Monday, November 21, 2011

St. Jude Celebrates Another Year of Fundraising

Players including Tim Brown, Chad Campbell, Harrison Frazar & Lee Trevino kicked off the first of St. Jude's two annual fundraising events on October 17th at the St. Jude/Derek Harper Golf Classic. More than 200 additional golfers joined these notables at Stonebriar Country Club to help raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Vickie Blanding, Audra Blanding, Emily Blanding

Best known for his chart-topping hits "Almost Home", "Red Neck Yacht Club", and "That's What I Love about Sunday", Craig Morgan headlined the second annual fundraiser on October 22nd —the St. Jude Evening Under the Star Party. Despite the neighboring World Series game at the Rangers Ballpark, 700 plus guests walked onto the field of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington where they enjoyed cocktails, dinner and a chance to bid on exclusive items during a live and silent auction.

Amy Vanderoef, Mistress of Ceremonies, led a lively presentation which included a few words from 16 year old local St. Jude patient Brittany Yeager. She shared that the guests in the audience, not Superman or any Cowboys or Rangers player, were her heroes.
Lydia Novakov, Bob Baillargeon, Colleen Baillargeon

These two events raised more than $620,000, and the proceeds go directly to St. Jude to help fund the research and treatment of children with catastrophic diseases. All research and treatment conducted at St. Jude is then shared freely with hospitals around the country and world including our local hospitals in the DFW metroplex.

Tyler Bates (St. Jude patient) with mom Jennifer Bates

This year's events honored Doug Brooks, Brinker International CEO, his wife Holly and the Chili’s Grill & Bar team for their longstanding support of St. Jude. Chili's has donated more than $40 million to date. Chili's overall efforts have, among other achievements, helped build a state-of-the-art-building named the Chili's Care Center, which houses the bone marrow transplant inpatient floor, the Department of Radiological Sciences, inpatient activity areas and research laboratories.

St. Jude is excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hospital at their 2012 event next year. For more information on how to participate contact Christina Baugh at 972.594.8080.

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