MySweetCharity Opportunity: 2nd Annual Art Of Music Gala

According to 2nd Annual Art of Music Gala Co-Chairs David Call and Jordan Roberts,

David Call and Jordan Roberts*

We are excited and grateful to serve as co-chairs for the 2nd Annual Art of Music Gala on Saturday, February 10, at Southside on Lamar Ballroom, benefiting The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences.

Last year’s event was a huge success and we were able to raise over $60,000. With the funds raised we provided scholarships for children with special needs to receive much needed therapy services. Headlining the inaugural event was three-time Grammy winner and saxophonist Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band.

The 2018 Art of Music Gala will be bigger and better than ever. It will include renowned musicians who will compose an original music inspired by this year’s theme of “Wonderland.”

Each composition will then be delivered to a world-class artists who will create an original piece of art inspired by the compositions. The result is a night of celebration and performance where each original composition and its inspired work of art will be unveiled and performed live at the Gala.

Guests will also enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auction and creative gallery experiences with local artists.

Melody and Rick Rogers*

This year’s title sponsors are Melody and Rick Rogers

We are inspired by the drive these children have to succeed. We encourage you to join us in helping a child reach their full potential.

Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available.

Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500. For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901 or email Tara or visit the website at www.theartofmusicgala.com.

* Photo provided by The Warren Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Synthesia

According The Warren Center’s Art And Music Gala Co-Chair Ben Smithee,

Ben Smithee*

Ben Smithee*

“As a member of The Friends of The Warren Center we are excited to be bringing a new event to the Dallas charity scene — The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia. The event will include five renowned musicians who will compose an original composition inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Synesthesia’ – a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. Each composition will then be delivered to five world-class artists to create five one of a kind works of art – purely inspired by the compositions. The result is a night of celebration and performance where each original composition and its inspired work of art will be unveiled and performed live at the Gala. Each completely unique piece of art and original manuscript/recording of the compositions that inspired will be auctioned off live.

“This has always been a vision of mine to incorporate art and music into a one of a kind event by offering guests a unique experience. We will be announcing our headliner (think Dave Matthews Band), artists and musicians throughout the fall at our pre-Art & Music events.

Synesthesia*

Synesthesia*

“As a resource for the Dallas area since 1968, The Warren Center has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner, live entertainment, silent and live auction, creative gallery experiences with local artists, jewelry makers, fashion designers, musicians, children’s art area and more.

“The Art & Music Gala, Synthesia, will be held on Friday, February 24, from 6:00 p.m. -10:30 p.m. at the Southside on Lamar Ballroom (1409 S. Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215). Table Sponsorships begin at $2,500 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

“We hope the city of Dallas will embrace this brand new event and help us support our artists, musicians and The Warren Center’s mission.”

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fantasy Football Draft Night

According to The Warren Center 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night Chairman Mike Austin,

Mike Austin*

Mike Austin*

“We are excited to raise money for The Warren Center. It has provided over 15,000 families with needed tools, including individualized therapy for their child’s developmental delay, critical information and resources on developmental milestones, and guidance as parents become advocates for their child’s future.

“Former Dallas Cowboys Randy White will serve as our celebrity host and help our guests draft their own Fantasy Football team. This year’s draft night will host a cocktail reception, dinner buffet, live and silent auction, live surprises, Heads or Tails game and opportunity to win Dallas Cowboys 2017-2018 season tickets.

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

“We hope you will grab your football loving family and friends, and join us for this special night.”

“The 23rd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night will be held on Friday, August 26, from 6:00pm-10:30pm at the Hotel Intercontinental Dallas (15201 Dallas Parkway Dallas, TX 75001). Table sponsorships begin at $3,000 with underwriting opportunities beginning at $2,500.  For more information, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.

* Photos provided by The Warren Center

MySweet2016Goals: Tara Null

According to The Warren Center Development Director Tara Null,

Tara Null*

Tara Null*

“My goal for 2016 is to unite mothers and fathers of young children and encourage them to join the Friends of The Warren Center Auxiliary Group.

“As a friend, they will be invited to exclusive events benefiting The Warren Center and assist our staff by sharing The Warren Centers mission of assuring that children with developmental differences or disabilities, and their families, receive the resources and support they need to reach their full potential. To learn more https://www.thewarrencenter.org/membership/.”

* Photo provided by 
The Warren Center

MySweetWishList: The Warren Center

According to The Warren Center Director of Development Tara Null,

Tara Null*

Tara Null*

The Warren Center*

The Warren Center*

“The Warren Center is hosting their annual Christmas Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 19, at the Dallas Arboretum. Our wish is that each child receives a donated wrapped gift to take home and enjoy.

“The Warren Center’s Family Fun Day is a free event offered to the families served by The Warren Center.”

-By Tara Null, The Warren Center Director of Development

* Graphic and photo provided by The Warren Center

Round Robin August 27 Part II: Great Texas Food Truck Rally Kick Off And Fantasy Football Draft Night

But wait! There was still more underway on Thursday, August 27, from Uptown to AT&T Stadium. Check ’em out!

Great Texas Food Truck Rally Kick Off

The Great Texas Food Truck Rally Kick-Off Party did take place at Nodding Donkey. The problem was a couple of folks didn’t read the fine print and headed to the “Donkey” near SMU.

Instead it was filling the Uptown location. Why, just trying to get to the valet or find a parking place was like trying to find a newscast without Donald Trump in the lineup.

David Goldstein and Gary Cogill

David Goldstein and Gary Cogill

But it was worth the effort. A skinny Gary Cogill was telling friends like Executives in Action’s David Goldstein about his months in Hawaii with wife Hayley Hamilton Cogill. Not only was Hayley MIA (she was working the vineyards on the West Coast), but also 35 pounds of Gary were gone with the wind. When asked the reason, Gary said it was great food and lots of drinking.

BTW, the time in Hawaii allowed the Cogill twosome to decide what they were going to do now that Gary’s Lascaux Films had shuttered down. The surroundings of Hawaii inspired Hayley and Gary to realize the power of two together. They’ve launched Cogill Consulting, where they’ll create venues and programs involving films, wine and wonderment.

Tyler Kleinert, Jacqueline Meyers and Chris Kleinert

Tyler Kleinert, Jacqueline Meyers and Chris Kleinert

As Executives in Action Co-Founder Chris Kleinert walked in the door with son Tyler Kleinert and Jacqueline Meyers, one person mentioned that Chris’ wife Ashlee Kleinert had just been honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 2015 Women in Business.

Another piece of news of note is that the Saturday, September 19, Great Texas Food Truck Rally has more than 50 food trucks signed up to participate at Reunion Lawn benefiting Executives in Action. The Nodding Donkey will be sponsoring a beer garden. Organizers promise lots more food trucks, a lot fewer long lines, lots of live music and lots of fun. To get in, you’ll need a wristband that is going for $10.

Fantasy Football Draft Night

DFW football fans gathered at AT&T Stadium to play the Warren Center’s 22nd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night. Here’s a report from the field:

22nd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night*

22nd Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night*

“With the blazing August heat, AT&T Stadium’s Gate 10 was hit with scorching rays and warm temperatures to begin the cocktail hour and silent auction preview featuring a Swarovski Necklace and bracelet, getaway to Margaritaville Resort Casino, a yacht charter, Big Screen Under the Stars package that includes an outdoor movie screening for 50 of your closest friends and a wine package including Silver Oak Cellars wine and tour at Silver Oak/Twomey Cellars.

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

Randy White and Timmy Newsome*

“As the sun went down, guests filled up on a Mexican dinner buffet as former Dallas Cowboy Randy White and Emcee/WFAA Sportscaster Joe Trahan welcomed the crowd and introduced former Dallas Cowboy Timmy Newsome, who was in attendance.

Diedre Thornell*

Diedre Thornell*

“As the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders practiced on the field, The Warren Center story was featured on the stadium big screen. Guests then enjoyed the Live Surprise featuring two Apple watches and the infamous Heads or Tails game, where guests placed their hands on their head or tail with one lucky winner receiving $500 cash. The live auction ended the presentation with one lucky guest winning a 4-night stay at an Exclusive Resorts location of their choice.

“Singer Diedre Thornell sang the National Anthem as guests began drafting their own Fantasy Football team. Each table or league will compete throughout the 2015-2016 NFL Season. The Super Bowl Champion of Fantasy Football XXII receives two-season ticket packages to the 2016-2017 Dallas Cowboys season. Winners of each league receive an autographed football signed by former Dallas Cowboy Randy White.

Nathan, Hudson and Katrina Baker*

Nathan, Hudson and Katrina Baker*

Karly and Brett Butler*

Karly and Brett Butler*

“Seen in the crowd: Michelle and Todd Steudtner, Beverly and Bill Warren, Carla and Mike Austin, Ann and Bill Dandridge, Karen and Nick Adamson, Mike Andereck, Carrie and Jim Benson, Kristen and Mike Caine, Sharon and Steve Folsom, Tresa and Harry Simmons, Mary Beth and Ed Fikse, Wendy and Andrew Warden, Diane and Scott Williams, Rob and Sarah Mitchell, Colleen and Mike Jacoby, Bart and Heather Massey, Britt and Karly Butler, Maggie Werking, Charlie Quinn, Tad MacIntosh and Katrina and Nathan Baker with toddler Hudson.

“For more information about The Warren Center, please contact Tara Null at 972.490.9055 or 214.709.8901.”

* Photo credit: Rudi Holt of Rudi Holt Photography

Friends Of The Warren Center Had “Movement” Of Fashions To Benefit Children With Development Differences And Disabilities

While the Center for Vital Longevity was listening to Dr. Claudia Kawas on living past 90, the Friends of the Warren Center were checking out the spring fashions for the benefit of Richardson-based Warren Center that provides resources and support for “children with development differences or disabilities, and their families.” Here’s a report from the field:

Fred Jones and Staci Alexander

Fred Jones and Staci Alexander

Jake Pavelka and Sydney Null*

Jake Pavelka and Sydney Null*

Magnus Wetterstrand and Sylvia Hargrave*

Magnus Wetterstrand and Sylvia Hargrave*

Danielle Bels and Jordan Roberts*

Danielle Bels and Jordan Roberts*

Taylormarie Davenport and Imran Sheikh*

Taylormarie Davenport and Imran Sheikh*

The Friends of the Warren Center including Jen Tomasik, Kim Charles, Sharon Broussard, Sonetta Palmer, Debbie Fruithandler, Dr. Kara Bentley, Dr. Cathy Zhon, Andrea and Dick Doyle, Deepa and Vasu Moparty, Taylormarie Davenport, Imran Sheikh, Danielle Bels, Jordan Roberts, Magnus Wetterstand and Sylvia Hargrave gathered for their spring fashion show, “Movement.”

Kara Bentley, Designer Shemara Jeyarajah and Cathy Zhon*

Kara Bentley, Designer Shemara Jeyarajah and Cathy Zhon*

At 6 p.m., guests entered the newly renovated event space, Couture Gallery on Riverfront, owned by designer Shemara Jeyarajah to enjoy light bites by Eddie V’s, cakeballs by CakeBallz and Neurosonic Beverages.

At 7 p.m., The Warren Center Development Director Tara Null welcomed everyone to the fashion show and discussed The Warren Center mission. DFW Style Editor Leah Frazier emceed the fashion show produced by Willie Johnson of WJ Productions.

Kirsten Williams*

Kirsten Williams*

Gary Walden*

Gary Walden*

Rohan Jeyaraja*

Rohan Jeyaraja*

Linda Snorina*

Linda Snorina*

Models from Frisco ISD, Friends of the Warren Center, The Warren Center children and special guests Jake “The Bachelor” Pavelka, Gary Walden, Allison Edwards, Jason Treu, Paul Salfen, Dr. Rohan Jeyarajah, Linda Snorina, Kirsten Williams, Wendy Rodriguez, Sydney Null and The Warren Center child, Constance Jackson modeled Spring/Summer and White Hot Summer Night scenes. They wore designs from Aftershock London, Elaine Turner, Edo Popken of Switzerland, Kid Biz and The Biz.

Designer Shemara Jeyarajah concluded the show with her Shemara Couture line featuring her custom women’s cocktail dresses, suits, gowns and men’s shirts.

* Photo credit: Rhi Lee

MySweetWishList: The Warren Center

According to The Warren Center Executive Director Amy Spawn,

The Warren Center clients*

The Warren Center clients*

“My holiday wish is that every parent of a child with a disability has someone to turn to for guidance. Approximately 18% of children have disabilities or developmental delays. Parents either have no idea where to turn for help or are inundated with information on the Internet and have no guidance on how to navigate through it all.

The Warren Center*

The Warren Center*

“At The Warren Center, our Family Education and Support Director is able to listen to each family’s individual story and guide them in the right direction for their needs. She provides resources to help them help their child. If they need therapy, a special school or child care that caters to special needs, counseling, and more, she will help them find whatever it is they need.

“Your support of $25 will go towards ensuring that when a parent dares to reach out, there is someone on the other end of the phone willing to listen and provide help.

“For more information about The Warren Center and the programs we provide please visit our website at www.thewarrencenter.org.

“Thank you for your support!”

-Amy Spawn, The Warren Center Executive Director

* Photo and graphic provided by The Warren Center

September 4 Round Robin: Fur Ball Kick-Off Party, CCB Platinum Circle Dinner And The Warren Center’s Fantasy Football Draft Night

Ah, sugar! If Wednesday, September 3, seemed like an asteroid hit, Thursday was a universal smash. Yup, the Partners Card North launch was filling IBB Design in frisky Frisco. Other hits in the North Texas universe were taking place just a bit south of G. Bush and LBJ.

Fur Ball Kick-Off Party

SPCA Kissing Kid and Kelly Thompson

SPCA Kissing Kid and Kelly Thompson

Cool artist Chris Martin opened his Dragon Street Gallery for the kick-off of the 2014 Fur Ball Gala on Saturday, September 20, at the Omni. And while the two-legged pretties were checking out the walls of art, the evening’s real eye catchers were either on the floor in a playpen or snuggling up. They were the licking, wagging puppies who are not up for adoption … yet. They’re still in the foster stage of life. But that will be ending soon, so they’ll be interviewing prospective humans for a lifetime relationship.

And speaking of furry relationships, word was making the rounds that Jocelyn White, who is finishing up her term as SPCA of Texas board of directors chair, will be taking the reins of Equest in a couple of months.

Katy Murray  and James Bias

Katy Murray and James Bias

As for the black-tie Fur Ball benefiting the SPCA of Texas, Gala Co-Chairs Katy Murray and Kelly Thompson, Honorary Co-Chairs Rusty Dealey and Kit Moncrief, Underwriting Co-Chairs Cindy Lindsley and Claire Schwartz and Auction Co-Chair Nicole Rosenblum have arranged for Allison and Mike Modano to be Athlete for Animal Honorary Co-Chairs and Stacie and Chris Martin to be Artist for Animal Honorary Co-Chairs.

Travis and Morgan Souza

Travis and Morgan Souza

They’re expecting 1,000 animal lovers with proceeds of the evening benefiting the SPCA of Texas.

Crystal Charity Ball 10 Best Dressed Platinum Circle Dinner

One valet parker smiled when asked about the crowd gathering at the Dallas Country Club. He summed up the scene, “This is a high-roller group.”

The gent evidently graduated from the “School of Understatement.”

Sponsored by Comerica Bank, this year’s Platinum Circle Dinner for the patron of the Crystal Charity Ball’s 10 Best Dressed Luncheon had the very fashionable set filling the lobby for the cocktail reception, where the game of catch-up was nonstop. Summer casualties Claire Emanuelson and Erin Mathews had let their casts have the night off. When will Louboutin design a fashionable cast? Seems Claire had broken her ankle in Canada and Erin had been the victim of a puppy-gate topple…Emilynn Wilson revealed that she had accepted the job of chairing the 2015 Equest Luncheon…Speaking of Claire, she also had a fashion oops earlier in the day. Seems the lower back of her lacy cocktail dress had hit a snag, but thanks to a talented Korshak seamstress the tear was sewn up without Claire’s having to take the dress off… Newlyweds Ceron and Todd Fiscus were still receiving congratulations on their New Year’s nuptials.

Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt and Claire Emanuelson

Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt and Claire Emanuelson

Lisa Troutt

Lisa Troutt

When the doors opened to the ballroom, tables were filled with folks like David Blank, Shelby Wagner, Piper Wyatt, Kim and Greg Miller, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, Elaine and Neils Agather, Colleen Collins, Shelle Sills, Nancy Carter, Beth Layton, Vicky Lattner, Lauren Gayle White, Tiffany and Paul Divis, Barbara Daseke, Laree Hulshoff, the Downtown Neiman’s crowd (Jeff Byron, Neva Hall and Marjohn Henderson) and former CCB Chairs Caren Kline, Cynthia Mitchell and Aileen Pratt.

D'Andra and Jeremy Lock

D’Andra and Jeremy Lock

Jeri and David Kleiman

Jeri and David Kleiman

The game of catch-up continued tableside with Jeremy Lock showing photos from Burning Man and preparing for September 27th Mission Ole that wife D’Andra is co-chairing with LeeAnne LockenIain Day was telling David Kleiman and Macolm Reuben about his summer playing polo in South Africa…Alan White, who just thought he had done his time a couple of years ago as 10 Best Dressed husband-in-waiting, looked rather pleased to be back on the scene with table companions Nancy Dedman, Annette Simmons and Barbara BabbLee Bailey was back in town after doing the Bentley tour of California…To the relief of many fundraising vets, Comerica Bank’s Ralph Babb once again proved to be eloquent and brief in his remarks. The man knows how to win the hearts of hungry guests.

Jeff Byron and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Jeff Byron and Barbara and Ralph Babb

Unplanned entertainment at the tables proved to be the servers trying to coax the ranch and balsamic vinaigrette dressings out of their white serving bottles. The ranch proved to the more stubborn of the two as one server shook and shook to get it onto Dallas Country Club garden salad of lettuce du with carrots, tomatoes and cucumbers. Imagine trying to get the last part of ketchup out of its bottle.

Front row: Francie Moody -Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Heahter Esping and Ashley Hunt; Back row: Pat McEvoy, Christi Urschel, Ralph Babb, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Robyn Conlon

Front row: Francie Moody -Dahlberg, DeeDee Lee, Mary Clare Finney, Lee Ann White, Heahter Esping and Ashley Hunt; Back row: Pat McEvoy, Christi Urschel, Ralph Babb, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee and Robyn Conlon

When time came to have the 2014 10 Best Dressed and Hall of Famer class photo taken, two were missing — Nancy Carlson and Margaret Hancock. Not to worry; the others (Heather Esping, Mary Clare Finney, Ashley Hunt, DeeDee Lee, Patty Leyendecker, Lynn McBee, Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Christi Urschel and HoF-er Lee Ann White) made up for the missing with a little stand-in help from former Best Dressers 2014 CCB Chair Robyn Conlon and 10 Best Dressed Chair Pat McEvoy.

For more photos of the dinner, check out MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

 

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Night

DFW football fans were at AT&T Stadium for The Warren’s Center’s 21st Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night. Here’s a report from the field:

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Committee*

The Warren Center Fantasy Football Draft Committee*

“With the blazing September heat, AT&T Stadium (or Gate 10) was hit with scorching rays and warm temperatures to begin the cocktail hour and silent auction preview. As the sun went down, former Cowboys player Randy White, with Emcee Scott Murray began the night with banter between the two men about what Randy has been up to. ‘Not working out as much and feeding my horses during the day and night,’ Randy says.

Beverly Warren, Todd and Michelle Steudtner, Randy White and Bill Warren*

Beverly Warren, Todd and Michelle Steudtner, Randy White and Bill Warren*

“With Chairmen Michelle and Todd Steudtner and hosts Beverly and Bill Warren, guests were treated to cocktail hour hosted by Forge, Mexican buffet dinner, silent auction featuring 15 Minutes of Fame with behind-the-scenes tour with Pete Delkus and a watch-a-live broadcast, live auction featuring an evening with Randy hosted by Carrie and Jim Benson, wine pull hosted by Fuzi Fine Wines, live surprises featuring $50 surprise boxes with two lucky winners receiving $500 Amazon Gift cards and Heads-or-Tails Game hosted by Randy. For $20, guests placed their hands on their head or tail with one lucky winner receiving $500 cash and saving the best for last — a photo opportunity with Randy and former Yankees and Texas Rangers player Goose Gossage who attended the event.

Goose Gossage, Scott Murray and Randy White*

Goose Gossage, Scott Murray and Randy White*

“With all the action, participants were given the final straw of the night by drafting their own Fantasy Football team. Each table or league will the opportunity to compete throughout the 2014-2015 NFL Season. The Super Bowl Champion of Fantasy Football XXI winner receives two season ticket packages to the 2015 Dallas Cowboys season. Winners of each league receive an autographed football signed by Randy.

“Seen in the crowd: Erin and Rusty Kotzur, Mike Austin, Mike Andereck, John Cain, Karen and Nick Adamson, Jeanne and Charlie Jones, Ann and Bill Danridge, Carrie and Jim Benson and Sharon and Steve Folsom.”

* Photo credit: Rudi Holt

Pitch Your Nonprofit: The Warren Center

Kay Hopper

According to The Warren Center CEO Kay Hopper,

“You can help a child with a disability reach their full potential. This is the goal and mission of The Warren Center, for children with developmental differences.  We start early, as soon as a parent or a doctor has any concerns about a child’s development or diagnosis, providing therapy to the child in the child’s home, daycare, or the center, and working with the family to help them help their child be the best they can be.

“Your support enables families to identify their child’s strengths and needs, helps them access therapy services, medical services, and educational services that will help their child, and gives them lifetime skills that will carry them through the ups and downs of having a child with special needs.

“In our 45 years of service to the community, over 16,000 children and families have benefitted from the therapy and support that has made each child’s life better. Over 90% of families who have received services, report they have learned what to do to help their child, know how to access services for their child, and feel better about their child and their life in general than when they started.

“Programming is where your support is invested – over $.90 of every $1.00 invested goes directly to providing services to children and families. Your investment truly changes lives of children with disabilities, and their families.

“For more information, visit our website at www.thewarrencenter.org.”

-Kay Hopper

Photo provided by The Warren Center

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Warren Center’s Fantasy Football

Beverly Warren

According to The Warren Center’s Fantasy Football Co-chair Beverly Warren,

Mike Andereck and I were part of the group that founded the initial Fantasy Football charity event 20 years ago to benefit The Warren Center. We’ve both continued to financially support the event over the years, but we agreed to return to co-chair the event this year because of the tremendous growth of the agency, the wonderful work that the agency does, and the importance of continuing the growth of the Fantasy Football charity event.

“Fantasy Football XIX Draft Night will be held at Cowboys Stadium on Friday evening, September 7, and all proceeds from the event will go to The Warren Center. The Warren Center provides therapy for children with developmental disabilities, as well as much needed support for their families. In the Warren Center’s 44 year history, they have impacted over 16,000 children and families. The agency currently provides services to 1200 infants and toddlers per year, in addition to support for 600+ families.

“When Mike’s daughter and our son first started receiving services here, the Center only served about 60 children annually.  At the time, there was no place like it.  The staff gave us hope and support when we did not know where to turn, unsure of what our children might be able to do or accomplish. They continue to provide that to many more families who are struggling with their child’s developmental challenges.

“Mike’s daughter Kate and our son John, both in their 20’s, will be featured Warren Center graduates at this year’s Fantasy Football event.

Scott Murray will emcee the event again this year and we will be joined by 5 time Super Bowl Champion and Cowboys Ring of Honor inductee Charles Haley.  The event will also feature a guest appearance by the reigning Miss Texas DaNae Couch. Scott has helped us for many years and we are pleased that Charles Haley and Miss Texas will join us this year and lend their support.

“At the event, tables of 10 players draft Fantasy teams from the entire NFL roster and compete against each other throughout the NFL season. The ultimate Fantasy winner is awarded season tickets for the Dallas Cowboys 2013 season.  The event is shaping up well, and we’re hoping to sell out for the first time ever.  We are 5 tables, or 50 people, shy of a sell out for the event. Filling those 50 seats would help ensure that at least 25 more children with disabilities will receive the help they need to reach their potential. A chance drawing for a trip to the Super Bowl in New Orleans will also be part of the evening, as will silent and live auctions.  There are also opportunities to underwrite portions of the event or make donations.

“Mike and I feel very fortunate to be chairing this event, knowing it will result in more quality services for more children and their families.

“To reserve a table ($3000-$10,000), a half table ($1500), or a seat ($300) for this incredible event, or for more information, contact Brandy Ammons at 972-490-9055 or [email protected].”

Photo provided by The Warren Center

The Warren Center’s 18th Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night Is The Real Thing At Cowboys Stadium

With the NFL lockout over and pre-season games underway, fantasy football is a very real part of life nowadays. Thanks to The Warren Center, the 18th Annual Fantasy Football Draft Night will bring together fantasy owners for “an evening of fun, competition, good food and drink” at Cowboys Stadium on Friday, September 2.

Tony Dorsett

Okay, so you’re thinking it’ll be a bunch of guys in T-shirts sitting around trying to second guess other guys in T-shirts. Wrong, oh, how wrong! Why last year’s event had Tony Dorsett, Scott Murray and

Ashley Melnick

Ashley “Miss Texas 2010” Milnick on hand. Tony even brought along his Heisman Trophy to help inspire participants and Ashley wore her crown. You can imagine who will be in the crowd doing one-on-one advising this year.

And for those who think fantasy football is a guys-only activity, rethink that idea. The gals held their own nicely.

This year’s event has great promise if you’re a Cowboys’ fan. The Fantasy Super Bowl Champion of the evening will receive two season tickets to the Cowboys’ 2012 season.

There will also be a live auction “to own your very own ‘real’ NFL team for the season and other great items/packages. If you (or your table as a group) successfully bid for a team that makes it to the REAL Super Bowl, you will win some very nice prizes!”

With corporate sponsorships starting at $3,000 and individual tickets costing $300, the event benefits The Warren Center, that helps 1,000 children to improve motor, speech, feeding, cognition, social skills and sensory difficulties. Proceeds benefit children from birth to age 16 with developmental differences and their families.

Major corporate sponsors include Warren Properties, Credera, Reflect Systems, Austin College, Ben E. Keith, Cantrell Company, Fujitsu, Greenberg Traurig, Littler Mendelson Foundation and MHBT/Unum.

Photos courtesy of The Warren Center