DALLAS AMBASSADOR FAMILY

For 2007,

We've had the honor of serving as the "ambassador family" for the Dallas chapter of the March of Dimes.


Basically, we got to go around sharing our story.


We  thought it would be fun to use this page as an online scrapbook. So  below you will find photos from our various speaking engagements, along  with a few details of each. 


As  much as we enjoyed sharing our story and inspiring others, the  highlight was standing on stage for the start of WalkAmerica and seeing  25,000 people ready to Save Babies!

Sept. 28: "God Bless America" ... and March of Dimes volunteers

Jake and Josh were the closing act of the annual statewide Volunteer  Recognition Luncheon. Jake sang "God Bless America," with accompanyment  from Josh, aka Uncle Sam (although we told him he was "Captain America"  because that sounds a lot cooler to a 5-year-old!) Josh's frown, by the  way, was just part of his serious face before he went on stage. A  happier look is just below. 

Aug. 10: ACE Cash Express

We were invited to make a return visit to the ACE Cash Express  headquarters to help accept the company's huuuuuuge donation to the  March of Dimes: $584,936.26

April 11: Garland ISD BBQ

Our  friends in Garland, who hosted our very first function (scroll all  the  way down), invited us back out to take part in a BBQ contest between   three mayors and the school superintendent. All we had to do was eat   and enjoy! While the kids, including Zac's pal Raef, got to play on the   bounce houses, Lori & Jaime were judges in the contest. Yummy,   yummy.  

April 4: TV interview for "Positively Texas"

We were filmed on a Wednesday for a show that aired on Saturday and  Sunday. Some fun, silly, behind-the-scenes photos are available on our TV appearances page.  

March 21: Pediatrix

While  we appreciate every offer to speak, this one had extra meaning for  us  because it was with the medical group whose doctors made all this   possible. Our NICU doctors at Medical City (Link Given Below)  are part  of the Pediatrix family, so even though they weren't there we  still  felt quite a bond -- so much that Lori made her debut as a  speech-giver  while Jaime was at the NCAA basketball tournament in San  Antonio.   

March 13: LOBBY DAY in Austin!!!

We were among about 200 March of Dimes folks lobbying  state lawmakers to help make sure all babies are born healthy. The  boys' footprints and their story were included as part of the thank-you  gift given to all legislators that everyone met with. We met with  staffers for state Rep. Will Hartnett and state Sen. John Carona. Another legislator, state Rep. Helen Giddings, asked to meet the boys  behind those footprints, so we went to her office to say hello;  our family photo found below was taken in her office.


(This turned out to be the final picture of Zac in his braces -- they came off the next day.) 

March 13: LOBBY DAY in Austin!!!

 

We were among about 200 March of Dimes folks lobbying  state lawmakers to help make sure all babies are born healthy. The  boys' footprints and their story were included as part of the thank-you  gift given to all legislators that everyone met with. We met with  staffers for state Rep. Will Hartnett and state Sen. John Carona. Another legislator, state Rep. Helen Giddings, asked to meet the boys  behind those footprints, so we went to her office to say hello;  our family photo found below was taken in her office.


(This turned out to be the final picture of Zac in his braces -- they came off the next day.) 

April 11: Garland ISD BBQ

Our  friends in Garland, who hosted our very first function (scroll all  the  way down), invited us back out to take part in a BBQ contest between   three mayors and the school superintendent. All we had to do was eat   and enjoy! While the kids, including Zac's pal Raef, got to play on the   bounce houses, Lori & Jaime were judges in the contest. Yummy,   yummy.  

March 9: Bank of America

We went to one of the highest points in town (the 69th floor of the Bank  of America tower) to help fire up a group that doesn't need much  encouragement -- Bank of America was the No. 1 fund-raiser among  corporate teams last year! These shots are from afterward, when Jake,  Josh & Zac had fun in the empty ballroom. 

Feb. 28: Double-header of Parkland Hospital and AIG

We started a new tradition of letting Jake & Josh  pass out our business cards during the speech, and Jake certainly  enjoyed it! At Parkland (where their carnival-themed meeting was a BIG  hit with the boys), Jake told one woman who requested another for a  friend, "No! Everybody only gets one!" At AIG, Josh wasn't too into his  chore, so Jake gleefully handled the whole room himself -- going back  for seconds, not with business cards, but with stickers he'd brought  along.

Feb. 15: Luby's

We got to share our story with regional managers of Luby's cafeterias.  We were especially pleased to speak to them because last year -- and  this year -- Luby's sponsors the Family Teams, which is how we began our  involvement with the March of Dimes.  

Feb. 13: Jenkens & Gilchrist

A morning meeting at a law firm left Josh in a, um, interesting mood, as you see below:

Feb. 8: Kickoff Breakfast

With more than 800 people filling a ballroom at the  Westin Galleria, our speech featured some extra entertainment: Jake and  Josh on the microphone. Josh was in Jaime's arms when he realized he  could swoop down and holler into it and be heard by everyone. So, of  course, Jake calmored to do the same. Oh well; kids will be kids! 


Part  of the ceremony was recognizing the folks who raised $2.8 million at  last year's WalkAmerica and challenging everyone to crack this year's  goal of $3 million. We were among those honored for helping toward the  goal, receiving a trophy for our work with the Family Teams. That is  what Lori is holding in the photo below.

Here's a shot of Jake and the microphone (after the event, of course!) 

Jan. 30: Garland ISD (Our first one!)

On Tuesday, Jan. 30, we had the privilege of being in Garland for a  special event featuring the school district that raised the most money  for WalkAmerica last year among all school districts in the nation. WOW!  They raised a whopping $115,000.