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With summer’s longer days and mild nights approaching, Texas Dairy Queen (TDQ) will celebrate National Hamburger Day on Thursday, May 28 with a special deal on its all-time, mouth-watering favorite hamburger, the Hungr-Buster®.
 
The Hungr-Buster® is a juicy quarter-pound grilled beef patty topped with crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, purple onions, tangy pickles and bold yellow mustard. The Hungr-Buster® will be available for $3 on May 28 in celebration of National Hamburger Day.This offer is redeemable only through the Texas Dairy Queen app which must be downloaded a day before the May 28 event. The Hungr-Buster® joins a lineup of tasty eats such as the BeltBuster®; Triple-Buster and the Hungr-Buster Jr.®.
 
The featured Blizzard® Flavor of the Month is Cotton Candy. The Cotton Candy Blizzard is a frozen melody of DQ soft serve and cotton candy sprinkles for a refreshing treat for the taste buds and will be available through August. The Cotton Candy Blizzard joins a lineup of limited time flavors such as the Oreo Cheesecake Blizzard; Frosted Animal Cookie Blizzard; Raspberry Fudge Bliss Blizzard; S’mores Blizzard; and the Rocky Road Blizzard.
 
Texas Dairy Queen’s continue to offer its menu via drive-thru windows, pick-up and take-out, as well as delivery and online ordering, where available.
 
There are few brands as iconic as the  DQ® brand. Innovative  DQ treats and eats, along with the unique  DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned Texas Dairy Queen as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. Texas Dairy Queen is comprised of 154 franchisees with nearly 600 locations across Texas. For more information, visit dqtexas.comor follow TDQ on InstagramTwitteror Facebook.
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TeamConnor Board Member Trey Morris

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation recently appointed Trey Morris, Mark Morrison, and Mike Wawczak to the Board of Directors.  All three members come to TeamConnor with diverse backgrounds and experiences that will continue to assist TeamConnor in reaching the organization’s long-term mission to build awareness and fund research to develop better treatments for childhood cancers and ultimately finding a cure.

 

We are excited that Trey Morris has joined the TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Board of Directors.  Trey has spent 25+ years in the world of broadcasting and advertising. He is a media consultant, professional speaker, and restaurant entrepreneur. Trey has been married for 25 years to his wife Rebecca, his Baylor sweetheart, and father to Haley and Jordan. Trey has been friends with Joy & Tait Cruse for over 25 years. He has served as Co-Chair for the III Forks Golf Classic for the last 5 years and has a personal passion to help eradicate childhood cancer. 

 

Mark Morrison has been a co-chair for the III Forks Golf Classic since 2016.  Morrison brings a wealth of experience in systems integration, sales, business operations, and management consulting.  Morrison successfully built and exited his own consulting company at the age of 32, worked as a business analyst for major equity firms such as Kleiner Perkins and Fraser-McCombs, played leadership roles in building Infosys’ Oil & Gas and Utilities business units. Morrison created innovated programs with industry leaders such as Schlumberger (O&G) and Itron (Utilities) that resulted in revenues in excess of $100M. 

 

Mike Wawczak and his family have a personal connection to childhood cancer as they have recently lost a child to childhood cancer. Mike comes to TeamConnor as a banking professional with approximately 37 years of experience including roles as division manager, senior credit officer, subsidiary president, business development officer, equipment finance specialist and banking operations.  Mike’s strategic thinking, excellent communication skills and strong analytical abilities will strengthen TeamConnor in raising more funds for pediatric cancer research. 

 

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation wrapped up 2019 by donating $250,000 to hospitals for cutting-edge research for childhood cancers and patient programs.  

 

TeamConnor was founded in 2008 while Connor Cruse was in the midst of his four-year battle with neuroblastoma cancer.  Connor lost his battle on July 10, 2009, but TeamConnor remains committed to fight for all children who are battling cancer.

 

Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated more than $3 million to numerous hospitals across the country in its mission to fund research that attempts to find new treatment options and cures for the most vulnerable population, children. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.   

 

As a result of COVID - 19, the III Forks Golf Classic has been delayed to Fall 2020. The new date will be announced at a later time.  TeamConnor will host the 10th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 2, 2020. For more information on TeamConnor events, contact Sydney Little, special events and outreach coordinator, at slittle@teamconnor.org or (972) 663-7302. 

 

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or follow TeamConnor on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

 

 

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Texas Dairy Queen (TDQ) has long been famous for its friendly and convenient drive-thru service. As TDQ Operators adhere to local government mandates to shutter dining rooms across the state, that friendliness and convenience is now more important than ever.
 
Since food service has been deemed an essential business by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, TDQ is continuing to offer its entire menu lineup of tasty treats and eats via drive-thru windows, as well as delivery and online ordering where available, at its nearly 600 locations throughout the Lone Star State.
 
“Texans can still enjoy Dairy Queen’s iconic hospitality with safety and convenience,” said Lou Romanus, CEO of the Texas Dairy Queen Operators’ Council. “Our 600 Dairy Queen’s across our great state are all owned by entrepreneurs who are working hard to keep their restaurants open.”
 
TDQ is also ensuring guest’s and employees’ safety by enhancing their already stringent sanitation requirements with even more frequent cleanings of equipment and service areas. TDQ Operators have refined their processes to more efficiently serve fans in the drive-thru as well as accommodate take-out orders while the dining rooms are closed.
 
“Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures,” said Romanus. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and employees. We are privileged to continue to serve our guests.”
 
This week, TDQ participated in the Great American Takeout which saw restaurants across the country asking fans to support their favorite establishment. In the next few weeks and months, restaurateurs are encouraging Americans to continue to support local restaurants by frequenting their favorite places to eat. TDQ fans are invited to tag the brand on their social pages using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout as well as #DQTexas.
 
There are few brands as iconic as the DQ® brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned Texas Dairy Queen as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. Texas Dairy Queen is comprised of 154 franchisees with nearly 600 locations across Texas. For more information, visit dqtexas.com or follow TDQ on InstagramTwitter or Facebook.

 
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The III Forks Golf Classic Auction & Dinner presented by Northwestern Mutual Dallas and benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is slated for the first week in May. The event kicks off Sunday, May 3 at III Forks Steakhouse in Dallas with a seated dinner, live and silent auction, bourbon pull, and mystery swag bags. On Monday May 4, more than 250 golfers will gather in Plano at the prestigious Gleneagles Country Club to compete on the 18-hole championship Kings and Queens courses. 

“Last year’s event raised more than $615,000 and we are looking to surpass that goal in 2020,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “We appreciate Chris Vogeli from III Forks Steakhouse choosing TeamConnor as the beneficiary of the event. Because of his commitment, children’s lives are being changed. We need more corporate support to find the cures for the many types of cancers impacting the children in our community.”  

Local media personality Mark Davis from 660 AM The Answer, will host this year’s III Forks Golf Classic celebratory dinner and auction May 3. Steve Eager, Fox 4 reporter and evening news anchor, is the Celebrity Event Host for the III Forks Golf Classic tournament May 4. Twelve-year-old Jacob Ittigson will be recognized for his valiant fight against childhood cancer. 

Peter Millar, one of the fastest growing brands in the lifestyle apparel market, has partnered with TeamConnor to host the kick-off event at Peter Millar Legacy West in April. 

Additional sponsors for the 2020 III Forks Golf Classic include: title sponsor III Forks Steakhouse; presenting sponsor Northwestern Mutual Dallas; patron sponsor Peter Millar; automotive sponsor Park Place Lexus Plano; Legacy Print Group; 22 One Advisors; Town & Country Roofing; Becky & Rick Welday; PlainsCapital Bank; The Season Ticket; Benefits Texas; Leslie & Alex Beilin; Jordan Flournoy LLP; Candy & Scott Lane; Marsh & Mclennan Agency; The Beck Group; Jenny & Corey McQuade; Origin Bank; Armstrong Accountancy P.C.; Charles Armstrong, CPA; Sally & Jon Quesnel; Chamblee Ryan, PC; and Frost Bank.  

Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated more than $3 million to numerous hospitals across the country in its mission to fund research that attempts to find new treatment options and cures. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the federal government allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 10th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 2, 2020. For more information on TeamConnor events, contact Sydney Little, special events and outreach coordinator, at slittle@teamconnor.org or (972) 663-7302.  

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or follow TeamConnor on InstagramTwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF TEXAS DAIRY QUEEN

Nothing says spring has arrived in the Lone Star State better than lush fields of glorious bluebonnets. But on Thursday, March 19th, DQ’s fans (and fanatics) can celebrate spring’s arrival with a free small cone from participating Texas Dairy Queen (TDQ) stores across the state. 

 

Fans can upload their Free Cone Day photos using the hashtag “freeconeday.” But wait, there’s more.  If fans want more free treats, they can upload their photos to the DairyQueenTexas Facebook page under YourDQMoments, and if their photo is selected, they could snag a $10 TDQ gift card. 

 

As much as we’d like to give away a bunch of free cones to everybody forever, we have to draw the line somewhere. So, we’re limiting the free giveaway to one cone per customer. And needless to say (but we’ll say it anyway), while supplies last. 

 

We’re proud of our iconic brand status. Long before social media, TDQ has been THE place for Texans to connect with each other and make memories. We invite everyone to grab a free cone on March 19, go admire the Texas bluebonnets and create new memories.

 

There are few brands as iconic as the DQ® brand. Innovative DQ treats and eats, along with the unique DQ restaurant concepts, have positioned Texas Dairy Queen as a leader in the quick service restaurant industry. Texas Dairy Queen is comprised of 154 franchisees with 600 locations across Texas. 

 

For more information, visit dqtexas.com or follow TDQ on InstagramTwitter or Facebook

 

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Team Connor's Crew - Kelly Franklin, Amanda Comegys, Joy Cruse, Missy Stogner, Shara Lott, Jennalee Trammel, Kimberly Cobb, and MacKenzie Cruse.

The third annual Smashing Childhood Cancer tennis clinic and exhibition game returned to Life Time Plano and raised more than $25,000 for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation to support research and programs.

“This event has grown significantly in just three years because the tennis community has embraced our mission,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “We are making an impact by raising awareness and critical funds for more research, which you can never have enough of until we find a cure.” 

Twelve-year-old Jacob Ittigson, the honorary hero was recognized for his valiant fight against childhood cancer. Because Jacob was hospitalized at the time of the event, he was not able to attend, but his father and two best friends made a special appearance. Jacob’s friends Evan and Andrew spoke about Jacob’s battle with cancer and thanked participants for supporting TeamConnor by donating crucial funds needed for childhood cancer research. 

In addition to Life Time Plano, sponsors included Benchmark Bank, Collins Financial and Belvin Cleveland. 

Tennis Pros from area tennis facilities led the drills, including: Steve Nolen with Spring Park, Aaron Newland with Life Time, Andres Osorio with Life Time, James Kneussl with Life Time, Kent Grossling with Life Time, Polina Konop with Life Time, Tim Brownlee with Gleneagles, Vanja Bogetic with Spring Park, David Lowe with The Lakes, Andrew Adams with Stonebriar Country Club, Bill Shaw with The Courts of McKinney, Nurudeen Isa with The Courts of McKinney, John Singer Canyon Creek Country Club, Esteban Flores with Life Time, Pysan Yenchai with Life Time, Taj Harrison with Life Time, Chris Culley with Stonebriar Country Club, Kriszta Kovacs with High Point Tennis Center, Hector Valentin with Village Tennis Center, Tommy Mylnikov with Gleneagles and Scott Bailey.

Participants also enjoyed an Exhibition Game featuring Tennis Pros Neil Kenner, Markus Kerner, Masha Kononova, and Liga Dekmijere.

A very special thank you goes out to the 2020 Smashing Committee Members AJ Chabria - At The Net, Clint Sumrow - HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, Craig Bell - Bent Tree Country Club, Steve Nolen - Spring Park Racquet Club, Henry Gonzales - Gleneagles Country Club, Rob Van Der Schans - Canyon Creek Country Club, Andres Osorio - Lifetime Fitness, Carlos Aguirre - Stonebriar Country Club. 

TeamConnor has donated more than $3 million to research institutions since it was founded in 2008, following the cancer diagnosis of four-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco who lost his battle in 2009. 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 16th Annual III Forks Golf Classic, May 3 & 4, 2020; and the 10th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 2, 2020. For more information on TeamConnor events, contact Sydney Little, special events and outreach coordinator, at slittle@teamconnor.org or (972) 663-7302.   

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children; yet, the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.   

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or follow TeamConnor on InstagramTwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

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TCDr.AmyPass&JoyPR (2).jpg Dr. Amy Pass and Joy Cruse, Founder of TeamConnor at TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Headquarters

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation donated $250,000 to three research hospitals to study brain tumors, neuroblastoma, and natural killer T cells. The research will be conducted respectively at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliated partner Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

 

“Each year we seek out researchers who are innovative in their approach to childhood cancer research,” said Dr. Amy Pass, TeamConnor Board Member. “This year’s recipients are exceptional researchers who have dedicated their talents to find answers to difficult challenges. We have funded three exceptional projects that have great potential to bring us another step closer to finding cures.”

 

Dr. Dasgupta at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will examine an unexplored, potentially critical factors that sustain intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPGs) that form in the brains of children. DIPGs are rare, incurable brain tumors. Most children live less than two years after diagnosis and the likelihood of survival at five years is 1%.  There is no way to operate on these brainstem tumors due to their location. Radiation and chemotherapy have not proven successful.  

 

Awarded $100,000 Dr. Dasgupta will unravel the genetics and metabolism of the tumors to generate an interactive map of the cellular networks that make up DIPGs. From this map, new therapies can be generated using medications that are identified as targets.  Additionally, this data will be publicly available so that researchers globally can continue to work towards improved treatment for children with DIPGs. 

   

Dr. Tao and her team from Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliated partner Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston received $50,000 to investigate strategies to overcome neuroblastoma resistance to current therapies. She has identified a critical metabolic pathway in high-risk neuroblastoma. She will determine if targeting neuroblastoma metabolism can restore the sensitivity of this aggressive cancer to chemotherapy. Dr. Tao expects their research will provide novel mechanistic insight in drug resistance and will develop clinically translatable approaches that will benefit children who develop resistance to treatment.

 

A $100,000 grant was awarded to Dr. Bassiri at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) who will delve deeper into research involving a type of NKT cells (natural killer T cells) that may have a significant role in high risk tumors.  He and his team at CHOP are hopeful that their knowledge of NKT cells will allow for the development of NKT cell- based immunotherapy for neuroblastoma in the future, providing a new form of therapy that may have improved outcomes with fewer toxic side effects. 

 

“Research is critical to unlocking the mysteries that have bewildered the medical community for decades,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor. “As a nonprofit, we must be good stewards of the funds we are entrusted with and we have chosen these researchers and their institutions to take their research to the next level. We must find better solutions to save children diagnosed with cancer and allow them to have a good quality of life once they are in remission.” 

 

Improvement in the treatment, cure and long-term survival of young children with neuroblastoma, continues to be at the heart of the TeamConnor mission. Children with neuroblastoma endure extensive treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy, with 50% of children succumbing to their cancer, due to tumor spread, secondary tumors, or failure of treatment.

 

Since 2008, TeamConnor has donated more than $3 million to numerous hospitals across the country in its mission to fund research that attempts to find new treatment options and cures for the most vulnerable population, children. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.   

 

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children, yet the federal government allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. 

 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 16th Annual III Forks Golf Classic, May 3 & 4, 2020; and the 10th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 2, 2020. For more information on TeamConnor events, contact Sydney Little, special events and outreach coordinator, at slittle@teamconnor.org or (972) 663-7302. 

 

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or follow TeamConnor on InstagramTwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.

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CITYROW Allen

CITYROW, the boutique fitness studio that delivers a high-intensity, low-impact, full body workout, continues to make waves with the launch of its first store in Texas. Located in Allen, the store will open February 8, 2020, at McDermott and Alma Roads. 

 

“CITYROW Allen will be an inviting destination for anyone who enjoys a community environment to get or stay in shape,” said David Regelean, owner CITYROW Allen. “CITYROW truly is for all fitness levels. The individual determines how much strength and effort they put into the workout while having an instructor available to push them.”

 

Founded in New York City in 2014, CITYROW is a fitness phenomenon that focuses on smart fitness for the modern consumer. CITYROW pairs a personal instructor with rowing strength and mobility exercises in a 50-minute dynamic HIIT (high intensity interval training) class, creating a workout that works differently for each individual. Each stroke on the row machine utilizes 85 percent of the body's muscles – legs, core and arms, and increases aerobic capacity and efficiency to burn calories while exerting less pressure on the body's joints than traditional cardio exercises. 

 

Featuring 20 rowers, CITYROW Allen welcomes individuals of all fitness levels to the studio for an epic full body workout.

 

CITYROW’s unique 50-minute class format couples high intensity rowing intervals on a water-based rowing machine, plus weighted strength training on the mat, for a workout that works and is making rowing sexy again. 

 

Visit the studio at 1314 W. McDermott Drive #140 in Allen, or head to cityrow.com/tx-allen/ for more information. 

 

ABOUT CITYROW

ROWING REMIXED. CITYROW combines rowing intervals on sexy, water-based rowing machines with dynamic sculpting exercises for the perfect balance of cardio and strength training. Our heart-pumping, sweat-drenched, total-body burn is as fun as it is effective. Since opening in 2014, CITYROW has built a dedicated cult-following, and has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Shape Magazine, Vogue, The Today Show and more.

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The holiday season is a time of increased giving across North Texas and Park Place Dealerships’ members united to give back to help those who may need it. 

 

Park Place Motorcars Fort Worth collected non-perishable food and toys throughout November to donate to a local food bank and Toys for Tots. More than 741 pounds of food were collected along with 400 toys with the help of the 149 Park Place members.  

 

All of these efforts are part of the Park Place Cares program, which encourages Park Place’s 2,100 members to volunteer their time and resources to serve the community in which they live and work. 

 

Park Place Dealerships operates 17 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Karma, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

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The ninth annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot returned to the Dallas Gun Club for another year of outdoor fun benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. The sold out event raised more than $90,000 for childhood cancer research and programs implemented by TeamConnor.

Local media personality Mark Davis with 660-AM The Answer, and Randolph McGee, game warden and reality TV star from Lone Star Law, were guest speakers at the event. 

TeamConnor has donated nearly $3 million to research institutions since it was founded in 2008, following the cancer diagnosis of four-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco who lost his battle in 2009.

“Events such as this are important to bring awareness and raise critical funds for a disease that is taking the lives of our children,” said Tait Cruse, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual – Dallas. “This event aligns with Northwestern Mutual’s philanthropic commitment to provide funding for pediatric cancer research and resources needed to fight this disease. It’s an honor to have the community join us every year.”

In addition to Northwestern Mutual - Dallas, sponsors included Frost Bank, Fischer, Prestonwood Pond, LLC and Woodlands Denton, WebTPA, Benefits Texas, Wright Construction Company, Town & Country Roofing, Sewell Automotive Companies, Beck, Venture X Frisco, Mullis Newby Hurst, Pitts Birdsong Bonds & Insurance, Christy and Chuck Harbison, Blake Brawner, and Charles Armstrong. 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including Smashing Childhood Cancer Tennis Clinic and Exhibition Game, January 25, 2020, and the 16th Annual III Forks Golf ClassicMay 3 - 4, 2020. Contact Lindsay Cleland at lcleland@teamconnor.org for sponsorship opportunities for these upcoming events.

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of children; yet, the budget of the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research and treatment programs to find a cure for all childhood cancers.   

For more information on how to join the fight against childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or follow TeamConnor on InstagramTwitterLinkedIn or Facebook.