Tomlinson Honored at BBYF Lifetime Achievement Award Gala

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation honored former TCU and NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson November 11th at its annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala.

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Star-Telegram's coverage of the gala.In addition to his on-field accomplishments, Tomlinson is President/Co-Chairman of the Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation. The gala took place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

The evening also honored 2012 BBYF scholarship winners who will graduate next spring.


BBYF & Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation Announce Matching Gift Campaign

In 2011, Dave Diesslin established the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation in memory of his wife, Deena. The goal of Deena Jo's foundation is to promote, encourage, and foster nonprofits, with a particular emphasis on empowering girls and women through education. Earlier this year Dave generously offered to provide seed money to the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation for a matching gift campaign, recognizing the shared mission of these two organizations. BBYF is pleased to announce this donation in the amount of $50,000.


BBYF 2014 Gala Honoring Verne Lundquist

Longtime CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist was honored Tuesday night at the 2014 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Gala.

Those who attended the evening at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel heard memories from Verne's storied career during an interview with Dallas Cowboys' voice Brad Sham.

The night also featured a salute to many of the 2011 BBYF scholarship winners, who will graduate from high school in the coming spring. 

Joe Macko and Bobby Bragan: Still Bringing Smiles to Metroplex Families

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has received a gift from the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund in the amount of $50,000, which will establish a perpetual, named scholarship, to be awarded to a specially selected BBYF winner each year.

“We are humbled and honored that the Joe Macko family continues to carry on the great work of the Steve Macko Scholarship Fund by creating a perpetual scholarship with us,” said John Esch, a good friend of both Joe and Bobby Bragan, and a BBYF board member. “You can just picture Joe and Bobby,long-time friendly baseball rivals (Fort Worth Cats vs. Dallas Eagles), sharing a smile about the benefits they are providing the children of the Metroplex.”

Joe Macko, who passed away on Dec. 26, 2014, was a big supporter of Bobby and his foundation.

DFW SABR Chapter Re-named For Bobby Bragan, Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks and Bobby Bragan, two of the most illustrious players and baseball executives that have called the DFW Metroplex home, now will be honored as namesakes of the DFW Banks-Bragan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Banks-Bragan Chapter President Paul Rogers made the announcement after a vote by area SABR members to change the name from the Hall-Ruggles Chapter – the group’s designation from its founding in 1992 until January 2014.

"Naming our DFW chapter after Banks, a Hall of Fame shortstop and career-long Chicago Cub via Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School where he graduated in 1950; and Bragan, a baseball advocate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 60-plus years, provides us with increased visibility and the ability to honor two of the giant figures in baseball history with strong Metroplex ties,” Rogers said. “Banks and Bragan represent all that is good about baseball, both on and off the field, and we are excited to be able to permanently honor their baseball legacy in this way."

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