomed the fact that he was playing second fiddle to adorable Sadie. Even a Super Bowl win is nothing compared to beating cancer.

Sadie will be one of the kids on the runway wearing the Dillard’s fashions in the show produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers. Tickets are starting at $300 and raffle tickets for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 can be gotten here for $100 each. BTW, the post-fashion show partying will be in the hands of DJ Lucy Wrubel.

JUST IN: Dallas Cowboys’ Wunderkind Dak Prescott And Coach Of The Year Jason Garrett To Walk The Children’s Cancer Fund’s Runway

Children’s Cancer Fund‘s Executive Director Jennifer Arthur is whooping it up. She just revealed that Honorary Co-Chairs/former Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach will be joined at the Friday, April 21st fundraiser — Broadway Nights and Runway Lights — by the new Cowboys starting quarterback/cutie pie Dak Prescott.

Dak Prescott*

Jason Garrett*

Also, escorting Children’s Medical Center pediatric oncology patients on the runway will be Cowboys coach/Coach of the Year Jason Garrett, plus a heck of a lot of other well-known and photographed folks.

Tickets are available for the dinner, applauding and dancing at the Hilton Anatole here!

* Photos provided by Children's Cancer Fund

Genesis Women’s Shelter’s Jane Doe Award Dinner Dazzled With Roger, Serita And LeAnn Thanks To Doug, Gina, Molly And Nancy

In the past the featured speaker of the Genesis Annual Luncheon has attended The Jane Doe Award Dinner the night before for a small gathering of major supporters. This year’s speaker, Tyler Perry, was upfront and regretted that he wasn’t gonna make it for the event scheduled for Thursday, May 5. Now, such a development might send some fundraising chairs into a tizzy. Ah, but Genesis Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers are far from your everyday co-chairs.

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

They rolled up their silk sleeves and made a couple of calls to folks who make big things bigger. The result was a no-sit-down, napkin-in-your-lap and ever-so-proper affair. No, siree. The reception took place in the entertainment center at Molly and Doug Barnes’ estate. Just making it past the security chap with the clipboard at the front gate gave a whole new layer to the expression, “You have arrived.”

Once inside the doors, there was the reception room that’s bigger than some condos. Just behind the check-in table was a marvelous view of the outdoor patio that looked so inviting with pool and umbrella-shaded tables. Still, most everybody stayed indoors with Cassandra and her staff passing all types of yummies and libations in addition to a side buffet of goodies. And then there was talk about a surprise that had been making the rounds. Nobody was supposed to know that Betts-Rogers had arranged for “special entertainment” to follow the presentation of the awards, but it seemed that everyone knew. Only they weren’t admitting it.

Nancy and Richard Rogers

Nancy and Richard Rogers

T.D Jakes

T.D Jakes

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

Marianne Staubach and Nancy Ann Hunt

S.M. Wright II

S.M. Wright II

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Ron Corning and Tanya Foster

Genesis Executive Director Jan Langbein greeted all at the front door…At times it appeared to be a Mary Kay Ash family reunion as Richard Rogers walked in and directly headed to Nancy for a hug…Mary Kay great granddaughter Jessica Blair was on the scene, as well as MK’s granddaughter Gena Tadewald, who came into town from her place in Lucas, where she has horses, cows, dogs, sheep and all types of critters…Driving in from Fort Worth were Olivia and Jeff Kearney. Olivia recalled how Doug had told her, “It took me longer to build this house than it took Jerry Jones to build ‘The Star’ in Frisco.”…Genesis Raffle Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Tanya Foster were on hand with their fellas Lawrence Bock and Pete Foster, respectively…Others filling the room and spilling into the adjoining theater’s lobby were Ken Betts, Nancy Ann Hunt, Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Kathleen Hutchinson, Michael Flores, Dallas Snadon, Doug Carney, Tracy and Ben Lange, Mary Crosland, Cara French, Lisa Ogle, Beth and Charles Thoele, S.M. Wright II, Genesis Annual Luncheon Emcee/WFAA anchor Ron Corning, Shane Allen, Jane Doe Awardee Serita Jakes with her husband T.D. Jakes, HeRO Award recipient Roger Staubach and wife Marianne Staubach. Roger, who has four daughters, admitted to Jan that “When I was growing up, I would have said it was one [case of domestic violence] in 10 million.” Jan said, “No, it’s one in three.” BTW, it was just a couple of years ago that Staubach daughter Jennifer Staubach Gates received the Jane Doe Award.

Kathleen Hutchinson

Kathleen Hutchinson

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Michael Flores and Doug Carney

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ben and Tracy Lange

Ken Betts

Ken Betts

Running a little behind schedule, the group finally moved into the cabaret-style theater with tables and chairs. Due to the SRO crowd, more chairs were assembled, but even then the SRO status remained.

On stage, Jan told about the Rogers’ $1M challenge and if it was met, Genesis Women’s Shelter would receive $2M. She introduced Mary Kay VP Crayton Webb, who heads up Genesis’ HeROs Men’s Auxiliary. Admitting to a definite case of “hero worship,” he did a great job introducing and presenting the award to Roger. Crayton recalled that when he asked Roger about former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy, who had made headlines regarding “an incident” of domestic violence with his then-girlfriend Nicole Holder, Roger responded, “We don’t root for him. I’ll root for the Cowboys, but I won’t root for him.”

Crayton Webb

Crayton Webb

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

Upon receiving the award, Roger added, “If I ever run into Greg, I hope Randy White is with me… Don’t we believe in second chances? Yes, but I’d rather give a second chance to a bank robber than a domestic violence person.” He then thanked Jan for bringing the issue to his attention.

Then Jan presented Serita with the Jane Doe Award for her “Starting Over Ministry,” an 8-week course which offers a curriculum with hands-on practical applications” for women “who are transitioning through some of life’s greatest challenges.” The award is presented to “individuals or groups who display extraordinary commitment to standing alongside those seeking safety, shelter and support.”

Serita Jakes

Serita Jakes

LeAnn Rimes*

LeAnn Rimes*

Following the presentation of the awards, Jan sprung the surprise entertainment — LeAnn Rimes, who sang much longer than her arranged schedule. It was hard to imagine that it’s been 20 years since a 13-year-old Rimes made history with the release of “Blue.” The voice and delivery still amaze.

* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Jane Doe Award Party

Serita Jakes

Serita Jakes

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

The high-rolling types passed muster for access to the 2016 Jane Doe Award Party at Molly and Doug Barnes’ estate on Thursday, May 5. On the eve of the annual Genesis Luncheon featuring Tyler Perry, the nighttime fest provided the perfect opportunity for the presentation of the HeRO Award to Roger Staubach and the Jane Doe Award to Serita Jakes.

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

Nancy Rogers, Gina Betts and Molly Barnes

And while Tyler couldn’t make the night-before event, Genesis Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers arranged to have a sweet songbird by the name of LeAnn Rimes perform. While the post is being prepared, there are some pix of the night over at the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Children’s Cancer Fund’s “An Evening In Oz” Broke All Previous Records With Cancer-Fighting Kids And Celebrity Escorts

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Unlike years past, this year’s Children’s Cancer Fund annual fundraiser for Children’s Health took on a different spin on Friday, April 22. Instead of a luncheon, Event Co-Chairs Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley moved it to nighttime with “An Evening In Oz” as the theme. And the only thing missing was the horse of a different color! And the decision to move it worked, because the evening’s net … oops, can’t reveal it because the board is keeping that number under wraps. Still word has it that it was a record breaker.

But from the beginning of the night, it was obvious that more than Dorothy’s red slippers had been clicking for wishes to come true. As the girl from Kansas and her pals welcomed more than 900 guests at the Anatole, the munchkin artists and models were hunkered down in the Wedgwood Room with makeup being applied, hair curled and partying. In the meantime, the older high-paying kids were in the Peacock Room for the VIP meet-and-greet with Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Over to the side, Marianne Staubach reported that they had just returned from Disneyland with daughter Amy Mentgen and her kids. She admitted that after making the rounds of the park with the grand-kids, the adults were worn out.

Bela Pjetrovic and Chase Cooley

Bela Pjetrovic and Chase Cooley

In another part of the room Bela Pjetrovic and mustachioed Chase Cooley were being congratulated on their recent engagement. Has a date been set? Nothing definite yet, but April 2017 is looking good. And speaking of mustaches, Cooley dad Clay recalled that when he and wife Lisa met, he also had a mustache and long hair.

Another dad in the crowd was Ben Lange, sans son/T-shirt entrepreneur Luke Lange, who was at Benihana for a birthday. The mention of Benihana set off a memory for Clay, who remembered how in the early days, Chase’s birthdays were celebrated there.

All too soon the VIPs adjourned to join the hundreds of others checking out the silent auction in the Chantilly Ballroom reception area just as the ballroom doors were opened.

Missy Chami and Anne Davidson

Missy Chami and Anne Davidson

Inside the ballroom, it appeared as if the Emerald City of Oz had indeed taken up residence, with a stage for the Emerald City band at one end and the presentation stage with runway at the other. All around were tables with folks like presenting sponsor Anne Davidson, Cindy Turner, Suzy Gekiere, Patti Flowers, Tanya and Pete Foster, Mary Meier, Betty Turner and Mary Poss.

Serving as background for the stage were mega scenes straight from “The Wizard of Oz,” including the yellow brick road leading through the field of poppies to the city of Oz.

First on stage were Roger and Troy, joined by Lisa with Emme Nees and Giora with son Jack Barker. The exchange between Rog (this was his 28th CCF appearance) and Troy (it was his 20th) proved their ongoing commitment to battling children’s cancer as well as their mutual respect and friendship for each other.

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Following Lisa’s and Giora’s personal testimonials about each of their reasons for undertaking the fundraiser, Tom Gilchrist sang a capella the Lord’s Prayer. (Quipped Roger afterward: “I’d trade my Heisman for a voice like that.”)

Under the direction of special events producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers, not a moment was lost for the fashion show of Dillard’s kiddo clothes. As Rog, Troy et al left the stage, emcee Scott Murray arrived at the podium to introduce the Children’s Cancer Fund artists and their celebrity escorts including

  • 6-year-old Cooper Dorr with Roger
  • 10-year-old Hayden Ritchie with Troy
  • 12-year-old Mercedes Howdeshell with Tara Pavlock and Ashleigh Panelli
  • 9-year-old Myles Allison with Jason Garrett
  • 13-year-old Carsyn Sapp with Sunny Malouf
  • 7-year-old Corbin Glasscock with Terrance Williams
  • 5-year-old Kamryn Rakestraw with Jim Stroud
  • 11-year-old Maxwell Matlock with members of the Dallas SWAT
  • 5-year-old Reese Skelte with “Dorothy”
  • 11-year-old Keamus Bryant with Medieval Times Red Knight
  • 8-year-old Trip Rowley with Brandon Carr

Unfortunately, 5-year-old Flick Blevins was under the weather and couldn’t make the event. In his stead, Dallas Fire Department #19’s Jerry Hooker, Michael Wolfe, Derrick Brouhard and John Keeler walked the runway holding his photo.

At this point, Scott introduced KDFW’s Clarice Tinsley to introduce the other cancer-surviving children and their celebrity escorts, including:

  • 13-year-old Andrew Russell with Kaitlyn Wade
  • 16-year-old Sabeen Wazir with Jake Pavelka
  • 6-year-old Jackson Houser with Morris Claiborne
  • 6-year-old Rina Cantrell with Jane McGarry
  • 15-year-old Saket Ashar with Dr. Ted Laetsch
  • 9-year-old Laura Beth Rote with Brianna Kiesel
  • 10-year-old Brady Pampilonia with Kliff Kingsbury
  • 9-year-old Julissa Garcia with Jocelyn White
  • 11-year-old Juan Lopez with the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and Rowdy
  • 7-year-old Jordan McDowell with Miss Texas America
  • 16-year-old Averi Moya with Mitch Gaylord
  • 10-year-old Julia Brown with Amy Vanderoef
  • 12-year-old Christian Arroyo with Byron Jones
  • 9-year-old Lynette Quintana with the Pink Heals Firefighters
Andrew Russell and Kaitlyn Wade

Andrew Russell and Kaitlyn Wade

As 18-year-old Kaitlyn Wade escorted child artist Andrew Russell, Marianne recalled how, years ago, Rog had escorted the pretty blonde on the runway when she was presented. Yes, she had conquered leukemia, but her story of challenges hadn’t end there. After winning the battle, she was the victim of a drunk driver. As the result of the horrendous car accident, 9-year-old Kaitlyn “spent two months in a coma and six months at Cook Children’s before she could return home.”

But on this evening, the emphasis was on the current crop of cancer-conquering kids as they mugged, twirled and charmed their way on the catwalk. Blonde Brill Garrett cheered each one like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Okay, so maybe she had an extra whoop when husband Jason took his turn in the spotlight with Myles Allison.

All of this was building up to the live auction. Troy won the trip to the Masters and learned from Rog all the perks associated with the package. Jana and Mike Brosin won the artwork created by CCF Gala artists and Christopher Martin.

To the delight of many of the ladies in the audience, Jake “The Bachelor” Pavelka was doing double duty. In addition to walking the runway, he also was part of the “Dancing With The Stars” package. Shoot! They could have auctioned off pictures with Jake and won a passel of dough, as lady after lady wanted a quick cell-snap with the cutie. But it was Tracy and Ben Lange who won the package. So, watch for them during Season 23 that is scheduled to air this fall.

As soon as the live auction ended, the focus shifted to the other end of the ballroom, where Emerald City took over to get guests on their feet and dancing the night away.

For more pictures from “An Evening in Oz,” check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund’s “An Evening In Oz”

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman

The annual Children’s Cancer Fund’s super-duper fashion show with celebrities escorting cancer-surviving children on the runway in Dillard’s clothes took a turn on Friday, April 22. Co-Chairs Giora Barker and Lisa Cooley shifted the usual luncheon fundraiser to “An Evening In Oz” at the Hilton Anatole.

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Dorothy and Tin Man

Joining Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and Tin Man were Honorary Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach and nearly 900 other pals.

While the post is being finalized, check out the scenes at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

JUST IN: Serita Jakes And Roger Staubach To Receive Genesis’ Jane Doe And HeRO Awards, Respectively

Less than a month from now the Genesis Annual Luncheon with Tyler Perry as the keynote speaker will be underway at the Hilton Anatole on the Friday before Mother’s Day. But Tyler isn’t the only big name that will be on stage. Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Nancy Rogers just sent word about this year’s awardees of the 2016 Jane Doe Award and the 2016 HeRO Award.

Gina Betts (File photo)

Gina Betts (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

Nancy Rogers (File photo)

The Jane Doe Award “celebrates individuals who display extraordinary commitment to standing alongside those seeking safety, shelter and support.” This year’s recipient is Serita Jakes “for her leadership of the ‘Starting Over Ministry’ and her recognition of the important role of the faith community in ending domestic violence.”

Serita Jakes (File photo)

Serita Jakes (File photo)

Roger Staubach (File photo)

Roger Staubach (File photo)

The HeRO (He Respects Others) Award “recognizes men who use their voice and influence to take a public stand against domestic violence.” The word “hero” has long been associated with this year’s recipient in the world of sports, business and community involvement — Roger Staubach.

If you have a mom in your life, why not treat her to an early Mother’s Day treat that will be a real memory maker? Individual tickets are now available!

Roger Staubach And Troy Aikman Get Together With Children’s Cancer Fund Kiddos For Photo Session At Children’s Medical Center

So, the Dallas Cowboys may be staying put for the upcoming Super Bowl. That’s the bad news. The good news is that the team has a pretty nice spot in the upcoming draft. They also still have Cowboys legends like Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman living in the hood and supporting the North Texas community. One of their favs is the Children’s Cancer Fund.

As a matter of fact, the two Super Bowl quarterbacks were at Children’s Medical Center on Tuesday, January 12, just after lunch. The reason wasn’t to talk sports. As co-chairs of the 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, Rog and Troy were there for a photo session with some of the CCF children to promote the Friday, April 22, fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.

Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach and Giora Barker

Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach and Giora Barker

While Event Co-Chairs Lisa Cooley and Giora Barker looked quite adorable in their Louboutins, the boys were equally fashionable. Roger noted Troy’s “new look suit.” Troy responded that it was indeed a new suit. In his navy blue suit, Rog shrugged, admitting that wife Marianne had “wanted me to get a new suit.” Still a Heisman trophy and Super Bowl ring trumps any fashion trends.

Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman

In a wink Troy had been herded to the corral of sports photographers and KDFW’s Mike Doocy to give his opinion on the upcoming Super Bowl, while Roger happily stayed put with Lisa and Giorga. Across the room from the lights and cameras, the CCF kids were busily at a table with crayons and paper. They seemed sorta nonplussed by all the commotion. Perhaps they knew their moment in the spotlight was just minutes away. Besides, they were the heroes for all those in the room. They were the ones battling cancer.

For Lisa and Giora, the evening fundraiser is very personal. Giora’s son Jack Barker had conquered T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia thanks to Children’s. It was back in 2010 that Jack had been one of the CCF kids.

On the other hand, while none of Lisa’s three kids had had cancer, Children’s resources and compassion had seen the Cooley family through life-threatening issues with each of the now-healthy children. As she watched the CCF children at the table drawing, she shook her head imagining what the kids and their families had been going through.

Maxwell Matlock, Kern Wildenthal, Trip Rowley and Stephen Skapek

Maxwell Matlock, Kern Wildenthal, Trip Rowley and Stephen Skapek

In the middle of the room, Children’s Medical Center Foundation President Dr. Kern Wildenthal and Chief of the Pediatric Hematology-oncology Division at UT Southwestern Dr. Stephen Skapek were chatting. Stephen admitted that thanks to fundraising efforts like CCF, incredible developments had taken place in cancer research. Having studied at Duke and Harvard, he seemed a bit humbled by the developments in battling cancer. He attributed it ti the combination of funding, technology, research and dedicated professionals.

Children's Cancer Fund group photo

Children’s Cancer Fund group photo

Someone directed Troy and the videographers that the CCF kids had finished their drawings, and it was time for the photo session to take place. Photo setups were created with all types of combinationa — Roger and Troy; Roger, Troy, Lisa and Giora; Roger, Troy, Lisa, Giora and the kids; Roger, Troy, Lisa, Giora, the kids, Kern and Steve; etc. By the final round, the kids were ranging between blasé to scene stealing.

Hayden Ritchie and Troy Aikman

Hayden Ritchie and Troy Aikman

It was then that the duo were able to have some one-on-one conversations with the kids.

Next Roger and Troy took their places at a table to sign all types of paraphernalia. An old hand at autographing footballs, Roger suggested that the supplied pens were not quite meeting the need. Immediately a search was out to find just the thing—a Sharpie.

BTW, with the theme for the evening fundraiser being “An Evening In Oz,” guess what will be the featured entertainment. Yup, Emerald City. Natch!

Tickets for the event are $300 per person, but a table of ten can be had for $2,750!

Dallas Cowboys’ Legend Gene Stallings Inspired Fund A Cure Luncheon Guests To “Dance In The Rain”

The Fund A Cure luncheon on Thursday, November 5, was a tough one to cover. Sure, it was at Brook Hollow, and there was no raffle, no auction, no heads-or-tails games. It was one of those occasions that went straight to the hearts of those present and had many of the vet fundraisers talking the rest of the day.

So what made this one different? For one thing, the keynote speaker was 80-year-old coaching legend Gene Stallings, who had driven down that morning from his Paris ranch. His wife Ruth Ann had wanted to be there, but she had broken her shoulder and had a neighbor who needed help.

Cliff Harris, Gene Stallings and Charlie Waters

Cliff Harris, Gene Stallings and Charlie Waters

Lee Roy Jordan

Lee Roy Jordan

But the longtime Dallas Cowboys secondary coach wasn’t in a room of strangers. Gene’s former Cowboys players Roger Staubach, Charlie Waters, Cliff Harris and Lee Roy Jordan were on hand. They were all old hands at posing for photos and meeting new best buds. On the sidelines were former Cowboys wives like Marianne Staubach and Biddie Jordan.

When Luncheon Co-Chairs Tricia and Kenn George got the guests to finally settle down, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Youth Ambassador/Greenhill 7th grader Leah Nutkis, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 9, addressed the group. Having gone through more than 1,000 finger pricks, the 12-year-old athlete/artist/musician’s message was to the point: “Type 1 Diabetes is what I have, not what I am.”

Marianne and Roger Staubach

Marianne and Roger Staubach

Then Kenn introduced Honorary Chair Roger. Why shoot! The way Kenn talked, one would have thought Staubach was the keynoter.

Roger then took the podium to introduce Gene. While blushing from Kenn’s intro, Roger’s introduction of Gene reflected the importance of the man that Cowboys champs, football worshippers and great people respect. At one point, in recalling Stallings’ son, John Mark, Roger hesitated. That hesitation lingered. The Heisman Trophy winner/Super Bowl champ was caught in the moment. He shared his memory of the youth, who was born in 1962 with Downs syndrome and had made such a memorable impression on the the legendary team. As Roger spoke, the Cowboys vets at a nearby table appeared to also be reflecting on their own memories of “Johnny.”

Touched by Roger’s intro and the inclusion of John Mark, Gene told how John Mark would go with his dad to the Cowboys’ Saturday workouts and receive a football from the Cowboy greats. But he never took the balls home. Instead he would give them to the kids outside the practice field waiting to get a glimpse of their heroes.

Gene then recalled how in preparing John Mark to meet the legendary Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry, they practiced and practiced. He told John Mark that they would go into the coach’s dressing room and Gene would say, “Coach Landry, I would like you to meet my son Johnny. Johnny, I’d like you to meet Coach Landry.” Gene then told the youngster that his response was to be, “Glad to meet you, Coach Landry.” According to Gene, “We went over it 50 times. We had it down.” When the big moment came, Gene recited his part of the introductions. Johnny’s response: “Hi, Tom.”

In early August 2008 John Mark, who also suffered from a congenital heart defect, was having a rough day. When his father said good night to him and asked if he was all right, John Mark said, “I fine.” The next morning John Mark died.

But the luncheon this day was not about the past and John Mark. It was about John Mark’s niece, Anna Kate Gunn, who at the age of 11 months was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Gene admitted that when he arrived at the hospital after receiving a call from his daughter that Anna Kate might not survive, he was not at his best. While Gene didn’t go into detail, all got the message that he was very upset.

But this initial reaction led him to his joining the war against diabetes. This stealth killer had met its comeuppance in Gene. With his low Texas-accented voice, he told of the agonizing days that his granddaughter, like Youth Ambassador Leah Nutkis, had experienced. In their youthful lives, they had suffered thousands upon thousands of finger pricks, blood tests and scares. Still they were bound and determined to maintain some kind of normalcy.

Gene then shared something that now 18-year-old Anna Kate had written. He fessed up that he hadn’t asked her permission (“It’s a whole lot easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”). According to Anna Kate, “Unfortunately, I was dealt a significant life challenge at a very young age. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes before my first birthday. I decided to take ownership of my caring at the ripe old age of four. It was then that I resolved that I would be the only one that would give me insulin shots again. I determined to do it myself. Since that time I have given myself roughly 23,000 shots, pricked my finger and tested my blood an estimated 50,000 times. I am now and at a very early age have determined to lead as normal life as possible. I believe everyone has a unique challenge. But it’s how one chooses to deal with these challenges which ultimately defines them…Each day I have the opportunity to complain and tell about the negative aspects of juvenile diabetes and how it impacts my daily life. I could, but I won’t.”

In addition to speaking before Congress, Anna Kate and her folks launched a fundraising walk in her hometown of Waco in 1999 that has raised close to $1M over the years.

In conclusion, the man, who has worked with the most physically fit athletes in the world, said he would give up his ranch and everything he had just to see a cure for diabetes.

At some point in his talk, his reputation as a football legend seemed to take a backseat to his being a fearless crusader against a disease that affects “as many as three million people in the United States” with “approximately 15,000 children and 15,000 adults” being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the U.S.” each year.

His words were touching, so much so that even the most jaded fundraising attendee was mesmerized by his passion and compassion.

In conclusion, he read a letter that he received last December from a woman with a severely handicapped child, both mentally and physically. In it she wrote “about the joys of raising that child and the struggles of raising that child.” Then she added, “Life is not about waiting until the storm passes you by. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” Gene repeated that last part, “Learning how to dance in the rain. Little Johnny and Anna Kate…they have taught me how to dance in the rain. It’s doing the best we can with what you’ve got.”

With that, he concluded his talk and received an immediate standing ovation for “dancing in the rain.”

2016 Children’s Cancer Fund Will Be A Nighttime Soiree And Roger Staubach Wants “To Beat The Hell Out Of This Disease”

The calm before the storm. That was Wednesday, November 4. By evening WFAA’s Pete Delkus still had his jacket on. It would soon to be removed. But before all heck broke loose for another bout with Mother Nature’s rocky personality, lucky fundraisers took a deep breath and filled the day with activities. It started just after 7 a.m. and ended past 9 p.m. Face it — fundraising doesn’t know an eight-hour day.

The launch of the Children’s Cancer Fund Kick-Off breakfast at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s wasn’t supposed to start until 7:45 a.m. But folks were showing up at 7:15 a.m. and the Cooleys were ready.

Lisa had been up at 5 and the crew of caterers and valets were in place at 7 for the near 200 to hear about plans for the 2016 fundraiser.

Jack Barker and Chance Cooley

Jack Barker and Chance Cooley

One of the guests in the crowd was Jesuit student Jack Barker, who was also a former classmate of Chance Cooley. Sure, his mom Giora Barker was co-chairing the 2016 Children’s Cancer Fund event with Lisa, but there was more to his being there and that would be revealed later.

Speaking of Chance, he couldn’t stay for the presentation. Had to head off to school in an ultra-cool car. As he prepared to drive off, Clay advised his son to drive safely.

Another cute fella in the crowd was Luke Lange, who posed with his folks Tracy and Ben Lange and Children’s Cancer Fund Honorary Co-Chair Roger Staubach.

Clay Cooley, Luke Lange and Ben Lange

Clay Cooley, Luke Lange and Ben Lange

With guests having business commitments at 9, the program ran like an atomic clock.

Lisa thanked folks for coming and Roger recalled how 28 years ago, when they held the first Children’s Cancer Fund event, “It was beautiful women in lingerie. Boy, we used to have a great turnout for that luncheon…and they still have a great turnout.”

He admitted that over the years there have been some very sad stories, but there have also been some great stories as a result of the Children’s Cancer Fund’s efforts.

Stephen Skapek

Stephen Skapek

Roger then turned the program over to Dr. Stephen Skapek and Dr. Patrick Leavey, who provided updates on children’s cancer.

Despite the barrage of statistics and facts that have been reeled off in the past, the cold reality of Stephen’s voice when he said, “I’m sick of children dying of cancer.”

To put a face with the situation, Giora and Jack took their places in front of the fireplace in the living room that was packed with people. They told of Jack’s successful battle against cancer and how it was due to the funding of research and treatments. Jack, who was diagnosed with T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 12, spent the next three years with Children’s Health healthcare professionals and his family to beat the cancer. In 2010 he was one of the Children’s Cancer Fund’s artisans, who had an army supporting him. Today the 18-year old is on the Jesuit crew team, loves to scuba dive and ski and is his mother’s inspiration. He quickly became an inspiration for the early-morning risers in the room that included Children’s Cancer Fund Board President Karen McClard, Children’s Cancer Fund Executive Director Brittney Bannon, Coley Clark, Scott Murray and Children’s Cancer Fund Co-Founder Fred Shapiro.

Karen McClard, Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach, Giora Barker and Brittney Bannon

Karen McClard, Lisa Cooley, Roger Staubach, Giora Barker and Brittney Bannon

Patrick Leavey and Fred Shapiro

Patrick Leavey and Fred Shapiro

Unlike years past, The Children’s Cancer Fund Gala fundraiser will be a nighttime affair on Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole. Lisa explained that by having it at night, it would allow more men to attend and there wouldn’t be the problem of having to leave for an afternoon meeting.

In addition to the fashion show and auction, there will be dinner and entertainment by Emerald City. Tickets start at $300 per person.

According to Roger, they’ll be raffling off “a Clay Cooley car — a 1952 Plymouth.” No, that was just Roger joshing about the Plymouth, but he was right about a Cooley care being raffled off.

But Roger was serious when he said, “We need to beat the hell out of this disease.”

True to their promise, the breakfast meeting was a done deal in time for peeps to be off to those 9 o’clock commitments.

Connecting Point Of Park Cities Connected With Grade School Sweethearts Marianne And Roger Staubach

As the crowds gathered on the ground level of the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Friday, January 23, Connecting Point of Park Cities patrons stood in line to have a photo opportunity with Sir Roger Staubach and his Lady Marianne. An over-30-something organizer admitted amazement, as the photo line up looked like an iPhone debut.

Marianne and Roger Staubach with Connecting Points of the Park Cities clients and staff members

Marianne and Roger Staubach with Connecting Points of Park Cities clients and staff members

Cell phones were busy taking photos of friends and even strangers, just to snap the Staubachs. With eye wide open, she whispered, “I didn’t realize he was such a big deal.”

Cell phones snapping Marianne and Roger Staubach

Cell phones snapping Marianne and Roger Staubach

But looking around the room, it became apparent that Roger the Dodger was a really big deal. After all, in addition to being a Heisman winner and Super Bowl champ, he was a mega-big dealmaker in commercial real estate. What most didn’t realize is his secret weapon. It was the blonde in the red dress who stood by him throughout the picture taking. These folks, along with those downstairs checking the silent auction, would soon learn about Team Staubach.

As the line finally was nearing an end, the organizer asked if she could have her photo taken with the Staubachs.

After the last photo was taken, Roger accommodated a couple of videographers’ off-camera questions. To the side Marianne told how the Cowboys of the Staubach era were diminishing. In recent days, it seemed like the only time they got together was for funerals. Marianne had decided enough was enough. She was orchestrating a gathering of the Cowboy wives of old to recall and celebrate their lives.

When asked about the difference between the 1970’s and today’s Cowboys, Marianne didn’t hesitate — “It was a different world.” There were only three TV networks. Players were paid non-outrageous salaries. In the off-season players had to seek other income to keep things going.

For the Staubachs, who had five children, Roger got into real estate with the late Henry S. Miller Jr., and learned the ropes. That would lead to a boon of financial success with his own company and eventually Jones Lang LaSalle.

Jamie Reynolds

Jamie Reynolds

But on this day Ma and Pa Staubach were having a chat with Scott Murray to raise awareness and funds for Connecting Points. Before the Staubachs took their places on stage, though, Connecting Point of Park Cities Program Executive Director Jamie Reynolds thanked sponsors like Merrill Lynch, donors and guests and asked the staff to stand. She told how Connecting Points had come a long way in providing education, vocational training, social and recreational services for adults with disabilities. In the past year, the non-profit has hired four employees, purchased a bus to transport “teammates” and provided services Monday through Friday.

Rick and Hollee Mills

Rick and Hollee Mills

After lunch was served, Staubachs Connect Co-Chairs Hollee and Rick Mills settled back with guests like Robin Bagwell, Anne Besser, Jan and Scott Osborn, Dare Gillette, Dallas Morning News sportswriter Kevin Sherrington and the late Lamar Hunt’s daughter, Sharron Hunt, to hear about the Staubachs.

While the following video is not up to the quality of professional networks, it’s worth watching. You’ll learn

  • What Marianne believes is Roger’s greatest trait.
  • How the two met in fourth grade.
  • What it was like for Marianne to be a single parent with three youngsters while Roger served in the Navy in Viet Nam.
  • How Roger almost signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Roger’s take on deflate-gate.

BTW, here are a couple of dates for you to mark down:

  • Roger’s birthday is Thursday, February 5.
  • On Friday, September 4, the Staubachs will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.

National Football Foundation’s Hall Of Fame Dinner Honoring Dr. Kenneth Cooper Proved Ideal For Roasting And Toasting

Starting Thursday, January 8, Dallas was being invaded by folks from Ohio and Oregon for the College Football Playoff at AT&T Stadium. And while thousands were attending concerts with Sting, Lady Antebellum and Lenny Kravitz, a very special dinner took place at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Thursday.

Ken Cooper

Ken Cooper

The occasion was the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame in which Father of Aerobics Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Cooper was to be inducted. It turned out to be a twofer event. Voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Sham was to be presented with the Blackie Sherrod Award during the weekend’s festivities. But due to a date in Green Bay to announce the Cowboys-Packers game, it was decided to move up the presentation to Cooper’s induction dinner.

Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek

Troy Aikman and Jay Novacek

Limited to 300, the evening was heavy on all-star athletes and light on body fat. Former Dallas Cowboy Jay Novacek with his wife Amy by his side and his cowboy hat firmly in place opened arms and embraced his old quarterback/buzz haircut partner Troy Aikman.

Dang! Why do Troy and Jay look taller and cuter in person?

A handler pointed to the far back of the reception lobby and said, “They’re back there.”

They turned out to be Roger Staubach, Archie Manning and Brad with Dr. Ken nearby.

From the left (seated): Kristi Scales, Kyla Brinkley, Chick Sham and Peggy Sham; (standing) Bob Thomas, Eric Sham, Paul Sham, Brad Sham and Marla Thomas.

From the left (seated): Kristi Scales, Kyla Brinkley, Chick Sham and Peggy Sham; (standing) Bob Thomas, Eric Sham, Paul Sham, Brad Sham and Marla Thomas.

In other parts of the lobby were a herd of Sham family and friends like Kristi Scales, Peggy Sham, Chick Sham, Kyla Brinkley, Bob Thomas, Eric Sham, Paul Sham and Marla Sham.

At 7, key folks were directed to the private meet-and-greet with Staubach, Aikman, Manning, Cooper and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.

Roger Staubach and Lyda Hill

Roger Staubach and Lyda Hill

Standing nearby was Lyda Hill, who recalled a dance that she once had shared with Staubach. Was he any good? Sure! And Lyda should know, since she “taught dance lessons at the Air Force Academy.” Her favorite dance? A cha-cha.

Stan Richards and Carol Murphy

Stan Richards and Carol Murphy

At another place in the room, Carol Murphy and Stan Richards revealed that The Richards Group was making the old-heave-ho move from its Northwest Highway-Central headquarters to its new digs on Central between Lemmon and North Haskell the next week.

Veteran football widow Marianne Staubach greeted one and all like a homecoming queen. Everyone was being so copacetic and proper.

But then the Dallas Ballroom doors opened and the guests entered for an evening of toasting and roasting by the super hero types. But it didn’t started until after Daniel Rodriguez sang a stirring “God Bless America” causing the guests to rise from their chairs.

Former journalist/National Football Foundation Executive Director

presented the Sherrod Award to Sham. Brad promised to keep his comments brief since the evening really belonged to Cooper, but in graciously accepting the award, he surprised some and didn’t others by saying the person who had most influenced him in loving sports was his mother Chick.

Bobby Brown and Ken Cooper

Dr. Bobby Brown and Ken Cooper

While some then dined, others like Jennifer Sampson, Tony Fay with daughter Katie Fay, Tommy Bain, Steve Hatchell and Margo and Jim Keyes table-hopped like Easter bunnies. Dinner Co-Chair Laura Leppert was spouseless. Seems husband Tom’s plane was late. The 83-year-old Cooper made his way through the room, finally catching up to 90-year-old cardiologist Dr. Bobby Brown, who was a four-time World Series winner for the New York Yankees. Living in Fort Worth, he was with his daughter Beverley Dale and her husband Larry. Roy Sheldon told a story that has made the rounds about Bobby when he roomed with Yogi Berra. One night while Bobby was studying one of his medical books, Yogi was reading a comic books. When Berra finished his, he asked Brown, “How does yours end?”

Lynne and Roy Sheldon and Marianne Staubach

Lynne and Roy Sheldon and Marianne Staubach

It almost seemed like Roy’s tale was just a prelude of what was about to take place on stage.

It seemed rather proper at first. With Brad as emcee, Foundation Chair Archie introduced a video about Cooper’s amazing work in the area of preventive healthcare from his days as an Air Force doctor. It was followed by a video tribute by former President George W. Bush, who happens to be one of Cooper’s patients. Then Manning invited Staubach and Aikman to the stage to present the Hall of Fame ring to the father of aerobics.

Archie Manning

Archie Manning

That’s when the team of Staubach-Aikman proved to be as sharp at the podium as they were on the football field. Whoever writes their stuff earned their keep.

With Manning to the side, Staubach led off telling the guests that earlier in the evening Manning had ribbed him, asking, “How many Super Bowls have your kids won?” referencing Archie’s sons Eli and Peyton’s two Super Bowl wins. Staubach claimed that he responded, “How many Heismans have you won?”

Then feigning humility, Staubach reported that Ken’s wife Millie had indicated that he had been replaced by Aikman as the No. 1 quarterback in her life. The reason she was supposed to have given? “Well, he’s won more Super Bowls. He’s younger. And he’s better looking.”

But rising above the indignity, Staubach then introduced “my favorite quarterback,” Troy Aikman.

Sauntering up to the podium with a smirk, Aikman added to Staubach’s dilemma, telling him that Millie had told him that Tony Romo was now vying for the No. 1 spot.

Poor Millie without even appearing on stage had become the scene stealer of the night, as Aikman finished up saying that she didn’t approve of his being a part owner in Dunkin’ Donuts (not healthy enough, you know).

Now it appeared to be time for all the antics to end and for the formal induction to take place. As Troy read the official words and Roger flashed the ring for the hundreds to see, Ken stood and received his ring.

Admitting that he was a bit overwhelmed by the recognition, Cooper recalled the early days championing his theory on health. From his days with the Air Force, working with professional football players to going international in Brazil, he proved why the tribute was obviously deserving.

However, even the dedicated physician couldn’t resist having the final laugh of the night, upstaging all the legendary jocks. He told of a competition that had developed between Staubach and former NFL referee Jim “The Dean of NFL Referees” Tunney for a treadmill record. The battle went on and on. Finally, Cooper had to call Staubach and notify him that Tunney had won the competition. Staubach’s comeback? “I knew he was blind, but I didn’t think he could run!”

For more photos, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: National Football Foundation Hall Of Fame Dinner

Ken Cooper

Ken Cooper

Sham family and friends

Sham family and friends

Some of the world’s top jocks were breaking bread and taking gentle kidding at the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday, January 8. The inductee was none other than Dallas’ own Dr. Kenneth “Ken” Cooper.

No one… not Staubach, Aikman, Manning nor even Millie Cooper… was spared from the sparring of tales.

And since the Dallas Cowboys had a date in Green Bay during the weekend’s College Football Playoff, the dinner provided a perfect opportunity for Voice of the Dallas Cowboys Brad Sham to receive the Blackie Sherrod Award. Actually, at times it appeared to be more of a Sham family reunion.

After the laughs stop at the MSC headquarters, the post will finally be posted. Until then, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

 

Connecting Point Of Park Cities Scores A Touchdown With “Staubachs Connect”

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

Marianne and Roger Staubach*

When it comes to Dallas couples, Marianne and Roger Staubach are keepers. For 45 years, they have impacted Dallas as the name has been associated with everything from the Dallas Cowboys, commercial real estate, and community leadership to politics.

Everybody knows that Roger led the Dallas Cowboys to Super Bowl victories and his commercial real estate company to global greatness. But has anyone ever seen them in an onstage conversation?

Well, that’s gonna change come Friday, January 23, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Connecting Point of Park Cities has managed to get these two on-the-go people to sit still for a chat with Scott Murray for its Second Annual Connecting Point of Park Cities Luncheon.

According to Luncheon Co-Chair Hollee Mills, “We could not be more excited to welcome Marianne and Roger Staubach as our featured speakers for our upcoming luncheon. Together, they have served the Dallas community for many years and reflect the core values of CPPC. It is our hope that this fundraising event will help CPPC serve more families by enhancing life for adults with disabilities.”

The timing is prime. It’s the week before the February 1st Super Bowl. And at the rate the Cowboys are doing, who knows?

BTW, there will be a silent and a live auction with “more than 20 signed items by Roger, including a signed football with his Super Bowl dates, jerseys and other memorabilia.”

Luncheon proceeds will support Connecting Point of Park Cities’ efforts to “provide an all-inclusive day program for adults with disabilities and offers a wife range of educational, vocational, social and recreational services.”

Hollee and her husband/Luncheon Co-Chair Rick Mills are handling ticket and sponsorship information. Give them a call at 214.538.6823 or email Hollee.

* Photo provided by Connecting Point of Park Cities

United Way’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon Was A Touchdown Success With Staubach, Aikman And Laufenberg

There were still a heck of a lot of people in town on Tuesday, June 17. And hundreds of them were at the Hilton Anatole for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas‘ Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Of course, it didn’t hurt to also present the J. Erik Jonsson Award to Roger “The Dodger” Staubach and to hear about plans for United Way’s 90th anniversary’s “Live Forever Gala.” Here’s a report from the field:

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

“On Tuesday, June 17, friends, colleagues and family members gathered at the Hilton Anatole Hotel to honor Roger Staubach as he was presented with the prestigious J. Erik Jonsson Award. United Way’s highest volunteer honor was presented to Roger by the 2012 recipient, Caroline Rose Hunt. Wife, Marianne Staubach, and daughters, Stephanie Phillips, Michelle Grimes and Jennifer Staubach Gates and husband John Gates were also on hand to support their deserving father. Other award winners were also recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to United Way this year.

Troy Aikman and Babe Laufenberg

Troy Aikman and Babe Laufenberg

Babe Laufenberg moderated the award presentation and asked Troy Aikman, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton to ‘dish’ on Roger Staubach. Jennifer Staubach Gates admitted to the crowd that her father was not the first to learn of her decision to run for City Council. In fact, she said that Mayor Mike Rawlings told her dad of her decision before she had a chance to. Babe Laufenberg commented to an amused crowd ‘that must of made for an interesting dinner conversation.’ Long-time friend, Troy Aikman, publicly acknowledged his admiration and respect of Roger, not only on the field, but most importantly what he has accomplished since his days as a Dallas Cowboy quarterback and said that Roger had been a great mentor to him in his public and private life. Rich Templeton, explained that Roger Staubach is the definition of the J. Erik Jonsson Award, named for president and co-founder of Texas Instruments, who also served four terms as Mayor of Dallas and co-founded United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

“As Roger came up to accept the award, there were hugs all around. Babe Laufenberg passed out hugs to Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, proving these football players have a soft side. In his acceptance speech, Roger explained to the crowd that he first became involved with United Way over 40 years ago through the encouragement of Charles Sharp, the late husband of former J. Erik Jonsson winner Ruth Sharp Altshuler who was in attendance to honor Roger. Roger acknowledged Ruth and her involvement in United Way as she founded the 25k Circle of Tocqueville Society. He now co-leads the 25k Circle of Tocqueville Society and is serving as an honorary chair of United Way’s 90th Anniversary LIVE FOREVER GALA, on February 7th, 2015, at AT&T Stadium. Roger also thanked his wife, Marianne and daughters, Stephanie Phillips, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Michelle Grimes, for their continued love and support.

Stephanie Phillips, Marianne Staubach and Jennifer Staubach Gates

Stephanie Phillips, Marianne Staubach and Jennifer Staubach Gates

Jennifer Hilton Sampson, CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, gave Roger a bear hug and thanked him for his wisdom and inspiration. She remarked that ‘United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is changing lives forever because of Roger’s leadership and service. And, because EVERBODY wants to be in the house when Roger’s in the house!’ She said, ‘Roger brings so much more than star power to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ work—Roger brings heart-power, a moral center, and leadership that is synonymous with caring, for the very least among us.’

“She noted that the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas—at 90 years—is older than Roger Staubach. And, she could also not resist mentioning the organization’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, culminating with an evening nine decades in the making! The ‘Live United. Forever.’ Gala will take place in AT&T Stadium on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The event will combine a private dinner with a public concert, celebrating the 90 years of service United Way volunteers have provided to the citizens of North Texas.

“Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson are co-chairs of the 90th Anniversary Celebration, and UWMD is privileged to be joined by a team that can fairly be described as a national powerhouse, including Honorary Chairs, Ruth Altshuler, Ebby Halliday Acers, Lyda Hill, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Caroline Rose Hunt, Margot and Ross Perot and Marianne and Roger Staubach.

“The ‘Live United. Forever.’ Gala is co-chaired by three of the world’s most influential CEOs: Chairman and CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Tom Falk and Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments Rich Templeton.

“The Gala Chairs will join United Way’s 2015 annual campaign Chairman Tom Greco—president of PepsiCo’s Frito Lay North America division supported by the full marketing muscle of PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. And David Seaton—president and CEO of Fluor Corporation—is already committed to serving as the 2016 annual campaign Chairman.

“’Talk about good company. It doesn’t get much better than this,’ Sampson quipped.

“Other guests in attendance:

  • “Past J. Erik Jonsson Award winners: Caroline Rose Hunt with granddaughter Haven Sands Heinrichs, Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Liz Minyard and Becky Bright
  • “United Way Supporters: Millie Cooper and Caroline Disney
  • “UWMD Board Chair Clint McDonnough of EY
  • “Board Members: Troy Aikman, Marvin Sweetin of Atmos Energy and J. Patrick Faubion of Comerica Bank, Bill Morrison of Haynes and Boone LLP, Manny Fernandez of KPMG, Rick Bridwell of Bank of America, Jason Downing of Deloitte, Susan Campbell with Campbell Consulting, Randy Tomlin of AT&T and Debra von Storch of EY

Volunteer winners included:

  • “Advocate Award – Neena Newberry (An advocate inspires others in his or her community to speak up and be informed, often working beyond his or her own organization to create a conversation that leads to lasting change in our community.)
  • “Give Award – Tom Mielke, Kimberly-Clark Corporation (A giver inspires others to contribute resources to the people and programs of United Way, transforming volunteers to funders and funders to supporters for life.)
  • “Live United Award – Debra von Storch, EY (A Live United winner embodies the action-oriented change model of United Way, urging others to give, advocate and volunteer. These people and organizations are an unstoppable force!)
  • “Innovator Award – Kristy Faus, Community Volunteer(An innovator shows courage by bringing new ideas and new ways of working together into an established system, changing the future of volunteerism for the betterment of those we serve.)
  • “Public Servant Award – Councilmember Jerry Allen (This elected official exemplifies “leading from every chair” by using his or her influence to instill a commitment to volunteerism within entire communities, as part of the cultural DNA.)
  • “The Groundwork Award – Julie Thomas, Luminant (This leader helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning through volunteerism, instilling the value of education in the next generation of leaders and preparing them to succeed in school or life.)
  • “The Pathway provider Award – Harold Menzel, Community Volunteer (These individuals are passionate about providing North Texans pathways out of poverty-avenues to secure financially secure lives with a peace of mind that is truly priceless.)
  • “The Heartbeat Award -Nexus Recovery Center (This individual or organizational leader is driven by the idea that good health is a human right, and works with all their heart to build communities where we all enjoy our lives, provide for our families, realize our dreams, and contribute to society.)
  • “The LINC Award – Kristi Navarro, TXU Energy (This person or organization embodies the potential of our future generation to lead, impact, network and change. #changinglives #WhenUVolunteer)
  • “Ambassador – Keith Evans, Train Dynamic Systems (Displays strong leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to all three focus areas of education, health and income, naturally inspiring others to give, advocate and volunteer.)
  • “The Social Media Award (online) – Larry James, CitySquare (This influencer engages new audiences in resourceful ways and uses his or her social clout to give good ideas the chance to grow and spread.)
  • “The Collaborator Award – Christie Myers, Dallas ISD (The collaborator connects with multiple audiences to recruit more volunteers and supporters, slaying big social problems through the power of partnership.)”

Frontiers Of Flight Museum Gala Had Some High-Flying Types On Board

Got this report from the field about the Friday, April 11th mega fundraiser gala,
Not For Self But For Country for the Frontiers of Flight Museum with some extremely heady headliners including Gala Chair Gina Ginsburg. The poor gal is running non-stop nowadays having just been the honorary chair for the Dallas Arboretum’s Mad Hatter’s Tea.

Scott and Gina Ginsburg and Marianne and Roger Staubach*

Scott and Gina Ginsburg and Marianne and Roger Staubach*

Oh, why the interest by Gina in the museum. In addition to appreciating STEM, she also understands the nuances of flight. After all the girl is a commercial jetl pilot.

But back to the gala coverage:

Patrick Walsh*

Patrick Walsh*

“The Frontiers of Flight Museum Gala was not just a time for ceremonial grandeur featuring stellar performances by honor guards, drill teams and musical entertainment by Oscar-contending composers, but according to one Dallas philanthropist it was also a time to celebrate for a good cause. That’s because Gina Ginsburg served as Chair of the Frontiers of Flight Museum Gala, Dallas’ premier event to celebrate accomplishments in aviation, on Friday, April 11. Ginsburg led the charge to generate awareness and support of the gala which benefits the education of the next generation of aviators and astronauts through the Museum’s incredible Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs that reach more than 10,000 students each year.

Jan Collmer and Ross Perot*

Jan Collmer and Ross Perot*

“The gala’s 2014 George E. Haddaway Award co-honorees were Admiral Patrick Walsh (Ret.) and former Navy officer Roger Staubach were recognized for their service and achievements in the United States Navy and their lifetime contributions and service to their communities. The awards ceremony highlighted the evening with Ross Perot serving as the guest presenter. Meredith Land, KXAS-TV NBC-5 news anchor, served as the emcee.”

The guest list (Ebby Halliday, Jan Collmer, Cheryl Sutterfield, Scott Ginsburg, Marianne Staubach, Ralph Hall, Dot and Walter Cunningham, Calvin Spann, Gwendolyn Spann, Anne-Marie Evans, Chris Irwin, Jeff Widenhofer and Hugh McElroy) was pretty impressive, too.

Photo credit: Jeff Hall

With Troy Aikman Out With The Flu, Roger Staubach Does Double Duty At Children’s Cancer Fund Shoot

Queenie really wanted to attend the annual photo shoot Tuesday afternoon for the Children’s Cancer Fund with Honorary Chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman. Alas, Queenie wasn’t able to because of a nasty head cold. With watery eyes and a runny proboscis, she appeared to need a plumber more than a doctor. Evidently Troy was in worse shape. He was the latest victim of the flu that’s been making the rounds.

Luckily, a MySweetCharity stringer filed this report on great kids meeting with a great, healthy quarterback:

“Children’s Cancer Fund held its annual photo shoot for the 25th Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show. The annual luncheon, which will take place on May 3, serves as Children’s Cancer Fund’s largest fundraiser for pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

Children's Cancer Fund group shot

Children’s Cancer Fund group shot

“Twenty-two children, who are being treated for cancer at Children’s Medical Center and will serve as featured runway models and artists for the spring luncheon, were excited to have their pictures taken and meet long-time Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon Honorary Co-Chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman.  With Troy out sick with the flu (Roger suggested that he could be airbrushed into the group shot), Roger went solo with the kids who brought footballs, helmets, books, cards, glasses and even cowboy boots for him to sign. 

Roger Staubach and Margaret Strand

Roger Staubach and Margaret Strand

“As he signed a ball for 5-year-old Margaret Strand, he told her he was sorry he wasn’t Justin Beiber. But she didn’t seem to mind.   After signing her football, he had her back up a bit across the room and proved to the crowd that he still has “the arm” as she victoriously caught his pass …as did every other child who brought a football for him to sign! There was no shortage of smiles throughout the room.

Jennifer DeLaughter, Elizabeth Farr and Camille Cain

Jennifer DeLaughter, Elizabeth Farr and Camille Cain

“The photo shoot also included Luncheon Co-Chairs Jennifer DeLaughter and Elizabeth Farr, Camille Cain of Children’s Cancer Fund, and physicians from the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center also attended the photo shoot.

 Dr. Patrick Leavey and Paige Boutilier

Dr. Patrick Leavey and Paige Boutilier

Each child’s individual portrait and work of art will be featured in the Inspiration Book, which will be unveiled and sold at the luncheon.  Proceeds will support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern.

The 2013 luncheon is slated to raise over $300,000 for pediatric cancer research.Since 1982, Children’s Cancer Fund has donated over $7 million to the childhood cancer cause. The luncheon will be at the Hilton Anatole.  Tickets are $150 each or $1,250 for a table of ten.  Visit www.childrenscancerfund.com or call 972.664.1450.

Photos provided by Children's Cancer Fund

 

Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Media Partying With The Golden Oldies

Forget football. Name dropping has been the best sport in the area for weeks. Top-of-the-food-chain pr firms from NYC, LA and Chicago have been inundating Dallas with  heart-stopping names as part of the Super Bowl XLV festivities. Hey, wake up, big time pr types. We read the Enquirer and watch Extra!, too. Ain’t no Beverly Hillbillies living in this ZIP code. As the clock ticked away, it became obvious to oldtimers that some dropped names were pretty real and impressive and others were promoters’ pie-in-the-sky wish lists.

In covering celeb type events you came to the realization that —

  1. There are two ways to “encounter” the VIP’s: You can work the red carpet for brief one-on-ones with the celebs, or, if you’re lucky to be allowed in with the housebroken guests, you can chum around with them and pick up tidbits.
  2. There are as many breakfast encounters as there are homeless people in the Park Cities.
  3. Social media is the fax machine of 2011.
  4. The good local pr peeps can hold their own any minute of the day with the coasties types.
  5. A lot of locals took their “events” way too seriously, actually believing that this event would trump the second coming of Tom Landry.

With all of this in mind, here is the first installment of the Super Bowl Week roundup celebrity coverage. It shows how the media isn’t all that exciting when put together with no news to cover.

TUESDAY

8:00 p.m. — Media Party at House of Blues

With the first brush of frigid air hitting the Dallas area and with more on the horizon, the media gathered at Cowboys Stadium to interview the Packers and the Steelers. After a long day at the office, the media needed to unwind and the North Texas Super Bowl Committee was all ready to help them through the night. The spot to unwind was the House of Blues wedged between the West End and Victory. Say, isn’t that the 7/11 of entertainment venues? But we digress.

To accommodate the barely-on-an-expense-account media, organizers swore they had “given out valet passes for the House of Blues. Sometime we move so fast on these things.” Alas, those media that didn’t get the “valet passes” did get hit with a $30 parking charge.

North Texas Super Bowl spin meisters didn’t stop here. They said that despite the freezing weather and professionals’ “Big Chill” predictions, “We’ll be all right; it’ll be 60 degrees by game day.” Oops! (Actual Sunday temperatures hit a whopping 53 degrees.) Sounded a little like the folks who swore that the Titanic was unsinkable.

Charlotte Anderson and Gene Jones

Charlotte Anderson, there with Mama Gene Jones, said: “I can’t believe it’s here, after five years!” She hugged and chatted with JB Hayes, who just got back from Davos, Switzerland  and was looking forward to being at the big host committee party at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth later in the week.

Once inside it was a pack of media types, and there is nothing more interesting than watching members of the media partying. There was the younger generation with fingers and thumbs texting about who was there and what they were drinking. There was the older generation with spit in their jaws ready to spittoon the first younger generation that asked them about the good old days. While journalist Olympians Pat Summerall and other Blackie Sherrod award honorees were upstairs having a private dinner, the action in the main rooms included:

  • Writer Art Stricklin mentioned a “book” that’s being done on the Super Bowl by the local host committee. It will be the first such project for a Super Bowl. (Editor’s note: After reviewing the actual Super Bowl Week, they might want to rethink that one.)
  • Dallas Morning NewsMark Edgar raved about the Franklin Barbecue downstairs: “It’s the best!” Then he rushed back to the office.
  • Roger Staubach was interviewed by The Ticket. Rog said this year we have two really great teams playing, and two great quarterbacks who don’t quit. He felt like this was going to be one of the best Super Bowls ever to watch, and “that’s what you want.”
  • FOX 4’s Ron Jackson was sucking a beer after a long day; “We had to do a lot of cut-ins today,” he said. Goes out on a limb and predicted upper 40s for Saturday and low to mid 50s for Sunday. Then another wave of cold weather Monday.
  • Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert welcomed the crowd with a spinning quip about the weather. Maybe it’s cold outside, he says, but no warmer hospitality exists than you’ll find in Dallas.

Then a video about Blackie’s nearly 60-year career was played. For oldtimers, it’s poignant. For youngsters, it’s hopefully inspiring. The video called him the best sports columnist in the history of Texas newspapers. That may well be true, but Blackie would have shuddered and headed to the parking lot.

Remember, Blackie, Dan Jenkins and other “oldtimers” were covering sports when a manual typewriter was considered state-of-the-art technology, the bottom drawer usually had a bottle of Jack Daniels and cigarette smoke filled newsrooms. They were the pioneers of Texas sports reporting and as tough as the players on the field.

Blackie’s wife, Joyce, said he couldn’t be part of the evening’s festivities because he’s in his 92nd year and he’s recovering from all those years of fun he had sportswriting. Blackie’s friends gave each other the eye. They know that Blackie was never a hoot and holler, hurray kind of guy.

Dan Jenkins

Next on the program was Dan Jenkins’ daughter Sally (a writer for Washington Post) to introduce her dad. She said her dad taught her to open a pack of Winstons, to drink three martinis and to “never let a thing go until it’s absolutely as good as you can make it.”

Dan came out and said he was happy “to be presented an award for living too long.” He also welcomed all the media to Texas. Later when he was asked about the cold weather affecting the Super Bowl, Dan chuckled, “I live in Fort Worth. This is fun! I also lived in New York for 30 years. This is nothing!”

Honoree Frank Luksa was introduced by Fort Worth-Star Telegram sports columnist Randy Galloway, who said Luksa was “a hero of mine” and a gentleman. Frank then said the award meant a great deal to him. He spoke about Blackie as a great writer who always found the perfect words.

Daryl Johnston and Michael Johnson

The final honoree was introduced by Roger Staubach, who in turn had to be introduced by Daryl “Moose” Johnston. Moose introduced Rog as “God Junior.” Before tacking his official duties, Staubach said that Bill Lively had been the “hero of the North Texas Super Bowl Committee.” Then he went on to claim that the wintry weather had been ordered by the host committee to make Pittsburgh and Green Bay teams feel at home. Getting downright religious, Roger claimed to have talked to Tom Landry and (Roger’s) mother in heaven to make it happen. But on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, he added, the committee will deliver the weather that the fans and the media would want. Then he introduced NFL vet Pat Summerall, whose six-decade career had included broadcasting 16 Super Bowls.

Pat recalled covering his first Super Bowl as a sideline reporter. When he was ordered to ask Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi if he would mind kicking off–again–to start the second half, Summerall refused and feared that would be his last Super Bowl.

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones

Then the hundreds of media settled back to music and “refreshments” on the ground floor, as Jerry Jones, Rich Dalrymple and Stephen Jones leaned over one rail against the wall, peering down at the action from the second level. Two Dallas cops and two women guarded the roped-off entrance to where they were. Occasionally Jerry would crook his finger to them, meaning to allow people–a middle-aged couple, two 20something girls–to enter the holy area and visit, or have their photo taken with Jerry.

Photos by Glenn Hunter

Tomorrow: Super Bowl XLV Wrap Up: Thursday including the Legends dinner and Audi Forum Part(y) I.

T. Boone, Emmitt And Roger Upped The Ante For Expanding Worlds With Flying Footballs And Talk

It’s challenging when your annual luncheon doubles in size and that’s what happened to LaunchAbility‘s “Expanding Worlds 2010” lunch Tuesday at the Fairmont. Last year’s event of 200, mostly gals, at the InterContinental Hotel for an onstage conversation of Elaine Agather, Linda Custard and Tincy Miller, grew dramatically. Instead of being north of LBJ in the intimate Malachite Room, this year’s venue was held straight in the heart of downtown Dallas at the Fairmont’s International Ballroom. In place of three proper ladies chatting, it was guys whom other guys just wish were their best friends — T. Boone Pickens, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach (pictured right  with, from the left, T. Boone Pickens and Emmitt Smith).

The results — twice as many guests and many, many more men!

The VIP reception starting at 10:45 a.m. in a part of the International Ballroom proved to be a bit of a challenge. It appeared that everyone was a VIP and wanted to have their photos taken with Boone and Roger. Word had spread through the crowd that Emmitt “was running late” and wouldn’t be there til lunch started. Also, someone said that he would not be signing anything.

As the official event photographer hustled people through to have their official “grip and grin” photos taken with Boone and Roger, the two VIP’s cordially and good heartedly posed with one and all.  The whole scene reminded one of high school prom photos without corsages.

On the sidelines, Ebby Halliday who came up with the idea of having “the triplets” for the star attraction sat smiling gleefully at the mass that had responded to her suggestion. That gal knows how to create a winning operation.

Former KXAS-CH. 5 anchor Mike Snyder was talking with friends about his involvement with American Airlines and the veterans program.

On the other hand, across the ballroom table hostess Ruth Altshuler was masterminding the arrangement of guests at her table by placing cards at each seat. Smart move on Ruth’s part. Recently luncheon and dinner guests have been complaining that after placing their materials at a certain seat at a table, they return only to find that other table guests have moved them to another seat. It happened at this event — several times at several tables. Gee, you would have thought the guests were preparing to go on a death march instead of to eat.

But all was soon forgotten when lunch began and a video presentation about LaunchAbility was partly shown. Alas, the tape stopped midway, but adlib expert/ emcee Scott Murray picked up the story without missing a beat. Who needs a video when you have Scott?

Also helping in the communications at the luncheon was signer Connie Miller (pictured), whose hands never stopped throughout the event.

Soon it was time for the Big Three to take to the stage. Before they took their seats, Roger got his hands on the two footballs that had been autographed by the three and auctioned off. Emmitt warned the hundreds of guests, “Folks, watch out. He is going to throw it.” And Roger did just that, twice. The first time caught some off guard. The second time set a covey of guests scrambling to catch it. The fellow who caught the ball put it neatly in an empty seat next to him with pride, only to have an event staffer retrieve it for the winning bidder.

Scott quipped, “Come to think of it, the Cowboys are in the market for a quarterback, Roger.”  To which Roger responded : “I was trying to get warmed up for the Jacksonville game next week.”

The ball throwing naturally launched the conversation into the sports arena. Here are some highlights from the chat (pictured from the left, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach and T. Boone Pickens): [Read more…]

Retired Staubach Is Busier Than Ever

Since joining LaSalle Lang Jones Jones Lang LaSalle as Executive Chairman of Americas and moving into his new digs in the Preston Hollow area, Roger Staubach has become the energizer bunny rabbit of community involvement. Besides spearheading such projects as the North Texas Super Bowl, he’s been a very hands-on force for the recent Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show and AWARE luncheon.

Now it’s just been announced that he’ll be serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas honorary chairman with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas President J. Darren Rodgers serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas Chairman. The walk will take place September 11 at Victory benefiting the American Heart Association.