SpawGlass Foundation presents $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio

180x150-SpawGlassOn November 18, 2014, SpawGlass Foundation presented a check for $22,500 to Respite Care of San Antonio. The check represents proceeds raised from SpawGlass-San Antonio’s first annual golf tournament held in October. This gift will empower specialized care, healing and hope to children with special needs residing in the Davidson Respite House and the Najim Family Respite Home. Respite Care of San Antonio’s mission is to provide services to enhance the stability and the nurturing opportunities of families caring for a loved one with a developmental disability.Check_Presentation_SpawGlass_and_Respite_Care


Guide Dogs of Texas Golf Classic set for May 18

Guide Dogs of Texas logoEnjoy a wonderful day of golf and support Guide Dogs of Texas.

Sign up now for the Guide Dogs of Texas Golf Classic on Sunday, May 18 at the award-winning Canyon Springs Golf Club.  Tee-time for this wonderful event is at 1:30 p.m. and will include guide dogs and puppies walking the course, blind-fold putting contest, blind golfing contests, amazing catering, some big-name players, silent auction, and the good will of supporting this worthwhile charity. Each player receives snacks on the course, a player gift, generous buffet dinner, door prizes, stuffed goody bags, green fees and cart.  Dr. Andrew Geller, owner of South Texas Veterinary Ophthalmology, is Tournament Chairman.

DSC_0008Whether you play golf or not, you can support Guide Dogs of Texas AND buy some incredible gifts by participating on the tournament’s online auction process from May 1 through May 27 at  Items include San Antonio Spurs tickets for the 2014-2015 season, an autographed basketball, Miranda Lambert autographed guitar, an original painting from John Bramblitt and much more!

Former International Blind Golf Association World Champion Bruce Hooper will play in the tournament.  Proceeds from the tournament will fund the successful programs and services of Guide Dogs of Texas, the only guide dog school in the state of Texas and one of only 11 in the United States.  Guide Dogs of Texas provides quality guide dogs for Texans who are visually impaired to increase their freedom, mobility, and independence.

Guide Dogs of Texas is 100% donor supported through corporations, foundations, churches, civic groups and individuals. It does not receive government funding nor insurance payments. In compliance with international certification, when a client receives a dog, the charge is $1 for a highly trained service dog, ongoing training for the client and aftercare visits for the team.



TMI Panther Scramble tournament aids student athletes

TMI_logo_20yrsThe annual Panther Scramble golf tournament of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, held April 4 at the Resort Course at La Cantera, netted more than $39,000 to benefit the school’s athletic programs, an increase beyond last year’s total.

Increased participation at a new venue, new and returning sponsors as well as a silent auction and hole contests helped raise interest as well as proceeds. An added feature this year was entertainment by REMAX World Long Drive Finalist Kody Zurek, sponsored by Charity Golf International.

TMI_pantherscrambleFirst place gross score foursome (pictured above), who won golf for four at Oak Hills Country Club, comprised Chris Kahanek, Eddie Ramon, Julian Solis and TMI senior Cole Solis, who has won three high-school tournaments so far this season. First place net score foursome, for golf for four at Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club, was made up of Jon Beitz, Rob Devlin, Clay Michel, and Doug Monaghen, TMI parent Mike Holmes won the men’s longest drive contest, and TMI Athletic Director Becky Geyer won the women’s contest.

Tournament proceeds will make it possible for the Athletic Department to purchase equipment for a new pole-vaulting program, a softball pitching machine, strength and conditioning equipment and other new or upgraded items.

“On behalf of the Athletic Department, we would like to thank all who supported Panther Scramble,” said Geyer. “Impacting the lives of our student athletes is truly a blessing.”

Panther Scramble 2014 sponsors included Frost Bank, Norton Rose Fulbright, Batchelor Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz of Boerne.

TMI offers 12 sports at both the Middle and Upper School levels, plus cheerleading in Upper School.

About TMI
Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, TMI is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its founding in 1893. The flagship school of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with optional Junior ROTC and boarding programs. For information, visit or call 698-7171.

$9 million raised at 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children

180x150-ValeroEach year, the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children raise millions of dollars to be distributed to hundreds of children’s charities across the country.

In late March, Valero President Joe Gorder announced that the 2014 Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children raised a combined $9 million for children’s charities. The amount was announced during Gorder’s live interview with NBC Sports during tournament coverage. It puts the Valero Texas Open closer to its “Drive to $100 Million” milestone. Since its title sponsorship began in 2002, Valero has helped raise a total of $90.5 million.

“For us, this is what the tournament is all about,” Gorder said. “It’s about the hundreds of children’s charities that benefit from our efforts, and the constant support of our spectators and sponsors.”

_C5R0028T_VTOThe tournament also crowned a new champion: Steven Bowditch of Australia, earning his first PGA Tour victory and a trip to the prestigious Masters tourney.

Bowditch, who chipped in on his first two holes in Saturday’s round en route to a three-shot lead coming into Sunday, finished at 8-under par 280, in holding off Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays by one stroke. Matt Kuchar, a crowd favorite and the 11th-ranked player in the world, finished two shots back at 6-under par, and Tour stars Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson were three shots off the pace.

Besides helping Valero close in on the $100 million milestone, the $9 million raised by this year’s Valero Texas Open puts the tournament among the top charitable fundraisers on the PGA TOUR. Valero’s title sponsorship of the tournament runs through 2018, giving the Valero Texas Open the potential to continue raising many more millions of dollars for children’s charities.

“We aren’t going to stop at $100 million,” Gorder said. “It’s just a milestone.”

This is the second year that Greg Norman Production Company, a subsidiary of Great White Shark Enterprises, has overseen management of the Valero Texas Open.

“We are very proud of the success of this year’s Valero Texas Open,” said the tournament’s Executive Director, Larson Segerdahl. “This long-standing event is on the rise thanks to the support of Valero, our many corporate partners, the thousands of volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and energy to this endeavor, and of course the entire San Antonio community for supporting this great San Antonio tradition.”

Family Service Association of San Antonio, Texas Inc. celebrates 110 years

Family Services Assn log0For 110 years, Family Service has been empowering individuals and families to transform their lives and strengthen their community. What started as a simple means to lend a helping hand, evolved into an agency dedicated to helping children, seniors, and families through life transitions. Founded in 1903, it is the oldest family-serving agency in San Antonio.

Family Service is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency funded by the United Way, fee-for-service contracts with both public and private organizations, foundation and corporate grants, private contributions, client fees and outpatient mental health insurance. Fees are charged on a sliding scale and no one is denied help because of their inability to pay the full cost of service. Family Service is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children and the Better Business Bureau.

From four neighborhood locations and from more than 70 school campuses, Family Service provides high quality service in English and Spanish to the residents of 28 counties of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and all socioeconomic levels. Family Service also hosts the well-known Neighborhood Place on the Westside that has become a hub of family services and community transformation.

In 2012, 2000 individuals and families received counseling to support healthy productivity at home and work. 2200 youth participated in preventative methods that encourage leadership and character development. Over 100 seniors were supported through a safe and independent living environment. Nearly 14,000 parents were able to invest meaningful time in their child’s education to improve attendance and academic achievement.

The agency prides itself on its continuous effort to offer innovative programs and services to address the most prevalent problems facing area families today. In celebration of 110 years, the agency is partnering up with Caliente-Harley Davidson to host a 110 mile bike ride event, “110 Years Strong: Service to Community and Riding Legends.” The event is in celebration of both Family Service and Caliente Harley-Davidson’s anniversaries.

On October 26, the public is encouraged to ride for a good cause at Caliente-Harley-Davidson, 7230 NW Loop 410, from 9:30 a.m. -6 p.m. Once there, participants will ride 110 miles, come back and join in the fun. This kid friendly event will include live music, food, and games. The cost is $20 per bike and $5 per passenger. Proceeds from the ride benefit Family Service.

Hundreds of thousands of families have benefited from Family Service efforts. With continued community support, the agency can continue its mission to reach families and individuals for many years to come.

Upcoming events include:

15th Annual Don Harris Golf Classic: Sunday, Sept 29 tournament pre-event “Party on the Green” has tickets available to the general the public. It will be held at The Club Sonterra, 901 Sonterra Blvd from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This year’s tournament pre-event will showcase a silent auction, food stations provided by Aramark, wine tasting, and a live band. All proceeds benefit Family Service Association. Tickets are available! The Golf Classic will take place on Monday, Sept 30 at the Club Sonterra.

Financial Planning Day: Saturday, October, 12 at The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will provide one-on-one personalized financial advice and free financial workshops.

Eighth Annual Festival of Lights: Thursday, November 21, at The Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway Street, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This event will feature dinner under the stars, beautiful holiday décor, and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities available!

For more information on Family Service, please contact Xochitl Davis, Vice President Communication, Marketing & Customer Service at 210-299-2443 or via email at