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Event sponsors Chad Hennings, former Dallas Cowboy

In early December 2021, more than 250 guests gathered to celebrate the Inaugural Unsung Hero Award honoring Scott Murray and benefiting the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund. The Fund provides financial assistance to individuals from the Dallas/Fort Worth area who have the desire to further their education but lack the necessary financial resources.

Former Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings gave a moving speech about how Scott Murray is “the real deal, ” noting his decades of service on behalf of local nonprofits to raise millions of dollars. And in a surprise announcement, Scott agreed that The Scholarship Fund, founded in 1999, would become the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund going forward. It was a thrilling moment, receiving a standing ovation from the 250 people in attendance that night.

The Texas State Fair-themed event featured entrepreneur extraordinaire Jim Keyes as Emcee and was held at the Fair Park Briscoe Carpenter Pavilion, surrounded by reminders of State Fair glory from years past. Hunter Sullivan and the Hunter Sullivan Band warmed up the crowd for the first hour. Dinner did not disappoint with dishes from the favorite recipes of star chefs David Holben, Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kent Rathbun, and Sevy Severson. The Founder of the Unsung Hero Award and Chairman of the Inaugural event is Bob Hopkins, author, educator, and board member of the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund.

The event raised $155,000 for the Scott Murray Scholarship Fund. Because of this success and continued fundraising efforts, the Fund plans to offer $100,000 in scholarships and financial assistance for the 2022-2023 school year to students in need. Assistance is available for students attending community colleges or four-year colleges and universities. Students may apply at

A special thank you to honorary hosts:

Mr. and Mrs. Tim Brown

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Durham

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Hennings

Mr. and Mrs. Stratton Horres

Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Johnston

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keyes

Mr. and Mrs. David Martineau

Mr. Drew Pearson

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Schlegel


Sponsors included:

Ferris Wheel - $25,000

Sandra and Ron Haddock


Bumper Car - $20,000

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Durham – Durham Family Foundation


Roller Coaster - $10,000

Chela and Norman Abdallah

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Schlegel


Merry-Go-Round - $5,000

Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Cooper

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Keyes

People Newspapers


Tilt-A-Whirl - $2,500

Mr. Michael Baum         

Mr. Jeff Schmid

Mr. Donny Anderson

Dallas Sports Commission/Monica Paul

ETHEA/Dalton Divakeran

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Feld         

Ms. Gigi Gartner

Mr. and Mrs. James Halpern      

Mr. and Mrs. Stratton Horres, Jr.

J.M. Haggar Family Foundation  

Mr. Jim Krohn   

Mr. and Mrs. David Martineau    

Ms. Courtney Rogers

Ms. Cindy Brinker Simmons       

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Turner

UNT Dallas/ Monica Williams, PhD

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