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Les Cockrell: Fundraiser sets record in donations, ticket sales

The folks at Texas Cowboys Against Cancer recently reported that their fourth fundraiser to benefit people diagnosed with cancer resulted in record donations and ticket sales.

They also announced plans for this year’s fundraiser, advising supporters to circle Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 on their calendars.

The fundraisers feature a series of events including team roping, mutton bustin’ and barrel racing, along with auctions, dining and dancing.

Ticket sales for the 2012 event hit 450, a 68 percent increase over 2011, and funds generated by the various activities resulted in $46,000 being distributed to three recipients, said Joe Powell, president of the organization.

The 2012 competitions drew 195 roping teams and 90 barrel racers. The organization also added a barrel race, a boutique and a live auction last year.

The fifth annual fundraiser will be held at the Diamond T. Arena in Denton. Proceeds from the two-day event go to the year’s recipients, the TCAC Crisis fund and the TCAC scholarship.

Each year, the organization chooses recipients who need help with medical bills and other needs resulting from their cancer care. The TCAC crisis fund is available to help individuals or other charities throughout the year.

In addition to ticket sales, sponsorships are also available, at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000. Donations of goods and services for the auctions are also welcome.

For more information about Texas Cowboys Against Cancer, visit .


Panel to discuss death penalty at free program in Denton

A program titled “Conversation on the Death Penalty” is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Denton Wesley Foundation, 1501 Maple St.

The free event will include a film and panel and audience discussions.

Panelists will be Bernard Kern, Britanny Burrows, Natalie Elle Woods, Jarell Wilson and Kat Ralph. The moderator will be the Rev. Jeff Hood.


Office of History and Culture sets workshop series

The Denton County Office of History and Culture will offer the first in a series of workshops on conducting oral histories from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday.

The workshops will be held in the 1896 Room on the third floor of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

Participants will learn research techniques and interview procedures. To register, call 940-349-2850.

All Courthouse museum workshops are free and open to the public. The courthouse has handicapped parking and accessibility through the north entrance.


Hospital offers programs on preventing falls

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton will begin a free series of programs designed to help adults 60 and older manage concerns about falls from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Additional programs will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday through June 19. The location will be the first-floor Colorado classroom of the Center for Women, 207 Bonnie Brae St.

Participants will learn how to reduce fall hazards in their homes, how to increase strength and balance and how to improve overall health through activity.

Seating is limited. To register, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit .


Theatre company offers ‘Into the Woods’

Our Productions Theatre Company will present six performances of Into the Woods Wednesday through Sunday in the Black Box at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater in Old Town Lewisville.

The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets range from $15 to $25, with discounts available for seniors, students, children and groups of 10 or more.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 972-724-2147. Advance tickets cannot be purchased at MCL Grand.

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater is located at 100 N. Charles St.


Salvation Army to hold annual Luncheon

The Salvation Army’s annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Mean Green Club level of Apogee Stadium at the University of North Texas.

New York Times best-selling author Scott O’Grady will be the featured speaker.

Individual tickets are $50 each. To check ticket availability, contact Sandra Robinson at 940-387-3550 or the Salvation Army offices at 940-566-3800.


Fundraiser for UNT Galleries planned at restaurant

A fundraiser for the UNT Galleries is planned on Wednesday at Genghis Grill, 2416 Lillian Miller Parkway, Suite 100 in Denton, according to a press release.

Patrons who dine in or order take-out between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and mention UNT Galleries will have a portion of their checks donated to benefit the galleries. Funds will go to support exhibitions, to pay for the cost of getting artworks to the gallery and installing them for public display, Tracee Robertson, director of galleries, stated in the press release.

For more information about UNT Galleries, visit


Denton’s National Day of Prayer event planned

Organizers of Denton’s National Day of Prayer event have announced that it will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Courthouse on the Square.

Before the event, music will be provided by the DCA Praise Band, a group of young people from Denton Calvary Academy.

Approximately 80 young people who attend Denton Calvary Academy and Liberty Christian School will assist with this year’s event, helping set up, greeting guests and providing music and prayer. Emmy Edwards, a student at Liberty Christian School, is scheduled to offer a prayer for the youth of America.

Special music during the program will be provided by the Robby Wright Family, and members of the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 920 will provide a full color guard presentation.

Shofars will be blown to call participants to prayer led by area pastors, who pray over the seven areas of power and influence (government, military, media, business, education, churches and families), according to a press release.

Childcare will be provided by reservation at the Calvary Chapel located in the Fine Arts Theater on the Square. For more information about child care, call 940-380-0005.

Seating, bottled water and sign interpretation for the hearing impaired will be provided, as well as free Bibles, prayer guides, white yard crosses and small flags. Kiosks will be set up for personal counseling and prayer.

For more information, contact Dorothy Smith at 940-387-6019 or e-mail .


Garage sale set to benefit Special Olympics team

A benefit garage sale for the Denton Dynamos Special Olympics team is planned from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Real T Team, 1400 Dallas Drive.

The sale will feature clothing, videos, CDs, holiday décor, luggage, toys, electronics, furniture, books and miscellaneous items.

For further information, call 940-380-8086, 817-403-0879 or 940-479-0490.


Area mayors announce plans for annual breakfast

Lewisville Mayor Dean Ueckert, Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden and Highland Village Mayor Patrick Davis recently announced plans for the 14th annual Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast.

This year’s event will be held at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Family Life Center of Lakeland Baptist Church, located at 397 S. Stemmons Freeway in Lewisville.

The event typically attracts 400 to 500 people, and organizers anticipate a sellout crowd this year. To check on ticket availability, contact Lakeland Baptist Church at 972-436-4561.

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