BBYF 2014 Gala Honoring Verne Lundquist

Longtime CBS sportscaster Verne Lundquist was honored Tuesday night at the 2014 Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award Gala.

Those who attended the evening at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel heard memories from Verne's storied career during an interview with Dallas Cowboys' voice Brad Sham.

The night also featured a salute to many of the 2011 BBYF scholarship winners, who will graduate from high school in the coming spring. 

DFW SABR Chapter Re-named For Bobby Bragan, Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks and Bobby Bragan, two of the most illustrious players and baseball executives that have called the DFW Metroplex home, now will be honored as namesakes of the DFW Banks-Bragan Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Banks-Bragan Chapter President Paul Rogers made the announcement after a vote by area SABR members to change the name from the Hall-Ruggles Chapter – the group’s designation from its founding in 1992 until January 2014.

"Naming our DFW chapter after Banks, a Hall of Fame shortstop and career-long Chicago Cub via Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School where he graduated in 1950; and Bragan, a baseball advocate for the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 60-plus years, provides us with increased visibility and the ability to honor two of the giant figures in baseball history with strong Metroplex ties,” Rogers said. “Banks and Bragan represent all that is good about baseball, both on and off the field, and we are excited to be able to permanently honor their baseball legacy in this way."

Celebrities Roast Galloway at Successful BBYF Gala

Randy Galloway (photo by Bob Haynes)The barbs, good-nature jabs, and laughs were aplenty Wednesday night at the BBYF's Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Randy Galloway (pictured right). The event was held at the Renaissance Worthington Fort Worth Hotel. 

For the first time the Gala took on the form of a "celebrity roast" with sports and media notables from the Dallas-Fort Worth area taking turns "roasting" the longtime columnist and retired radio talk show host.  The Star-Telegram's Mac Engel recaps some of the highlights of the roast.

As usual the event featured a live and silent auction benefiting the BBYF scholarship program which provides the promise of a college scholarship to eighth graders upon completion of high school.  The event featured a tribute to next spring's graduating class of 2010 BBYF scholarship winners. Click "Read More" to view more photos by Bob Haynes.

Bragan Foundation Congratulates Rangers' Voice Eric Nadel

Eric NadelJust weeks after his appearance as a celebrity roaster at the BBYF Lifetime Achievement Award Gala, longtime Texas Rangers' radio voice Eric Nadel (pictured right at podium) earned the highest achievement for a baseball announcer: the Ford C. Frick Award.  Nadel will be honored in July at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation would like to extend its congratulations to Eric for this incredible achievement. The BBYF would also like to thank him for his 35 years (and counting) of describing the great game of baseball to fans in Texas and for his commitment to community involvement in the Dallas area.

BBYF Rising Freshman Treated to a Night at Joe T.’s

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation hosted a first-time event for its scholarship winners who have just graduated from high school, along with past winners that are attending the same colleges that the former will be heading off to this fall. These past and current scholarship winners were invited to be BBYF’s guests at a dinner held for them at Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant in Fort Worth on June 27th. Rising freshmen were seated with their future fellow alumni and had the opportunity to ask questions about the colleges they will be attending. Many of the students brought along parents, siblings, and friends, which resulted in a good-sized crowd for this inaugural event of about 65 attendees.

The evening was a great success, and it was decided by all present that the get-together should be a Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation tradition. Many of the college freshmen expressed their desire to return next year to share their insight with our 2014 graduated seniors!

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