On Friday, May 3, 2019, Pat and Emmitt Smith celebrated their 10th Annual Celebrity Invitational at the Omni Hotel in Frisco, TX. The gala presented by title sponsor, Healthcare Highways commemorated a brilliant decade of community service and philanthropy by the Pat & Emmitt Charities in North Texas. Created from the couple’s enduring commitment to mentoring underserved students with an opportunity to nurture their growth into becoming tomorrow’s visionaries, the charity has impacted the lives of thousands of children by providing grants, scholarships and other resources to reach their fullest potential. Now in its 10th year, the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $9.2 million dollars.

Roger and Marianne Staubach

Roger and Marianne Staubach

Legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and real estate icon, Roger Staubach, and his wife, Marianne, served as Honorary Chairs with Mahisha and John Dellinger serving as the 2019 Event Chairs for the star-studded soiree hosted by Good Morning America’s, Robin Roberts.

Marianne and Roger Staubach, Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki, Pat and Emmitt Smith

Marianne and Roger Staubach, Dirk and Jessica Nowitzki, Pat and Emmitt Smith

The celebration began with a red-carpet arrival and cocktail hour, followed by dinner, live auction and after-party kicked off by Dallas’ iconic band, Emerald City. The evening’s special guests included sports icons and entertainment luminaries such as Eric Dickerson, Eddie George, the new Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, Torii Hunter, Christopher “Kid” Reid of Kid ‘N Play, John Rocker, Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Bruce Smith, Joe Torry, and Everson Walls. Local notables in attendance included Tina and David Craig, Dawn and Jon Mellon, Dee Lincoln and husband, Mike Ruley, Cheryl “Action” Jackson, Donna Richardson, Claudia, and Tony Habeeb, and Joyce and Jerry Morrison.

Ananias Hayes and Lauren Marks receive scholarships from Pat and Emmitt Smith

Ananias Hayes and Lauren Marks receive scholarships from Pat and Emmitt Smith

Thanks to the many sponsors including, Dee Lincoln Prime, Brown-Foreman Herradura, E Smith Advisors, and Waste Management,  the evening was a huge success raising $1.1 million dollars that will benefit Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.

Team 22 students

Team 22 students

Each year, one of the many highlights of the gala is the designation of awards given to community leaders using their platforms to support others. The Roger Staubach Award recognizes sports and or entertainment professionals who positively impact the lives of children by creating opportunities for today’s youth. It was a special moment when Roger Staubach personally presented this year’s honor to Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki in acknowledgment of the amazing work they have done through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.

Mahisha and John Dellinger, 2019 Event Chairs

The Changemaker Award was given to LaTorsha and LaDainian Tomlinson for their efforts to enhance the lives of deserving families through education, social and culture awareness, and positive self-esteem through their organization, Team America.

10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Gala at Omni Frisco Ballroom

10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Gala at Omni Frisco Ballroom

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities also recognized long term donors and friends who have stood by them since the beginning: Dee Lincoln, David, and Tina Craig and Lamonte Thomas for their unwavering support over the past ten years with the All-Star Partner Award.

Michael Rasa, Marcus Allen, Brad Rasa and Paul Rasa

Michael Rasa, Marcus Allen, Brad Rasa and Paul Rasa

The amazing evening did not end there, on May 4th, the following day at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, players were paired with sports and entertainment celebrities for a chance to compete for bragging rights and prizes followed by an afternoon award ceremony. 

After 10 years of service and philanthropy,  Pat and Emmitt Smith charities have created a legacy of giving that will long be remembered in the hearts of their community and friends.

For more information, visit www.emmittsmithcelebrityinvitational.com

Photo Credit: Ada Lee Photography, Marcy Meeks and Axxess

Deve Sanford, Publisher of Upscale Living Magazine DALLAS Edition and Ron Sanford

Upscale Living Editor, Deve Sanford and Ron Sanford

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Deve Sanford

Influenced by her international upbringing and travels, the importance of being culturally aware resonated with Deve at an early age and continues to lead her down her career path. After receiving her degree from Southern Methodist University in Fine Art, Foreign Language and Business, Deve has worked in various career sectors and is currently a partner in a thriving international distribution company and actively curates art exhibitions worldwide. Creating a solid career reputation and building on her success she began incorporating more of her personal aspirations into her life and now dedicates her free time in supporting organizations that transforms the lives of women and children in developing countries and continually participates in the encouragement of cultural art exchange platforms that give artists the opportunity to exhibit internationally.

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