Written by Sissy Courtney
Celebrities escorted young cancer survivors dressed in spring finery down the catwalk at the 25th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show May 3, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The dark clouds of children’s cancer cleared and the real stars shown through – the kids.
Hailee Russell Aplin, a seventh grader at Irving’s Lamar Middle School, glided down the runway with singer-songwriter Terry McDermott, runner-up on The Voice last season. Hailee sings in the Lamar choir and said she would like to go to the United Kingdom someday, because she likes the accents of the people who live there. McDermott is a Scottish-born American who lives in New Orleans, LA.
McDermott said he has a friend on Twitter who works for one of the sponsors of the event, and she asked him to come.
“She said it was very worthwhile and I said I would be delighted to,” McDermott said. “I saw Hailee’s artwork; it’s very abstract, impressionist, which I love. I’ve read her story, so I was excited to meet her.”
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 15:25
Written by Amanda Casanova
City Council candidates are preparing for another month of campaigning as four contenders head into a June runoff election to claim their seats on the Irving City Council.
The runoff elections for Place 1, where John Danish will face Loren Byers, and Place 2, where Allan Meagher will face Kensley Stewart, will take place on June 15.
In the May 11 election for Place 1, Danish took 49 percent of 593 votes. Byers earned 32 percent. Luis Reyes followed with 11 percent of votes and Juan Martin Ronco, Jr. took about 7 percent.
In the race for Place 2, an at-large position, Meagher received about 38 percent of 4,684 votes. Stewart took about 28 percent of the vote. Rene Castilla managed about 26 percent of votes and Francis Schommer only earned 7 percent of votes.
Gerald Farris won the place 7 seat by default.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 15:10
Written by Will Jukes
Dallas, TX - Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities raised over 1 million dollars for various charities, mostly youth programs, at Dancing with the Smiths on May 10. The event, part of the Smiths' annual celebrity golf tournament, featured an auction of some of Emmitt's outfits from his time on Dancing with the Stars, as well as opportunities to meet the legendary running back in person.
The Smiths are well known for their charitable giving, which tends to support youth programs in North Texas. Now though, they've gone a bit further afield.
“A family friend recommended the camp to them, so they called me up. I talked to Pat and Emmitt without realizing who was talking to at first. It wasn't until later that I realized who they were,” said Steve Baskin, owner and director of Camp Champions.
Camp Champions is a summer camp located on the north-east shore of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson between Austin and San Antonio. In many ways it's not that unusual; parents who send their kids there can rest assured the youngsters will get the classic summer camp experience, sunburns and all.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 15:09
Written by Sissy Courtney
Dallas, TX - At the 25th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show, young cancer survivor Natasha Green, a six-year-old from Coppell, modeled a white spring frock May 3, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Natasha was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
Natasha’s outfit reflected her sense of style and personality because she picked it out. She joined 36 other children who took part in the annual fundraiser. Fashions were donated by Dillard’s, and each child got to keep the items they chose to model.
Money donated at the event supports research for cures of childhood cancer and helps find ways to minimize the long-term effects of treatment to give children like Natasha a happier and healthier life.
When it was Natasha’s turn to strut down the runway, she was pushed on stage atop a brown truck by two employees of United Parcel Service (UPS) dressed in their trademark brown. They presented her with a sparkling tiara.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 15:08
Written by Amanda Casanova
Coppell school district officials are moving forward with plans for more 70 projects for the district after voters approved a $79.5 million bond package at the May 11 election.
Of 2,587 votes, residents cast 1,638 ballots, or 63 percent, in favor of the bond, according to results. About 37 percent, or 949 people voted against the multi-million dollar bond package. The bond package is a four-year spending plan with 74 projects for all Coppell Independent School District campuses.
Within the package is a proposal for $27 million in renovations to Coppell High School, such as expanding the school’s gym and the athletic field house.
Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 14:57
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