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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.

HeARTS and Project Sunshine Bring Fun to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Ricardo Benitez, Christopher Jones On February 27, 2015, two members of the Dallas Cowboys teamed up with UnitedHealthcare volunteers to throw a Project Sunshine party for the patients and families of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). The party featured a “HeARTS” theme in honor of American Heart Month. Project Sunshine, the non-profit organization behind the event, sponsored games, face painting, crafts, prizes and a photo booth for pictures with the two Cowboys’ stars during the bash. Read on to learn more about the event and its mission to help young patients.

UnitedHealthcare and the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and UnitedHealthcare, now the Cowboys’ official community partner, first joined forces in 2011 to raise awareness about chronic disease prevention and healthy living. The partnership focuses especially on childhood obesity and diabetes. In 2014, UnitedHealthcare worked with the Cowboys’ Rookie Club — an outreach program that introduces the team’s newest players to the joy of giving back to the community — to throw a similar party at Texas Scottish Rite. This year, safeties Barry Church, signed by the Cowboys in 2010, and J.J. Wilcox, drafted by the Cowboys in 2013, visited the hospital for the HeARTS party.

The Party’s Sponsor: Project Sunshine

Sarah Wall, Andrea Hunter, Kim Filosi - Project SunshineProject Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that offers free educational, social and recreational programs to children dealing with medical problems. UnitedHealthcare began its relationship with Project Sunshine in 2010. Since then, more than 13,200 UnitedHealthcare volunteers have brightened the lives of more than 23,000 young patients and their families. These volunteers have made more than 63,000 arts and crafts kits and 18,300 Sunny Grams — special greeting cards that offer cheer in hospitals — for children across the nation. The goal of Project Sunshine is to relieve the anxiety associated with medical treatment for kids.

Brightening the Day of More Than 100 Patients

More than 100 of TSRHC’s young patients attended the party with their families. The two Cowboys’ players who attended the party signed autographs and posed for pictures with patients and volunteers. The party’s photo booth offered an array of costumes and props for lighthearted photo ops with the athletes. Judging by the smiles on the faces of the patients that day, the party more than achieved its goal of alleviating some of the stress of treatment.

Third Annual Rock the Rite Benefits TSRHC

When their children were still preschoolers, Dr. Lawson Copley and his wife, Erin, took them to a music store and asked them to pick an instrument. Out of that trip grew Kid Vicious, a classic rock cover band that Bennett, 15 (lead guitar, vocals); Austin, 14 (drums, vocals); and Ellis, 12 (bass, harmonica, vocals) formed in 2006 with their dad and some of their friends.

2015_RockTheRiteFlyer_PrintKid Vicious plays mostly charity events, including the third annual Rock the Rite, a concert that the Copleys organized to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where Dr. Copley is on staff. The show, March 20 in the Cambridge Room at House of Blues, also features the adult acts Sam Swank, Whiskey Pants and Beau MacDougall.

“Rock music keeps them interested,” says Erin Copley. “It keeps them current. Bennett can play Bach on the guitar, but he would rather play Zeppelin…It’s a lifetime skill.”

Dr. Copley, an orthopaedic surgeon at Scottish Rite Hospital, comes from a musical family. His mother was a piano teacher and is musical director at her church. Before they started rocking, the Copley children received classical training on the piano. Dr. Copley was an early member of the band.

The group also includes Olivia Jennings, 16, on lead vocals; her brother Brian, 14, on keyboards; and Logan Beutel, 14, on rhythm guitar. They have performed at Parish Episcopal School, the Hockaday School, the Dallas Marathon, Sons of Hermann Hall, the Kessler Theater and the Copleys’ annual home music festival.

The band’s major influences include the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, the Clash, Garbage and Radiohead.

“We cover their songs because imitation is the best form of flattery,” Bennett says. “We love to play live and do our very best to entertain. Come check us out, but prepare to get your mind blown.”

Rock the Rite began as a way to bring new supporters to Scottish Rite Hospital, Erin Copley says. The nonprofit hospital holds more than 250 fundraising events a year, but none of them is like a Kid Vicious show.

Last year’s Rock the Rite raised more than $14,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. Tickets for this year’s show benefiting the hospital, which are $38 including service charges, are available online at Live Nation.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 7:30.

The Cotton Patch Café Challenge Benefiting TSRHC is Back! – February 23 – April 5

Take The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and support the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through the Cotton Patch Cares Program.

Participating in The Challenge is simple! From February 23 to April 5, 2015, participants may make a gift to TSRHC through The Challenge, and Cotton Patch Café will give each participant a free $25 gift card redeemable at any Cotton Patch Café location. Gifts should be made in $25 increments and must be designated for The Challenge in order to receive a gift card. For every $25 you donate to The Challenge (up to $1,000), your gift will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Café gift cards, which will be sent in the mail within three to five days to the address you provide. One hundred percent of Challenge donations benefit TSRHC.

Thanks to our friends at Cotton Patch Café for providing the gift cards for Challenge participants.

Cotton Patch Café has 44 locations. To find a location near you, please visit cottonpatch.com.

Cotton Patch Café and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) are separate legal entities. Goods and services are provided in the amount of the gift card; therefore, this gift is not tax deductible.

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To make an offline donation or for additional information on The Challenge, please call (214) 559-7616 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7616. Thank you for supporting The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and the children of TSRHC!

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas

Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas, is excited to be attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the second time. Selam was born in Ethiopia and suffered burns as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has given her the ability to be a kid and participate in normal activities girls her age like to do, such as running. She absolutely loves to read, as well as make new friends, which she looks forward to doing on the trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas

‘I’m trying something different this year. I’m going to ski with one leg.’ – Selam

‘I’m trying something different this year. I’m going to ski with one leg.’ – Selam

Selam, age 16 of Lewisville, Texas, is excited to be attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the second time. Selam was born in Ethiopia and suffered burns as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has given her the ability to be a kid and participate in normal activities girls her age like to do, such as running. She absolutely loves to read, as well as make new friends, which she looks forward to doing on the trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Sarah, age 15 of Wylie

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Sarah (pictured left) with her sister Erika on the 2014 Amputee Ski Trip

Sarah, age 15 of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2004. She has been a patient for two surgeries separating her webbed fingers, as well one on her amputated leg. Sarah loves meeting people at the hospital and making new friends.  In addition, she loves ballet, playing soccer, reading, gymnastics and water sports.  Sarah cannot wait to return to Colorado again this year so she can perfect her snowboarding skills she learned on last year’s trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, TSRHC recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was one. Zach needed help with his right leg and TSRHC was able to build him a prosthetic. Zach took his first steps with a prosthetic leg and he has been unstoppable ever since. Zach plays football and is in the marching band and the choir. When he grows up, Zach wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. This is his first year on the Scottish Rite Hospital Amputee Ski Trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas

Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah

Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah

Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. She had severe clubfeet as a child, which required amputation. Although nervous at age 8, Erika was ready to do the amputation because her sister is an amputee and she gave her the courage to go through with it. Some of Erika’s favorite activities include guitar, knitting, sewing, crocheting, blogging, cooking and volunteering as a Junior Volunteer at TSRHC. She is looking forward to her second year on the Amputee Ski Trip, where she will spend the week with all of her friends from the hospital.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!