The Dallas Morning News

Ex-Cowboys step up for cancer fund

- HOLLY HABER hhaber@dallasnews.com

Honorary chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are working to help the Children’s Cancer Fund gross more than $1 million at its annual gala April 21 at the Hilton Anatole. The event will be packed with musical and dance entertainm­ent, and the finale is a Dillard’s-sponsored fashion show featuring child cancer patients and survivors escorted by members of the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleade­rs, Dallas Fire-Rescue and other organizati­ons.

Event chair Pamela Moayedi said her personal experience with a tumor “has made me so much more passionate about helping children in that kind of situation.”

Proceeds fund cancer research and patient care at Children’s Medical Center. Donors include: $100,000: Centurion American. $50,000: Texas de Brazil. $25,000: Jennifer Stroud Foundation, Marianne and Roger Staubach, and the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center.

$15,000: Emergency physicians at Presbyteri­an Hospital.

$10,000: Troy Aikman, Aimbridge Hospitalit­y, Albertsons­Tom Thumb, American Airlines, Lisa and Clay Cooley, Headington Cos. and Swift Transporta­tion.

$5,000: Benchmark Mortgage, Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo LLP, Fischer, the Kitchell/Leete family, Kroger, The McCullough Foundation and Relief Institute-Greg Young.

Media sponsors are KTVT-TV (Channel 11)/KTXA-TV (Channel 21) and My Sweet Charity.

To get $300 tickets and informatio­n, call 972-664-1450 or visit childrensc­ancerfund.com/gala.

TACA’s widened mission

The Arts Community Alliance is marking its 50th anniversar­y by expanding its mission to include support for the visual arts, arts projects with social impact and the overall artistic scene.

A leading funder of North Texas performing arts, TACA is creating a social impact fund for projects that bring the arts to underserve­d communitie­s and link different sectors through collaborat­ions and partnershi­ps.

It is also launching a campaign to nurture new arts organizati­ons and attract all kinds of creative people to Dallas.

“TACA is deeply committed to an expansive arts vibrancy in North Texas,” said board chair Donna Wilhelm.

Grant criteria will be published late this year, and letters of intent are due Feb. 1. The first funds for visual arts programs will be awarded in January 2019.

Daredevils for veterans

Fundraisin­g is not for the faint of heart. Nine socially prominent women who have never sky-dived will take the plunge May 3 to benefit nonprofits serving veterans and first responders.

The daredevils are Mary Humphreys Parker, Tanya Foster, Amy Turner, Mary Meier-Evans, Lynn McBee, Lisa Shirley, Mary Martha Pickens, Louise Griffeth and Jenna Jackson. Each plans to raise at least $10,000.

The stunt at Skydive Spaceland Dallas was organized by the Birds Eye View Project, which supports the needs of wounded veterans and emergency personnel.

To support the cause, visit birdseyevi­ewproject.org.

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