Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities Scores For North Texas Youth
By Cynthia Smoot
Photography by Marcy Meeks and Thomas Garza
THE SCENE: The eighth annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational, presented by Healthcare Highways, was recently held at the Omni Dallas Hotel to benefit the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. Activities began with a Friday night gala presented by Albertsons/Tom Thumb. The theme for this year’s gala was Celebrate. Some of the notable guests for the sports fans included Marianne and Roger Staubach, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Daryl Johnston, Nancy Lieberman, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Seema Sadekar, Nate Newton, Torii Hunter and Melissa Rycroft Strickland.
THE VIBE: WFAA’s Dale Hansen served as the evening’s emcee with Bishop T.D. Jakes opening the dinner program in prayer. Legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and real estate icon, Roger Staubach, presented his namesake award, courtesy of Toyota, to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and 2017 Walter Payton NFL Co-Man of the Year Award winner, Larry Fitzgerald, Jr. for his exceptional work with The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports education and recreation for youth, children, and families experiencing health challenges.
At the gala Pat and Emmitt Smith were thrilled to have teens from their flagship, hands-on, one-to-one mentoring program, TEAM 22 and previous scholarship recipients, participate throughout the evening’s ceremony. After a spirited live auction, Emerald City Band took to the stage to cap off an inspiring and entertaining evening. The gala ushered in the celebrity invitational golf tournament the next day hosted at TPC Craig Ranch and sponsored by American Airlines.
THE CAUSE: The event’s honorary chair was Faye C. Briggs and Carmaleta and Otis Felton served as event chairs. Proceeds from the weekend go to Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC), a public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.