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The Smith’s score another touchdown! The 2016 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Event was a huge success and once again, I had the honor of hosting the Red Carpet arrivals along side Cheryl Jackson.




(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Pat Smith, Skylar Smith, Emmitt Smith, Amy Vanderoef.


Pat and Emmitt Smith are two of the most generous people I know, and the busiest! Their charitable fund, “Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities,” creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children in North Texas. Their breadth and depth is vast amongst the many organizations they benefit.
It is clear that both Pat & Emmitt have great passion for helping disadvantaged children and families, and it is even clearer that their work has had major impact on those served. I have never witnessed a more God driven family, they truly live to serve.


This years ESCI was packed full of celebrities and athletes including: Dr. Phil, Robin McGraw, Daryl Johnston, Michael Irvin, John Randle, Jen Welter, Kirk Franklin, Marcus Allen, Nancy Lieberman, Jim Jackson, and my girlfriends from the Real Housewives of Dallas LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra! Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw were honored with the Roger Staubach Award and Daughtry provided the entertainment. Hats off to my friend Cynthia Smoot for organizing a fabulous red carpet!




(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Amy Vanderoef, Dr. Phil McGraw and Robin McGraw.


(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Amy Vanderoef, Tiffany Hendra and Aaron Hendra.


(From Left) LeeAnne Locken and Amy Vanderoef.


(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Nancy Lieberman, Amy Vanderoef, Maya Delgado.


Before the ballroom doors even opened, ESCI had already raised $1 million dollars, and now in its 7th year, the event has raised more than $6.2 million.

(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Pat Smith, Skylar Smith, Emmitt Smith, Amy Vanderoef.


Emmitt isn’t the only one in the Smith family doing the heavy charitable lifting. . .

(From Left) Cheryl Jackson, Pat Smith, Skylar Smith, Emmitt Smith, Amy Vanderoef.


Pat has her own charity called “Treasure You,” which supports women with financial, emotional or spiritual needs. Back in 2009, I worked with Pat as her media coach at her home. We wrote segments for TV together and bonded over the significant work that is needed for so many women and families. When I was honored by her as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Dallas, was when I knew more than ever how much we treasure each other!





Programming note!
Pat will be holding a free LIVE stream event with inspiration from her new book “Second Chances,”  featuring special guest Wynonna Judd and John Gray. Join my friend @PatSmithTY for the #SecondChances live stream event on Saturday 5/14. Register at secondchanceslive.com.


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The Circus is coming! DIFFA is a non-profit fundraising organization that helps those impacted by HIV and AIDS. Since it’s inception, DIFFA has granted over 7 million dollars to organizations in North Texas that provide direct care to people affected. I have been a proud supporter for years, and so have many generous designers. . . it’s undeniably the hottest fashion show ticket in town!

Although the 26th Annual House Of DIFFA Event event is sold out, there is still an opportunity for you to make a difference! Check out 5-featured designers whose jackets will be auctioned off at this year’s event.



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