Cool Event for a Great Cause

Posted on August 22nd, by Rob Scichili in All. No Comments






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There’s a pretty cool event coming up, and if you’re a sports fan it is right up your alley.

City House, which has been helping at-risk youth due to abuse, neglect or homelessness for over 26 years, is holding its biggest fundraising event of the year on Saturday, September 6, 2014 – a Black & White Masquerade Gala, presented by Albertsons.

The Gala, held at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Frisco, will be hosted by honorary chair Babe Laufenberg of channel 11 sports, with former Dallas Cowboys greats Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Randy White serving as co-chairs. Fans attending the Gala will have the chance to meet them, shake their hand and say hello. And of course, autographs and maybe even a picture.

City House also has a special guest and keynote speaker for this year’s gala – Laura Schroff, New York Times Bestselling author of “An Invisible Thread,” the true story of an 11-year-old panhandler, a busy sales executive, and an unlikely meeting with destiny.

“We all have the ability to throw lifelines to those in need and make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” Schroff said. “City House does just that, and that is why it is an organization that struck a cord with me right away. To think that two school teachers worked together over 25 years ago to make an immediate difference for homeless students in their backyard and turned their efforts into an organization that is thriving and changing lives today, is nothing short of a miracle. I am beyond honored to support City House and all of the “miracle workers” who help this organization provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness.”

Additionally, City House will be honoring Dallas Stars icon Mike Modano with the inaugural “Invisible Thread Award,” given for his contributions to our community, including his support and involvement with City House.

Wanna meet Mike? The Gala is your chance.

“I am honored to be receiving this inaugural award from the great people at City House,” Modano said. “The work that they do with local children resonates with me and I am proud to be associated with them. I am very much looking forward to the Gala.”

HHOFOne fantastic live auction item for hockey fans is a Hockey Hall of Fame package to go see Mike Modano be inducted! It includes two tickets to the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 17 in Toronto, three nights hotel accommodations at the Renaissance Toronto Downtown, and a five-course tasting dinner for two at top-rated restaurant, “George.”

Other great sports items in the live and silent auctions include suites to a Mavericks or Stars game next year, as well as many autographed jerseys and memorabilia.


The Black & White Gala will include participation by some of DFW’s top sports celebrities and media, complete with a silent and live auction, with an impressive variety of great items to bid on. And for attendees who like to “roll the dice for charity” there will be casino gaming tables, as well as other games of chance. The evening will conclude with dancing to the fantastic sounds of local favorite band Cuvée.

The gala will begin at 5:30 pm and end at 11:30 pm. The event is approaching a sellout! Tables and individual tickets still remain but act fast to ensure your attendance at the Gala Event of the Year! Click here to buy a table or tickets.

City House provides shelter and transitional living services to children from newborn-to-17 years of age and to disadvantaged young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect and homelessness. Based in Plano, City House is currently expanding its services into Frisco, with plans to open a new Transitional Living Home very soon and a second home to follow.

“We are thrilled to have Babe Laufenberg, Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones and Randy White as chairs for our Black & White Gala,” said City House Director of Events & Development Chey Reynolds. “We are also very excited that Laura Schroff will be our keynote speaker, sharing her powerful story of giving back and making an impact. And we are so honored that Mike Modano, a longtime supporter of City House, will receive the inaugural “Invisible Thread” Award. This year’s gala promises to be the best we have ever had.”

Text-O-Matic-2014.7.20-20.16.54-Medium-300x168Attendees looking for a mask to get in the spirit of the gala are encouraged to check out Visions of Venice for a fantastic assortment! Plus they are giving back a portion of all sales for the Black & White Masquerade Gala to City House! Click here to see their masks!

VIP sponsorship tables seated with a local celebrity are available, as well as regular tables or individual seat tickets online by clicking here.

For additional information contact: Chey Reynolds at or 972-424-4626. You don’t want to miss this one – see you there!

Rob Scichili

Rob Scichili (shick-lee) has worked in professional sports for over 24 years in PR and communications, including time with the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks,, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. A journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he is co-owner and editor at ScoreboardTx, principal at Shick Communications and VP at Franchise Sports & Entertainment while serving on the board of the Mike Modano Foundation.

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