Via the Texas Horsemen’s Partnership:
16th Annual “Stars of Texas … Racing Against the Odds” Raises Over $350,000 for the American Diabetes Association
Grand Prairie, Texas (Friday, May 10, 2013) – Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie kicked off the 2013 Thoroughbred Season by hosting two successful charity fundraising events within the first few weeks of the season.
The American Diabetes Association held its 16th annual “Stars of Texas…Racing Against the Odds” fundraiser Thursday, April 25 at Lone Star Park, raising over $350,000 for the cause.
Each Spring for the past 16 years, Lone Star Park has collaborated with “Stars of Texas…Racing Against the Odds” and the ADA, raising more than $4 million for the fight to stop diabetes and its deadly consequences.
Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, expressed his appreciation for community support of these important causes. “These events are a great success again this year because of continued support from the local community,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “We appreciate all those who gave their time, talent and resources to help sustain the work of the American Diabetes Association. This type of event is an important source of funds to help the ADA win its fight against this debilitating disease.”
John Elliott, C.E.O. of Global Gaming Solutions, LLC made a generous $25,000 donation on their behalf to event co-chairman Randy Galloway, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist and ESPN radio host.
The Chickasaw Nation has long been a leader in diabetes care and prevention. Governor Bill Anoatubby has developed a comprehensive plan to provide long-term solutions to health issues faced by Chickasaw families and other Native Americans. One component of that plan is to supply the education, facilities and services needed to enable children and families to lead healthier lifestyles that help prevent diabetes and other debilitating health problems.
Over 850 guests attended the star-studded event held in Lone Star Park’s newly renovated Silks Dining Terraces. Celebrities on hand for the event included country singers, Charley Pride and Sonny Burgess and former Dallas Cowboys fullbacks, Daryl Johnston and Walt Garrison. Former player and longtime Texas Rangers emeritus, Joe Macko was also on hand along with Texas Rangers front office VIP, Breon Dennis. Former Mayor of Fort Worth, Mike Moncrief was in attendance as well as John David Moritz, owner of Moritz BMW/Cadillac/Mini Cooper of Arlington.
Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation “Welcome Back” Fundraiser
Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation’s annual “Welcome Back” Fundraiser, held April 17, raised approximately $45,000 at this year’s event. At the fundraiser, John Elliott, C.E.O. of Global Gaming Solutions, LLC presented a $15,000 check on their behalf to Foundation President Drew Shubeck, President and General Manager of Lone Star Park.
The Foundation provides grants to other charities and non-profit groups in Grand Prairie so they can continue their own important work providing valuable assistance to organizations that support the Grand Prairie community.
“We believe it is important to support this foundation because the Chickasaw Nation places a high priority on being a good neighbor,” said Mr. Elliott. “This community has welcomed us from the beginning and this is a tangible demonstration of our appreciation.”