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TEAMCONNOR GIVES TO COOK CHILDREN'S Photo from Left – Right: Carolyn Alvey, TeamConnor Board President; Grant Harris, Vice-President, Cook Children’s Health Foundation; Dr. Meaghan Granger, Head of Neuroblastoma and Stem Cell Transplant Program; Chris Vogeli, TeamConnor Board Member and Proprietor of III Forks Steakhouse; Kathryn Copple, Executive Director of TeamConnor; and Mark Morrison, 2016 III Forks Golf Classic Co-Chair.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation presented a check to Cook Children’s for more than $10,000, which will support the Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE) within the hospital. The funds were raised during the 2016 III Forks Golf Classic Dinner.

In 2015, TeamConnor established the Art Box Program at Cook Children’s with the help of a grant from Northpark Center. This program support patients at Cook Children’s Hematology and Oncology Center. Children with severely compromised immune systems are often kept in the isolation unit for 30 – 75 days at a time with limited contact with family members and no in-person contact with friends.  

TeamConnor funds personalized boxes of arts & crafts materials, including paints, crayons, markers, coloring books, ipads, and other creative items to stimulate a child’s creativity and bring joy while they’re undergoing life-saving stem cell transplants.

Cook Children’s has found that the Art Box Program provides essential components of quality pediatric health care by supporting the child’s psychological and emotional needs while easing their feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

For more information about TeamConnor and its programs, visit teamconnor.org.

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Front Row, Left to Right: Chris Wied, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Malena Brown, III Forks Golf Classic Honorary Co-Chair and Childhood Cancer Survivor Joy Cruse, Founder, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Kim Brown, III Forks Golf Classic Honorary Co-Chair - Back Row, Left to Right: Kathryn Copple, Executive Director, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Mary Bown, Child Life Specialist, Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center Dallas Brent Christopher, President, Children’s Medical Center Foundation

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation presented a check to Children’s Health for more than $10,000, which will support the Art Box Program within the hospital. The funds were raised during the 2016 III Forks Golf Classic Dinner held in May at III Forks Steakhouse.

In 2012, TeamConnor established the Art Box Program at Children’s Health to support patients in the Stem Cell Transplant Unit at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. These children have severely compromised immune systems, and they are often kept in the isolation unit for 30 – 75 days at a time with limited contact with family members and no in-person contact with friends.  TeamConnor funds personalized boxes of arts & crafts materials, including paints, crayons, markers, coloring books, ipads, and other fun items to stimulate a child’s creativity and bring joy while they’re undergoing life-saving stem cell transplants.

Children’s Health has found that the Art Box Program provides essential components of quality pediatric health care by supporting the child’s psychological and emotional needs while easing their feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

For more information about TeamConnor and its programs, visit teamconnor.org.

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Three North Texas Hawaiian Falls waterparks to open pools for pet lovers to swim with their dogs on last day of summer 2016 operations


Dog lovers, save the date! Splash in the wave pool with your furry friend. Take a lap around the Lazy River with your pup! There'll be lots of fun, contests and prizes. Doggie Splash Days are coming to three North Texas Hawaiian Falls waterparks:

Garland - Wags and Waves - 10 am - 4 pm Saturday, 9/10/16
Wags and Waves 2016 will be held Saturday, September 10  at Hawaiian Falls Garland benefiting Cat Matchers, Dallas Companion Animal Project, DFW Rescue Me, Feral Friends and Legacy Boxer Rescue.  Enjoy Costume Contests, Pet Tricks and vendors with specialty items. There will be separate activity areas for large and small breed dogs. Details and tickets are available at http://wagsandwaves.org

Mansfield - Hounds for Hawaiian Falls - 2 pm - 6 pm Sunday, 9/11/16
Hawaiian Falls Mansfield will host Hounds at Hawaiian Falls Sunday, September 11, benefiting MADE (Making Assistance Dogs Easy) in Texas Assistance Dogs.  Hounds at Hawaiian Falls will honor those who serve our country by providing free admission to veterans, active military and first responders. These heroes are welcome to bring up to two dogs each at no cost, or come out just to enjoy the day and let us honor you. Details and tickets are available at https://thedriven.net/cw/hounds-at-hawaiian-falls/

The Colony - Bow-Wow Luau - 10 am - 6 pm Sunday, 9/18/16
A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Colony Animal Shelter Injured Animal Fund. Concessions will be available for purchase. Limit two dogs per owner. For more information, please contact The Colony Parks and Recreation Department at 972-625-1106 or visit http://thecolonytx.gov/Depts/PARD/SpecialEvents.html

Since these are fundraisers for specific non-profits at each park, Hawaiian Falls passes are not valid for these post-season events. Be prepared to show proof of current vaccinations. Visit the website for the specific event at your park as rules and offerings may differ from park to park.

It’s your last day to splash and play at Hawaiian Falls this season. After the Doggie Splash Days, all pools will be drained and prepared for winter. So come out and bring your dogs to end the season with a big splash!

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Pflugerville and Waco.  Currently, the parks are open to the public weekends 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. thru Labor Day. More info at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

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On October 1st, the Frisco Square will be transformed into a Green Square for childhood cancer awareness. The 5th Annual Color Me Green race benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation brings together childhood cancer patients, advocates, survivors, families and the community to raise awareness and funds to find a cure.  

The Color Me Green 5k, 10k & Caterpillar Dash kicks off with a 7:30 AM registration and pre-race warm-up, along with a ‘get green’ tent. The Caterpillar Dash one-mile fun run begins at 8 AM and the 10k at 8:30 AM, and the 5k at 9 AM. A Green Party and Awards ceremony begin at 10 AM with a video game truck, face painting, bounce house, and music.  Before, during, and after the race, runners and guests can enjoy learning more about healthy living at the Color Me Green Health Fest.  Sponsors will have tables set up to promote their healthy lifestyle businesses and products.  

To register or for more information about Color Me Green, visit www.colormegreen5k.org

Sponsors include Northwestern Mutual, Cross Development, Caldwell Banker/Kim McLaughlin, All My Sons Moving & Storage, Family Focused Care Health Fusion of Texas, Frisco Dentistry for Kids, Frisco Family & Sports Chiropractic, Athleta, QwikWash America, Tropical Smoothie Café, Altitude Pole Fitness & Serial Arts, Luke’s Locker, Market Street, @nerdvana, Soul Sisters For A Cause, Frisco Sports Center, Satterwhite Media, Market Street, III Forks, Dimples Cupcakes, Pizzeria Testa, Michael Johnson Performance, and Joy and Tait Cruse.

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert September 3 at Watters Creek, Northwestern Mutual 6th Annual Clay Shoot December 8 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer ™ program raises funds in schools, churches, offices, and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research. 

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. TeamConnor has awarded over $1.8 million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008.  

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

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

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Guests caught more than a wave at Hawaiian Falls The Colony Tuesday, August 16. Pokémon fans were out early to play their favorite game on their phones. Lures were set all day at the Pokéstop, located inside the park. The first 100 guests received a Pokémon figure and prizes were given away hourly throughout the day.

“The Pokémon craze hit like lightning this summer, and it was especially popular with our guests,” explained Leigh Ann Hatchett, Hawaiian Falls marketing director. “I did a little research and found that all of our Hawaiian Falls locations had either Pokéstops or Gyms so it seemed a natural fit. This was our third Pokémon event this summer. Previously, we hosted similar events in Roanoke and Pflugerville. It’s really a social phenomenon where people go to parks and public spaces to catch Pokémons, but they’re also interacting with each other and making new friends.  We’re always looking for ways to bring our families closer together and, sure enough, we’ve seen parents playing along with their kids at our parks. In fact, when we talked about doing a Pokémon event, we had a rush of Hawaiian Falls Ambassadors who wanted to champion the event at their park.”

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Pflugerville and Waco.  This is the last full week of daily operations. Beginning Monday, August 22, the waterparks will only be open weekends from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. thru Labor Day. More info at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is hosting a free concert Saturday, September 3 in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, located at U.S. 75 and Bethany in Allen, to promote National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.  TeamConnor has been selected as Watter’s Creek partner in this “Music Makes A Difference” series.  

The Free Loaders, one of Dallas’ best blues/jazz band, will perform from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 3, in conjunction with Concerts by the Creek in Watters Creek.  The Free Loaders perform music from 1900 to 2016 all in the vein of jazz/blues/swing and fun. At 8 p.m. special guests will pay tribute to children currently battling childhood cancer and remember those who have lost their battle with a moment of silence. Participants are invited to spread a blanket on the lawn or dine on the patio at one of the restaurants surrounding the park while listening to The Free Loaders. 

“Every year thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Sadly, there has only been one drug in the last 21 years developed to fight childhood cancer.  We are honored to be part of the “Music Makes A Difference” series at Watter’s Creek and hoping to draw more awareness to childhood cancer.  We need more awareness regarding the devastating impact that cancer has on children.” 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the Texas Rangers’ Childhood Cancer Awareness Night on September 2; Color Me Green 5K, 10K and Caterpillar Dash October 1; Northwestern Mutual 5th Annual Clay Shoot December 8. In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations to help fund childhood cancer research. 

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is the legacy of eight-year-old Connor Cruse of Frisco, who lost his four-year battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. TeamConnor has awarded $1.8 Million in funding for childhood cancer research and patient programs across the country since 2008.  

Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every three minutes. In the United States, cancer kills more children every year than AIDS, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined. Yet, the National Cancer Institute allocates less than four percent of its funds to pediatric cancer research. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is dedicated to serving families, building awareness, and raising funds for research to help cure childhood cancer.

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

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Hawaiian Falls will host Champions Day Saturday, August 13 at the Garland, Mansfield, The Colony, Roanoke, Pflugerville and Waco waterparks to bless families of individuals with special needs.  

“Champions Day is often a special needs child’s first visit to a waterpark,” said Clint Hill, Hawaiian Falls president & CEO. “People with sensory issues can have difficulty processing the exciting stimulus of a waterpark on an average day. So for Champions Day we turn our music way down during this special time. We ask our staff to be patient and  much more lenient to accommodate our guests’ special needs. We also bring in extra staff for a more favorable staff-to-guest ratio.”

The “Champions” (special needs children and adults) will get in free Saturday. One family member or caregiver accompanying them can get in for only $5, while additional immediate family members are also offered discounted tickets. More importantly, the Champions and their families will have special access to the parks before they open to the public. The Champions and their families will have exclusive use of the park from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.  August 13. The parks will open to the public 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Season pass holders always get in 30 minutes before the public.) The Champions, caregivers and families can stay all day for no additional charge. More information is available at http://www.hfalls.com/championsday

“Special needs families often tell us they wouldn’t be able to come without this offer,” explained Hill. “They never know if they’ll be able to stay an hour or all day. We’ve held Champions Days for several years now and it always brings us great joy to see how much the families get out of these special times. It truly exemplifies our core mission of bringing families closer together.”

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates water parks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Pflugerville and Waco.  More info at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls.

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One of Fort Worth’s culinary delights, WATERS Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine, is moving to Sundance Square.  Chef Jon Bonnell will close his West 7th Street location in August to prepare for the move to the 35-block commercial, entertainment, dining, and retail development in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. 

“Sundance Square is an iconic destination and uniquely Fort Worth,” said Chef Jon Bonnell, owner of WATERS. “With our lease up in August on West 7th, I wanted to find a location with a lot of character and a great presence in the community. Relocating to Sundance Square is a once in a lifetime opportunity and the timing is perfect.”

WATERS in Sundance Square is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017 and will be located at the corner of Main and 2nd Street in the space occupied by Mercury Chop House, closing its doors later this month.

“This is a wonderful time to create a new space with a well-known chef and successful concept that the community has embraced,” said Johnny Campbell, President and CEO of Sundance Square. “Chef Bonnell is well respected and has a commitment to offering Fort Worth the best in fine seafood which is a perfect addition to Sundance Square.”

With approximately 5,000 square feet of space, WATERS will occupy a space that will be completely transformed with an updated infrastructure and architectural design.

WATERS in Sundance Square will feature three points of entry. From Main Street, guests can enter into the bar that will be shaped like a horseshoe for a lively gathering spot.

The dining room will have lots of natural light with an open concept and Earth-tone colors according to Bonnell. Entering from 2nd Street, the dining room will boast two wine cellars each housing a vast selection of red and white wines with a glass front. A Chef’s Table Room will seat up to 12 people and will have a view of the kitchen from behind a glass front.

Situated on Commerce Street, the updated patio will be situated directly across from the Wells Fargo and D. R. Horton Towers where guests will find plenty of shade, comfortable seating, a full outdoor bar and the full-service menu.

Bonnell intends to freshen the menu with some new items, which will be revealed at a later date, but intends to keep the classics including “The Dirty Dozen”, gumbo, and a great selection of wines.

WATERS will be added to Sundance Square’s preferred list of caterers offering its full menu to all of Sundance Square’s tenants, as well as one of the exclusive caterers for the Pavilion located in the Sundance Square Plaza.

“Sundance Square has it all,” says Bonnell. “I am thrilled to have found a new site with a great atmosphere, a loyal following, and plentiful parking.” 

Launched in 2012, Sundance Square’s complimentary valet service has 10 locations throughout the development for guests to utilize. The valet service enhances Sundance Square’s extensive parking program that includes free parking during the weeknights and all weekend.

“Mercury Chop House has been a great tenant for more than 15 years,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. “The restaurant will always be a part of Sundance Square’s rich history and is leaving a wonderful legacy. It is quite extraordinary that we have WATERS poised to take on this space and are looking forward to the next chapter at 301 Main Street.”

Sundance Square is a vibrant 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district where people work, live, shop and dine among beautiful landscaping, red-brick streets and turn-of-the-century buildings. More information about Sundance Square can be found at www.sundancesquare.com.

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Hawaiian Falls will honor members of the military, first responders and other influential leaders with Heroes Week Wednesday, August 3 thru Sunday, August 7 at all six Texas waterparks. The Heroes, including military, firefighters, police, emergency medical personnel, nurses, doctors and teachers will be admitted free with a valid ID card and the purchase of a Big Kahuna ticket. The heroes’ family members can purchase discounted tickets for $19.99 each ($23.99 in Pflugerville) at the front gate. As always, kids 2 and under are free. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Assist the Officer Foundation to benefit the families of police officers who lost their lives in the call of duty.

“Our heroes and their families sacrifice every day for us,” said Clint Hill, Hawaiian Falls CEO. “In the past, we’ve recognized military personnel on Memorial Day and Independence Day, but we wanted to go above and beyond to recognize their efforts. And we’re expanding our definition of a “hero” to include all first responders, school teachers, doctors and nurses because they all sacrifice time with their families to take care of others. We want them to bring their family out to relax and have fun together.”
 
During Heroes Week each park will open at 10:30 a.m. with a salute to heroes. Hawaiian Falls waterparks are open daily 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Season passholders always get in 30 minutes before the general public.

The Assist The Officer Foundation provides financial assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event. Immediate assistance is available to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer. Since its creation in 1999, the Foundation has provided assistance to hundreds of officers and their families who were faced with any number of life-altering situations. More information at https://atodallas.org.

Celebrating more than a decade of bringing families closer together, Hawaiian Falls operates waterparks in Garland, The Colony, Mansfield, Roanoke, Waco and Pflugerville. More info at hfalls.com or facebook.com/hfalls

 

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Noah Benjamin, a recent graduate of Dallas Baptist University, is hoping to raise $100,000 for the Assist the Officer Foundation in Dallas. Benjamin was deeply touched by the recent shootings of Dallas police officers, so he’s trying to raise money for the fallen officers’ families.

“Dallas is my home and these officers put their lives on the line every day,” said Benjamin, owner of HiveCreate, a graphic design company. “People can buy the sign, decals and shirts online and we will deliver them locally anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Businesses can buy the signs in bulk and we’ll donate 100% of the proceeds to ATO. If a business wants to be a pickup location, we can supply the signs to them and people can either buy the merchandise at the business or pick them up with proof or purchase from an online sale. We just want to cover the city with signs proclaiming our support for law enforcement officers.”

#DallasStrong merchandise ranges from a $5 decal to a $20 t-shirt or $25 yard sign. A minimum of 50-percent of each purchase will be donated to ATO Dallas.  

To order #DallasStrong merchandise, or for more information, go to https://dallasstrongsigns.com/