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Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance Kickoff Party

The largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research jumps into high gear with an exciting announcement.



Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography

Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA), the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research, hosted their summer kickoff Thursday, June 13 at Hotel ZaZa Dallas.

Guests enjoyed raspberry frose and Hotel Zaza’s Dragonfly Chef Dan Landsberg’s choice passed appetizers while chatting poolside.

OCRA DFW Regional Development and Communications Manager, Teresa Vit, welcomed guests to the event, shared the mission of OCRA and announced that OCRA DFW will host their 1st annual OCRA Hope Fashion Show on Thursday, September 19 at Stanley Korshak from 6pm-9pm.

Stanley Korshak’s Vice President of Public Relations, KJ Murphy, will serve as Honorary Chairwoman, in honor of her mother who passed away from the disease in 2014.

The OCRA Hope Fashion Show, taking place during ovarian cancer awareness month and fashion month, will feature complimentary cocktails, passed appetizers, a fashion show featuring survivors and local celebrities, an auction, swag bags and more.

Sponsorships and tickets are available now here.

  • Pool Entrance (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Carla Craven, Sally Neff and Crystal Herrera (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Ty Alford and Sarah Catherine Norris (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Laura McGraw, Heather Parker and Brooke Whisenhunt (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Eva Brandys and Teresa Vit (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Crowd (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Deanna Denning, Keely Vendig and Stephanie Seville (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

  • Teresa Vit and KJ Murphy (Photo courtesy of Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance/Credit: James Edward Photography)

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State Fair of Texas to Host its First Ever Big Tex Barn Dance Social

Dust off your boots and get ready to Texas two-step at this can’t miss event.



Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is hosting its first ever Big Tex Barn Dance Social on September 19, just days before the Fair opens.

Hosted in the Livestock Judging Pavilion at Fair Park, the Big Tex Barn Dance Social will feature live Texas bands, beer, wine, dancing, and Fair snacks.

Families, singles and couples are welcome to attend. Tickets are $150 per duo or $75 per person. Parking is free.

All proceeds will benefit the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program.

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Edit Alterations Opens in West Village

Raja Ratan sets out to revive the fine art of tailoring.



Raja Ratan, owner of Q Clothier and Rye 51 is reviving the fine art of tailoring with his latest venture, Edit Alterations in West Village.

Setting out to provide clients with the best service and quality in the business, Ratan is calling on a team of expert tailors to help him create a new standard for an often forgotten service.

Edit Alterations wants to fill a void within the tailoring industry, offering seamless consistency in experience, service and quality of work. “Our aim is to be best of class in all three arenas,” says Ratan.

Ratan is no stranger to the art of creating a custom fit. He has expanded his businesses into eight shops in seven cities and has developed an ever-evolving roster of celebrities, athletes and influencers as clients who trust and value his expertise.

The West Village location is just the start of what Ratan has planned for the Edit Alterations extension of his brand.

“We plan on opening several more stores in DFW and starting a larger offsite tailoring/distribution facility that caters to all the locations,” says Ratan.

Edit Alterations is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and by appointment only on Sunday. For more information, including pricing, visit their website.

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Dallas St. Jude Leadership Committee Kicks Off Event Season

The group is hopeful for another record-breaking year.



Photos courtesy of St. Jude/Credit Kristina Bowman

More than 160 guests joined the Dallas St. Jude Leadership Committee at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse to launch the 2019 fundraising efforts.

The kickoff party featured Brody, a nine-year-old St. Jude patient, and his family, who spoke to the gathered crowd about their journey.

Courtney, Brody’s mom, remarked that St. Jude donors are “literally changing the face of cancer.” Brody followed with, “St. Jude is helping me kick cancer’s butt.”

Treatments discovered at St. Jude have helped to increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened over 50 years ago.

Approximately 1,200 guests are expected to attend the festivities in November hosted by event chairs Holly and Doug Brooks and emceed by Scott Murray.

This annual Dallas fundraising event helps ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

“Holly and I feel privileged to chair the 2019 St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party and Golf Classic,” says Doug Brooks. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital leads the world in the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and freely shares all discoveries. The North Texas community came out in record numbers to support us last year and we anticipate a remarkable and inspirational weekend again this year.”

The Evening Under the Stars party will begin at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 2, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

This year’s party will honor the efforts of well-known philanthropists David and Carolyn Miller for their generous support of St. Jude and the Dallas community.

The evening will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by the Emerald City Evolution Band.

Individual tickets start at $250. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Last year’s events raised over $2 million to support the mission of St. Jude, breaking previous fundraising records.

The Golf Classic, chaired by Joe Haggar III and Lou Grabowsky, will be held on Monday, November 4 at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco.

The day will begin with lunch at 10:30am. Tee time is at noon and the event will conclude with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.

Registration is open for individuals and foursomes at $500 per person.

This year’s event is being supported by the following:

Presenting Sponsor – Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group

Mission Moment Sponsor – The David B. Miller Family Foundation

Title Sponsors – Chili’s Grill and Bar, Cindy and Charlie Feld, On Partners, ORIX, and Vandelay Hospitality Group – East Hampton Co. and Hudson House

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