Saturday, June 27, 2015

Dodge For A Cause 2015

The 4th annual Dodge For A Cause Tournament benefitting Vogel Alcove was held at American Airlines Center last week. Presented by Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, the 5 D's of this dodge ball tournament were: Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive & Donate. Teams played for the "Stanley Cup of Dodgeball", the John T. O'Connor Commemorative Cup of Excellence for Achievement in Dodge Ball. Co-Chairs, Banks Bruce, David Gail, Dilen Kumar and Charles Persons led 26 teams in a rousing evening of competitive & physical fun for a cause.

Mayor Mike Rawlings with Team Hot Shots
I was on the only all-girls team, representing Highland Capital, led by our Captain Carmen Surgent. I'm sure it won't shock you to read that we were the absolute worst team on the court. But we looked amazing. Carmen had coordinated our outfits: white Tees emblazoned with "Hot Shots" on the front in hot pink, black tutu skirts and hot pink knee socks.

You know how athletes wear eye black under their eyes to intimidate their opponents? Well, we had silver sparkle stripes under our eyes to DAZZLE our opponents. It didn't help us win, but we did get flirted with quite a bit and lots of guys wanted selfies with our group.

Not only were we the worst team in the tournament, I will admit I was probably the worst player. I couldn't even hit Mayor Mike Rawlings when he was standing still. I was just pitiful... The silver lining of the night was that we won a trophy for being Best Dressed and that was really the award we cared about - so we were WINNERS!!!!

For 27 years, Vogel Alcove has provided free, quality child development services for Dallas’ youngest victims of poverty: homeless children six weeks to five years old. Vogel Alcove is the only comprehensive early childhood education program in the city of Dallas whose primary focus is to provide free childcare and case management for children and their families referred by 21 local emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, housing programs and organizations that serve homeless families. Learn more about how your company can participate in next year's tournament and help support Vogel Alcove by visiting