Thursday, June 25, 2015

Banking Presidents in DFW, with help of Texas Ranger Alum Jose Guzman, establish first-ever annual Softball Slam

The challenge is ON! The first-ever Dallas Bankers Softball Slam to benefit Nexus Recovery Center will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at the Texas Rangers Youth Ball Park in Arlington from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  

Bankers are such a competitive bunch, so when Ryan McCuller – Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch - wanted to do something to help teen girls and women living with addiction at Nexus Recovery Center in Dallas, he thought …“if we build it – they will come”.

Only six slots are available for bank teams who will play for bragging rights and spoils including BBQ, brewery tours and a rather elaborate bankers-themed trophy. Bank Presidents are asked to sponsor a team of up to 10 players. One hundred percent of funds raised through sponsorships will be invested in Nexus Recovery Center’s residential addiction recovery programs for women and young girls. The goal is to raise $100,000 in the first year.
Jay Clingman – President, Dallas Region JP Morgan CHASE Bank, accepts the sponsorship challenge from Jose Guzman to raise awareness and funds for Nexus Recovery Center. Guzman has offered to record Public Service Announcements in Spanish, to raise awareness with Latina teen girls that have experienced major trauma from abuse, trafficking, abandonment and undiagnosed mental health challenges, about the treatment available to them from this 44 year old non-profit.
McCuller asked Gerry Mecca, VP of IT and Client Services for Dr Pepper Snapple (who is well known for his love of all things “above the diamond”), to be this year’s Honorary Chair.  Scott Jones, President of Regions Bank serves on the Board of Nexus Recovery Center and is rallying fellow Bankers to engage in some good-natured competition, all for a good cause. Jones is serving as Sponsorship Chair for this first bankers slam. Anyone can come and watch the games – there is free admission.
The Dallas Bankers Softball Slam is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DR PEPPER SNAPPLE Group, Regions Bank and Lakewood Brewery. Former Texas Ranger Alumni - Jose Guzman has been delivering sponsorship packets to bankers personally this week to advocate for the agency and for the project.
For details about forming a team or sponsoring the event, companies can email Abigail Erickson at for a sponsorship packet and delivery details. Contact by phone directly at 214-663-2462.

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