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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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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.



Photo courtesy of State Fair of Texas

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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The Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial Host Event Honoring Veterans and Active Duty to Celebrate Service and Freedom

The Texas Run to the Wall began in 1988 as the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club. A year later, former President George H. W. Bush dedicated the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fair Park.



Photo courtesy of the Friends of The Texas Vietnam Memorial / Facebook (Photo credit: unknown)

The Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Fair Park in Dallas, invites you to the 31st annual “Texas Run to the Wall” on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

The 30-minute motorcycle ride will start at noon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX, and end at the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial inside Fair Park. There will be a brief memorial event held at the end of the ride, followed by a celebration at Eight Bells Alehouse.

“The Texas Run to the Wall doesn’t just honor Vietnam veterans, but it honors all veterans and active-duty personnel from each branch of the military. The ride is a celebration of their service and our freedom,” says Gregery Riedi, member of the Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club and a Friend of the Wall.

Interested parties can pre-register for the event online for a discounted rate. Day-of registration starts at 10:00 AM on November 9. Ride packages range between $15 and $45.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Friends of the Texas Vietnam Memorial.

The memorial features five tablets of Texas granite bearing the names of 3,271 Texans killed in action during the war in Vietnam and 156 missing in action, 54 remains recovered and 102 still missing, will celebrate its 30th anniversary on November 11, 2019. The memorial recently underwent significant restoration and is open to the public to visit during the State Fair of Texas, and year-round.

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CBD Beauty Brand Expands Reach

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



Photo courtesy of FITISH

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

“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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