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James Deets, Board Chair; Tony Lokash, President; Kim Gonzalez, event chair.

The fabulous Candle Room set the perfect chic scene for Casino Night in White benefiting Legal Hospice of Texas. Chaired by Kimberly Gonzalez, the evening included include casino games, entertainment, prizes, silent auction, scrumptious bites and beverages.

President Tony Lokash welcomed the crowd, thanking sponsors and underwriters. He recognized board chair James Deets and board members including Francisco Flores and Jeff Cook. As the DJ spun tunes, guests filled the evening with laughter, gaming and posing for fun photos which were projected on the big screen. A call for donations and passing the hat brought in even more donations for the organization.

Since 1989 Legal Hospice of Texas has been providing timely and compassionate legal services, at no cost, to low income individuals with terminal illnesses or HIV disease.

Visit the website for more details about their services at 

 A little history: The Dallas Legal Hospice has its origins in an SMU program called "The Conference of the Professions."

This was an annual event co-sponsored by the SMU Schools of Law and Theology, the University of Texas - Southwestern Medical School and the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas County Medical Society. The purpose of the conference was to examine ethical issues of common concern or relevance to all three professions. In 1988 the focus of the conference was AIDS. A meeting of the minds between Thomas Mayo and Louis Weber would kick start what we now know as Legal Hospice of Texas.  Learn more at

* Photos by Thomas Garza.

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