Inaugural Evening with Legends Dinner to Raise Funds for Oak Cliff’s Bishop Dunne
The Pittsburgh Steelers' "Mean" Joe Greene, and Dallas Cowboys' Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson to be featured.
An Evening with Legends Dinner at AT&T Cowboy’s Stadium on April 29, 2015, will raise money for scholarships for deserving students to receive a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education at Bishop Dunne Catholic School located in Oak Cliff.
Roger Staubach is one of four Legends invited to this inaugural dinner, along with his teammates Bob Lilly and Drew Pearson. “Mean” Joe Greene rounds out the four, and co-chairs of the evening are also legends: the NFL’s John Wooten and Pettis Norman, whose grandson, Alex Norman, graduated from Bishop Dunne in 2012 and is playing football for UT.
Charlotte Jones Anderson will be given the Heart of a Legend Award at this inaugural dinner for her work in the field of professional athletics, community service and philanthropy. Mrs. Anderson is the Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer. Anderson was appointed Chairman of the Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board in 2010 and is the first woman to ever serve in that role.
Dallas area Sports Disc Jockey Craig Miller of The Ticket – and a 1983 graduate of Bishop Dunne - will moderate the evening of memories for the four football legends. Miller’s sports radio show has been ranked #1 in the metroplex for most of the last decade. Miller has also been the Master of Ceremonies at the Annual Bishop Dunne 100 Dinner almost every year, including last fall when the NCAA’s Vice President, Oliver Luck, father of the #1 2012 NFL Draft Pick, Andrew Luck, was the keynote speaker. Both men benefited from a Catholic education in their respective high schools, and have since enjoyed professional success.
Tables for An Evening with Legends are $2,500 each. The dinner includes a cocktail hour prior to the dinner and an after party with a chance to meet the legendary NFL players. A silent auction of autographed sports paraphernalia will also be on hand.
Ryan Moats and his wife Tamishia are the event’s coordinators. Moats grew up in Oak Cliff, and is also a graduate from a Catholic high school. He went on to play for Louisiana Tech, and then was drafted to play in the NFL for both the Philadelphia Eagles and later the Houston Texans. The couple has been working for Bishop Dunne as part of the school’s Advancement Team, with an emphasis on raising money so more deserving students can attend the school. Nearly 50% of Bishop Dunne’s students are on tuition assistance, and virtually 100% of the school’s graduates go to college, many on merit scholarships.
Last fall the school’s football team won the TAPPS Division 1 -5A State Championship, and seven of the seniors on the team committed on national signing day to play college football to schools such as the Air Force Academy, The Colorado School of Mines, Oklahoma University, and Oklahoma State University.
“We are deeply grateful to the legends for their generous commitment to enhance our tuition assistance program at Bishop Dunne,” President Kate Dailey said. “With this dinner, more deserving students in the South Dallas area will be able to continue their education and go on to college to become successful, productive citizens.”
The school currently attracts more students than the scholarship budget can accommodate. With an enrollment of 600 in 6th through 12th grades, Dailey says she’d love to admit every student who applies but 100 more is her goal for next fall. Fourteen teachers on campus are graduates of The University of Notre Dame and many have earned their Master’s degrees of Education with the Alliance for Catholic Education program, or ACE.
While many Catholic schools across the nation are facing enrollment decline, Bishop Dunne added 40 more students last year, a number Dailey hopes to increase again this year.
Individual tickets are $250 and sponsorships are still available.
To learn more or purchase your tickets online, please go to www.bdcs.org or www.Dunnesports.org or
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