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2-bagsOur firm always enjoys brightening the holiday season for under-served children. We donate gifts and support an elementary school, the Tarrant Area Food Bank, and other non-profit organizations.

Yesterday I threw 80 footballs out to the boys and girls in the after-school fitness program. We ran around the school and passed the balls back and forth.

I urged them to keep running and walking over their holiday break to get in shape for the big Cowtown Marathon’s 5K in February.

We were proud to again sponsor the CALF 10K, 5K, and 1 mile runs on Saturday morning.

CALF, which stands for Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness, is cleverly named since it is founded by the Cowtown Marathon. This organization was voted as the top one in the United States promoting physical fitness for kids a few years ago.

Hundreds of school children from all over Fort Worth came to the Coyote Drive-In to walk and run along the Trinity River. They also got to eat the healthy snacks prepared by high school students who are planning on becoming chefs and they competed in a separate competition.

Bill Berenson Injury Law has donated $2,500 to help the Humane Society of North Texas free animals from their severely overcrowded cages, just in time for Independence Day.

This offer to pay adoption fees for all of their small animals is valid tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m.

The Humane Society is located near downtown Fort Worth at 1840 East Lancaster Avenue.

It was my pleasure to speak at the fifth grade graduation at the Rufino Mendoza Elementary School this morning.

I adopted this school on the economically challenged North Side of Fort Worth 13 years ago. I wanted to reach out to the community and support our children.

Today I donated five scholarships and have given a total of 20 to Mendoza students over the last four years.

To obtain one, students won challenging math, reading, science, writing, leadership, and music competitions. They submitted science projects, wrote essays, made speeches, balanced checkbooks, and identified musical composers.

When each winner’s name was announced, parents and family members shouted out with joy. One could feel that young lives were being changed and that their futures shone brightly.

Each winner was fitted with a cap from the school he or she wants to attend. You can see Harvard, Notre Dame, University of Texas, Texas A & M, Baylor, TCU, and University of North Texas caps in this photo.

The children’s desired fields of study were also impressive. They include environmental engineering, nursing, science, criminology, culinary arts, zoology, art, and computers.

Every year, I leave the graduation feeling that our city and our country are heading in the right place. Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world, as Nelson Mandela wrote.

I wish this morning’s winners, Josie, Tiffany, Tino, John,Emily, Paula, Amy, and Marcos, and all of our students success as they continue their studies and work to achieve their goals.

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Yesterday it was a great pleasure to meet Dean Jennifer Collins to discuss my Endowed Scholarship.

I made this gift to thank the school for teaching me the subjects and skills I needed to become a trial attorney.

I requested that the funds be designated for student scholarships for Fort Worth and Tarrant County residents. This is the first time in the history of the law school that this has happened. SMU Law School will request that TCU, UTA, and other local universities advise their students to apply.

I am hoping that this enables our local college students to attend SMU Law School and encourages other alumni to contribute.

I have been blessed with many wonderful clients over the years and am grateful to be in a position to make this donation.

As I walked around yesterday it was hard to believe that I received my degree almost 40 years ago.

 

 

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Friday I spent the morning meeting with several hundred children at the Fort Worth elementary school that I adopted many years ago. 

Most unfortunately come from families with incomes that are below the federal poverty line. The idea of going to college might seem impossible. So rather than just talk about what an attorney does, for 13 years I have spent most of each class period on basics.

The most important idea I want them to remember is that they have to graduate from high school. I stress that if they don’t have a high school degree, they will probably only be able to work at low paying jobs, not pursue valuable careers. I get everybody to promise that they will graduate from high school. While they are standing up, I ask them to continue standing if they also want to go to college and no one ever sits down.

The Fort Worth Walk Like MADD on Saturday was a painful but hopeful morning.

There were memorials left and tributes paid to those who lost their lives or have been injured due to driving while intoxicated collisions in our area.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is the only organization that fights to keep our roads safer by eliminating DWI crashes. It has helped reduce the number of drunk driving deaths by one-half since it was started in 1980 by the mother of a young woman who was crashed into by a DWI driver.

On Saturday I was proud to again sponsor the Cowtown Marathon’s exciting C.A.L.F. 15K, 5K, and one mile runs/walks and healthy foods cooking competition. It’s become one of my favorite causes as I’ve gotten older: encouraging people to be more fit and healthy.

By 6:45 a.m. school children from more than 30 schools had arrived at the Will Rogers Coliseum area and were getting ready for their events. Music was blaring and there was electricity in the air as the sun rose.  

Rufino Mendoza School Children Participate

I met up with the group of 18 students and their teachers and parents from Mendoza School who were going to walk and run said hello. This is the 13th year I have sponsored the school.

I will be going to see “my kids” this afternoon to encourage the students as they run around the school, play football, eat healthy snacks, and study in the after-school program.

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Last week I helped the Cowtown Marathon hand out running shoes to the students at the school I adopted many years ago. It was a blast seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces, kind of like Christmas in February.

The staff goes out to 90 Fort Worth schools and community centers to give away 5,000 pairs of shoes. Kudos to the Marathon for this wonderful work.

All proceeds generated by the Marathon are donated to the Children’s Activities for Life & Fitness (C.A.L.F.) program. Over $200,000 is raised to pay for these shoes, race entries to the 5K race just for children this weekend, and support for our kids. That’s amazing and possibly life-changing.

I’m proud to be a member of its council since it began in 2009 and a big supporter so when I heard that it was starting a running camp last summer, I sponsored it. I’m excited to hear that this year’s camp will reach even more children.

I strongly believe in C.A.L.F.’s mission of promoting active lifestyles for our children. And just as important, it encourages them to continue to exercise, eat health foods, and adopt good habits as they become adults. This is so badly needed.

The Cowtown Children’s 5K was named as the top kids running event in the U.S. several years ago and it’s easy to see why the Cowtown Marathon staff is so highly rated.

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This weekend was extraordinary for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerry Jones, TCU, Dallas Cowboys fans, Lady Gaga fans, and all football fans — OK, practically everyone who lives in North Texas.

The incredible come-from-behind, first overtime game in history was riveting. And our Fort Worth and Dallas stars, Tomlinson and Jones, were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame the night before.

What a game! We’re all still trying to figure out how

  • Brady, only a sixth round draft pick, was able to win his record fifth Super Bowl out of a record seven he’s played in,
  • The Patriots, the best team in the NFL, were blown out in the first half,
  • The team then scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, then marched 75 yards to win the game,
  • Brady passed for 466 yards (282 in the second half),  the most in Super Bowl history,
  • Julian Edelman hung on to the ball to make the greatest catch in Super Bowl history,
  • The Patriots were able to score on two extra point tries, the second necessary due to a missed gimme PAT, and
  • The NFL allows the team that wins the overtime coin flip to win the game.

And how about “LT” Tomlinson who

  • Grew up in the Waco area idolizing the Dallas Cowboys,
  • Came to TCU in 1997 and turned around the struggling Horned Frogs,
  • Is ranked sixth in rushing in NCAA history,
  • Led the San Diego Chargers for nine years, gaining 13,684 rushing yards and also 4,772 yards catching the ball, and
  • Still holds the NFL record for most touchdowns scored in a season (31).

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