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Celebrating the Gift of Gratitude – TSRHC Celebrates 20 Years of Treasure Street

TSRHC’s signature event was started 20 years ago by a family with one goal – giving back.

On a crisp spring evening in 1996, Dallas residents Dee and Dodge Carter gathered close friends and family around their dining table with a mission in mind. They were exploring ways to give back to TSRHC’s Tuberous Sclerosis Complex clinic, where their daughter, Nicole, was being treated. That intimate brainstorming session led to a small gathering at the hospital later that year, where guests donated a “treasure” to be auctioned on behalf 
of the clinic. Treasure Street was formed and would ultimately become the hospital’s signature fundraising event, benefiting all TSRHC patients. This year hospital friends, patients and staff celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary and perhaps the greatest treasure of all — the gift of gratitude.

October 23, 1993, a date Dee can rattle off like her phone number. It was the day 11-month-old Nicole was diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC), a rare genetic disorder that causes noncancerous (benign) tumors to form in the vital organs of the body, primarily the brain, heart, kidney, skin and lungs.

“We were at Children’s Medical Center when the doctor gave us the diagnosis,” Dee recalls. “He let us process it a little bit and then told us about the TSC clinic at Scottish Rite and said, ‘You need to get her over there.’ ”

The first Treasure Street was held in 1996 and this group has been there from the beginning. L to R: TSRHC President/CEO Robert L. Walker and his wife, Pat; Dee and Dodge Carter; TSRHC Trustee Harold Carter and his wife, Bitsy; Margaret and Syd Carter; Lark Montgomery and her husband, TSRHC President Emeritus and Foundation Executive Chairman J. C. Montgomery, Jr.

Mauricio Delgado, M.D., TSRHC director of Neurology, founded the hospital’s TSC clinic in 1990, along with former Children’s and TSRHC neurologist E. Steve Roach, M.D. Although pediatric orthopedics is the specialty, TSRHC treats certain related neurological disorders. The hospital’s TSC clinic was one of the first clinics of its kind in the country and has served as a national model for those that followed.

“The complexity of this disorder led us to organize 
a dedicated TSC clinic where we could gather relevant clinical information through a standardized approach,” explains Delgado, who became Nicole’s physician.

The clinic played a key role in creating a national database of TSC patients, which is overseen by a national organization called the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance.

The hospital’s TSC clinic also conducted a landmark study with the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, which isolated two causative genes associated with the condition.

“The financial support from Treasure Street played a critical role in our genetic testing,” says Steven Sparagana, M.D., who joined TSRHC in 1994 and became director of the TSC clinic in 2001. “Now we know the mechanism by which the disease occurs.”

In TSC, that mechanism is a mutation, or change, in one of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2. When either of these genes carries a mutation, it is unable to inform the body how to grow correctly, which affects proper development and function in children with TSC.

“This condition is complex and it exhibits differently in every patient,” Sparagana explains. “An accurate diagnosis is key and from there, finding a cure remains our ultimate goal.”

“There’s so much that we’ve come to know about the disease, but there’s still so much that is unknown,” Dodge explains. “There’s a huge level of comfort in knowing that you’re with the experts at Scottish Rite, because it’s not just the patients the hospital cares for, it’s the families as well.”

Funds from Treasure Street continue to meet the needs of the TSC clinic, in addition to supporting the hospital as a whole. Twenty years, thousands of guests and $11 million in gross proceeds later, the event has exceeded 
all expectations.

“We never dreamed it would come this far,” Dee says. “We’re so grateful for the generosity of the community and our friends. The success of the event speaks to them, and to the hospital. It’s touched so many lives.”

The Carters explain that Treasure Street is a celebration of the hospital and those who support it, like Dee and Dodge’s parents.

“They’ve been with us from the beginning,” Dee says. Her mother, Bitsy, and father, Harold, a TSRHC trustee, are active on the Treasure Street board, as are Dodge’s parents, Margaret and Syd. Dee and Dodge are also grateful for the involvement of friends like longtime event board members Kammy and Andy Fleck.

“Part of the joy now is that we have a host committee that is comprised of our kids,” Dodge says. “So, the families involved in this event have gone full circle and now we’re establishing a foundation for the future.”

“It’s the little things we’re grateful for, too,” Dee says. “Nicole has never been afraid to go to Scottish Rite and that means so much, to bring your child to a place where they aren’t afraid to be.”

It’s that gratitude for the small things that has culminated in big things, like celebrating the 20th anniversary of Treasure Street this fall on Thursday, Oct. 15. There will be fabulous food, live music and, of course, treasures to bid on at both silent and live auctions. But as the Carters know firsthand, there are some treasures upon which you cannot put a price.

“What can you do for an institution like Scottish 
Rite that does everything it can to help your child?” Dodge asks. “You can’t repay that. But our goal from the beginning has been to tell people about the hospital and it’s a story we feel blessed to tell.”

**This article was featured as the cover story of our Rite Up magazine.

KidSwing golf tournaments complete successful 13th year

About 300 young philanthropists participated in this year’s KidSwing golf tournaments, raising more than $83,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. That brings the total generated for the hospital since the event was launched in 2003 to more than $1.8 million.

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KidSwing is unique in that the kids themselves raise money by asking their friends and family to sponsor them. The idea came from 10-year-old patient Ben Sater, who founded the event as a way to give back to the hospital that had taken such good care of him.

Over the years, KidSwing has grown from one tournament to four. The latest, called the Scottish Rite Shootout, is aimed at 16- to 18-year-olds. Held this month for the first time, at Topgolf Dallas, it joins three earlier tournaments for 5- to 15-year-olds: KidSwing Dallas at Brookhaven Country Club, KidSwing McKinney at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and KidSwing Trophy Club at Trophy Club Country Club.

A junior committee oversees KidSwing. New committee members this year include Michael Brunski, 9, of Allen; Caden Hansen, 8, of Southlake; Blake Littleton, 12, of Frisco; Aubrey Morris, 12, of Irving; Gage Sherwinski, 11, of Allen; and Randy St. Clair and Rusty St. Clair, both 14, of Plano.

Sponsors include GEICO, the Ryan Foundation, Janet and Joe Tydlaska and Topgolf ($10,000 each); Barbi and Scott Cohen, J. Small Investments, the Mary Kay Family Foundation and Stonebridge Orthodontics ($5,000 each); Davaco, Cinemark and the Freedom Foundation ($2,500 each); and Anonymous, Archer Western, Capital One Bank, Green Bank, Sandy Nachman, Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center and Veritex Community Bank ($1,000 each).

Proceeds from this year’s KidSwing benefit the hospital’s bebionic hand technology program.

See more photos on TSRHC’s Events Facebook page.

Crayon Club Character Breakfast

No matter how old you are, there is something magical about meeting your favorite characters. It is why so many people flock to Comic-Con events, and it is why the Crayon Club Character Breakfast at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is an annual smash. What is the event, and how did it get started?

A Magical Morning

Kids who attended the Crayon Club Character Breakfast on June 27 didn’t mind getting up early on a Saturday morning. The over-all excitement is contagious as children get to feast their eyes on their favorite characters. What’s even better is that the kids get to interact with the characters as the fictional icons serve up a delicious breakfast.

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A Character Extravaganza

Whether they’re dying to hang out with Batman or simply must take a photo with Elsa, a child’s character dreams come true at our Crayon Club Character Breakfast. Everyone who attends the event is encouraged to dress up, and, after breakfast, those costumes are put to good use. Kids receive a special autograph book and pen, so they can float around the room and collect the signatures of their favorite heroes and princesses. In addition to the autograph party, there was also face-painting stations and other awesome activities.

Something for Parents

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast isn’t just for kids. The event included a silent auction for parents. They were able to bid on items like tickets to sporting events, family photography packages and other family-friendly prizes.

How It Started

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast started back in 2013 as the brainchild of Dorothy McGowan and Natalie Womble, members of Crayon Club. They wanted young professionals to be able to support the hospital in a way that could also open a door for them to get in touch with children in the community.

The Character Breakfast is unique in that it is really all about the children. It gives Crayon Club members a special opportunity to feel the personal satisfaction that comes from volunteering.

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Join Us Next Time

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast is a special annual event at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and it plays a role in helping the hospital continue its good work in treating pediatric orthopedics. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event! Stay up to date on next year’s Character Breakfast event and all our other special events by following TSRHC Events on Facebook and Twitter.

TSRHC and the Learn to Golf Program

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has been providing pediatric orthopedic care to the region for more than 90 years. In addition to offering numerous services for children with orthopedic conditions, TSRHC provides patients with ancillary recreational therapy, such as our Learn to Golf Program. Learn more about how this unique program helps patients reclaim their childhood through education, engagement and recreation.

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Program History

Established in 1998, the TSRHC Learn to Golf Program is a key component of the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department. Using the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program as a guide, TSRHC designed a clinic that introduces patients to the rehabilitative benefits of golf. In 2000, Learn to Golf was formally recognized by the United States Golf Association with a multi-year grant to fund expanded program offerings. Since its launch, more than 1,200 children have participated in the Learn to Golf Program.

Golf Instruction

Throughout each clinic session, golf instructors are on hand to teach participants about the technical components of the game, such as driving, chipping and putting. In addition, basic golf rules, safety and etiquette are explained so that kids feel comfortable playing a full game after completing the clinic. Each of the instructors involved in the program has received specialized training for teaching golf to patients with physical disabilities.

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Clinic Benefits

For patients, the Learn to Golf program offers a hands-on introduction to a physical activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. It helps children to growth both socially and physically by meeting other kids and learning to enjoy recreational activities despite their physical challenges. These patients are able to push themselves to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. Most importantly, it instills confidence and provides a great deal of fun and enjoyment.

Locations and Eligibility

The Learn to Golf program offers local clinics, each consisting of a half-day session. Since the program’s inception, TSRHC has offered clinics in cities throughout Texas, including Austin, Bullard, Fort Worth, Plano, Dallas, Wichita Falls, Lewisville, Lubbock, Grand Prairie, Denison, Waco, Longview, San Antonio and Odessa.

Texas Scottish RIte Hospital Learn to Golf Program

All patients at TSRHC ages six and older are invited to participate in the Learn to Golf Program. In some cases, the program is able to provide adaptive equipment to help children with certain orthopedic or neurological challenges, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, limb length differences spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Trained instructors use other innovative methods to ensure that all children are able to participate in the program.

Through the Learn to Golf program, hundreds of children have discovered that their physical challenges don’t have to hold them back from fulfilling, fun activities. This program continues to help more pediatric orthopedic patients year after year through therapeutic recreation.

Chipotle is offering 50% of proceeds to TSRHC on Wednesday, June 17

This Wednesday, June 17, Chipotle is offering 50% of their proceeds to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children!

Just go to any Dallas/Fort Worth area Chipotle on Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. with this flyer (either printed or shown on your mobile device) or tell your cashier that you’re supporting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

It’s as easy as that! Enjoy your lunch and thank you for dining in support of TSRHC!

For locations, please visit www.chipotle.com.

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June & July Special Events

Save the Date for the following events benefiting TSRHC in June & July. For more information or questions about any of these events, please contact our Special Events Department at (214) 559-7656.

June 7 – Autos in the Park Car Show

Cooper Aerobics Center will host a car show on June 7, 2015. Approximately 225 cars will be on display. Admission is free, and the show is open to the public!

June & July – KidSwing Golf Tournaments

June 8 – Dallas
June 16 – McKinney
July 13 – Trophy Club

KidSwing was founded in 2003 by former patient Ben Sater at age 11 and has become an annual event to benefit TSRHC. KidSwing is a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 5 to 18 at all levels of golfing ability. Every child who plays is encouraged to raise $100 for TSRHC by asking their friends and family to sponsor them. To date, KidSwing has raised more than $1.6 million for TSRHC.

For more information or to register, please visit kidswing.org.

June 10 – 12 TSRHC Volunteer’s Bazaar & Bake Sale

TSRHC volunteers will host the annual Summer Bazaar & Bake Sale this June.
Wednesday, June 10: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday, June 11: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday, June 12: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All items available at this event are donated and all proceeds benefit the patients and families served by TSRHC. Please consider donating your favorite item or one of the following best-sellers: 4th of July and Patriotic Decorations, Texas & Summer Themed Items, Handmade Toys, Bird Feeders, Seasonal Wreaths, Floral Arrangements, Kitchen Accessories, Baby Gifts, Quilts, Wood Crafts

Bake Sale: Homemade Jams, Jellies, Pies, Cakes, Pickles, Bread, Cookies, Candy, Snack Mixes.

June 19 – The Nodding Donkey Golf Tournament 

This is the fourth year for this tournament and the third year for TSRHC to be the beneficiary. For more information or to register, please visit http://bit.ly/1R10Oya.

June 27 – Crayon Club’s Character Breakfast

Crayon Club’s annual unique, child-friendly event scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2015, will bring together families for a magical meet-and-greet experience complete with superheros, sports mascots and princesses. The event will also include an autograph session, door prize drawings, face painting and more.

For more information about Crayon Club, please visit tsrhc.org/crayonclub.

July 21 – Scottish Rite Shootout

The inaugural Scottish Rite Shootout is a Topgolf tournament for young adults ages 16-18. Scottish Rite Shootout was created from our KidSwing Golf Tournaments as a way for young adults to continue their support of TSRHC before high school graduation.

For more information, please visit kidswing.org.

July 30 – Summer Colors

Jenny Grumbles, Loren Koziol, Dupree Scovell and Jill Scovell will host the seventh Summer Colors silent art auction benefiting TSRHC on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on original paintings by local artists while enjoyings drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Ticket prices are $25 when pre-purchased and $30 at the door.

For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit our Summer Colors website.

Winter: the Dolphin with the Prosthetic Tail

wintertail copyA few of our staff members attended the Association of Children’s Orthotic-Prosthetic Clinics (ACPOC) annual conference in Clearwater Beach, FL earlier this month. ACPOC is an association of interdisciplinary professionals who are involved in providing prosthetic-orthotic care for children with limb loss or orthopedic disabilities.  We participated in the conference by presenting two clinical papers, which were very well received and encouraged valuable discussion. The hospital was even specially recognized by ACPOC for our attendance to the conference as a team!

Despite the long hours at the conference, Amanda Brown from Prosthetics and Orthotics and Jesse Kowalski from Physical Therapy managed to squeeze in some time to spend an afternoon at the Clearwater Beach Aquarium. This special aquarium is home to Winter, the famous dolphin. Winter is the only known dolphin in the world missing her tail, and was featured on the big screen in Dolphin Tales.

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Like many of our patients, Winter has scoliosis and kyphosis, which has caused her to wear a prosthetic tail. She wears her prosthetic device during physical therapy sessions to help decrease the progression of the curvature of her spine, and has to do other types of stretching and exercise too. Her prosthesis helps keep her healthy and happy so she can do what dolphins do best… play!

Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Lori A. Karol Becomes First Woman to Lead POSNA

Dr. Lori KarolDr. Lori A. Karol, assistant chief of staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) and professor of orthopedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, will become the first woman president of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) on Friday at the organization’s annual meeting in Atlanta.

Dr. Karol is a staff orthopedic surgeon at TSRHC and medical director of Performance Improvement and the Movement Science Laboratory at the hospital. In 2011, she won the Arthur Huene Memorial Award from POSNA for published research on clubfoot. She has been the group’s president-elect for 2014-15 and takes over the presidency from Dr. Gregory A. Mencia, director of pediatric orthopedics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Karol earned her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis at TSRHC in 1991. She joined the hospital in 1994. Dr. Karol is the third TSRHC surgeon to lead POSNA. Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, chief of staff emeritus, and Dr. B. Stephens “Steve” Richards, chief medical officer, are past presidents.

“I am immensely honored to be selected to serve as president of POSNA this year, and even more so to serve as the first woman president of our organization,” Dr. Karol said. “When I trained as an orthopedic surgeon, I was the only woman in my program for many years. Now, 40 percent of our newest members are female. POSNA has always been very open and accepting of diversity in its members. I hope my election as president will help open up leadership positions to the young women physicians who are now training in residency programs or are newly in practice. As the mother of three daughters, I want them to have the opportunity to serve as leaders in their careers some day.”

“Dr. Karol is a world class surgeon who cares deeply about the children she treats,” said TSRHC Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel J. Sucato. “Her patient care, teaching and research have improved countless children’s lives and her leadership in the field of pediatric orthopedics is a great example for other physicians to follow. She will make a great POSNA president.”

Dr. Karol is one of almost a dozen TSRHC physicians making presentations at the POSNA annual meeting being held at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta from Wednesday, April 29, to Saturday, May 2. With more than 1,200 members, POSNA is the preeminent organization for orthopedic surgeons who care for children in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to improve the lives of children through expert orthopedic care.

“We are very active in education of orthopedic surgeons, in advocacy for our pediatric orthopedic patients and in research to better the treatment outcomes for the children we care for,” Dr. Karol said.

Congratulations, Dr. Karol!

April & May Special Events

Save the Date for the following events benefiting TSRHC in April & May. For more information or questions about any of these events, please contact our Special Events Department at (214) 559-7656.

April 18 – ACM Dierks Bently Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert

The 2015 leading male American Country Music (ACM) Award nominee Dierks Bentley will host the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert on Saturday, April 18. Proceeds from the event will benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music, and local charities including Children’s Advocacy Center of Denton CountyTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for ChildrenBikers Against Child Abuse, and 444 Angel. Read more

April 25 – 2nd Annual Sonny Bryan’s “It’s in the Sauce” Celebrity Chef Barbecue Competition

For the second year in a row, TSRHC has been selected as one of the charities benefiting from this year’s cook-off. Using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event local Chefs Jason Hoffman, Chad Houser, Jeramie Robison, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish. Read more

April 25 – Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo and Child Safety Day

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Rotary Club of Dallas will partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to host the 14th annual Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day gives children from around the Dallas community the opportunity to learn about safety in a fun, family environment. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day is free of charge to all participants, so everyone is invited to come and join in the fun! Read more

April 25 – Emi’s Color Shoot

TSRHC patient Emi decided she wanted to give back to the hospital, and she and her family came up with Emi’s Color Shoot in Amarillo, Texas. This event is open to the public and features shooting sporting clays, horse races, live auction and live music.

For more information,  view event flyer or contact Brian Fleming at (806) 674-6624 or email emicolorshoot@gmail.com.

April 30 – May 3 – Big D Charity Horse Show

This year, the Big D Charity Horse Show will take place Thursday, April 30 – Sunday, May 3 at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center in Irving. The Horse Show has been held in the North Dallas community for last 40 years and this will be the 10th year for the show’s events to benefit TSRHC. Read more

May 7 & 8 – Elizabeth Toon Concert & Shootout

Elizabeth Toon Charities (ETC) is founded on the principles of faith, hope and love. They support organizations that provide education, assistance, comfort and therapy to those who have been impacted by abuse, grief, poverty, disabilities or terminal illnesses.

ETC is hosting their 9th annual concert and shootout this May and they have again selected TSRHC as a beneficiary. TSRHC supports both events by providing volunteers. ETC has raised nearly $375,000 for the patients at TSRHC. Read more

May 9 – Farm & Ranch Day

Farm & Ranch Day was started with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service to celebrate Texas agriculture. This is our 17th annual Farm & Ranch Day. TSRHC patients, families and friends are invited to participate in a variety of fun, hands-on activities focusing on various aspects of Texas agriculture. Read more

May 16 – 12th Annual ASA Poker Run and Cook-out (Motorcycle ride)

Established in 2004 by Associated Builders & Contractors, what is now the ASA Poker Run has raised nearly $215,000 for the benefit of patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The funds raised by this event are split between TSRHC and Happy Hill Farm. Read more

Sonny Bryan’s Gears Up For Second Annual ‘It’s In the Sauce’ Celebrity Chef Barbecue Competition

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse announced the line-up of culinary masters who will compete on Saturday, April 25, in the legendary barbecue restaurant’s second annual ‘It’s in the Sauce’ competition, a flavorful fundraiser to benefit four Dallas non-profit organizations. Chefs Jason Hoffman, Chad Houser, Jeramie Robison, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at LOOK Cinemas from 11 am to 1 pm.

2nd Annual Its in the Sauce copyThe participating charities include Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Susan G. Komen Dallas County, Vogel Alcove and Youth with Faces. Barbecue-lovers and spectators alike can purchase a ticket in advance at www.sonnybryans.com and at the door for $20. Attendees can then sample all four creations and cast a vote by placing their ticket in their favorite’s ballot box. Each vote also adds a $20 donation to the chef’s chosen charity, but the non-profit represented by each chef will not be revealed until all votes are cast. The chef who receives the most tickets will receive an additional $5,000 from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for the charity of his choice.

Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 News anchor/reporter, will serve as emcee, and the event will feature fun for the whole family with live music, a face painter, balloon maker and more!

The Chefs

Jason Hoffman: Jason Hoffman serves as Executive Culinary Manager of LOOK Cinemas and IVY Kitchen.  Jason came to LOOK Cinemas from Rave Cinemas where he held the title of Corporate Food and Beverage Manager.  Prior to his time at Rave, he held multiple positions with Consilient Restaurants in the Dallas area, including Executive Chef of Hibiscus, opening AGM and Kitchen Operations Coordinator of The Porch, and Managing Partner of Cuba Libre.  He also spent 12 years as Kitchen Manager with Hillstone Restaurant Group.  Jason has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas.  He has been very active in civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Christian Community Action. Supporting him in his career is his wife Lisa, and two sons, ages 11 and 14.

Chad Houser: After 17 years as a chef, Chad sold his partnership of Parigi Restaurant to devote his full attention the role of Executive Director of Café Momentum in 2012. His charisma and passion to teach life, social and employment skills to Dallas’ most at-risk youth that makes Houser a hit with everyone from philanthropists and dinner-goers to the young men participating in the program. Chad has received multiple nominations from D Magazine and most recently was named as one of the United States Junior Chamber’s Outstanding Young Americans, a “Top 50 Under 40” by the Social Enterprise Alliance, an “Urban Innovator to Watch” by the New Cities Foundation, as one of “30 Most Interesting People in the Metro Area” by the Dallas Observer, and one of Good Magazine’s “Good 100.” Café Momentum’s first brick-and-mortar restaurant and classroom space opened in January on Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas.

Jeramie Robison: As a native Louisianan, Jeramie’s passion for food is deeply rooted in the south.  He learned the ins and outs of southern cooking from his parents in his hometown of Ruston.  At 18 Jeramie left Ruston to attend Johnson and Wells in Denver.  His first job out of school was at the Mansion under Chef John Tesar, which led to working in New York for Chef David Burke at Fishtail and then at Restaurant Cinq in Houston’s boutique hotel La Colombe’Or.ccHe learned to love Japanese food and culture while working as chef de cuisine at Austin’s critically acclaimed Uchi.  He is now serving as the executive chef at Shinsei.  Jeramie and his wife just welcomed their first child.

Tre Wilcox: Wilcox worked his way up the culinary ranks through good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears. By the age of 29 he earned a 5 star review at Abacus, where he served as chef de cuisine. He appeared on Top Chef (Season 3) and on Iron Chef America. Twice nominated for the “Rising Star Chef “award by the James Beard Foundation, Wilcox was also named Best Chef by the Dallas Morning News after opening Village Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village in 2011. As an award-winning chef and television personality, Wilcox began to expand on his other gift, sharing his passion for food through teaching. He used the three letters of his first name as an acronym for good cooking, Techniques, Recipes & Execution, and TRE Cooking Concepts was born.

Join us rain or shine!  For more information, visit www.sonnybryans.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors

 Bruce S. Chandler Photography, Ducky-Bob’s and LOOK Cinemas

About Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Since 1958, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse has served up melt-in-your-mouth barbecue and heaping helpings of hospitality. The Dallas-based family of restaurants has seven locations in the DFW Metroplex. Sonny Bryan’s has served U.S. Presidents, entertainers, sports legends and other famous patrons, in addition to loyal fans who can’t get enough of the company’s legendary barbecue. Sonny Bryan’s is committed to serving the community through donations of food and financial support to non-profit organizations. In addition to restaurants, Sonny Bryan’s also runs a full-service catering division for special events and corporate meetings. Visit www.sonnybryans.com for a complete list of locations and menus. Get the latest news and offers from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Facebook and Twitter.

About LOOK Cinemas

Dallas-based LOOK Cinemas offers state-of-the-art theatres featuring luxurious reserved seating, as well as signature restaurants. You can LOOK & Dine in our dine-in theatres with full food and beverage service; savor handcrafted cocktails and light fare with your movie in The Lofts; stretch out in one of our three spacious seating options in the Living Rooms; or enjoy our largest screens paired with power recliners and Dolby Atmos sound in Evolution. LOOK Cinemas is located on Beltline Road at the intersection of Prestonwood Road in north Dallas.  Follow us on Facebook or Twitter.