Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dodge for a Cause Raises Funds for Vogel Alcove

Scroll through a gallery of images from this event below: Dodge for a Cause 2016 Raises Funds for Vogel Alcove
photos c/o Thomas Garza Photography

I recently attended the fourth annual “Dodge for a Cause” dodgeball tournament benefiting the Vogel Alcove, which provides free development services to homeless children in Dallas. The event featured several simultaneous games, all taking place on the floor of the American Airlines Center. To date, more than 30 teams representing some of the city’s most prominent companies have raised over $70,000 to sponsor and play in the round-robin tournament. I was part of the only all-girl team sponsored by Highland Capital Management and led by Carmen Surgent. We didn't win a game, but Team Hot Shots took home the award for Best Dressed for the second year in a row... and that is winning in our book! Gina Ginsburg, Brooke Branigan, Jane McGarry, Donna Richardson, Lindsay Lee McCain, and Claire Kinsey were just a few of my fellow Sporty Spice teammates.

The “Dodge for a Cause” event is organized by law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP employees as part of a Firm-wide “Pay It Forward” program supporting local community organizations that are typically underfunded. Other tournament sponsors include: ACE Cash Express, Alvarez & Marsal, American Airlines, AT&T, Caddis Healthcare Real Estate, Capital Southwest Corporation, Carlson Capital, CIC Partners, Copart, Crow Holdings, Darling Ingredients, Deloitte, Drivers Select, Elm Park Capital Management, Frost Bank, Hall Group, Highland Capital Management, Highlander Partners, Houlihan Lokey, JP Energy, Kainos Capital, KPMG, Lanyon Solutions, Match.com, Maverick Capital, ORIX USA, Sewell Automotive, Southwest Airlines, Vinson & Elkins LLP, W Hotel Dallas – Victory and media sponsor WFAA – Channel 8. The participating teams in this year’s tournament each donated amounts from $1,000 to $13,500. To learn more about Vogel Alcove and how you can get involved in this event or other fundraising opportunities, visit www.VogelAlcove.org.

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