Children's Medical Center Foundation
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September 2016
North Texas Giving Day
Look for the Red Balloon on September 22

North Texas Giving Day is right around the corner, and so is your opportunity to be part of the largest single day of giving in the U.S.

From 6 a.m. to midnight next week, donations of $25 or more made through can be multiplied through the Communities Foundation of Texas, which offers more than $2 million in bonus funds and prizes to nonprofits with the most donors.

Plan now to “get up and give” on Sept. 22 to Children’s Health, which provides unsurpassed clinical care and conducts research on many childhood disorders, most of which needs supplemental philanthropic funding to move toward new treatments. Child Life, which includes pet-assisted therapy, art and music therapy, the Funnyatrics clown program and other programs that not only make hospital stays easier but medical outcomes better, is also dependent on philanthropy to continue treating the heart and soul of kids.

Make life better for children on Sept. 22 by choosing Children’s Medical Center Foundation via the North Texas Giving Day website. In just six years, some $119 million has been pumped into the North Texas community. Last year alone, more than 118,000 gifts totaling $33 million benefited more than 2,022 nonprofits. Please put Children’s Health at the top of that list this year, and make a gift on Sept. 22.

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Going once, going twice, sold to a supporter of Children’s!

  Children Helping Children Tennis Tournament
Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to participate in Children’s Medical Center Foundation’s online auction, which is open now. This special auction is aligned with the 26th annual Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament, presented by GEICO, which benefits the Pauline Allen Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center.

Support our patients and bid on wonderful items in the comfort of your home. The auction closes Sept. 21 at noon, so take a peek at the auction catalog to choose among many unique items, as well as restaurant gift cards, hotel packages and entertainment experiences.

Refer your friends and bid often. Every bid supports the Children’s Medical Center Foundation mission to make life better for children.

Handprints and Hope for cancer patients

  Hyundai Hope on Wheels
Four years ago, physician-scientist Dr. Kenneth Chen and his colleagues at Children’s Medical Center turned surgically removed kidney tumors – once threats to life – into new sources of information on cancer. They sequenced the genes of dozens of tumors, and now Dr. Chen will build on their discoveries with a new $150,000 Hyundai Hope On Wheels grant.

Dr. Chen, a pediatric oncologist at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and an assistant instructor of pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was named a Hyundai Young Investigator during a special handprint ceremony. Several current and former patients were invited to dip their hands in paint and put their palms on a white 2016 Hyundai Tucson to commemorate their fight against the disease.

The Young Investigator grants fund research projects designed to improve the treatment and quality of life for children with cancer. This year, Hyundai will award more than $13 million in new pediatric cancer grants. Since 1998, the program has funded $115 million in research to Children’s Oncology Group member institutions nationwide.

Read more about Dr. Chen and his research, and view a photo gallery of the handprint ceremony.
Shake it up, baby
  Shake Shack
Dallas now has its very own Shake Shack, and Children’s Health has its own signature “concrete.” Appropriately dubbed Pearl & Pecan, each purchase of the confection, made up of vanilla custard with salted caramel sauce, pecans and chocolate toffee, generates a 5 percent donation to Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

The New York-city-based burger icon officially debuted this month in Uptown at the Crescent. The hottest burger joint in the country, which got its start as a hotdog cart outside Madison Square Garden, is known for its all-natural burgers, chicken sandwiches, hotdogs and crinkle-cut fries. But it’s their signature concretes that keep patrons coming back.

Stop by the Crescent and order a Pearl & Pecan with a clear conscience, and know that your indulgence is doing good for kids at Children’s Medical Center.
Fall into the Women’s Auxiliary and join the fun
  Kid in fall foliage
The busy fall season is upon us, and the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center is wrapping up its annual membership campaign. Don’t miss out on Deck the Halls, Breakfast with Santa, Santa’s Workshop, the Children’s Health Parade and other fun and rewarding holiday activities.

Join the Auxiliary in its efforts to raise funds and awareness for Children’s by joining today. As a member you can participate in meaningful volunteer activities, programs and special events, including Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show, Family Night at Six Flags and more. Your dues and other fundraising support provide uplifting activities for patients, support and recognition to the dedicated hospital staff, and funds for hospital priorities, high-need programs and critical research initiatives.

Annual membership dues are $50 at the Friend Level and $100 at the Patron Level. Lifetime memberships are available for a one-time only payment of $1,000.

Join this 800-member-strong organization today, and help make life better for children. To learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary or to become a member this year, please visit
Planning for the future
If you are aged 70½ or older, you can direct charitable gifts of up to $100,000 per year from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) on a totally tax-free basis. These amounts are able to count toward your required minimum distribution for the year. For more information, please contact your personal advisor or us.
Upcoming Events

Heart of Gold 16th Annual Golf Classic

October 13, 2016
Join the Heart of Gold Foundation for its 16th Annual Golf Classic at The Golf Club of Dallas (2200 West Redbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75232) and help bring a smile to a child.  Bring your friends, spouses, and spouses' friends to play in a golf tournament at an exceptional location, with proceeds helping to send Children’s Medical Center heart patients to a week-long summer camp. For only $225 per player or $900 per team, you can spend the day on the links and feel good about supporting our Heart Center patients. Please visit to sign up yourself or your team.


Children’s Cancer Fund Dallas Duck Derby

October 22, 2016
Adopt a duck on Oct. 22, and watch your yellow rubber ducky compete against 10,000 other contenders floating down the Trinity River. The splashiest fun-raiser in Dallas is racing to raise money for pediatric cancer research at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center. For $5, you can adopt a lone duck; for $25, you can adopt a Family Quack Pack, or you can adopt even more at other levels. The grand prize for the owner of the swiftest swimmer is $100 a week in free groceries from Whole Foods. Other prizes include a flat-screen TV, large Green Egg, Apple watch, or a cruiser bicycle. Ducks can be purchase online at or until 1:15 p.m. the day of the event. The fun begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 22 and continues until 2 p.m. at the Dallas Continental Bridge and West Dallas Gateway. In addition to the main event, there will be bounce houses, musical acts, face painting and food vendors.


Les Femmes du Monde Couple of the Year

October 25, 2016
We invite you to join Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas civic leader Mary Lee Cox for the 2016 Couple of the Year Awards Dinner, honoring Nancy and W. Herbert Hunt. Benefiting Children’s Health and World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Oct. 25 evening at Dallas Country Club will celebrate the Hunts and their contributions to both Les Femmes du Monde and other nonprofits in the community. Tables are still available.


Breakfast with Santa

December 3, 2016
The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Dallas is honored to present the 28th Annual Breakfast with Santa, a charity event benefiting Children’s Medical Center. Celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends, and join us for a morning full of holiday cheer! Festivities include photographs with Santa Claus, face painting, balloon artists, character appearances, clowns, magicians and much more. Breakfast with Santa begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at the historic Adolphus Hotel. The annual event is followed by the legendary Children’s Health Holiday Parade. Sponsorships for this magical event range from $150 to $15,000, and individual event tickets are $85 per person (regardless of age). More details coming soon to purchase online sponsorships and event tickets. For additional information, contact


Santa’s Workshop

December 4, 2016
Step into a winter wonderland with the Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano. Santa’s Workshop is from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at the Westin Stonebriar. Come enjoy holiday activities with your family, including kid-friendly crafts, sweet treats and magical fun with Santa’s elves from the North Pole. Delight in holiday entertainment and appearances by Mrs. Claus and performances from "The Nutcracker." Tickets are $25 per adult and $20 per child (regardless of age) and will be available for online purchase starting October 1, 2016. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000. If you have questions, please email


Family Night at Six Flags

April 7, 2017
Mark your calendars and get ready for a night of family fun at the 49th Family Night at Six Flags Over Texas benefiting Children’s Medical Center. The highly anticipated annual tradition hosted by the Women’s Auxiliary will be held Friday, April 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. ¬†until midnight. From thrilling rides to family rides to first-class entertainment, there is something for everyone in the 212-acre park.


Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show

April 20, 2017
The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center Plano will host the 5th annual Legacy of Love Benefit & Fashion Show Thursday, April 20, 2017. Legacy of Love features an evening filled with gourmet food, great entertainment and a luxury raffle. This annual runway show celebrates the latest fashions and trends with special models, including Children’s patients. Individual tickets to the event will be available for purchase online February 2017. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,500. If you have questions, please email


Red Balloon Run & Ride

April 22, 2017
Save the date for next year’s Red Balloon Run & Ride on the Children’s Medical Center Plano campus. More than $700,000 was raised at the 2016 event, which was attended by more than 15,000 walkers, runners, riders and supporters. View photos from this year’s event.