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III Forks1.jpg Honorary Chair Steve Eagar, Fox 4; Kathryn Copple; Chris Vogeli, Proprietor, and Executive Chef III Forks; Joy Cruse, Founder of TeamConnor, Tait Cruse, Mark Davis; 660-AM.

The III Forks Golf Classic Auction & Dinner presented by Northwestern Mutual – Dallas benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation raised a record $615,000 for the fight against childhood cancer.

“We had great community support which helped us surpass last year’s total amount raised,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor. “As people learn more about the need for critical research, they are moved to help the kids battling this dreadful disease. It will take the support of companies and the community working together to fund the cures for childhood cancers because the government just isn’t allocating enough funds towards research. We have high expectations for next year’s event.”

TeamConnor has set the dates for the 16th Annual event at III Forks Steakhouse and Gleneagles Country Club in Plano for May 3 – 4, 2020. 

Local media personality Mark Davis with 660-AM The Answer, hosted this year’s III Forks Golf Classic celebratory dinner and auction. Fox 4 reporter and evening news anchor Steve Eagar, served as honorary chair.  

Cook Children’s is moving rapidly toward the incorporation of a Cellular Therapy program at the Cook Children’s Hematology and Oncology Center. As the result of a Call to Action during the III Forks auction, TeamConnor donated more than $85,000 for a Cellular Therapy Clinical Trial for Neuroblastoma. 

More than 250 players came out to support the battle against childhood cancer at the golf tournament at the prestigious Gleneagles Country Club.  Since 2008, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has donated nearly $3 million to hospitals and research centers across the country including Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana Farber Cancer Institute; UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, University of Colorado Denver, and Children’s Health Dallas. 

Sponsors for the 2019 III Forks Golf Classic include: III Forks Steakhouse, Title Sponsor; Northwestern Mutual – Dallas, Presenting Sponsor; Park Place Lexus Plano, Automotive Sponsor; Leslie and Alex Beilin, Dinner Sponsor; PlainsCapital Bank, LeaderBoard Sponsor; Peter Millar – Legacy West; Patron Reception Sponsor; BenefitsTexas, Auction Sponsor; D1 Scouting, Valet Sponsor; Town & Country Roofing, Lunch Sponsor; Zigatta, Cart Sponsor; Marsh & McLennan Agency, Bourbon Pull Sponsor; Messick Peacock & Associate, Tent Sponsor; Sally and Jon Quesnel, Wine Pull Sponsor; Candy and Scott Lane, Awards Sponsor; The Beck Group (2), Jordan Flournoy LLP, Becky and Rick Welday, Beverage Station Sponsor; Chamblee Ryan, Driving Range Sponsor; Something Pretty Floral, Floral Sponsor; Dorfman Pacific, Hat Sponsor; Legacy Print Group, Print Sponsor; Candlelight Films, Video Sponsor; City Central, Website Sponsor; and 5 Star Expeditions, Armstrong Accountancy P.C., Charles Armstrong, CPA, Digital Range, Fluellen Cupcakes, Frost Bank, Garrison Brothers Distillery, Living Spaces, Stephanie and Loren Hsiao, Park West Gallery, Performance Medicine, Peter Millar, Legacy West (2), Pockets Menswear, Pudding on Smiles, Tommy Bahama and Maui Jim, Water Event, and Gary Wolfe, MBA, CPA, LUTCF, CLU, ChFC, CLTC, AEP, RICP Wealth Management Advisor (2), Hole Sponsors.

Every year, approximately 250,000+ new cases of cancer affect children under the age of 20 worldwide. 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.   

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the 9th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 4, 2019; Smashing Childhood Cancer, January 25, 2020; and 16th Annual III Forks Golf ClassicMay 3 - 4, 2020. Contact Lindsay Cleland at for sponsorship, team and individual player opportunities for the 16th Annual III Forks Golf Classic.  

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

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