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Last Thursday nearly 280 guests attended the 3rd Annual Outlive Yourself Awards at Union Station in downtown Dallas. The event was presented by Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute benefiting Taylor’s Gift Foundation. Honorary Chair and Master of Ceremonies Kristi Nelson of NBC 5 entertained guests throughout the evening with a lineup including co-founders Tara and Todd Storch; Joe Winters, husband of Taylor’s heart recipient and Arnetta Wright, an organ transplant recipient who received the gift of life while being treated at Methodist.

The highlight of the event was celebrating the two amazing honorees: Dr. Tiffany Anthony, a transplant surgeon at Baylor Scott & White, and Terri Maxwell, founder and CEO of Share On Purpose.

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Maxwell. “Everyone can outlive themselves through organ donation. Taylor’s Gift not only raises awareness of the importance of organ donation, but also provides support to the families who have given the ultimate gift after having lost a loved one.”

Proceeds from the event support the mission of Taylor’s Gift – providing financial assistance to families who have given the gift of life. The organization’s Legacy Gift program was established to provide financial assistance to organ donor families. Assisting with needs such as burial expenses, utilities, rent and more, Taylor’s Gift Foundation works to help those who are facing immediate need.

The Outlive Yourself Awards is an opportunity to celebrate those who have made an extraordinary impact and truly embody the “Outlive Yourself” spirit by giving back to others. The event was launched in 2015 and is a special night that seeks to celebrate the lives and actions of inspiring individuals while also supporting the mission and work of Taylor's Gift Foundation.

2017 event sponsors include:

Presenting - Methodist Dallas Transplant Institute

Platinum - NationStar and Patricia Dedman Family Foundation

Silver - Espinosa de los Reyes Family and Southwest Transplant Alliance

Kickoff Reception - Park Place Dealerships

Bronze - Massage Envy

Friends of Taylor's Gift - The Apple Family, Hartman Terilli and Dana Love

Gift of Life - LifeGift

Awards - Tiffany’s

Wine Pull - Ben E. Keith

Kickoff Beer - Four Corners

PR Partner - TrizCom PR

Hotel Partner - The Lumen

Listed - Wilcox Investment Bankers


2017 host committee members include:

Kathy and Patrick Aulson

Robin and Norm Bagwell

Saryn and Jonathan Dietz

Shaley and Javier Espinosa

Karen and Tobin Hartman

Shelly Slater Huffstutter and Clay Huffstutter

Roanne and James Lasater

Lisa and Frank Marshall

Ryan Sienty

Sandi and Dr. Bill Taylor

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Carmen and Lance White

Michelle and Kyle Young

Since its inception in 2010, Taylor’s Gift is on a mission to encourage supporters to “Outlive Yourself.” What does it mean to “Outlive Yourself”? It’s a spirit of giving and a mindset of going above and beyond for others and living selflessly. Taylor’s Gift encourages individuals to register as organ donors as one way to Outlive Yourself.

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Taco Charlton knows his tacos and this year’s National Taco Day, Taco Bueno is giving everyone a reason to celebrate with free crispy beef tacos all day (one per customer).


Sarah Beddoe, CMO of Taco Bueno, said, “We are in high taco season, both on and off the field. It only makes sense to give back to the Bueno customers on the most anticipated holiday of the year.”

Tacos aren’t to be celebrated on one day only. For gameday, Taco Bueno has created the Wholotta Tailgate box. It has the most dippable Bueno items. Each box includes eight Crispy Beef Party Tacos or eight Chicken or Beef Taquitos, four large bags of chips and five large dips, including queso, refried beans, jalapeno ranch, firehouse salsa and Taco Bueno’s signature red salsa.

Last month, Taco Bueno unveiled their wildly popular new $5 Box. This combination box comes with two options:

  • The $5 Muchaco Box includes one beef muchaco, one party crispy beef taco, one party bean burrito, one small bag of chips and queso, and a small drink.
  • The $5 Combo Burrito Box includes one combo burrito, one party crispy beef taco, one party burrito, small chips and queso, and a small drink.
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Last year, Americans ate more than 4.5 billion tacos according to Contributing to that number is the swath of North Texans who have indulged in Soulman’s newest variation in the taco trend, the brisket taco. National Taco Day is Oct. 4. What better way to celebrate than with a visit to Soulman’s?

“Even though we have been in business for more than 42 years, this is the first year we are celebrating National Taco Day with our newest menu addition,” said Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. “After introducing brisket tacos last month, the feedback has been spectacular. It’s another way that we are staying innovative in the kitchen as our company grows.”

The website describes tacos as a culinary fiesta – owing to a variety of savory fillings. In Texas, people love brisket.

Soulman’s brisket taco is made with tender, smoked beef brisket; fire-roasted salsa; and flour tortillas. Priced at just $9.99 for a combination with two 4-ounce sides, this tasty taco is available at all 17 Soulman’s locations for a limited time. Additional solo tacos are available for $3.49 each.

In addition to the roll-out of this limited time offer, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has been leading the charge with continued innovation in the kitchen with several unique twists on classic barbecue dishes, such as the Soul Bowl, named a “must-try” barbeque dish in Dallas by ZAGAT, and Frontier Fries, the dish that Men’s Journal called “one of the most inventive french fries in America.” Soulman’s has expanded its regional franchising initiative and launched a national mail order program where guests and fans of Soulman’s can have signature meals delivered to their front doors.

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Operation Kindness – North Texas’ original and largest no-kill animal care and adoption center – invites the community to gather their furry friends and come out to Operation Kindness’ Dog Day Afternoon. The annual event is the largest festival in Dallas-Fort Worth celebrating dogs and the people who love them, and will be hosted at the Operation Kindness campus in Carrollton.

“Dog Day Afternoon was created as a way to celebrate the bond between dogs and their owners, and to provide a free, fun event for the community to get to know us,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “We are able to introduce some of our animals and get the word out about animal adoption, so that when people are ready to adopt, they’ll think of us.”

This year’s free event, sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Operation Kindness, 3201 Earhart Drive, Carrollton, TX 75006. Admission and parking are free. Highlights include:

  • “Mutt midway” with dozens of vendors selling a wide variety of pet-related merchandise and puppy kissing booth
  • Free microchipping for the first 125 dogs
  • Free “Ask the Vet” tent
  • Low-cost pet vaccines by Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
  • Kona Ice
  • Sweet tea and lemonade provided by Raising Cane’s
  • PopStar Popsicles
  • Pet Psychic and communicator Sandra Larson
  • Photo Booth by Level-Up – take home a photo of your family and pets, props included!
  • Canine contests with ribbons and prizes, including: Best Costume, Stupid Pet Tricks and Best Pooch Smooch

For more information about animal adoption and Dog Day Afternoon, please visit

Founded in 1976, Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill shelter in North Texas. Its mission is to care for homeless cats and dogs in a no-kill environment until each is adopted into responsible homes and to advocate humane values and behavior. In 2016, Operation Kindness celebrated their 40th anniversary and their achievement of saving more than 90,000 animals since their inception. Annually the shelter assists more than 5,000 dogs and cats, caring for an average of 300 animals daily with another 100-150 animals in foster homes.

Join Operation Kindness in their mission to care for homeless animals by becoming a member of the Happy Tails Society. This group of dedicated friends provides a monthly gift to help pay for the medical care, medicine, food, shelter, nurturing and behavior training the pets need to have a second chance at life. Learn more about Operation Kindness at or on Facebook at

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HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Solis Mammography, a specialized provider of mammography and imaging services, have entered into a joint venture agreement to make breast health diagnostic services more accessible and convenient across the greater Houston region. The collaboration will result in 16 local sites by the end of 2018, including the Oct. 2 grand opening of a new dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas.

The collaboration builds on the success of a three-year partnership between Medical City Healthcare (HCA’s North Texas Division) and Solis Mammography at more than a dozen centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

“Understanding the critical importance of preventative screening to overall breast health, we know early detection through high-quality screening is key. We also know that offering easy access, convenient locations, and patient-centric services makes it easier for women to get the preventative care that offers the best possible options for treatment, minimizing the stress, cost, and risks that come with later stage diagnosis,” said Dr. Stephen Nesbit, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division chief medical officer.

The partnership kicks off with three existing locations located in Northwest Houston, Katy and Sugar Land and the opening of the new center in the newly refurbished One Fannin Center located next to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, 7400 Fannin St., Ste. 100. The new space offers more than 6,000 square feet of breast screening and diagnostic 3-D mammography computer-aided detection, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound-guided biopsy, breast MRI, and bone density scanning – all in an environment uniquely designed to promote patient relaxation and peace of mind. Solis Mammography’s research-based brand promise is centered on comfort, convenience, and ease, so that women are more likely to prioritize scheduling annual screening mammography to promote and preserve breast health.

“Solis Mammography and HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division share a common goal to provide high-quality, patient-focused care to the women in the greater Houston area,” said Troy Villarreal, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division CEO. “Together, we will bring a heightened breast health focus to the communities we serve as well as peace of mind that comes from having an exceptional experience.”

Providing radiologist coverage for the centers in the region will be Woman’s Radiology Associates and Rose Imaging Specialists, both under the direction of Solis Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Rose. “I am excited to extend our commitment to clinical excellence in 3D mammography to more women and more locations across the Houston region,” said Rose. “From my own practice, I’ve seen dramatic improvement in early detection and reduced recalls from 3D – providing greater patient care for the women we serve.”

In total, Solis Mammography serves more than 600,000 patients each year. Their patient-centric commitment begins the moment a woman decides to schedule her appointment, and continues through her in-center experience, results, and billing. At every step, dedication to the patient experience is treated with the same respect and priority as clinical accuracy.

Through the new partnership, Houston-area women will have greater access to upgraded technology, research-based clinical protocols, convenient locations, and an enhanced center experience, including:

  • Seamless continuum of care through The Woman’s Hospital of Texas and HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division facilities, if treatment is needed beyond screening and diagnostic imaging;
  • Exceptional clinical accuracy that comes from a dedicated focus on breast specialization (a practice shown to dramatically increase the accuracy of a mammogram);
  • The most advanced technology available, including 3-D mammography (also known as digital breast tomosynthesis), scheduling software, and data management;
  • Warm and welcoming breast imaging centers with decor, music, artwork and aesthetics designed for today’s female consumer; easier ability to book appointments through real-time, 24/7 access to online scheduling;
  • Improved patient conveniences, like ease of center access, convenient locations, free parking, valet parking, tablet registration, complimentary Wi-Fi, and quick turnaround time in the center – typically less than 30 to 40 minutes; fast, exceptionally accurate results by email within 24-48 hours of the visit.

“Solis Mammography began in Texas over 30 years ago, and we’re excited to expand our partnership with HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division. Our mission is to provide an exceptional experience with exceptionally accurate results,” said James Polfreman, CEO and president of Solis Mammography. “Through this quality-focused, patient-centric collaboration, we’ll bring unparalleled, breast-dedicated care to local communities across the greater Houston area.”

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After seeing the total devastation in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey, Massage Envy franchise owner, Brendan McBratney knew that he had to do something.  What he didn’t know at the time was that three employees of Massage Envy locations in Houston lost everything. That’s when he got to work. The past week, he has been busy organizing and recruiting other Dallas-Fort Worth Massage Envy locations to join him. 

Thirteen DFW Massage Envy locations and Sterling Health Center will join together to host Helping Hands for Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive on Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Participating locations will offer three complimentary services with any monetary donation. One hundred percent of the donations collected that day will go to the Massage Envy Houston Displaced Team Member Fund to help them rebuild their lives.

The three services available are:

  • 60-minute customized massage session
  • 60-minute Healthy Skin facial session
  • 30-minute Total Body Stretch session using the Streto Method


“After seeing thousands of good people rush into Houston to rescue people they didn’t even know, I knew we had to do something. Then, after learning that at least forty-four of our Houston Massage Envy teammates lost something, and several that lost everything, our Helping Hands for Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive was put into action,” said event organizer Brendan McBratney who owns three North Texas Massage Envy franchises. “I picked up the phone and got twelve other Dallas-Fort Worth clinics and owners, and Sterling Health Center to agree to the plan. This is a small way to let our Houston Massage Envy team members know we care. It’s the right thing to do.”

This offer will only be available at the participating Dallas-Fort Worth Massage Envy locations and Sterling Health Center on Sept. 20. Those wishing to participate should make their appointment quickly as it is expected to fill up. Contact the participating center directly to book appointment. Throughout the week, the participating centers will be collecting donations as well.

The participating locations are:

Massage Envy Frisco North (214)619-4801 (5105 Eldorado Pkwy Ste. 100, Frisco)

Massage Envy Craig Ranch (214)644-0967 (8950 State Hwy 121 Ste. 340, McKinney)

Massage Envy Stonebriar (972)370-3689 (3685 Preston Rd Ste. 159, Frisco)

Massage Envy Murphy Marketplace (972)354-8888 (223 E FM Rd 544 Ste. 801, Murphy)

Massage Envy Spring Creek (972)516-8888 (6101 Avenue K Ste. 160, Plano)

Massage Envy Hebron @ Old Denton (972)939-6868 (1001 E Hebron Pkwy., Carrollton)

Massage Envy Firewheel Market (972)675-3689 (4430 Lavon Dr Ste. 310, Garland)

Massage Envy Rowlett Crossing (972)463-0101 (4301 Lakeview Pkwy Ste. 600, Rowlett)

Massage Envy Mesquite Crossing (972)681-0101 (1765 N Town E Blvd Ste. 155, Mesquite)

Massage Envy Parkwood (817)281-7200 (5636 N Tarrant Pkwy Ste. 116, Fort Worth)

Massage Envy Arlington Highlands (817)465-3456 (3900 Arlington Highlands Blvd Ste. 125, Arlington) Massage Envy Southlake East (817)421-6727 (100 N Kimball Ave Ste. 108, Southlake)

Massage Envy Fort Worth Hulen (817)732-7200 (3000 S Hulen Ste. 153, Fort Worth)

Sterling Health Center (972)991-9293 (17084 Dallas Pwy., Dallas)


McBratney is no stranger to philanthropy. In 2013, he filled an entire truck with donated goods to help neighbors in Moore, Oklahoma after a horrific tornado blew through the town. He has supported MS Bike Ride, Susan G. Komen, and the Arthritis Foundation to name a few.


For more information on the Hurricane Harvey Relief Drive please contact McBratney’ s Frisco North Massage Envy location at (214) 619-4801.

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For the second year in a row, Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services – will join Dallas’ LGBT+ community as a sponsor of the 34th annual Alan J. Ross Texas Freedom Parade to support, educate and empower Dallas’ LGBT+ identified women in their freedom to make informed decisions regarding breast health. The parade takes place Sunday, Sept. 17, at 2 p.m.

Solis Mammography team members will ride on a custom-made float appropriately themed, “Treating ‘The Girls’ Equally Since 1986!”

According to the American Cancer Society, the LGBT+ community of women has higher rates of breast cancer than heterosexual women. Cancer rates tend to be higher in women who haven’t had children, haven’t breastfed, haven’t used oral contraceptives or who are older when they first give birth. Medical research clearly shows that annual mammograms for women between the ages of 40 and 64 are key, and that the earlier a woman and her physician discover a breast health issue, the better her treatment options are (potentially minimizing or eliminating the more invasive treatments). However, because LGBT+ women have been observed to receive less routine healthcare than other women, including mammograms, the risk for them becomes higher.

According to the American Cancer Society, some of the reasons for the fewer number of checkups with LGBT+ women include:

  • Lower rates of health insurance: Many policies still do not cover unmarried partners, which makes it harder for many individuals in this community to get quality healthcare. (Note: Many screening facilities like Solis Mammography have a value screening program designed to give women without insurance an opportunity to get their annual screening mammogram at a reduced fee.)
  • Discrimination or fear of discrimination: Many women are afraid to tell their doctors about their sexual orientation because they’re afraid it will affect their quality of care. This can make it more difficult to develop a comfortable relationship with a health care provider.
  • Negative experiences: Having negative experiences with doctors or other health care providers can result in some women either putting off routine checkups (like mammograms) or even skipping them altogether. Missing these tests, and the opportunity for early detection, may make it harder to treat and defeat the disease. (Solis’ warm and welcoming approach has reinvented the traditional mammogram experience, with a compassionate, patient-focused approach to mammography.)

“No woman really wants to get a mammogram; what women want is to know that they are healthy,” says James Polfreman, president and CEO of Solis Mammography. “However, annual mammograms offer women peace of mind, either by knowing they are all clear for another year or by finding any concerns at the earliest stage to offer the best treatment options possible. At Solis, we believe that every woman deserves equal access to the best breast health care available.

Join Solis Mammography at the 34th annual Alan J. Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday, Sept. 17. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. at the corner of Wycliff Avenue and Cedar Springs, continues on Turtle Creek Boulevard and finishes on Fairmont Street. For more information about this free event, please visit

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More than 30 percent of all the families served by Heroes for Children, a unique nonprofit organization that provides financial and social assistance to Texas families with a child battling cancer, are located in the Houston area. Break that down that is more than 1,000 families. Families depend on Heroes for Children to help with everyday needs such as mortgage/rent, groceries, gas cards to help them get from one doctor to the next, to name a few. Heroes for Children has been able to be a hero to so many Houston families and is now asking the public to be a Hero by making a donation via text message to 41444 and texting “Heroes4Houston.”  You can then choose your donation amount.

The Category 4 hurricane made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 26, and left a path of devastation across the southeast forcing thousands of Texans to evacuate from their homes. Of those forced to evacuate include families with children undergoing cancer treatments that are unable to get to the hospital for care and may be forced to seek refuge in a shelter, exposing their weak immune systems to unknown threats.

“Our families needs are real. It’s hard enough to imagine losing your home and having to evacuate but adding to that is having a child battling cancer – where their living conditions mean the difference between life and death,” says Larissa Linton co-founder and Executive Director of Heroes for Children. “As the impacted areas slowly begin to recover and rebuild, there are still many unknowns — but we do know that many of the families we serve are struggling to find sterile environments for their children and have limited access to the hospital.”

Heroes for Children plans for an influx of assistance requests from many families who are forced to travel to other facilities (such as Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin) for treatment or postpone treatment, which may cause an even larger financial strain on the family. The nonprofit anticipates many Houston-area families will request assistance to help cover the costs of relocation to DFW for treatment.

Since its inception in 2005, Heroes for Children has helped over 1,700 families with children battling cancer in the Houston area alone. More than 30 percent of the total allocations serve two hospitals in Houston — Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center. This week the roads to Texas Children’s Hospital and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Center have been flooded and completely impassable, outpatient treatment and surgeries are cancelled and children with cancer are in shelters with compromised immune systems.

To help families affected by Hurricane Harvey, Heroes for Children has created a text to donate campaign. To make a donation to Houston families battling cancer by text “Heroes4Houston” to 41444 All the funds raised from this campaign will be used to support Houston area families. For more information please, visit their website:

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Hundreds of pets have been displaced following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, Aug. 26, as a Category 4 hurricane. To help as many animals as possible, Operation Kindness is offering their support in conjunction with the SPCA of Texas and The Humane Society of the United States. The main goal is to prevent overcrowding in affected shelters, as well as collecting food for the Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry at their main location at 3201 Earhart Lane, Carrollton. 

“We have teamed up with the SPCA of Texas and The Humane Society of the United States to help ensure that pets displaced by Hurricane Harvey will have space in local shelters to become reunited with their families,” said Jim Hanophy, CEO of Operation Kindness. “Our aim is to initiate our network of foster families to help relieve overcrowding in the affected shelters and to help find forever homes for the animals that are currently available for adoption.”

Animal shelters in disaster-affected communities are seeking the help of North Texan neighbors in safe zones across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to provide shelter for adoptable pets coming from shelters in the affected areas-- specifically to make room for the influx of pets displaced by the storms and during evacuations. To help with this matter, Operation Kindness is mobilizing its network of trained foster volunteers to take in pets for two-to-four weeks, enabling them to relax and recover from trauma in a loving foster home. Each animal brought to the no-kill animal shelter will receive a medical exam and behavioral evaluation before it is paired with a foster family. Animals that have a clean bill of health and are prepared for adoption will be available immediately.

The Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry is collecting donations of pet food and kitty litter which they will provide to people who evacuated from Southeast Texas to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and have their pets remaining with them. Current needs include:


•        Dry and Canned Dog Food

•        Dry and Canned Cat Food

•        Puppy Food

•        Kitten Food

•        Puppy and Kitten Formula

•        ID Wet

•        KD Wet

•        Cat litter


Citizens can drop off donations at Operation Kindness, located at 3201 Earhart, Carrollton, TX 75006.

For more information and to help Operation Kindness provide relief, please visit

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With summer winding down and school starting up, back-to-school season seems more like busy parent season. North Texas-based iconic Tex-Mex, quick serve restaurant Taco Bueno is breaking the back-to-school blues with record-setting delivery sales and options for busy parents.

“The consumer is changing rapidly,” said CEO Mike Roper. “They’re looking for more speed, better convenience and better quality. We’re growing with the industry. We’re giving folks the food they love and delivering it right to their doorstep.”

Taco Bueno first introduced delivery through third parties in January of this year and has surpassed $1 million in delivery sales. The chain has partnerships with UberEATS, DoorDash, Amazon and Grubhub. Delivery is offered currently in 103 restaurants, including locations in Colorado Springs, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Austin.

Roper continued, “At Taco Bueno, we pride ourselves on giving our customers the highest quality Tex-Mex while constantly looking for innovative new convenience items.”

In addition to their affordable menu items and convenience, Taco Bueno also makes sure parents will never have to worry about the freshness of their food. For the past 50 years, Taco Bueno’s menu items are made with 100 percent fresh, never frozen, ground beef and hand-prepped daily in the kitchen.

To find a store or for more information about mobile delivery, please visit