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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.

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Raymond C. Jordan, Jr.

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation announced Raymond C. Jordan, Jr. has joined the Dallas-based non-profit’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Jordan will provide direction for the organization and support TeamConnor’s long-term mission to fund research for childhood cancers and patient programs, as well as generate more awareness about childhood cancer.

Ray Jordan is a CPA and an estate and business planning attorney with more than thirty-five years of experience. He is the founding partner of the law firm, Jordan, Houser and Flournoy, which has offices in Dallas and Frisco. He brings his knowledge in tax, accounting, and law to TeamConnor.

TeamConnor has provided more than $1.7 million in grants to the top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers. The organization has also funded art activity boxes for cancer patients at Cook Children’s, Children’s Health and Children’s Medical Center Dallas. 

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 (May), Splash Out Childhood Cancer (July), National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert (September) and the Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot in November. In addition, TeamConnor’s national Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research. More information on this program can be found at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org.

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

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Color Me Green 5K - Frisco Square

On October 3rd, the Frisco Square will be transformed into a Green Square for childhood cancer awareness. The 4th Annual Color Me Green 5K & Caterpillar Dash 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 & Caterpillar Dash kicks off with a 7:30 a.m. registration and pre-race warm-up, along with a ‘get green’ tent. The Caterpillar Dash one mile fun run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5k at 8:30 a.m. A Green Party and Awards ceremony begin at 9:30 a.m. with a video game truck, face painting, bounce house, snacks and music.

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

Sponsors include Baylor Frisco Medical, Michael Johnson Performance Center, Dimples Cupcakes, Satterwhite Media, Dr Pepper/Snapple, The Egg and I, Market Street, Chris Vogeli, Athleta, POParella’s Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, Snuffers, Pizzeria Testa, Epic Carts, and Focused Family Care of Prosper and Massage Therapists Kristen Burton Moseley and Kim McLaughlin.

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Concert September 12, Northwestern Mutual 5th Annual Clay Shoot November 5 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner on May 3-4, 2016.  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 $1.7 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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Concerts By The Creek

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is hosting a free concert September 12 in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, located at US 75 and Bethany in Allen, to promote National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Neo Camerata, the unique multi-cultural classical band, will perform from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, September 12, in conjunction with Concerts by the Creek in Watters Creek. Neo Camerata’s “new classical” sound has people buzzing on both the classical and pop sides of the music business.  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 Neo Camerata. 

“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 need more awareness regarding the devastating impact that cancer has on children. The drugs used to treat children were developed for adults. With more awareness and funds, we can encourage researchers to find new treatments specifically for children battling cancer.”

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the Texas Rangers’ Childhood Cancer Awareness Night September 16; Color Me Green 5K October 3; Northwestern Mutual 5th Annual Clay Shoot November 5 and the III Forks Golf Classic & Auction Dinner on May 3-4, 2016.  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 $1.7 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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TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation and PINSTACK Bowl are teaming up to raise awareness and help fund research to find a cure for childhood cancers.  TeamConnor Back-To-School Bash will be held 12:00 pm Saturday, August 15th at PINSTACK Bowl in Plano.    

“Good things are happening for TeamConnor and we are delighted to partner with PINSTACK Bowl for our first Back-To-School Bash,” said Joy Cruse, founder of TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  “With school just around the corner, this event will give families a fun opportunity before the end of summer while supporting the fight against childhood cancer.”

PINSTACK Bowl is a unique dining and entertainment destination operated by Entertainment Properties Group, Inc. and ranked one of D’s Best.  Tickets to the Back-To-School Bash are $50 and must be purchased at TeamConnor.org.  Admission for this event includes:   

  • Full-service buffet including Iced Tea, Water, and Soft Beverage Service
  • Use of Private Bowling Lanes for 3 hours
  • 2 Hours Unlimited Attractions (rock climbing, high ropes course, laser tag, bumper cars, laser maze)
  • 2 Hours Unlimited Non-Prize Video Games
  • 40 Point Player Card to use toward ticket/prize games

In addition to the Back-To-School Bash, TeamConnor hosts several other events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer research, including the4thAnnual National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert at Watter’s Creek September 12th; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash Oct 3 and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot on November 5. TeamConnor’s Coins for Kids with Cancer® program raises funds in schools, churches, offices and organizations across the country to help fund childhood cancer research.

Every year, more than 10,000 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 impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Kathryn Copple Development Manager for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has named Kathryn Copple as Development Manager.  Copple has more than nine years experience working with event planning, client relationship management and fundraising. As the Development Manager, Copple will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with donors, managing event logistics and processes and developing proposals for all foundation fundraising and grants.  

“Childhood cancer kills more children each year than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDs combined; yet, the National Cancer Institute only allocates less than four percent of its budget to pediatric cancer,” said Copple, Development Manager of TeamConnor.  “As an advocate and face for childhood cancer, I am hoping to further TeamConnor’s mission, bring awareness and raise more funds for childhood cancer research.”

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.

“Kathryn comes to TeamConnor with a background that will help us reach more donors and sponsors,” said Jamie Singer, Executive Director for TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “As one of the leading causes of deaths among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research.  Therefore, it’s imperative we continue to raise the bar that will eventually lead us to a cure for childhood cancer. Kathryn is a perfect fit in this fight against childhood cancer.”

In 2014, TeamConnor provided more than $360,000 in grants to five top research hospitals in the United States conducting cutting edge research of childhood cancers.  The organization has donated more than $1.7 million to research hospitals since its inception.

Every year, more than 12,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. 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 Splash Out Childhood Cancer, July 16, National Childhood Cancer Awareness Concert, September 12, Color Me Green 5K & Caterpillar Dash, October 3 and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot, November 5. 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. More information on this program can be found at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org.

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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The III Forks Golf Classic Auction & Dinner benefiting TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation raised a record $365,000 for the fight against the number one disease killer of children, cancer.

Local media personality Amy Vanderoef hosted the III Forks Golf Classic auction dinner while joined by 660-AM The Answer talk radio personality Mark Davis as Master of Ceremonies.  Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor and NFL Hall of Fame 96’ member Mel Renfro and his wife served as Honorary Co-Chairs.  The live auction was full of exciting items such as trip to Napa Valley filled with VIP tours and tastings, Lajitas Golf Resort getaway, dinner in your home with Top Chef Tre Wilcox, Lexus of Champions for Charity National Championship at Pebble Beach, California, a Texas Rangers suite, and a seven-night stay at a Beach House in Seacrest, Florida.

III Forks was the title sponsor with Northwestern Mutual – Dallas the presenting sponsor for the 2015 III Forks Golf Classic. Additional sponsors included Park Place Lexus Plano, Partners National, Bang Whitetail Ranch, Alex Beilin, Benefits Texas, Scott & Reid General Contractors, Allgoods, EmCare, UnitedHealthcare, Northwestern Mutual Allen, Anchor Distilling Co., Jordan, Houser & Flournoy, LLP; Rick & Beck Welday, Mark Vehslage, Wing Stop, Charles Armstrong, Richard Asel, Scott & Candy Lane, Ben E. Keith, Gleneagles Country Club and Satterwhite Media.

More than 200 players came out to support the battle against childhood cancer at the golf tournament held at the prestigious Gleneagles Country Club in Plano.  Last year’s event raised more than $325,000, which helped fund numerous grants for cancer research projects across the country.   The TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in funding for research and patient programs to date. 

TeamConnor hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds for childhood cancer research, including the 4th Annual Splash Out Childhood Cancer at Hawaiian Falls The Colony July 16, the National Childhood Cancer Awareness Prayer Vigil and Concert September 12; Color Me Green 5K and Caterpillar Dash October 3; and Northwestern Mutual Clay Shoot November 5.  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.

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 impact the lives of those affected by childhood cancer please visit teamconnor.org or find us at Facebook.com/TeamConnor.

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Miller Elementary Coins for Kids With Cancer Photo by Mary Jane Coker - Back Row – Madeline Greenblatt, Jude Nicholaidis, Anusha Ali, Jamie Singer, Joy Cruse, Suzanne Hart, Jackson Shuey, Jenna Moon as Sally and Front Row - Georgia Foerster, Lexie Creevy
Miller Elementary, a Plano Independent School District school located in Richardson, collected more than $3,276 in the school’s 4th annual Coins for Kids with Cancer campaign.  An anonymous donor matched the amount raised by the kindergarten through 5th grade classes that resulted in more than $6,552 raised for childhood cancer research. 
 
The fundraiser is designed to encourage kids to learn the importance of giving back and how their participation can have an impact in the battle against childhood cancer.  Coins for Kids with Cancer is a program benefiting the Dallas-based non-profit, TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation.  For more information on how to start a Coins for Kids with Cancer drive visit our website at www.coinsforkidswithcancer.org or Facebook.com/TeamConnor.