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Crayon Club Kicks Off the Year with Annual Crawfish Boil

Are you looking for a way to get involved with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? We invite you to learn more through our young professionals group, Crayon Club!

Crayon Club was established to unite individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Together, through volunteerism, education and philanthropy, Crayon Club supports the mission of TSRHC.

Upcoming Events

2014 Crawfish Boil invitation copyCrawfish Boil: Crayon Club will be kicking off the year with the second annual Crawfish Boil! The event will take place on Thursday, May 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Green Elephant. Tickets can be purchased online for $15. All you can eat crawfish compliments of Dodie’s Restaurant, special guest speaker and live music from the Rusty Brothers.

 

2014 Invitation copyCharacter Breakfast: A magical meet-and-greet experience complete with superheroes, team mascots and princesses. Breakfast, an autograph session, door prizes, face painting and other activities will be included. This event will take place Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for: $15/child  $25/adult  $150/table for 8. 

 

Summer Colors_no tsrhcSummer Colors: Summer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about TSRHC; while also giving the Dallas community exposure to local up and coming artists. Jenny Grumbles, Loren Koziol, and Jill and Dupree Scovell founded Summer Colors in 2009 and have continued to grow the event over the past four years. The celebration takes place in the form of a silent art auction and a cocktail reception, featuring original pieces by local artists. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31 at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 (or $30 at the door). For additional information on featured artists and photos from previous years, view our Summer Colors website.

Volunteerism

Crayon Club offers unique volunteer opportunities, including participating in events around the community, such as the Dallas Marathon, TSRHC’s Farm and Ranch Day, KidSwing and assisting with patient activities in the hospital’s Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Child Life Center

Philanthropy

Crayon Club provides opportunities to create friendships, network and connect with others interested in making a positive impact in their community. To be a part of Crayon Club, individuals give a suggested annual gift of $100, while couples give $150. These gifts help underwrite patient care, research, medical equipment and/or building renovations at TSRHC. Benefits of Crayon Club also include invitations to special events and other activities.

Be a Part of Crayon Club Today!

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Introducing the new Rite Up Magazine!


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“We are excited to unveil an updated Rite Up design that features bigger, bolder photos and graphics, and more content to better highlight our amazing patients, our extraordinary friends, and our dedicated medical, research, administrative and support teams. As always, our Rite Up goal is to keep you well informed about news and items of interest at TSRHC.” – Robert Walker, TSRHC President / CEO

Spend some time looking through the new layout. You will find:

  • Feature stories on recent updates at the hospital
  • Medical Updates: Learn about the latest technological and medical advancements from TSRHC’s world-renowned medical staff.
  • TSRHC Patients In the Spotlight: find out more about our patients and some of the inspirational things that they are accomplishing.
  • Donor Spotlights: TSRHC is so appreciative of all the support from hospital friends, volunteers and donors. Here you will find spotlights on some of these generous friends of TSRHC.
  • Trustee Profiles: A bio of one of the members of our governing Board of Trustees
  • Hospital Happenings: Photos from recent fundraising events benefiting TSRHC
  • Save the Dates for upcoming events and ways to get involved.
  • TSRHC Pioneers: take a trip down memory lane with our features on former board members or individuals who have made a difference in shaping the history of the hospital
  • Letters from our President/CEO Robert Walker and Chief of Staff Dan Sucato, M.D.
  • And much more!

Take a peek inside the E-Mag version of the magazine!

You can also request to be mailed a copy of this quarterly magazine, please call the Public Relations department at (214) 559-7656 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7656.

Allan Shivers Park Renovation Update

Construction on the Allan Shivers Park renovation has begun and the vision of a new, beautiful park is coming to fruition. The entire park, not just the playground, is being renovated. This includes a new gazebo, as well as an ADA compliant sidewalk along Welborn Street and at the park entrance. The original play equipment, built in 1992, has been removed to make room for innovative and colorful, new play structures.

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“We are excited that the park renovation is officially underway,” says Don Katz, Facilities & Operations. “A lot of care and thought have gone into the plans and we are looking forward to seeing the finished product.”

Thank you for your cooperation as construction continues to take place. The new park, scheduled for completion in early summer, is sure to be a treat for allTSRHC patients, families and staff!

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

TSRHC to Partner with Rotary Club of Dallas to host 13th Annual Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

Abby Brewer - ptThe Rotary Club of Dallas will partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to host the 13th annual Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day this Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

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!

For those who are not able to make the event, here are some tips on Bike Safety:

Spring and Summer means kids are out playing everywhere. Running, jumping, biking, skateboarding – you name it. So here are some safety measures Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children suggests you take before the fun begins.

First of all, make sure everyone in the family who rides a bike has a helmet. The importance of this is obvious when you learn that 50,000 bikers suffer serious head injuries each year. And the fact is bicycle helmets could have prevented the vast number of these injuries. When buying a helmet, check that it meets safety standards by looking for an ANSI or SNELL approved sticker on the helmet or box.

If skateboarding or in-line skating is your kid’s preference, then they’ll need additional protective gear like knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads, along with safety helmets. Remind children to stay on sidewalks and to obey traffic signals and signs. Reiterate how important it is to look both ways before crossing the street. Likewise, remind friends to be on the lookout for children on bikes and skates crossing the road. If everyone works together, we can share the road, avoid unnecessary injuries and enjoy a safe, fun-filled spring and summer.

The Cotton Patch Café Challenge is back!

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

Cotton Patch Cafe ChallengeParticipating in The Challenge is simple. From February 24 to April 6, 2014, 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 41 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.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE

To make an offline donation or for additional information on The Challenge, please call (214) 559-7650 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7650. Thank you for supporting The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and the children of TSRHC!

Sonny Bryan’s to Host “It’s in the Sauce” Competition – Purchase Tickets Online

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse announced the line-up of culinary masters who will compete on Saturday, April 5, in the legendary barbecue restaurant’s first-ever ‘It’s in the Sauce’ competition, a flavorful fundraiser to benefit four local non-profit organizations. Chefs Dean Fearing, Dexter Samuel, Kent Rathbun, 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 South Side on Lamar from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Its in the Sauce Logo copyThe participating charities include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, North Texas Food Bank and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Barbecue-lovers and spectators alike can purchase a ticket in advance here (https://community.tsrhc.org/its-in-the-sauce-tickets) 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 while live music plays and guests enjoy legendary fare from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse and ice cold beers from local breweries (not included in ticket price).

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

The Chefs

Dean Fearing: The creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and its “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders,” chef/partner Dean Fearing has developed one of the hottest dining concepts in the country. Named “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, No. 1 in Hotel Dining in the U.S. by the prestigious Zagat Survey, and nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant, Fearing’s has received countless accolades from The New York Times, Newsweek, Food and Wine, Garden & Gun, Texas Monthly, and Modern Luxury, among others.

Dexter Samuel: With a start at the Natural Gourmet Cooking School, Dexter remained loyal to his New York roots by working for 10 years at Angelica’s Kitchen. He then managed the team at Food, Stock & Purveyors and served as a personal chef to the “rich & famous”. In 2008, he left the East coast to head West working as a personal chef to friends in the Lone Star State. Most recently, Samuel shares the kitchen at The Cedars Social with Chef Julio Peraza.

Kent Rathbun: After rising through the ranks of some of the world’s finest restaurants, Chef Rathbun continues to demonstrate his culinary skills not only with the expansion of restaurant concepts but also with his full-service catering company and newly launched line of products, Kent Rathbun Elements. Rathbun was one of the featured chefs for the Bush 2001 Inaugural Ball and has participated in the Pre-SuperBowl Event, “Taste of the NFL” for the past ten years. He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

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…Parking available in the event lot located just west of
The Cedars Social for an additional $5. For more information, visit www.sonnybryans.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Business Express Press, Paradise Design Co. & South Side on Lamar

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 and two in Utah. 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. In addition to restaurants, Sonny Bryan’s also runs a full-service catering division for special events and corporate meetings. Sonny Bryan’s is committed to serving the community through donations of food and financial support to non-profit organizations, including The First Tee of Dallas and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Visit www.sonnybryans.com for a complete list of locations and menus, or to order Sonny Bryan’s products. For information about franchise opportunities, please call the corporate office at 214.350.1800, ext.224. Get the latest news and offers from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sonnybryanssmokehouse and Twitter @sonnybryans.

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 15 of Lewisville

About Selam:

SelamSelam, age 15 of Lewisville, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is so excited because she has not seen mountains or real snow before. Selam was born in Ethiopia and was burned 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. Selam recently got a running leg, so she has been enjoying running lately. 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 supporters include the Lone Star Skier’s Club of Dallas, Smith Group Asset Management, The Women’s Charity League of Park Cities, TSRHC volunteers and many others.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Sarah, age 14 of Wylie

About Sarah: 

SarahSarah, age 14, of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 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.  On top of making new friends, she loves ballet, playing soccer, reading, gymnastics and water sports.  Sarah is looking forward to the plane landing in Colorado so she can get on the slopes and ski!

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 supporters include the Lone Star Skier’s Club of Dallas, Smith Group Asset Management, The Women’s Charity League of Park Cities, TSRHC volunteers and many others.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas

About Mabeth:

Mabeth Diaz_23Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since July 2010. His journey to the hospital has changed his life, and his outlook, for the better. After an accident in 2010 severely damaging his right leg, a below-the-knee amputation was performed. His resilience was apparent when, two weeks later, he was relearning to walk with a prosthetic leg that the hospital made for him. Mabeth was the 2011 junior race director for the annual Dallas Marathon. Mabeth is very excited for his first Amputee Ski Trip, because he loves everything outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include basketball, soccer and golf.

 
 

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 supporters include the Lone Star Skier’s Club of Dallas, Smith Group Asset Management, The Women’s Charity League of Park Cities, TSRHC volunteers and many others.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Luke, age 14 of Dallas

About Luke:

LukeGiddenLuke, age 14, of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he had his right leg amputated due to bone cancer in 2012. The hospital has been a very special place to the Giddens family over the past few years. Luke is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip, because he can’t wait to meet other kids who have lost their limbs and see how they have coped with their specific situations. Luke absolutely loves to play all types of video games and hopes to be a pediatric oncologist when he is older.

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 supporters include the Lone Star Skier’s Club of Dallas, Smith Group Asset Management, The Women’s Charity League of Park Cities, TSRHC volunteers and many others.