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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.

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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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CBD Beauty Brand Expands Reach

Dallas-based FITISH Beauty products are now available online at Urban Outfitters.

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Urban Outfitters added CBD infused FITISH Beauty products to its fall lineup. Currently, FITISH Tone Down, Dewing It and Don’t Sweat It are available at UrbanOutfitters.com.

“CBD is all the rage right now, and for good reason,” said Jenna Owens, FITISH Founder and CEO and co-host of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. “We’ve seen amazing results from our customers using FITISH Beauty, and we’re incredibly honored Urban Outfitters selected our CBD infused products for their fall lineup.”

FITISH, a lifestyle brand focusing on CBD skincare, athletic wear and fitness, was recently named “Best CBD Skincare” at the Unfiltered Experience conference, and it’s no surprise FITISH customers are falling in love. The brand’s mantra is around creating products that help fitness fit into daily routines, making it easier to go from work to the gym to dinner plus everything in between.

FITISH Beauty offers certified organic, cruelty-free products made for active individuals.

The CBD infused beauty line includes:
Tone Down – facial mist incorporating aloe, green tea, coffee and peppermint to provide a refreshing cooling effect and tones down the redness after a great workout
Lip Therapy – lip balm that is packed with all the good stuff
Dewing It – moisturizer that quickly became the must-add to any daily skin routine
Don’t Sweat It – setting spray that allows for worry-free makeup even with a full day of work and a grueling workout

“I’m so proud of our team and the amazing success we have generated with the tens of thousands of orders we’ve shipped in less than a year,” Owens said. “From our workout series to beauty products and customized nutrition plans, we’re just getting started. We’re constantly innovating and developing new products that I can’t wait to share in the coming months.”

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Team Rubicon to Host Salute to Service Awards

The annual Dallas event will celebrate veterans with an evening of engaging speakers, award presentations and much more.

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Team Rubicon​, ​a veteran-led global disaster response organization​, is proud to announce the third annual ​Dallas Salute to Service Awards​ at ​Sixty Five Hundred​ on Saturday, September 21 at 6:30pm.

Recognizing the contributions of partner organizations, individuals, and thought-leaders, the Salute to Service Awards offer a unique perspective on the mission of Team Rubicon.

Held since 2013 in New York and Dallas, Salute to Service highlights the outstanding support and dedication to the nation’s veterans and their continued service to local communities.

“Over the past nine years, Team Rubicon has grown from a group of eight to more than 100,000 volunteers – launching more than 375 disaster response operations around the world,” said Team Rubicon Co-Founder and CEO Jake Wood. “This growth and our ability to help people on their worst day at this scale would not be possible without the generosity, trust and support of the American public’s hard-earned dollars. We’ve seen prolonged success with the New York Salute to Service Awards, and we’re excited to continue the tradition in Dallas, where our National Operations Center is based, with our third annual event.”

The soiree will feature opportunities to engage with staff and volunteers to showcase how philanthropic support directly affects disaster relief and veteran reintegration.

Highlights of this year’s programming include exciting live auction items, an award presentation to USAA and the USAA Foundation for their ongoing support of Team Rubicon’s mission, recognition of some of Team Rubicon’s most dedicated volunteer leaders, as well as a cadre of engaging speakers.

Sponsorship packages, tables, and tickets to the gala are available for purchase here.

For more information, please visit the Team Rubicon website.

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Stretch Zone, the Practitioner-Assisted Stretching Franchise, Continues North Texas Expansion

Relax and relieve stress with guided stretching.

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Miami Beach born Stretch Zone, the practitioner-assisted stretching franchise, first launched in North Texas with the opening of locations in Plano and Dallas in 2017 and 2018. In early 2019, the Southlake location opened.

The concept continues its growth in the metroplex with an anticipated location opening in Fort Worth later this year.

“Stretch Zone is a concept for people who are constantly on the go,” said Becca Menhart, general manager of Stretch Zone Dallas and Plano.

Personal trainers at Stretch Zone, founded in 2004 by Jorden Gold, use exclusive equipment to stabilize the body for prime, targeted stretching.

The brand encourages people to give their service a try with a “no gimmicks, no catch, first session is free” offer.

At the first visit, personal trainers access range of, create a personalized plan with clients, and take them through a relaxing one-on-one stretch session.

At no point during that session should the guided stretching be painful. The goal is to use stretching to improve circulation, resting muscle tone and flexibility.

“We have clients come in who didn’t feel well enough to even approach a workout,” said Menhart. “Now that they’ve improved their flexibility and balance with Stretch Zone sessions, they are conquering fitness goals they never even imagined. It’s so exciting to share their wellness journey with them and see improvement week after week.”

The stretching concept works with all types of clients with different wellness goals in mind. The age requirement is 14 years of age; so many clients seen are high school athletes.

“Wellness is a huge priority here in DFW and we love that we are the perfect complement to all the amazing fitness opportunities Dallasites are taking advantage of already,” said Menhart. “No matter what workout you do, stretching is imperative and often overlooked.”

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