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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

Food + Drink

State Fair of Texas Announces 2019 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists

Making it to the semi-final round isn’t easy, so these concessionaires have something to celebrate.



Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas

With only 63 days until opening day of the 2019 State Fair of Texas, the competition to make it to the 15th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards is heating up.

State Fair concessionaires are busy perfecting their innovative offerings in hopes of getting into the final round of judging at the coveted event.

After the first round of judging, 33 semi-finalists – 20 savory and 13 sweet entries – are moving forward, putting these contenders one step closer to the main event, where they will compete for one of three winning titles: “Best Taste – Sweet,” “Best Taste – Savory,” and “Most Creative.”

The contest started in mid-July with 49 individual entries from 30 concessionaires. It is required that competitors have at least one year of experience as a concessionaire at the State Fair of Texas before entering.

Making past the first round requires contestants to be super creative with the name and description of their original creations.

Judges are looking for the food with the name and description that sounds most appealing to their personal palette, just like a fairgoer might do while at the Fair.

Over the next several weeks, the second round of preliminary judging will begin, and these edible creations will have to prove to the panel of judges that they are just as delicious as they sound.

The tasting round will judge each semi-finalist on, at minimum, four main ingredients of a finalist-worthy concoction: uniqueness, presentation, creativity and, of course, taste.

To keep everything fair and solely based on the food, judges sample each submission during a “blind judging” throughout the entire process.

Judges will also have to defend their rankings against the seemingly simple yet crucial question – how likely is a fairgoer to actually buy the item?

The top 10 finalists, to be announced in mid-August, will go on to compete live in the final round at this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards ceremony.

Even if your entry of choice does not make it to the main event, concessionaires can still choose to introduce their food at their stand as a “new food” during this year’s State Fair.

The 15th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards, presented by Metro by T-Mobile, will take place Sunday, August 25 at 2pm in the historic Tower Building at Fair Park.

A limited number of tickets are available online for $125. Tickets always sell out, so get yours fast. You do not want to miss the chance to view the competition while getting a first taste of this year’s new Fair foods.

All proceeds from the annual Big Tex Choice Awards competition are donated to the Big Tex Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to students across the Lone Star State.

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Luxury Sports Medicine Studio Opens in Galleria-Area

Train and recover like the pros do.



Photo courtesy of Dynamic Sports Medicine (Photo credit: Andrew Pendleton Photography)

Dynamic Sports Medicine, a luxury sports medicine studio, has opened in Dallas.

Owned by Dallas Drs. Brian and Jinna Mann, the studio offers athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts new ways to train and cutting edge technology for recovery.

“With our wide variety of treatments and rare access to some of the newest recovery tools, Dynamic Sports Medicine completely changes the recovery game for Dallasites, allowing them to both train and recover like professional athletes,” says co-founder Dr. Brian Mann.

Some of the innovative treatments and tools available to clients include cupping, Myo Acoustic Compression Therapy  – a deep tissue massage without human hands, chiropractic, CBD-infused massages, and much more.

Dynamic Sports Medicine currently has three locations in Austin. The Galleria-area marks the first for the brand in Dallas. For more information, visit Dynamic Sports Medicine online.


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Tour des Fleurs to Benefit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The USATF certified race has become a tradition for more than 3,000 runners.



Photo courtesy of Tour des Fleurs/Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Registration is open for Tour des Fleurs, the quarter and half marathons benefiting the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, scheduled for September 21.

Participants will start and end on the lakeside trail of White Rock Lake at the Arboretum. The Arboretum’s 1,100-space parking garage, located directly across the street from the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, opens at 5:00am for runners. Walkers and strollers are welcome.

The half marathon race begins at 7 a.m. and the quarter marathon race begins at 7:50am.

Overall winner awards will be announced at 9:15am. Tour des Fleurs offers over $10,000 in cash prizes for overall winners in both the quarter marathon and half marathon. The three prize winning race categories include Open Women and Men, Masters Women and Men and Age Group Awards. More details regarding cash prizes visit

After the race, stay and enjoy live music from the Emerald City All Stars band, complimentary food, beer and other beverages, and freebies from a variety of TDF sponsors. The celebration takes place on the Dallas Arboretum’s Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake.

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