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Santa visited patients at annual “Christmas in July” celebration

Patients at TSRHC received a dose of holiday cheer in the middle of the summer at the annual “Christmas in July” event!

Santa (in red) and Mrs. Clause (in green) arrive at Christmas in July at TSRHC

On Friday, July 25, TSRHC hosted the 15th annual “Christmas in July” celebration for patients and their families. Using their off-season transportation, Santa Claus and Ms. Claus arrived in a Dodge Viper to spread holiday cheer at the hospital and take pictures with patients.

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Patients also had the opportunity to participate in many holiday activities, such as cookie and ornament decorating, garland making and many more holiday crafts. Bread Winners Café graciously donated the cookies and volunteered their time to help the patients decorate them.

Isabella 'Bella' Goushey, 8

Thank you to everyone who came out to Celebrate “Christmas in July”!

 

KidSwing Raises More Than $90,000 for TSRHC

KidSwing Golf Tournament, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability, iKidSwing Dallas 2014_6s a unique fundraising event that is incomparable. Unlike other charity golf tournaments, KidSwing is all about kids helping kids, and it’s about them having a great time doing so! There is no entry fee to play in the tournament, but the young players are asked to raise at least $100 through sponsorship from their friends and families. Many KidSwing participants go above and beyond that and truly show us the next generation of philanthropists!

This year, more than 300 golfers participated in tournaments in Dallas,  McKinney and in Trophy Club. We are so proud to announce that the 2014 KidSwing Golf Tournaments raised more than $90,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children! Congratulations to all of the players, volunteers and sponsors who made this happen!

We’ll see you out on the course next summer!

KidSwing History

Former patient Ben Sater received treatment, including surgery, for a condition called trigger finger at the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center at TSRHC. Although the only visual reminders of his treatment are four tiny scars on the inside of his hands, Ben’s experience at TSRHC made a permanent impression on his life. He decided to use his love for golf to give back to the hospital by creating KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability.

The inaugural tournament was a huge success. A total of 20 teams played in the best-ball scramble on June 17, 2003, and raised more than $20,000 for TSRHC. Building on the success of the original KidSwing-Dallas, two more tournaments were created – KidSwing-McKinney in 2008 and KidSwing-Trophy Club in 2011.

KidSwing Dallas 2014_11The combined fundraising efforts from all tournaments have raised more than $1.6 million for TSRHC. Even greater has been the joy that the KidSwing players and their families feel as they learn about the exceptional care TSRHC provides children in Texas and how rewarding it is to know that all of the funds raised by KidSwing players directly benefit the hospital.

For more information on this event, visit www.kidswing.org and join us on Facebook for updates, photos and more!: www.facebook.com/kidswing.

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Watch a video from the 2014 KidSwing-Trophy Club

Summer Colors – Silent Art Auction Benefiting TSRHC

Set UpSummer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; 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. Summer Colors is continually growing – each year raising more money for TSRHC. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Event Details

Set UpThe 2014 event will take place on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219). Guests will have the opportunity to bid on paintings by the artists while enjoying tasty drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 pre-purchased online and $30 at the door.

Purchase Tickets Online

2014 Featured Artists

  • Dawn Waters Baker
  • Desmond Blair
  • Debora P. Blake
  • Megan Adams Brooks
  • Marcy Cook
  • Linda Dillard
  • Melissa Stinson Ellis
  • Stephanie Fudge
  • Helen Green
  • Adam Grovenstein
  • Allyson Hall
  • Pauline A. Johnson
  • Karley Osborn Kiker
  • Jenny Grumbles Koziol
  • Phyllis Mabus
  • Christi Meril
  • Christopher Miller
  • Nicole Morrow
  • Rachel Nash
  • Andrea Navarro
  • Terrell Powell
  • Micah San Juan
  • Jill Scovell

Read more about the 2014 Featured Artists 

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2014 Holiday Card Artwork Contest

The holiday season is just around the corner and TSRHC
needs your help creating cards for hundreds of people to enjoy!

Holiday Gold

Each year, TSRHC patients and friends are invited to participate in the annual holiday card artwork contest. Use your imagination to draw and design any kind of holiday artwork – ornaments, candy canes, snowmen – the possibilities are endless!

If your design is chosen, it will be featured on one of TSRHC holiday cards and available for purchase by anyone who wants to spread the spirit of the season.

Please follow link below to download the submission form. You may submit as many entries as you would like. All artwork is due August 15, 2014, and can be dropped off at the TSRHC Front Desk or mailed to the address on the form.

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Happy drawing!

Download Submission Form

Participate in ALON’s “Load the Code” to help give back to TSRHC!

Want a chance to win a new Ford F-150 4×4 pickup truck?

Alon_LTC_CharityIcon_240x400TSRHC is so excited to be one of the charities chosen for ALON’s “Load the Code” program this summer! Through this program, TSRHC will have the chance to win part of the $100,000 that ALON is donating to local charities. By following these easy steps to vote for TSRHC, you will be entered to win free gas and a new FORD F-150 4X4 truck….and the best part is that it won’t cost you a thing!

1. Grab the App
: Just go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android phone and download the free ALON “Load the Code” app. Launch the app, set up a user name and password and you are ready to play.

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2. Scan to Play: 
Visit any participating ALON store and go inside to the special “Load the Code” poster or easel card with the QR code. Launch you ALON app and scan the code. Every time you scan you will be entered into the contest. The more you scan the better your odds of winning! You can enter once a day. You can also earn badges for scanning in different stores or at different times of day. You can also randomly “Instant Win” ALON YouCash for free gas! No purchase necessary.

3. Do Some Good: 
After you scan a code you can vote for TSRHC! This will increase our chances of winning a part of the $100,000 that ALON is donating to charity.

Good luck and thank you for participating in this fun summer program that benefits TSRHC!

** “Load the Code” runs now through September 30, 2014. Watch the YouTube video or visit www.myalon.com/loadthecode for more details.

Crayon Club to Host Character Breakfast

TSRHC’s Crayon Club is hosting the second annual magical meet-and-greet experience complete with more than 20 favorite children’s characters (ie: super heroes, team mascots and princesses) on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The event will feature breakfast, an autograph session, silent auction, face painting and other activities.

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Tickets are:
Child Ticket: $15
Adult Ticket: $25
Table (for 8): $150
Note: Admission is free for children under two. 

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 ofTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Join Crayon Club on Facebook to read more about upcoming fundraising and volunteer opportunities and see photos from recent events!

Super heros; Coen Carpenter as Capt. America; Nickolas Garcia; Kingston EdwardsReese Pritchett, Ellie Pritchett, Lexie Pritchett, Snow White

Talk of the Town Benefiting TSRHC

The Rays of Light Foundation will be hosting The Talk of the Town fundraising event benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, along with Texas Ranger’s Baseball Foundation, The Dallas Stars Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Dallas Chapter and Temple Emanu-El Foundation.

In this first of its kind event, friends of TSRHC can have the chance to bid on a chance to join legendary broadcasters Chuck Cooperstein, Eric Nadal, Brad Sham and Ralph Strangis on Wednesday, July 16 at Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake as they share unforgettable stories in an intimate gathering benefiting their favorite local charities.

Dinner with the legendary broadcasters includes:

  • Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake dinner with wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Nemec and staff
  • John Rhadigan from FOX sports will emcee the evening
  • Live Jazz Piano – Art Riddles of Art Riddles Trio
  • During dessert, the four announcers will share video clips and stories of their favorite “calls”
  • Complimentary Hand Rolled Cigars by House of Cigars
  • Silent auction including: an all-inclusive visit to “Shark Tank” with Mark Cuban in Los Angeles, California, a day with the announcer of choice, tickets to various sporting events and autographed memorabilia

TalkOfTheTown_FB_link_2_2 copyThe event is a unique fundraising opportunity that will bring together the voices of the four major Dallas sports franchises in a casual setting for an evening of fine food and drink and stellar stories of Dallas sports from the men who have called, collectively, three Super Bowls, the NBA Championship, the Stanley Cup and two World Series appearances of the Cowboys, Mavericks, Stars and Rangers.

All proceeds from seats purchased at Chuck Cooperstein’s table will be donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, along with items up for bid at a silent auction.

Bidding for seats starts at a minimum bid of $200 for a seat. Online bidding ends at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 11.

BID NOW

Swinging Into Action: TSRHC’s Learn to Golf Program

Saturday, June 7, TSRHC held a Learn to Golf clinic in Denison, Texas. The Learn to Golf Program is a way for TSRHC patients to receive therapeutic treatment while also having fun learning to golf with other patients who share the same passion. Learn to Golf was launched in 1998 by the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department and was built upon the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program.

_STU0009 copy“It’s to introduce our patients who have physical disabilities to the game of golf. So we go around the state and have ten clinics in different locations,” said TSRHC director of therapeutic recreation Dana Dempsey.

Taught by specially trained golf professionals, the patients with physical challenges rotate between three different groups and learn to hit long distances on the driving range, chip onto the green and putt on the green to make their best attempt to get the ball into the hole.

Playing golf has proved to be effective in the treatment for TSRHC patients.

“We’ve had a couple of [participants] report that they haven’t had to have surgery now that they’ve been practicing golf and being involved in golf. So it has both a therapeutic value and then that for just the socialization and fun, feeling good and being able to do something well,” said Dempsey.

After the patients swung through the event, lunch is served and awards are presented. During this time the Junior Golfers and their parents have the chance to get to know one another.

_STU0054 copyJunior Golfers receive specialized training from golf and allied health care professionals, a rules book and starter golf equipment. In addition, the hospital may assist patients in finding golf instructors in his or her area who provide further golf lessons and programs.

Watch a news clip from the recent Learn to Golf Clinic from Texoma’s KXII Local News Station.

The next golf clinic will be held June 14 in Lewisville at Lake Park Golf Course. For more information about Learn to Golf, please visit http://www.tsrhc.org/Learn-to-Golf.

Achieving His Goal: TSRHC Patient Scored Trip to Super Bowl

At age 4, TSRHC patient Tyler and his twin brother, Sterling, met former Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware at a public appearance near their home.

The boy’s mother, Cindy, distinctly remembers Tyler, who was born missing the lower portion of his right arm, asking Ware for more than an autograph that day.

“Tyler said, ‘Mr. Ware, with my one arm, do you think I could ever play football?’” she recalls. “And he told Tyler, ‘If you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.’”

Tyler knew exactly what he wanted — to play football.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Today the determined 13-year-old is a highly respected member of his middle school football team, for which he plays linebacker and right guard. “He’s not out there for people to say, ‘Hey, look at the guy with one hand playing football,’” the team’s head coach, Scott Starnes, says. “He’s trying to win.” Tyler’s trophy-laden bookcase indicates that he has done exactly that.

At his mother’s urging, he entered an NFL-sponsored video contest to tell his football story for a chance to win tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. From a field of thousands, the NFL chose 10 finalists, filmed documentary-style films of each and posted them online for viewers to vote for their favorite. Tickets would be awarded to the top five contestants.

The film featuring Tyler was one of the winners, securing votes from around the world. He, along with his parents and his brother, received an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a week of activities leading up to seeing the big game live from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium.

Shortly after the family’s return to Texas, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso even declared a day in Tyler’s honor.

“The support of my family and my community has been amazing,” Tyler says.

His sports journey is just beginning. Tyler is also part of an elite baseball team and plans to take up basketball.

“I would tell anybody not to give up on their dream, no matter what the obstacles are,” Tyler says. “Because if you practice hard enough, you will get way better at what you’re trying to achieve.”

See Tyler’s inspirational, winning video: www.togetherwemakefootball.com

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 1 Rite Up Magazine

TSRHC Celebrates the 16th Annual Farm & Ranch Day

TSRHC hosted the 16th annual Farm and Ranch Day celebrating Texas agriculture and its importance in our everyday lives on Saturday, May 17, at Reverchon Park. The community, TSRHC patients, families, friends and staff participated in a mix of fun, hands-on activities featuring various aspects of Texas agriculture.

Organizations who are involved in this event: 

  • Dallas County 4-H Clubs
  • Dallas Park and Recreation Department
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Ranch Hand Rescue
  • Reverchon Park Recreation Center
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers
  • Texas Farm Bureau

Special highlights from the event included:

  • Midnite “The Horse of Hope” – a prosthetic wearing horse!
  • Texas Tech Masked Rider
  • Milking demonstrations
  • Animal displays including: miniature horses, cow, chicks and rabbits
  • Live music and entertainment

Zyiaha Davis, Josh Jouett - Spirit of the HorseView additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page!