The 2013 Wish-A-Thon is a new all-day charitable event hosted by Dallas Cowboys great, “The Original 88”, Drew Pearson. The public is invited to join Dodge City of McKinney and guest as they break a YouTube record by broadcasting the longest YouTube Live event ever while filming for FOX Sports Southwest. “Our goal is simple,” stated Jim Proctor of Dodge City of McKinney. “We want to raise enough money to grant not just one, but several wishes for 2013”.
Attendees can enjoy live music with local rock and roll favorites Midnight Empire and a DJ will also be on hand. Also, free food and beverages will be available into the night.
A couple of ways the public can help The 2013 Wish-A-Thon meet its goal of $50,000 is by donating online or coming by January 2nd, 2013 to Dodge City of McKinney to support the event. Make-A-Wish representatives will be on hand helping the Wish-A-Thon collect funds as well as a silent auction with great authentic memorabilia from football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and rock and roll.
If you are unable to attend the celebration and would like to make a donation for this great cause visit http://friends.wish.org/006-000/page/Jeff-Thompson/Let’s-Make-A-Wish-Come-True.htm or call Dodge City of McKinney at 972.569.9650.
To stay up to date on special guest confirmations & exciting new updates about this great event visit https://www.facebook.com/DodgeCityofMcKinney
Some of the celebrities that will be attending are:
Drew Pearson a sportscaster, businessman, and former star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys having played his entire career (1973-1983) for the Cowboys.
Pearson was named All-Pro three times (1974, 1976-77) All-NFC in 1975 and second Team All-NFC in 1978. In addition, Pearson was a Pro Bowler in 1974, 1976 and 1977.
Pearson led the National Football Conference (NFC) in pass receptions in 1976 with 58. He served as offensive captain for the Cowboys in 1977, 1978, 1982 and 1983.
Pearson helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978. He also scored a touchdown in Super Bowl X.
The Drew Pearson Show “More Than Just Sports” is the Pre and Postgame show for the 2012 Dallas Cowboys Season starring the Legendary Dallas Cowboy, Drew Pearson “The Original 88”. Sharing real life stories of his own personal experience with the Cowboys coupled with engaging guests and informative interviews this will be a MUST watch show. The show will include a 2013 Ram 1500 special segment and live demo during the “Live” Show.
Tim Brown is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award. He spent sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. His success with the Raiders organization earned him the nickname Mr. Raider. Brown has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Before his college career at Notre Dame, Brown played for Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, the same school as 1938 Heisman Trophy winner Davey O’Brien. Tim Brown didn’t start out playing football in high school; he was forbidden to play by his mother. Instead he started out in the high school band. He started playing football as a sophomore and initially hid playing from his mom. She later found out when the band leader called his house asking why he was no longer at band practice. Despite his contributions, the team fared poorly, with a 4–25–1 record over his three years as a starter. Nevertheless, Brown was heavily recruited by major colleges. His five official visits were to Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, nearby SMU and Iowa.
Brown chose the University of Notre Dame and played there from 1984–1987, earning the nickname “Touchdown Timmy.” In his first year, he set a freshman record with twenty-eight receptions. As a junior, he set a record with 1,937 all-purpose yards. Offensively he ran for 254 yards with 2 TD and caught 45 passes for 910 yards with 5 TD. During 1987, Brown caught 34 passes for 846 yards, returned 34 punts for 401 yards, rushed for 144 yards, gained 456 yards on 23 kickoff returns, and scored eight touchdowns. Brown finished his career at Notre Dame with 137 receptions for 2,493 yards, a school record 5,024 all-purpose yards, and 22 touchdowns.
Mike Jeffcoat is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1983 to 1985, 1987 to 1992, and 1994. He played college baseball for Louisiana Tech. He is now the head coach of the Texas Wesleyan University baseball team.
Jeffcoat is well known as one of the most influential coaches in the country recruiting top talent in college baseball, and preparing the athletes for what it takes to make it to the professional level.
Under Jeffcoat’s guidance, Texas Wesleyan has become one of the premier baseball programs in the NAIA. His teams have appeared in the Red River Athletic Conference Championship game in five of the last eight seasons, winning the title in 2007 and 2010. In four of the last seven seasons, his teams have finished no worse than third in the Region and reached the finals of the NAIA National Championship Opening Round twice. Jeffcoat has produced 58 All-Conference selections and four All-Americans.
Mayra Leal is a Latina artist of Mexican and San Salvadorian descent, born in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston graduate has discovered a passion for film and is garnering the attention of veteran movie producers, directors, and an emerging loyal fan-base.
She enjoys the business of film, but loves to spend time with her family and friends when not on the set.
John Jay Saldi, IV is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League. Saldi played for nine seasons from 1976-1984 for the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.
Mandy Williams, better known as “Black” of the sister duo “Red” (Tina Pennington) and “Black”. Black is all business. By the time she was 21 she had an Economic degree from Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) in Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in International Finance from New York University and the London Graduate School of Business. After a short time in New Orleans, she moved to Houston during the oil boom of the 70’s. She survived – no, she flourished – during the ups and downs of the oil and gas industry, and managed to retire from corporate life before she was 40. No longer with a day job when she married her second husband, her life didn’t provide enough excitement and challenge. She began racing cars, first Porsches and then Ferraris, and became the first woman to race the road course at Indianapolis. She has been involved with The Make-A-Wish Foundation for over 20 years and has raised over $1 million. Black, the ultimate pragmatic, still lives in Houston where she approaches everything with high-speed intensity and determination.
Williams has co-authored two books What I Learned About Life When My Husband got Fired, and The Book Club Approach To Personal Finance and Life 101.
Kevin Craig Brooks a former professional American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. Kevin is the son of Theodore Wheeler, also an American football player in the National Football league.
After graduating from Detroit’s Mackenzie High School in 1981, Brooks starred as a 6’6″, 273 lbs. defensive end at the University of Michigan. Brooks played in six NFL seasons from 1985-1990 for the Cowboys and the Detroit Lions. Kevin is still a Texas resident. He currently does public speaking, and is also an Athletic Liaison for his own company Brooks Athletics. Kevin has a profile on the official NFL site School of The Legends.www.schoolofthelegends.com/kevinbrooks
Midnight Empire makes rock music. It isn’t alternative, thrash, indie, punk, pop, electronic or metal. It’s rock ’n’ roll, pure and simple.
The Dallas-based band finds creative inspiration in Guns N’ Roses (circa 1987’s Appetite for Destruction), ’70s-era Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and early Van Halen. Midnight Empire’s core members — Jacob Henderson on lead vocals, Art Struck on guitar and Matt Cook on drums — craft groove-heavy tunes with enough fiery rock swagger to set the stage ablaze.
They refuse to be anything remotely prefabricated. There are no gimmicks, no costumes and no canned sonic additives. These guys make plenty of genuine noise. Henderson’s wail-ready voice blends with Struck’s sizzling guitar riffs and Cook’s muscular drumming.
Damien Robinson is a former safety of the NFL. He played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks. He attended college at the University of Iowa.
During the 2000 NFL season, Robinson was one of the league’s leading Free Safeties with 6 interceptions and 11 passes.
“Providing the first wish of 2013 for the local Make-A-Wish Foundation is something we take very seriously. We are honored to be in a position to provide this wish for someone in need of hope, and can wait to hold a celebration in their honor” states Jim Proctor, General Manager of Dodge City of McKinney.
And what a celebration it is going to be!
Dodge City of McKinney is located at 700 South Central Expressway in McKinney and has a wide variety of outstanding vehicles as well as a state-of-the-art auto repair center. They truly care about their customers, and strive to deliver the best customer service in the industry. “At Chrysler Jeep Ram Dodge City of McKinney, we understand that there are thousands of other dealers just a click away. That’s why we will do what it takes to earn your business” states Internet Director, Jeff “Bubba” Thompson.