DALLAS - June 28, 2017- The Dallas Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading global organization for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, raised more than $350,000 from this year’s Cliff Harris JDRF Reunion Golf Classic, thanks to its generous sponsors and donors. The 2017 Cliff Harris JDRF Reunion Golf Classic was held at the Dallas Athletic Club Monday, June 19, 2017. Over the past nine years, the event has collectively raised $2.5 million to support JDRF’s mission of accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.
“We are thrilled with the success of this year’s golf tournament, as it allows us to continue to support advances in T1D, which help people live longer and with fewer complications from diabetes,” said Amy Camp, executive director of JDRF Greater Dallas. “We would like to thank our amazing host Cliff Harris, special guest Craig Morton, the other athletes and celebrities who support us each year, our tireless volunteers and most importantly, our generous sponsors and donors.”
2017 CLIFF HARRIS JDRF REUNION GOLF CLASSIC SPONSORS INCLUDE:
Presenting Sponsors ($25,000): Pioneer Natural Resources, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages
Birdie Sponsors ($10,000): Aimbridge Hospitality, Chief Oil & Gas, Kayne Anderson Energy Funds, PT Petroleum
Par Sponsors ($5,000): Air-X-Changers/ Eads and Associates, Alegacy, Ariel, Atmos, Canyon Midstream, Caterpillar Oil & Gas, Crossing Rocks, Energy Transfer Partners, Dr. Arlene Jacobs & Allen Feltman, Gray Reed & McGraw, Rosemary Haggar Vaughan Family Foundation, IPS Advisors, Lockton, Prime Controls, ProPetro, Marianne & Roger Staubach, Shermco Industries, Star Electric, Strike, Renee & Danny Thompson, Vitol
In addition, donor David Terre, former executive lead of Wilson Sporting Goods, shut down national production to reproduce eight of the official Super Bowl XII footballs. The footballs were signed by the two former quarterbacks, Craig Morton of the Denver Broncos and Roger Staubach of the Dallas Cowboys, and three of the footballs were up for bid, which raised an additional $21,000 in the live auction.
This year’s tournament celebrated the 40th anniversary of Super Bowl XII, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos in the Louisiana Superdome on January 15, 1978. In honor of this, JDRF arranged for Craig Morton, the Denver Broncos quarterback from Super Bowl XII, to attend the tournament along with other special guests, such as former Super Bowl XII Cowboys players: Butch Johnson, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, DD Lewis, Drew Pearson, Mel Renfro, Charlie Waters, Super Bowl XII MVP Randy White, Billy Joe DuPree and Rayfield Wright. Other players included: Lyle Blackwood, Norm Bulaich, Doug Donley, John Fitzgerald, Doug Freeze, Gary Hammond, Chad Hennings, Russell Maryland, Mike Montgomery, Kurt Petersen, Mike Renfro and Everson Walls. Several other local figures joined in the fun, including: former Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco, Dallas Cowboys wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, former NBA Phoenix Suns forward Ira Terrell, actor Burton ‘Bubba’ Gilliam, former Texas Rangers pitcher Don Stanhouse, Ouachita Baptist University head basketball coach Dennis Nutt, and CBS Sports analyst and former college coach, Houston Nutt. This year’s presenting sponsors included Tim Dove, president and chief executive of Pioneer Natural Resources; Rich Dealy, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Pioneer Natural Resources and Ish Arebalos, public affairs and communications relations for Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages.
JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until a world without T1D is achieved. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF has invested nearly $2B in research over the past 47 years, and is sponsoring scientific research in 17 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit jdrf.org.