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Participants at the 2015 Allen Eagle Run

Park Place Lexus Plano will again be the title sponsor for the 8th annual Allen ISD Eagle Run set for February 27 at Eagle Stadium in Allen.  The Allen Eagle Run includes a family fun run/walk and a 5K run and is expected to draw a crowd of more than 3,000 participants. The event benefits Allen ISD teachers and students through special program funding and scholarship awards. 

“Education is a large part of Park Place’s community relations program,” said Rob Sumner, marketing director at Park Place Dealerships. “We are pleased to be a part of this fun event that will ultimately support teachers in their classrooms to inspire students and give students the opportunity to pursue their passion.” 

Fun Run/Walk finishers will receive a participation ribbon. 5K finishers will also receive a participation ribbon. In addition, medals will be awarded to 5K finishers for the following Overall male/female; Masters male/female; and the Top 3 male/female in each age group: 8 and younger, 9 - 10, 11 - 12, 13 - 14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, and every five years up to 80+. Awards will also be given for the Largest School Team; the Largest Corporate/Community Team; and Best Team Spirit. 

To register or for more information, visit www.alleneaglerun.org.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.

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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation wrapped-up 2015 by awarding more than $116,000 in grants to six hospitals across the country to support cutting-edge research on the many childhood cancers.  Hospitals receiving grants included Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Inc., Hunter College, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children’s Health Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. 

“We are committed to funding more research for childhood cancers at some of the best research hospitals in the country,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research.  Therefore, if better treatment protocols and eventually, cures are to be found, it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the brightest researchers.”

Dr. Michael Burke, M.D., with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc. was awarded $35,000 for the “Bridging Study – Investigating Clofarabine, Cyclophosphamide and Etoposide for Children and Adolescents with Acute Leukemia and Minimal Residual Disease.”  Dr. Burke’s Phase II Clinical Trial will test a therapy designed to improve outcomes of stem cell transplants by killing remaining minimal residual disease (MRD) prior to transplant in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Acute Myeloid Leukemia patients.  There are currently no protocols for bridging therapy, making this a novel concept to reduce MRD and improve outcomes and survival.

Dr. Brian Zeglis, Ph.D., with Hunter College was awarded $35,000 for “A Novel Strategy for the Pre-targeted Radioimmunotherapy of Pediatric Neuroblastoma.”  Dr. Zeglis’ preclinical trial offers a new approach to radioimmunotherapy using site-specific radiolabeling of antibodies.  His research suggests a more effective therapy, drastically reducing overall radiation exposure to young patients.

Dr. Michael Hogarty, M.D., with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was awarded $10,000 for “Targeting the Suppressive Neuroblastoma Microenvironment to Improve Anti-GD2 Directed Immunotherapy.” Dr. Hogarty’s preclinical study defines Difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) exposure assess tumor characteristics that predict response, showing how the immune system fights Neuroblastoma cells.  The Anti-GD2 therapy improves survival and increases antitumor activity.

TeamConnor also awarded a $10,000 grant to Dr. Ira Dunkel, M.D., with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for “Sequential Phase I Studies of Nivolumab Monotherapy and Nivolumab in Combination with Ipilimumab in Pediatric Patients with Relapsed or Refractory CNS Tumors.” Dr. Dunkel’s novel therapy for poor prognosis brain tumors uses two monoclonal antibodies that function as immune checkpoint inhibitors, stimulating the immune system to fight the cancer.  This is a multi-institutional study, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb, and includes participation from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Johns Hopkins Medicine.

“Funding research is imperative to moving closer to cures in the childhood cancer arena,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “In addition to funding these research projects, TeamConnor was also pleased to donate $18,500 to Children’s Health in Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth to fund our Art Box Program. TeamConnor provides the funds for hospitals to create personalized boxes of materials including paints, canvases, crayons, markers, coloring books, ipads, and other fun items for kids to be creative while going through life-saving stem cell transplants in the hospital. These treatments result in extended, isolated hospital stays and the Art Box Program drastically improves the patients overall experience during their treatments.” 

TeamConnor also had the unique opportunity to work with Children’s Health of Dallas in their Pediatric Oncology Department.  TeamConnor granted $8,000 in 2015 to provide five years of funding for a two-month summer oncology internship position at Children's. Last summer, the student selected for the TeamConnor Pediatric Oncology Internship studied pediatric bone cancer under the leadership of Dr. Patrick Leavey.  Dr. Leavey is a pediatric oncologist and Associate Medical Director for Clinical Affairs at the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's, the Director of the Musculoskeletal Tumors Program at Children's Medical Center Dallas, and a professor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern.

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.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner; Splash Out Childhood Cancer; National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil; Color Me Green 5K and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot.  In addition, TeamConnor’s national program, Coins for Kids with Cancer raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research.

For more information on how to impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer, please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Dallas Stars player Alex Goligoski deals Blackjack

More than 700 fans turned out for the recent Dallas Stars Casino Night at Park Place Lexus Plano. The event raised more than $300,000 for the the Dallas Stars Foundation, making it one of the most successful Casino Nights in its 17 year history. The Star-studded event featured the entire Stars hockey team serving as casino dealers, including players, coaches, play-by-play announcers, and front office staff.
 
“Our 17th annual Casino Night was one of our most successful events to date,” said Dallas Stars Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Dallas Stars Foundation President, Jason Farris. “Casino Night is the largest annual fundraiser for the Dallas Stars Foundation. It will allow us to put over $300,000 back into the community through our programs, grants for area non-profits and scholarships. We thank our Foundation supporters, our Foundation Stars volunteers, our Stars fans, the amazing corporate sponsors and Park Place Lexus for helping make this event such a success.”

DJ S.O.U.L Jah entertained the crowd as fans bid on a selection of autographed memorabilia, including jerseys from current and former Dallas Stars players, as well as unique experience packages such as the opportunity to travel with the Stars team to an away game. Guests enjoyed a delicious buffet from III Forks, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Tastings and a diamond bar provided by J. Patrick Diamonds, Inc.
 
Park Place Dealerships supports many charitable organizations throughout the year,” said Jordan Case, President of Park Place Lexus. “but this is definitely one of our favorite events. Our clients enjoyed the party and the exclusive access to the Stars players and coaches. The players seemed to be having as much fun as the fans. And we helped raise a lot of money for the Dallas Stars Foundation, which in turn helps area kids. It’s a win for everyone.”
 
The Dallas Stars Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children in the community through youth hockey programs, youth engagement, and health and education.

“I’ve been to every Stars Casino Night since the first one at Neiman-Marcus downtown in 1999,” said Stars fan Doris Seabolt of Mesquite. “The guys make it a lot of fun. They’re always kidding around with each other and the fans. I wouldn’t miss it!”

The Dallas Stars Foundation was established to serve as a positive force throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth community. The Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children of the community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together members of the community and build a bright future for our youth.
 
Park Place Lexus Plano is located at 6785 Dallas Parkway, on the southwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Spring Creek.

Ken Schnitzer founded Park Place Dealerships in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn. Today, Park Place Dealerships employs more than 2,000 people and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands including Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Infiniti, Volvo, smart, Jaguar, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more information about Park Place Dealerships, visit parkplace.com.

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Clay Shoot 2015.jpg Left to Right: Luke Cione, Chuck Harbison, Chris Lott, Tait Cruse, Carson Cruse, Bob Lewis and Travis Lewis enjoying the 5th Annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot 2015.

The fifth annual Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot returned to the Dallas Gun Club for another year of outdoor fun benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  More than 130 people attended the event, which raised over $54,000 for childhood cancer research and programs implemented by TeamConnor.

“The Clay Shoot has grown every year and we appreciate the dedication and support of such a generous group,” said Kathryn Copple, executive director of TeamConnor. “With every dollar that is raised, we can commit more funding to prominent researchers dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer.”

Sponsors for the event included Northwestern Mutual Dallas, Partners National, Web TPA Employer Services, Sewell, Mark Vehslage, Mullis Newby Hurst LP and Scott & Reid. 

TeamConnor has donated more than $1.8 million to research institutions since it was founded in 2008, following the cancer diagnosis of four-year-old Connor Cruse who lost his battle to cancer in 2009.  

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.  

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the III Forks Golf Classic and Auction Dinner to be held May 1 – 2, 2016; Splash Out Childhood Cancer; National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert and Prayer Vigil; and the Color Me Green 5K. 

In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country. 

For more information on TeamConnor events and how you can become a childhood cancer advocate, please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Children’s Choir of Texas (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 16 at 11:30 a.m. and Texas Boys Choir (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. Singing Girls of Texas (FWAFA) will perform on Wednesday, December 19 at 12:00 p.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Arlington High School will perform on Thursday, December 17 at 12:30 p.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details. 

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Young Women’s Leadership Academy will perform on Monday, December 14 at 11:00 a.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/. 

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.”

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Sundance Square has kicked off the holiday season after officially lighting the Christmas Tree in downtown Fort Worth and now there is a full season of activities scheduled in the plaza. 

Choirs from the Greater Fort Worth area schools will perform on the stage in Sundance Square Plaza every Monday – Thursday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm through December 17. 

Heritage Middle School Choirs will perform on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:00 a.m.

For a complete list of choirs, please visit Sundance Square’s website http://sundancesquare.com/events/holiday-choirs/.

Sundance Square is also launching a free Friday Night Concert Series in the plaza with dates set for December 4, 11, and 18 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. December 4 will feature Gloria and Friends; December 11 Kevin Aldridge and the Appraisers take the stage in the plaza; and Luke Wade, past contender on NBC’s seventh season of The Voice, is slated for Friday, December 18 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Holiday keepsake photos with Santa will be available for only $10 each (cash only) with the proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund established by the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Youth Scholarships. Santa will be in Sundance Square beginning November 22 through December 22. Check www.sundancesquare.com for specific times.

“This year, we have nearly doubled the times Santa Claus will be in Sundance Square Plaza to greet kids of all ages,” said Tracy Gilmour, marketing director at Sundance Square. “We really wanted to shorten the wait time for our smallest guests who are always eager to see Saint Nick. We believe parents will really appreciate the expanded times.” 

The always popular New Year’s Eve festivities in Sundance Square include Professor D as the headliner. The band will take the stage at 10:30 pm and will continue to entertain the crowd until after midnight. Check www.sundancesquare.com for more details.

Sundance Square is a vibrant, award-winning entertainment district spanning 35 blocks in downtown Fort Worth. The multi-use development attracts more than 10 million visitors each year.  A one-acre outdoor plaza features restaurants, shops, water features, stage, four 32-foot umbrellas, and covered seating. For more information about Sundance Square, visit sundancesquare.com or follow the multi-use development on Facebook.com/sundancesquare or Twitter@sundancesquare.

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Pictured from left to right: Courtney Hazlewood, Events Coordinator at TeamConnor; Melanie Corcoran, Gifts Officer at Cook Children’s; Jamie Singer, Executive Director of TeamConnor; and Carri Ann Wantuchowicz, Art’s Program Coordinator at Cook Children’s.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation recently teamed up with Cook Children's to provide support for the hospital’s Creative Artist in Residence Programme (CARPE).  The funds, $6,000, will be used to buy art boxes personalized for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Fort Worth hospital that include paints, canvases, jewelry making materials, books, and musical instruments.

The boxes have proven to be of enormous social and therapeutic benefit to the children and their families by helping them cope with the symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences related to treatment. Once the patient is admitted, the completed boxes are delivered to the child, bringing joy and a much needed distraction during a time that is otherwise unpleasant. 

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2008. TeamConnor raises funds for national childhood cancer research programs, patient programs, and to build awareness of the tremendous need for more research. Less than four percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget supports childhood cancer research. Since TeamConnor’s inception, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through generous donors, golf tournament, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events. For more information, please visit: www.teamconnor.org.

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Pictured from left to right: Alex Beilin, member of TeamConnor Advisory Board; Kathryn Copple, Development Manager at TeamConnor; Lauren Mayberry, Child Life Specialist; Diane Moore, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

TeamConnor Cancer Foundation recently teamed up with Children's Health to provide support for the hospital’s ART Box Program for children undergoing cancer treatments.  The funds, $12,500, will be used to buy art boxes personalized for children undergoing cancer treatment at the Dallas hospital that include paints, canvases, jewelry making materials, books, and musical instruments.

The boxes have proven to be of enormous social and therapeutic benefit to the children and their families by helping them cope with the symptoms, stress, and traumatic experiences related to treatment. Once the patient is admitted, the completed boxes are delivered to the child, bringing joy and a much needed distraction during a time that is otherwise unpleasant.  

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2008. TeamConnor raises funds for national childhood cancer research programs, patient programs, and to build awareness of the tremendous need for more research. Less than four percent of the National Institutes of Health’s budget supports childhood cancer research. Since TeamConnor’s inception, the organization has raised more than $1.7 million through generous donors, golf tournament, auctions, fun runs, and various other fundraising events. For more information, please visit: www.teamconnor.org.