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This is your opportunity to be a hero for kids with cancer!

There’s going to be a St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate,  you have a wonderful chance to be a part of the excitement.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. What began as a challenge between friends has grown into the world’s fastest growing volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research. Beginning back in 2000, the foundation has clearly caught-on and is really making a difference.

Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Since 2000, more than 147,000 volunteers — including over 12,000 women — have shaved in solidarity with children with cancer at events in dozens of countries and every U.S. state. 

If you choose to support a participant or team at the event, your name will appear on their donor list. To support the event in general and appear on the event donor list, please go to the event’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE and click “Make a Donation” to give online, or you can also donate by phone or through the mail.

Do not miss the event. Be sure to be at Milo Butterfinger’s (5645 Yale Blvd Dallas, TX 75206) on March 30th at 4:00 pm to be apart of the fun with an amazingly good and life-saving cause.

For those of us with small kids, or even not-so-small kids, the Saturday birthday party can be a bit of a beating and can absolutely throw a wrench into any well-meaning plans of getting something productive around the house done (even if we were likely never going to get to that pesky project, anyways.) Screaming kids, ringing video games, creepy, large singing mice and general sensory overload can really bring a frown to a parent’s face, if we’re all being honest here (we are, aren’t we?).

For many of us possessors of the BestBuzz App, we have found a different, and less stressful way of helping our children celebrate birthdays, whether it be their own, or the celebration for one of their tiny friends: Bounce U.

The well-trained staff of each Bounce U knows how to operate the well-oiled party machine they possess, ultimately taking the headache of having to handle everything away from the parent. Imagine, just hanging out while your kids bounce and play in the indoor, bounce-eriffic playrooms before heading to another party room for pizza, goodies and presents – all in the span of a quick hour or two.

Be sure to use the BestBuzz App to it’s fullest and you can see what I mean for yourself. Go to http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bestbuzz/id405561566?mt=8 to read more about the App and download it FOR FREE, for yourself.

A while back I told you guys about our involvement with Children Helping Children and the upcoming tennis tournament. Today I heard from tennis player and fundraiser extraordinare, Nina Quirk. Nina, now 16, has been participating in the Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament since she was 11.

Her reasons for participating and how she’s raised an extraordinary amount of money are expressed here, eloquently, in her own words:

I participated in my very first Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament at age 11. I can remember how I thought the idea of helping children and doing something I love seemed like a pretty sweet deal.

At the Kick-Off event, the night before the tournament, I received a medical wristband with a child’s name on it and the particular battle this child was facing. I wore the wristband for the entire tournament and realized I was playing for much more than winning a tennis tournament; I was playing in honor of Adrian. I made it to the finals that year and came in 2nd place. The honor was great, but when I came home and placed that wristband on my desk, I knew that wasn’t the most important part of that event. I raised $265 that year and instantly decided that I was going to come back the next year and try to raise more.

I am now 16 years old and have been playing in this tournament for the last five years. With the support and loyalty of family and friends, I have been able to raise more than $16,000 to date for Children’s Medical Center.

This year, in addition to my usual fundraising efforts, I decided that fundraising is something that can be accomplished in many ways. I was passionate about doing something that involved my friends and my school. I decided to start a club at The Hockaday School that I named: “Pocket Full of Daisies.” I recruited friends at our annual club fair and made a goal of having at least one clothing re-sale drive per year to benefit Children’s. The club met and collected gently-used clothing, toys and other children’s items to be organized and sold at the beginning of the summer. We managed to raise $630 on one very HOT day! I am proud of this club and hope to leave a legacy at my school for others to continue long after I graduate.

Another simple effort I made this year was to collect all of the spare change in my home during the year – $170! This made me realize it does not take very much effort to make a difference. I know that Children’s is grateful for my efforts and it makes me feel good to give back.

In my free time I also volunteer in one of the playrooms at Children’s. It is very rewarding for me to meet and spend time with these precious children. I enjoy playing with them, doing craft activities or simply talking with them. I am looking forward to the 2010 tournament and receiving my wristband. I will wear it with pride knowing that I have contributed, in some way, to making life better for children who are facing medical challenges.

There are several ways you can help raise money to support the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center, which is nationally recognized for its treatment programs for children with cancer, sickle cell, blood disorders and other diseases:

GET SPONSORS!

Visit www.childrens.com/tennis and create your own fundraising page.

Send your link to family and friends and track your donations online.

Take your sponsor form everywhere you go and tell people you are raising money for Children’s. Be sure to collect all of your donations before the tournament.

MAKE A DONATION!

If we all pitch in a little together, we can make BIG things can happen, and we greatly appreciate ANYTHING you can donate to help support this great event…$5 or $50, it all adds up.

Please go here to make your donation:  http://bestoftexas.com/promotion/childrensmedicalcenter/

For detailed information about how your child can play in the event, please call 214-456-8360 or go towww.childrens.com/tennis.

Best of Texas family member, Sharon Layne, serves on the Executive Committee of Children Helping Children. Other Best of Texas family members working with this charity include Sharon’s husband, Bud, who acts as a volunteer, while daughters Carrie and Lindsay offer their creative services. For me, it’s more of a personal thing, many years ago, I lost a young family member to aplastic anemia. Needless to say, Best of Texas has a vested interest in seeing this amazing and worthwhile charity succeed.

On September 25 and 26, more than 500 junior singles tennis players will serve up their best game at the 20th annual Children Helping Children Junior Singles Tennis Tournament. Held at High Point Tennis Center in Plano, the tennis tournament is held at the raises money to support the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children*s Medical Center. One in four Texas children with cancer are treated at Children*s.

A kickoff party will be held on September 24 at the Plano Convention Centre 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. This family-friendly event will include a DJ, auction, carnival and cool prizes.

Would you like to know how you can help?

There are several ways you can help raise money to support the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Medical Center, which is nationally recognized for its treatment programs for children with cancer, sickle cell, blood disorders and other diseases:

GET SPONSORS!

Visit www.childrens.com/tennis and create your own fundraising page.

Send your link to family and friends and track your donations online.

Take your sponsor form everywhere you go and tell people you are raising money for Children’s. Be sure to collect all of your donations before the tournament.

MAKE A DONATION!

If we all pitch in a little together, we can make BIG things can happen, and we greatly appreciate ANYTHING you can donate to help support this great event…$5 or $50, it all adds up.

Please go here to make your donation:  http://bestoftexas.com/promotion/childrensmedicalcenter/

For detailed information about how your child can play in the event, please call 214-456-8360 or go to www.childrens.com/tennis.

Story Book House Owners Kristine and Matthew Abramowitz have opened an independent children’s book and arts boutique, “We realized that Dallas was missing a children’ s book boutique, that special place where young readers can find a picture book they love as well as meet the incredible authors and illustrators they admire. We have found that a child who meets one of their favorite authors and illustrators can be positively inspired to read and explore their own creativity.”

Located at 2925 Fairmount Street in Uptown Dallas, The Story Book House offers a unique space that transports the art collector and book lover into a magical world. One enters through the Spanish style gates and into The Story Book House which boasts beautiful hand carved wood and marble inlays. In addition, elaborately carved laurel wreaths and lion sconces over look the story time room where children can enjoy free story time every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10:30. The Story Book House boasts six unique rooms, each teeming with a wonderful selection of children’s picture books, clever book gift baskets, toys, contemporary art and original children’s book illustrations from classic artists such as Eric Carle to the hysterically whimsical illustrations of David Catrow.

Upcoming events include:

“The Art of Dr. Seuss – Rare Editions Event”
Opening Exhibition with Dr. Seuss Artist representative

This exhibition will offer for sale the most highly sought after pieces in the Seuss collection.

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 12 Noon -10 PM

8 PM Presentation by Jeff Schuffman, Artist Representative, The Art of Dr. Seuss

Exhibition concludes September 8, 2010