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2019 Dallas Soiree is Top Fundraiser in U.S. Dinner Events for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

It has been another record-setting year for the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party and Golf Classic.

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On Saturday, November 2, more than 1,250 guests filled the Dallas Ballroom at the Omni Hotel Dallas to celebrate and raise over $2.37 million dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 18th Annual Evening Under the Stars Party.

Now the top revenue-generating dinner event for St. Jude in the country, the DFW metroplex Evening Under the Stars Party and Golf Classic continues to break records and amaze crowds year after year.

Hosted by Event Chairs Holly and Doug Brooks, this annual two-day fundraising event helps to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all they should worry about is helping their child live.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.

“It’s incredible to see the Dallas community come together to support the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital” said Kathy Fairbanks, Regional Executive Director. “Through the hard work of committee members, sponsors, and donors the St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party continues to set a new fundraising record each year in support of the mission of St. Jude.”

This year’s party honored the efforts of well-known Philanthropists David and Carolyn Miller and their generous support of St. Jude and the Dallas community.

The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by seated dinner, program, live auction with renowned Auctioneer Letitia Frye, and wrapped up with entertainment provided by the Emerald City Evolution Band. Members of the world-famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders also appeared at the event to greet and take photos with guests.

During the Live Auction portion of the evening, St. Jude Patient Speaker Madison wowed the audience with a custom hand-made portrait which was gifted to be sold in the live auction and raised an astounding $20,000. The top generating item of the evening was the Del Frisco’s Night to Remember that sold for $75,000.

The event featured patient artwork as the St. Jude Mission Moment throughout the evening.

Patient artwork and the importance of art at St. Jude was highlighted throughout the event through the use of augmented reality to bring artwork to life and also tell the story behind the patient who created the piece. St. Jude uses artwork as a way for patients to tell their own story and express themselves during treatment.

On Monday, November 4, over 240 Golfers gathered at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco for the 24th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic.

Chaired by Joe Haggar III and Lou Grabowsky, the event began with lunch at 10:30 a.m., tee off at noon with scramble format, and concluded with a cocktail reception and awards ceremony.

For 2020, the 19th Annual St. Jude Evening Under the Stars Party will take place on Saturday, November 7 & the 25th Annual Golf Classic will be held on Monday, November 9.

Individual tickets for the Party start at $250 with sponsorship opportunities available, and individuals/foursomes may register for the Golf Classic for $500 per person.

For more information visit stjude.org/dallasevents or contact Jayna Parish at Jayna.Parish@stjude.org or (972) 812-7100.

  • 2019 EUTS guests in Dallas Ballroom at Omni Dallas (Photo courtesy of St. Jude)

  • St. Jude Patient Madison and her Dad with her custom art (Photo courtesy of St. Jude)

  • Katie Poer, Kyle Brooks, Holly Brooks, Doug Brooks, Laura Brooks, Taylor Brooks (Photo courtesy of St. Jude)

  • Emerald City Evolution Band (Photo courtesy of St. Jude)

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Cool Thursdays Concert Subscriptions for 2020 On Sale

Prepare to enjoy great tunes and an amazing view.

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The Dallas Arboretum’s premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” season subscriptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo, are on sale now.

As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, concert subscriptions have a history of selling out quickly.

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the stunning floral displays.

The 2020 lineup will feature nine new exciting tribute bands.

New bands for spring include “Hotter Than July”, A Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, “JT”, The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake and “Kids In America”, Totally 80s Tribute Band.

New bands for fall include “The Troubadour Experience”, A Tribute to George Strait, “Hot August Night”, A Tribute to Neil Diamond and “The British Are Coming”, World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group.

Subscription packages are the smartest deal for tickets, offering savings of up to 66 percent, and make for unique and long-lasting Christmas gifts.

All packages purchased by December 3 will be delivered in time for the holidays.

Complete series subscriptions – 22 concerts – are on sale for $333. Spring series only – 13 concerts – are $210, and fall series only – 9 concerts – are $165.

See the full band lineup with dates and purchase concert subscriptions here.

The concert series continues every Thursday this spring and early summer and again in the fall. Gates open at 6 p.m., spring concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and fall concerts begin at 7 p.m.

For group tickets of 15 or more, call 214-515-6520.

On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts and we encourage our guests to take advantage of the close covered parking available at the parking garage.

Hotel Accommodations for Cool Thursdays Concert Series are sponsored by: The Westin Dallas Downtown.

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Fall Fashion Trunk Show

Wyld Empyre Exotics and Lysa Lash Furs will host an exclusive showcase of exotic skin bags and furs this week at The Joule.

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Fort Worth’s Wyld Empyre Exotics has teamed up with Montreal’s Lysa Lash Furs to bring a unique luxury shopping experience to Dallas and showcase their 2019 fall and winter collections.

Guests will sip champagne while enjoying a lavish shopping experience perusing Wyld Empyre’s line of exotic bags and being styled in a Lysa Lash fur coat, cape or accessory.

“I’m thrilled to be working alongside Lysa for this luxurious shopping experience,” said Lauren Blake, Wyld Empyre Founder and Creative Director. “The ladies in Dallas-Fort Worth have an eye for quality, glamourous pieces to add to their wardrobes. Whether it’s a handbag for a night out in Highland Park Village, or a fur coat for their upcoming trip to Aspen, this shopping event will offer chic additions to everyone’s closet.”

The trunk show takes place at The Joule in the Penthouse East in Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. The event is open to the public.

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State Fair of Texas Grand Champion Steer Sets New Record at Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction

This was a big day for participating youth and generous buyers.

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The record-setting sale of the Grand Champion Market Steer for $155K kicked off the 71st Annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction at the State Fair of Texas.

Oscar, raised by 17 year-old Mikala Grady of Johnson County 4-H, competed against 356 steers entered into the Youth Market Steer Show this year.

After judging, Grady earning the Grand Champion title and took home the grand prize for her winning steer purchased by Big Tex Champion Club, led by an anonymous donor.

Other big sales of the day include:

Zane Potter of Harris County 4-H sold his Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer to the State Fair of Texas Midway Concessionaires and Ride Operators for $36,000.

The Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned by Kaden Mason of Montgomery County FFA, sold to the Big Tex Golf Classic for $25,000.

Frank Deel purchased the Grand Champion Market Lamb for $25,000 from Madellyn Adams of Brown County 4-H.

The Grand Champion Market Goat, owned by Cydnee Hanslik of Jim Ned FFA, went for $20,000 to Atmos Energy.

Ella Porter of Montgomery County 4-H sold her Grand Champion Market Broiler to MEI and Texas Air Systems for $10,500.

An annual tradition since 2015, full-time employees of the State Fair of Texas pitch in to purchase an animal at the auction. The State Fair team broke their record with their bid on both a Reserve Champion Market Steer owned by Berkley Bird of Lubbock County 4-H for $7,700, and a Reserve Champion Market Barrow owned by Ollen Pearson of Hockley County 4-H for $6,000.

Supported by community leaders and local businesses, the annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction is a representation of the extreme dedication put forth by the exhibitors participating, along with the planning and efforts of the passionate individuals who organize the event.

Thousands of entries from around the state competed for one of the coveted 392 spots in the Auction this year. The students who earn a spot in the Auction get to sell their animals to the highest bidder.

Students then receive a previously determined maximum payment for their animal, with all excess proceeds donated to the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program.

The Program benefits students who have competed in youth livestock events at the State Fair, as well as students attending high schools in the Fair Park area.

Through the Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction and Scholarship Program, the State Fair has awarded more than $27 million in auction awards and scholarships. The preliminary amount raised for Texas youth in today’s auction is $1.5 million.

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