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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.

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.

TSRHC Names Ellen Haynes as Vice President, Major Gifts and Corporate Giving

RIC_7797 2Ellen Haynes, formerly director of development at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been named vice president of major gifts and corporate giving at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Haynes brings 18 years of health care fundraising experience to the hospital.

The appointment comes at a time when TSRHC has announced plans to build an ambulatory surgical center in Frisco, the first major satellite operation in the hospital’s 94-year history. “The hospital has a unique opportunity,” said TSRHC President and CEO Robert L. Walker. “As we expand access to care north, bringing on a knowledgeable and experienced development officer like Ellen will help us gain the support needed to serve more children with our world-class pediatric orthopaedic care.”

Haynes spent eight years as director of development at UT Southwestern, an institution closely aligned with TSRHC. All of the hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern. Haynes joined the TSRHC development team last July.

“I’m excited to join a team of this caliber and commitment and help grow its impact on children with orthopaedic needs,” she said. “Texas Scottish Rite Hospital is such an extraordinary place that makes the world a better place for children.”

At UT Southwestern, Haynes cultivated and expanded relationships with foundations, corporations and private donors. Before joining UT Southwestern in 2006, she was a senior account manager on the corporate relations health care team at the American Heart Association’s National Center.

Haynes earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s from Oberlin College and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

UntitledTAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE

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!

 

Donor Spotlight: North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association

The North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association (NTGCSA) has been supporting TSRHC for more than 20 years.

IMG_20141007_111545The NTGCSA became involved with TSRHC in the late 90′s through the invitation of one of its founding members, Quinton Johnson. Quinton and his wife Martha’s granddaughter was treated at TSRHC following an accident, and they experienced first-hand the specialized care of the hospital.

Soon after, Quinton became involved as a TSRHC volunteer and invited the NTGCSA board of directors for a visit and tour of the hospital. He enouraged the chapter to become involved with an idea for the construction of a putting green for the patients to use during their therapy.

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TSRHC Putting Green

After that initial meeting and tour, the NTGCSA chapter has been committed to supporting the hospital through financial and equipment donations as well as agronomic expertise by its members.

In 2014, NTGCSA made a $3,500 donation, which extends their cumulative giving total to over $70,000! The chapter also hosts an annual education meeting in the auditorium of TSRHC’s T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center each fall. They have brought in many well known turfgrass researchers to provide education and have a great turnout every year. This year Beth Guertal, Ph.D., was the featured speaker and discussed turf fertility and nutrition.

Thank you NTGCSA for all that you continue to do to support our hospital!!

 

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Elizabeth Spoon age 11 of Arlington_34Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington, Texas has been a patient at TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders for a year and a half. Elizabeth had been homeschooled and her mom knew that something was wrong, so the pediatrician sent them to TSRHC. After going through testing, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and, with much excitement, was soon admitted to The Luke Waites Center.The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named for Dr. Luke Waites, who in 1965 established a program at TSRHC to identify and treat children with learning disorders, primarily dyslexia. The World Federation of Neurology met at TSRHC in 1968 and formulated the first consensus definition of developmental dyslexia. With great progress in the dyslexia program at the hospital, Elizabeth’s parents now have to tell her to put her books away at night or else she will never go to bed! Outside of school, Elizabeth is an accomplished hockey player. Her future goals are to attend Yale University, because they have a great hockey team and an outstanding dyslexia center. Elizabeth is looking forward to representing the hospital as a Patient Champion at the 2014 Dallas Marathon!

Elizabeth was featured in the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, November 25. Read article online here!

Opening Doors: Emily Ramirez’s Story

The school bell rings at Abilene High School and it is time to go to class.

Hundreds of students pour through the front entrance of the building with ease, opening and entering through the doors without thinking twice. But one student remains behind, struggling to open the door with her walker in the way.

After a few minutes of effort, she eventually opens the door and makes her way to class in the wake of her peers. This student is 17-year-old TSRHC patient Emily, and this was how she started her day, every day, for years.

“I’ve struggled through anything you could think of my entire life,” says Emily, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. “I always had to have someone help me – including opening doors – just to get into school.”

While public buildings, including schools, must provide entrances that are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair or walker, there is no law that requires the installation of automatic handicap doors. Emily looked beyond the law and saw a need.

Last summer, Emily took a stand against the struggle for accessibility for both herself and other students in her shoes. So she launched a campaign to install automatic doors at her school. Little did she know, her efforts would grow into a movement that would take Abilene, Texas, by storm.

Emily decided to name the campaign “Keep Calm Install Handicap Doors.” The phrase and logo was emblazoned on T-shirts, which were sold to raise funds for the cause. Local media, from television to radio stations, shared her story. Billboards and fliers were produced and displayed across town. Eventually the mayor of Abilene became involved, and even proclaimed a day in Emily’s honor to recognize her hard work and success.

“The whole community stepped forward when we began the campaign,” says Emily’s mother, Kimberly. “It was just overwhelming. It went beyond anything we had ever imagined.”

Emily’s initial goal was to have one electronic door installed at her school. But after a story about the campaign was featured on a local news station, several people wanted to lend their support. The original story aired on a Friday night. By the following Monday morning, four doors had been donated to the cause.

“We had no idea the campaign was going to explode, but it did. And it opened everybody’s eyes,” says Kimberly.

To date, the campaign has successfully led to the installation of 15 electronic doors across six Abilene school campuses. But to Emily, the true success of the campaign has been its positive effect on her fellow classmates. “I had to do this not only for me, but for everybody else that needs it. Seeing the reactions on the faces of students using the doors for the first time made me so happy,” says Emily. “We all have a new level of independence. It has been such a freeing feeling.” Emily’s display of determination reaches beyond Abilene and has inspired even her TSRHC doctor, Mauricio Delgado, M.D.

“Emily is a very smart young woman who does not let her mobility challenges stand in her way,” says Delgado. “Knowing that she is working so hard to help other kids like herself is extremely encouraging.”

Delgado is the director of TSRHC’s Neurology department, which provides care for orthopaedic patients who have related neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy. It is the most common physical disability in children, affecting approximately four out of every 1,000 school-aged children.

“Through medical and surgical treatments, along with assistive devices and therapy, TSRHC serves this patient population in a variety of ways,” says Delgado. “We
aim to maximize their functional potential so they can improve their participation in day-to-day activities.”

Emily’s experience at TSRHC helped build a foundation for the skills needed to create a successful campaign. “With the support of the hospital and the treatment I’ve received here, I have been given a sense of security and peace,” says Emily. “The care from Scottish Rite gives me the confidence I need to speak up for what I believe in.”

Emily’s confidence to stand up for what she believes in continues to grow – and she continues to open doors to a brighter future for herself and others.

***This article was featured as the cover story for our 2014 Volume 2 Rite Up Magazine

Bringing Comfort one Quilt at a Time: The Irving Quilt Guild

Patients in hospitals are usually getting all of the physical care they need, but another one of the most important elements of a successful recovery is comfort. A group of local volunteers known as the Irving Quilt Guild decided to make patients’ happiness their priority, and they’ve been making quilts ever since.

The History

In 1998, a few avid quilters decided to make use of their love for quilting, and started the Irving Quilt Guild.  Instead of simply quilting for fun, these active citizens started donating their quilts to three separate causes, and together they are improving the lives of many patients.

Today, the guild is made up of nearly 100 members, and they focus on three main projects:

  1. Baby blankets for newborns in need
  2. Quilts for servicemen and women
  3. Angel Quilts for the patients at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Angel Quilts

The angel quilt project focuses on cheering up young patients with colorful quilts to cuddle. The bright quilts liven up their hospital stay and bring happiness to children who have a lot to handle.

Each child receives their Angel Quilt after waking up from surgery, and it presents a memorable way to celebrate the exciting moment when these young patients are reunited with their parents.  Instead of the fearful memory of surgery, children are given a loving gift from a caring neighbor.

The guild has been able to donate 260 quilts, and with your help they can donate even more.  For more information visit their website and start comforting young patients today!

TSRHC Patients Give Back – Summer 2014

At TSRHC, we are very lucky to have generous friends that support the hospital’s mission to treat patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay. But what is truly special is when these generous friends happen to be patients. Here are three recent and unique stories about our patients giving back to TSRHC!

Crawfish for the Curve

Rowan Fitzsimmons - ptTSRHC patient Rowan, age 8 of Dallas, and her family held their second annual crawfish boil, Crawfish for the Curve, at their house in Dallas this spring. The proceeds were used to buy three mini iPads for the hospital and the rest of the money was donated to TSRHC as well. The event has raised $7,700 over the past two years!

Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk / Barrel Race

LEE_0207ACandy Schulz and her three children, a TSRHC patient family, organized and held the second annual Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk in Alvarado, Texas on Saturday, March 29. The 5K Walk commenced from the Town Square in Alvarado.

This year, a second event was hosted by the Schulz family, a barrel racing contest on May 17. Combined, the events raised $10,000 for TSRHC! The proceeds from both events were used to help underwrite the 2014 Farm & Ranch Day event held for our patient families and friends at Reverchon Park on Saturday, May 17.

Addison’s Birthday Wish

LEE_1072ATSRHC patient Addison, age 7 of Rockwall, made a special birthday wish to raise money for the hospital that has treated her since she was just 5 days old. Her initial goal was to reach $1,000, but after she received an overwhelming response on her first day she decided to increase her goal to $4,000! Addison and her family came to TSRHC on July 31 to donate the $4,200 that Addison raised through sharing her “Birthday Wish” sign in her neighborhood.

Thank you to all of these inspiring kids and to all of the friends that support TSRHC!