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Santa and Mrs. Claus to Visit Patients at TSRHC “Christmas in July” Celebration

Santa Claus, Ms. Claus to arrive in a Dodge Viper to greet patients

WHO: Santa Claus
Mrs. Claus
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients, families, friends and staff

WHAT: On Thursday, July 25, TSRHC will host a “Christmas in July” celebration for patients and their families. Using their off-season transportation, Santa Claus and Ms. Claus will arrive in a red Dodge Viper to spread holiday cheer at the hospital and take pictures with patients. Patients will also have the opportunity to participate in holiday activities, such as garland making and cookie and ornament decorating. Bread Winners Café is donating the cookies for patients to decorate. This will be the 14th year that Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an early Christmas visit to TSRHC.

WHEN: Thursday, July 25, 2013
2 p.m. – Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Dodge Viper to greet patients

WHERE: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, Texas 75219
*Please meet a representative from the TSRHC public relations team at the Main Entrance to be escorted to the event.

ABOUT TSRHC: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.
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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Ranked No. 1 in Pediatric Orthopedics

U.S. News & World Report awarded the No. 1 ranking for 2013-14 to the combined TSRHC and Children’s Medical Center (CMC) pediatric orthopedic program. The program includes 18 TSRHC orthopedic surgeons who care for children with a range of orthopedic conditions at TSRHC, and in collaboration with University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at two CMC facilities.

View additional information on U.S. News & World Report’s website.

 

TSRHC Announces Election of Eight New Members to its Board of Trustees

Accomplished leaders will help hospital continue its mission of caring for Texas children

(DALLAS – May 17, 2013) — Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas announces the recent election of Victor Y. Armstrong, Jr. of Austin, Texas; Richard W. Heale of Pearland, Texas; Tom L. Higgins of El Paso, Texas; Ronald D. Kinney of Lubbock, Texas; Frank C. Rockabrand of El Paso, Texas; Jeff W. Smith of Dallas; Dan W. Turner of Murphy, Texas; and Brian A. Vance of Austin, Texas; as members of its board of trustees. In their new roles, they will represent TSRHC in the community and throughout the state to support the hospital’s mission of providing the highest quality medical care for children. TSRHC treats children with orthopaedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

“We feel honored to add these eight leaders to our team of talented and dedicated trustees who work hard every day to help us continue our mission of caring for children throughout the state of Texas, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” said Robert L. Walker, president/CEO, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “As the healthcare industry continues to experience significant changes, we will maintain our unique child-focused culture and provide top-notch medical care and expertise to our patients. TSRHC is continually ranked as one of the top pediatric orthopaedic hospitals in the country, thanks to our dedicated medical and support team and the tremendous leadership of our board of trustees.”

The eight newest members of the board are business and civic leaders and are active in various Masonic activities throughout Texas. Each brings a unique set of skills and experience to the TSRHC Board of Trustees.

Victor Y. Armstrong, Jr. (Austin, Texas) – Victor Y. Armstrong currently serves as the general secretary of Austin Scottish Rite Bodies. He is also a professional artist who has both painted and taught painting for many years. Armstrong majored in Fine Arts at Southwest Texas State Teachers College. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center in Austin. He resides in Austin with his wife, Patricia.

Richard W. Heale (Pearland, Texas) – Richard W. Heale serves as personal representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General and chairman of the Executive Committee of Houston Scottish Rite Bodies. He was appointed Director of Work for the Valley of Houston in 2011. Heale is a retired software executive and resides in Pearland with his wife, Patty.

Tom L. Higgins (El Paso, Texas) – Tom L. Higgins currently serves as personal representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General and chairman of the Executive Committee of El Paso Scottish Rite Bodies. He is a graduate of West Texas A&M University and has completed graduate studies at University of Texas at El Paso. He is a retired account executive with Clear Channel Communications and resides in El Paso.

Ronald D. Kinney (Lubbock, Texas) – Ronald D. Kinney currently serves as general secretary of the Lubbock Scottish Rite Bodies. He is an active member of Shadow Hills Baptist Church, where he serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Benevolence Committee. He is a retired foreman for Shell Oil Company. Kinney also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. He resides in Lubbock with his wife, Linda.

Frank C. Rockabrand (El Paso, Texas) – Frank C. Rockabrand is a member of El Paso Scottish Rite Bodies. He is also an active member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and is a retired school teacher from the Ysleta Independent School District. Additionally, Rockabrand proudly served more than five years in the U.S. Air Force. He resides in El Paso.

Jeff W. Smith (Dallas) – Jeff W. Smith is a member of Dallas Scottish Rite Bodies and also currently serves as the president and CEO of the Baptist Foundation of Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctorate from Baylor University. He resides in Dallas.

Dan W. Turner (Murphy, Texas) – Dan W. Turner serves as the Orient of Texas general secretary for the Texas Scottish Rite Bodies. He is a retired senior solution architect for Hewlett-Packard. Turner attended the State University of New York and also received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Texas at Arlington. He resides in Murphy with his wife, Susan.

Brian A. Vance (Austin, Texas) – Brian A. Vance serves as personal representative of the Sovereign Grand Inspector General and chairman of the Executive Committee of Austin Scottish Rite Bodies. Vance also is a board member of the Austin Scottish Rite Dyslexia Center and a member of the Ben Hur Shrine Financial Advisory Committee. Vance attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. He resides in Austin with his wife, Carol.

ABOUT TSRHC
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call
(214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

Local 7-year-old to Participate in Golf Clinic Designed for Children with Physical Challenges

Jayci Jordan of Tyler to practice golf at event for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients

WHO: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients, families and staff
TSRHC patient Jayci Jordan, age 7 of Tyler, Texas
Local Golf Professionals

WHAT:  TSRHC patients will participate in a Learn to Golf clinic taught by golf professionals specially trained to teach children with physical challenges. Junior golfers will learn about golf safety, etiquette, driving, chipping and putting.

TSRHC’s Learn to Golf program is designed for patients with challenging physical conditions. Learn to Golf provides the tools and instruction needed for patients to participate in and reap the rehabilitative benefits of golf.

The Learn to Golf program has received support from generous donors, including WorldLink, Inc., the North Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association and the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, which is funded through the United States Golf Association (USGA). There is no charge for patients to participate.

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2013

8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Registration

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Learn to Golf clinic

11:30 a.m. to Noon – Lunch

WHERE:
Alpine Target Golf Center
2695 Alpine Road
Longview, Texas 75605
(903) 753-1415

ABOUT JAYCI: Jayci Jordan, age 7, of Tyler, Texas is a patient of TSRHC and has been treated for left side weakness due to an in-utero stroke. She recently underwent hand surgery to allow better movement of her left hand. This will be Jayci’s first Learn to Golf clinic and she has been practicing at home to get ready. Jayci loves the outdoors and participating in sports. She also takes a hip hop dance class, plays soccer and enjoys jumping on the trampoline. Jayci is in the first grade at Andy Woods Elementary School in the Tyler ISD.

ABOUT TSRHC: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission to TSRHC is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

Revitalized “Iris Bowl” Celebrates 75 Years of Service to Dallas

(DALLAS – May 13, 2013) – The Iris Bowl, a little known gem of the Dallas park system, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Located at Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn, the underappreciated garden and stone amphitheater has a long and colorful history.

The Works Progress Administration, a New Deal agency spawned by the Depression, completed the Iris Bowl in 1937 as part of a two-year, $20,000 renovation of Reverchon Park, which first opened in 1915. The Iris Bowl was dedicated on April 19, 1938, during the city’s first public-garden pilgrimage, organized by the Dallas Woman’s Club and attended by members of the Iris Society of Dallas.

For years, the Iris Bowl hosted Greek pageants, dance performances and other celebrations. Later, the park and garden fell into disrepair before revitalization efforts began in the late ’90s.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, located adjacent to the park on Maple Avenue, initiated the Reverchon Park Revitalization Project in 1998 to begin to reclaim it from the neglect and resulting crime that had plagued it for decades. An annual “Reverchon Roundup” cleanup has been held ever since.

The Friends of Reverchon Park formed in 2005, and the group successfully lobbied for $3.5 million in bond funds to help pay for renovations. In 2010, the Iris Bowl was replanted under the leadership of Steve Houser, a Certified Texas Master Gardener and Certified Texas Master Naturalist, and the stonework was later repaired.

Today, the revitalized park hosts a variety of community activities and is a peaceful and welcome respite from the busy Oak Lawn business district. “It is an honor and privilege to restore the historic park and its unique Iris Bowl for future generations to enjoy,” Houser says.

Houser gave a presentation on the Iris Bowl to the American Iris Society national convention last month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort in Addison. The convention returns to Addison in 2014.

The 36-acre Reverchon Park opened in 1915 as Dallas’ “central park” and was named for Julien Reverchon, a botanist who collected thousands of plants before his death in 1905. The park was later expanded to 46 acres.

For more information, visit the Friends of Reverchon Park website at http://www.reverchonparkfriends.com or contact Manny Mendoza at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children at 214-559-8580 or manny.mendoza@tsrh.org. Steve Houser is available for interviews.

About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC):
TSRHC is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

 

Cotton Patch Café Launches Challenge to Benefit Local Hospital

COTTON PATCH CAFÉ LAUNCHES CHALLENGE TO BENEFIT LOCAL HOSPITAL
Cotton Patch Café matches contributions to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children with dining gift card

DALLAS (March 25, 2013) – Local casual dining chain, Cotton Patch Café, will, for the 5th consecutive year, match contributions to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) with a dining gift card through the Cotton Patch Cares program. The Cotton Patch Challenge runs from March 25 through May 12, 2013, and for every $25 gift to TSRHC made through the Challenge during that time, Cotton Patch Café will match the donation with a free $25 gift card (up to $1,000 per donor) for the donor.

Giving is simple. Visit www.tsrh.org or www.cottonpatch.com. All donations directly benefit children being treated at TSRHC, which is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, limb length differences, hand and hip disorders, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Established in 1921, TSRHC treats Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age and provides treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Since its inception, TSRHC has provided medical care for more than 218,000 children.

For the past seven years, Cotton Patch Café has chosen TSRHC as its primary philanthropic endeavor, raising more than $380,000 for the hospital.

“We’re thankful for the ongoing support from Cotton Patch Café and we are grateful that once again, they have elected to partner with the hospital for the Cotton Patch Café Challenge,” said Stephanie Brigger, vice president of development at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “The Challenge is an innovative and fun way to further the message of both Cotton Patch Café and the hospital to the people of Texas. We value the relationship we have with them and could not do what we do at the hospital without the generosity of the community and events like this.”

“Being involved in community efforts is important to Cotton Patch Café and our employees. We’re proud to support the efforts of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and want to help make a difference for Texas families,” said Larry Marshall, President of Cotton Patch Café. The Cotton Patch Café brand started in 1989 in Nacogdoches, has grown to 41 locations throughout Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, and is still Texas family owned today.

ABOUT TSRHC
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

ABOUT COTTON PATCH CAFÉ, INC
Cotton Patch Café is a 41-unit family friendly casual dining chain headquartered in Grapevine, Texas. The chain serves freshly prepared food, made in small batches, including entrees such as Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken & Dumplings, Grilled Pork Chops, Ribeye Steak, Strawberry Pecan Salad, and more! For more information, visit cottonpatch.com.

TSRHC’s TL-HEX – A Breakthrough in Bone Deformity Treatment

TSRHC has a team of physicians and researchers making advancements in the treatment of bone deformities, including limb lengthening and reconstruction. This team is creating a revolutionary device that has surgeons around the world talking! This device is the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction’s latest treatment advancement, the TRUE/LOK Hexapod System or TL-HEX. TL-HEX’s lightweight aluminum frame combines six-strut flexibility with sophisticated software technology – the first such device of its kind. Read more about this impressive device in the latest issue of TSRHC’s Rite Uphttp://www.tsrhc.org/emag/RUWinter13/flash.html

TSRHC’s TL-HEX – A Breakthrough in Bone Deformity Treatment

TSRHC has a team of physicians and researchers making advancements in the treatment of bone deformities, including limb lengthening and reconstruction. This team is creating a revolutionary device that has surgeons around the world talking! This device is the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction’s latest treatment advancement, the TRUE/LOK Hexapod System or TL-HEX. TL-HEX’s lightweight aluminum frame combines six-strut flexibility with sophisticated software technology – the first such device of its kind. Read more about this impressive device in the latest issue of TSRHC’s Rite Up: http://www.tsrhc.org/emag/RUWinter13/flash.html

TSRHC’s TL-HEX – A Breakthrough in Bone Deformity Treatment

TSRHC has a team of physicians and researchers making advancements in the treatment of bone deformities, including limb lengthening and reconstruction. This team is creating a revolutionary device that has surgeons around the world talking! This device is the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction’s latest treatment advancement, the TRUE/LOK Hexapod System or TL-HEX. TL-HEX’s lightweight aluminum frame combines six-strut flexibility with sophisticated software technology – the first such device of its kind. Read more about this impressive device in the latest issue of TSRHC’s Rite Uphttp://www.tsrhc.org/emag/RUWinter13/flash.html

The Crystal Charity Ball Announces Beneficiaries For 2013

Eight Children’s Charities’ Collective Need Totals $ 4.7 Million

Dallas, TX – Caren Kline, 2013 Ball Chairman and Pam Perella, Underwriting Chairman, have announced that the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball Committee has selected eight beneficiaries with a collective need of $4,740,415 million. The new beneficiaries are:
New Friends New Life
Trafficking Prevention & Sexual Abuse Recovery Program
$525,000
Educational First Steps
Four Steps to Excellence 2.0
$430,000
Good Street Learning Center, Inc.
Operation Next Steps: Program & Facility Improvements
$458,988
NETWORK of Community Ministries, Inc.
Children of Grandfamilies Initiative
$508,989
Parkland Foundation
Crystal Charity Ball Pediatric Burn Center & Playroom
$1,252,316
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas
Teens Can Survive Program
$275,400
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children
Specialized Prosthetics Program
$500,000
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas
Park South YMCA Urban Swim Program
$789,722

The 2013 Crystal Charity Ball will be Saturday, December 7, 2013 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. For information regarding Underwriting opportunities, please call 214/526-5868 ext. 14 or visit crystalcharityball.org.

With the funds generated from the 2012 campaign, The Crystal Charity Ball Committee has raised more than $110 million for children’s charities in Dallas County since 1952.