Fort Worth resident and former U. S. ambassador to Japan and Australia, Tom Schieffer, will join his brother, Bob Schieffer, at the BBYF's Lifetime Achievement Award Gala when the foundation honors Bob for his many achievements in broadcast journalism on November 14, 2012 at Ridglea Country Club. Given their sphere of influence and worldwide recognition, the Schieffer brothers stand as perhaps the most well-known and respected brothers to come out of Fort Worth.
Tom Schieffer's longtime friend, Tom Grieve, a former Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, will also be present to oversee the proceedings for the night's event.
“Having Tom Schieffer at this year's Bobby Bragan Gala to help honor his brother, Bob, will bring two of Fort Worth's favorite sons together and help make this year's gala one of the best ever,” said Grieve. “An evening with Bob and Tom, with their insights on baseball, politics and media, coming right after the November elections and hopefully a World Series win by the Rangers, promises to make for a compelling and unforgettable event.”
Tom Schieffer grew up in Fort Worth and was a graduate of Arlington Heights High School, and went on to receive undergraduate and two graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, one of which was a law degree. He served in the Texas State House of Representatives during the ‘70s, and practiced corporate law in Fort Worth in the ‘80s with a specialization in oil and gas management. Schieffer became a partner in 1989 with George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose in Ballpark Development, the company that bought the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. He was appointed president of the Texas Rangers in 1991, and during his tenure oversaw the construction of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington--a project that was built on-budget and on-time. Mr. Schieffer was appointed U. S. ambassador to Australia in 2001 by President George W. Bush, and went on to serve as ambassador of Japan from 2005-2009.
Bob Schieffer also grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from North Side High School and Texas Christian University (TCU). After graduating from TCU he served in the U.S. Air Force as a captain and information officer. Following his military service Schieffer joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as a reporter and later worked at WBAP-TV (Ch. 5), before joining CBS in 1969. Recognizing him as one of their most distinguished alumni, TCU created the Schieffer School of Journalism in his honor in 2005.
The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation was established in 1991 by former major league baseball player and manager Bobby Bragan, in an effort to encourage students to stay in school, graduate high school, and go on to college. Since that time 98% of Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship winners have graduated high school and enrolled in college.
Tickets for this year’s gala are $250 each or $2,000 for a table of 10. Tickets can be ordered by calling 817-870-2300.