Tux ‘N Tennies presented by SWBC and Lone Star Auto Group to be held on January 8, 2015

silver black give back Logo_Horizontal_Alternate180x150-SWBCSilver & Black Give Back, the nonprofit partner of Spurs Sports & Entertainment’s family of teams, will hold its annual Tux ‘N Tennies fundraiser presented by SWBC and Lone Star Auto Group on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Hosted by the San Antonio Spurs, the premier fundraiser for Silver & Black Give Back’s youth programs is a unique opportunity to join the entire Spurs Family for live entertainment, a festive feast, and one-of-a-kind silent and live auctions.

Held at the AT&T Center, the annual fundraising event features franchise players, coaches and executives in tuxedoes, gowns and tennis shoes enjoying an unparalleled evening of celebration. Back by popular demand, this year’s event has a Spurs Night Live theme and will feature lively libations and special entertainment to conclude the festivities. To see photos of last year’s event, click here.

Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that invests in the community in partnership with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams.  Since 1988 our players, coaches and staff have focused on fostering young talent and enriching the community by encouraging local youth to become responsible adults and give back through programs like Spurs Youth Basketball League and Team Up Challenge. More information on Silver and Black Give Back can be found at www.sbgb.org.

For information on reserving a table for the 2015 Tux ‘N Tennies fundraiser, please contact Loretta Kerner at lkerner@attcenter.com or 210-444-5861.

Media Contact: Meredith Collier, mcollier@attcenter.com or 210-444-5608

Calling all companies: 2014 Corporate Recruitment Event

CRE Walk LogoDiabetes is a leading cause of heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, and amputation. For companies, it also leads to more sick days and less productivity on the job.

According to Kaiser Family Foundation data, the American Diabetes Association’s workplace cost calculator estimates that for a company with 1,000 employees:

  • 100 employees have diabetes
  • 27 of them are undiagnosed
  • 250 have prediabetes
  • $2.7 million is the average annual insurance cost for employees with diabetes and prediabetes
  • $912,438 is the annual increased cost if 50 percent of employees with prediabetes develop diabetes

The good news is, type 2 diabetes can be prevented, and it isn’t as hard as you might think. Losing just 7% of your body weight (which translates to 15 pounds if you weigh 200 pounds) and exercising moderately (like brisk walking) 5 days a week can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%. Lifestyle changes also can prevent or delay diabetes complications. Companies can help their employees take control of their health while enjoying interactive team-building events by participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes.

Join the American Diabetes Association (ADA) along with our Honorary Chair Dr. Brian Woods of Northside ISD, Corporate Recruitment Chair Stacy Rice of Peripheral Vascular Associates, Step Out Event Chairs Lenore Gregson of Kaiser Medical Managemet & Jay Gregson of Hallmark College, as well as other community leaders at the Corporate Recruitment Event for Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes on June 26, 2014 at Casa Hernán, 411 E. Cevallos, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   This free informational event will be our official kick-off to the 2014 Step Out: Walk, which will unite thousands of people all over the city to help STOP DIABETES.

This is the key event in which to learn more about this community’s diabetes epidemic, the costs of diabetes to companies attending, and how the ADA can help.  Companies will also have the opportunity to meet the people mentioned above who are supporting our efforts this year and will walk away with free resources for your company. This event emphasizes the importance and value of having the business community take a leadership role in the fight to cure diabetes, while also creating a healthier environment for all employees.

What: American Diabetes Association 2014 Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes Corporate Recruitment Event

When: Thursday, June 26th, 6-8pm

Where: Casa Hernán, 411 E. Cevallos

RSVP: Email Lisa Gibson at lgibson@diabetes.org or call us at (210) 829-1765 ext. 6124

Many of the escalating costs of healthcare are out of an employer’s control.  However, one of the most effective things an employer can do to control healthcare costs and improve employee health and productivity is to encourage healthy living in the workplace. Please join us in that fight!

Guide Dogs of Texas hosting fundraiser at LOL Comedy Club

Guide Dogs of Texas is hosting a fundraiser at LOL Comedy Club – come laugh with us……

Guide Dogs of Texas logoDate: July 23rd 2014 Wednesday

Time: 8 pm
Place: 618 NW Interstate 410 Loop Frontage Rd #312, San Antonio, TX 78216
Ticket Sales: $20.00 each

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Come join us as comedian Kris Shaw takes the stage, Meet a Guide Dog user and Guide Dog in person! Support our mission, Guide Dogs of Texas provides quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired to increase their freedom, mobility and independence. We are committed to personalized service and lifelong dedication to our clients and their guide dogs.


We will have a guest speaker after the comedian sand a table show, set up for meet and greet, as well as a few items for sale!


Call our office today to get your reserved seat with a friend!


210.366.4081 Ask for Annie Parker or email April at April@guidedogsoftexas.org

Why those holiday cards?

SunshineCottageLOGOby Mike Pfieffer, 5th grade teacher

It’s that time of the year again and Sunshine Cottage is gearing up for one of its longest standing traditions, a tradition which dates back over half a century. In 1955 the Cottage began selling Christmas cards as its single largest PTG fundraiser. Our group of students took pen and paper in hand, or more likely crayon and paper, and began designing the very first Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children Christmas Card.

The program has changed and grown over the years but the central theme has always remained the same “Cards created by the kids for the kids,” with all proceeds going to benefit the students of Sunshine Cottage. Monies raised throughout the years have been used to pay for field trips, loaner equipment, educational grants, classroom supplies, and guest speakers to help educate parents and families on what it means to raise a deaf child. These are just a few ways the money has been used.

Some may question why the tradition continues, but when you see the gleam in the eye of the child struggling to talk about the pumpkin patch, or the zoo, or the Witte or any of the other hundreds of field trips we take the kids on and you know they truly have something to say and want to learn how to say it, you can begin to understand the value of this simple tradition. What better way to generate that desire to learn then to give them something to talk about?

Over the years I have seen our PTG hand over five thousand dollars given to the library to stock the shelves of the new school, nine thousand handed over to the departments to fund projects not covered by the annual budget but that teachers felt were important for the education of our students, and many other contributions such as this. We have sponsored families to attend the Texas chapter of AG Bell biannual conventions and to attend the national AG Bell convention. We’ve had guest speakers talk about how to handle stress, Halloween safety, devices that help the deaf in everyday life to include fire alarms, amplified phones, messaging services and how to obtain these devices and services free in the state of Texas. We’ve sent gift cards and baskets for families struggling through the loss of loved ones, cards and gifts to aid when someone is injured or in the hospital and needs just a little help to care for their family. I could continue to list the ways we have helped and grown over the years due, in part, to this one Sunshine Cottage fundraising tradition, a tradition that lives on and touches each and every family at Sunshine in some way.

For the past 14 years I have had the pleasure to look at and help select the winning artwork. I have met every student whose art work was picked and I have listened to them and experienced the joy and pride they have for the work they have done.

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It may have started as a small fundraiser 58 years ago, but it has grown to become a part of Sunshine Cottage life that we depend on – a part of us that our ever-growing community of families, corporations, and Sunshine supporters eagerly anticipate every year; and a part of us that continues to fill a need in the school and enrich the lives of the families and children who are a part of Sunshine Cottage.

Order your Holiday Cards here