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North Texas Giving Day is Thursday, September 17

Keep Calm and Give On for North Texas Giving Day! For one day only, a portion of your gift of $25 or more given to TSRHC online at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/texas-scottish-rite-hospital-for-children will earn bonus funds.

NTX Giving Day Eblast - PreEvent -FB 2About North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event that provides nonprofits the opportunity to gain exposure to — and start relationships with — new donors, and for people in North Texas to come together to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits. In just six years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $86 million into the North Texas community. In 2014, more than 98,000 gifts totaling $26.3 million benefited 1,580 nonprofits.

North Texas’ incredible generosity has broken the national record 3 years in a row! After last year’s national record-crushing 75,000 donations totaling $26.3 million, North Texas Giving Day is back with the hopes that North Texas will raise the giving day bar once again to benefit more North Texas nonprofits.

Join in this year’s effort between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 17. Make your online donation to TSRHC here!

Note: Please note that gifts through NTGD may not be used to fulfill pledges or purchase tickets/sponsorships for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children events. All proceeds will go directly where they are needed most…to insuring the health and happiness of our precious patients.

Fall Special Events

Save the Date for the following events benefiting TSRHC this fall. For more information or questions about any of these events, please contact our Special Events Department at 214-559-7656.


ReverchonReverchon Park Centennial Celebration – Saturday, September 12, 2015, 10 a.m.

Location: Reverchon Park

Please join us for a tree dedication in celebration of the park’s 100th anniversary.

Refreshments generously provided by Dr Pepper Snapple, Plains Capital Bank and 7-Eleven.


J. Crew Event – Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6 p.m.

Location: J. Crew, J.Crew Men’s Shop and crewcuts at NorthPj. crewark Center

J.Crew will host a cocktail reception at their three NorthPark store locations for the eighth year in a row. Merchandise will be offered at a 15% discount for purchases of $150 or more, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the hospital. The event will be hosted by Dr. Henry Ellis and his family as well as Crayon Club Advisory Board Members, Kelly and Cameron Ongena.

Please RSVP at events@tsrh.org.


Texas A&M 12th Man Kick Off Team Foundation/Coach Jackie Sherrill Visit – Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

Location: TSRHC

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will host a meet and greet with former Head Coach Jackie Sherrill, members of Texas A&M University’s 12th Man Kickoff Team and former Texas A&M Football players. The group will distribute and autograph 12th Man towels, and other items for TSRHC patients. Copies of Jackie Sherrill’s book, “No Experience Required,” will also be available for sale. This is the group’s seventh year to visit to TSRHC.  The 12thMKOT Foundation was established in 2007 to provide scholarships to students at Texas A&M.


ClayShoot_logo_no yearSan Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot – Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 a.m.

Location: San Angelo Claybird Association Range (SACAR)

This is the 18th year for this event, which has raised more than $800k for TSRHC. The idea for the event came from TSRHC Trustee, Dan Davidson. For more information or to register, please visit our San Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot website.



20th Anniversary SealTreasure Street – Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Old Parkland

TSRHC will host its 20th Annual Treasure Street, the hospital’s signature event, on Thursday, October 15, 2015. Dance the night away with music from headliner Pat Green, The Project and enjoy 5-star cuisine.

Visit treasurestreet.com for more information.



Ebby Halliday Frisco Charity Golf Tournament – Thursday, October 22, 2015, 11 a.m.

Location: Stonebriar Country Club

The Ebby Halliday Frisco Office is hosting the 7th Annual Charity Go2013-Summer-All-Stars-Golf_92lf Tournament on Thursday, October 22, 2015 to raise money on behalf of TSRHC. Funds from this tournament will help build a new ambulatory care center for outpatient services and day surgeries in Frisco.

Each golfer receives 18 holes on the exclusive Fazio course, a deluxe Goodie Bag, a gourmet lunch & dinner, as well as entrance to the Awards Dinner & Silent Auction.

Early Registration ends September 22. For more information, please visit ebbyfriscogolf.org.


truckortreatTruck or Treat – Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 7 p.m.

Location: TSRHC

Crayon Club’s fourth annual Truck or Treat is a fun Halloween-themed event that features food trucks, live entertainment, lawn games, tours and face painting. All proceeds benefit the hospital.


DSCS Logo REALLY FINAL no TSRHCDallas Sporting Clay Shoot – Saturday, October 31, 2015

Location: Elm Fork Shotgun Sports

Join other clay shooters in the Dallas area to raise funds and awareness for TSRHC. Visit tsrhc.org/clayshoots to register and for additional information about the 2015 Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot at Elm Fork.



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.

KidSwing Junior Committee

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.


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.

TSRHC Learn to Golf

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.


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!