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D in Dallas, Pt. 1

February 17, 2009

Quote of the day: “We’re still having fun…getting back to the places I thought I’d never see again. ‘Cause I’m still going”–Darius, to the audience in Plano, TX.

After Chapel Hill, Darius and crew made their way to Dallas.

The drive took two days, so we were ecstatic to be greeted with a fantastic lunch upon our arrival, set up by the Alan and Rita Gold.

Alan and Darius last saw each other at the World of Children Awards last month. He’s a great guy, and it was awesome to meet with him in his hometown. The lunch—magnificent food at the restaurant Cantina Loredo—was an introduction to the kind of hospitality we found everywhere in and around Dallas. Alan’s granddaughter, Katie (right, sitting), went to a couple of our Dallas-area screenings, and the Golds had even more in store for Darius and crew…like awesome complimentary hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn, thanks to General Manager Callan Hamaan.

Next, we went just outside of Dallas for a screening in Plano, TX, coordinated by Eddie Hill (pictured in white shirt), Simone Hill, Jeff Kaye, and Jacqueline Karle with the help of all the great folks at Kaye/Bassman Executive Recruiting and Search.

The venue, Studio Movie Grill, was fantastic…

and so was the crowd—all 400 of them!

In fact, even though “Team Darius/Plano” was able to get two screens showing the movie, the seats STILL filled to overflowing.

There were a lot of young people in the audience, and they were all pumped up to take up Darius’s cause.

Led by Jeff Kaye, tons of employees at Kaye/Bassman—the largest single-site search firm in the nation—got in on the planning and execution that made the night a tremendous success.

Jacqueline, pictured in gray, quarterbacked a lot of the logistics and even stepped behind the table and helped us with the merchandise! After the screening, Jacqueline came with us to a late dinner, treated by Jeff. Thanks guys!

The people we met in our Dallas stay were fantastic, and Plano was certainly no exception.

It was a great way to kick-off our Dallas stay. Thank you so much, Jackie, Eddie, Simone, Jeff, Karen, Erin, Heather, Robin, Lauren, Lee, Sheena, Janie, and Brian, and everyone at Studio Movie Grill and Kaye/Bassman!

Next, it was on to Episcopal School of Dallas, where student Luke Erickson (pictured, far left) greeted us, along with Meredith and Megan. (Props to Ms. Stafford for getting us in contact with Kris at Episcopal!)

Luke and Father Oliver (pictured above) hosted our visit.

At the chapel, students with birthdays came up and were recognized. Father Oliver insisted that crew-member Kevin go up for his (almost) half-birthday.

Later in the day, we returned to Episcopal’s beautiful campus to spend more time with the students. We look forward to our partnership with Episcopal in the continuing fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Darius’s future Dallas adventures to be continued….

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4 Responses to “D in Dallas, Pt. 1”

  1. On February 17th, 2009, Maggie said:

    I AM ON THE PICTURES!!!

  2. On February 18th, 2009, Simone said:

    Hi Guys, thanks for posting these blogs! It is so much fun to keep up with where you are and what you are doing! I am so glad your trip to Dallas/Plano was worth it! It was sure worth it for us. I have gotten so much positive feedback about your visit and film. Thank you for making such a difference, especially for the Duchenne community. As the kids say, “DGW Rox”!

  3. On August 7th, 2015, Yulissa said:

    Cristina B. - Lyndsay!The pics all came out so great! The little motersns look so adorable, I’m so sad we couldn’t make it. What a wonderful fundraiser. Congrats on the success.October 21, 2011 9:17 am

  4. On November 30th, 2015, car insurance said:

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