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Farrah Fawcett

FARRAH FAWCETT TEX-MEX FIESTA

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation (FFF) has announced that this year’s 4th biennial Tex-Mex Fiesta benefit will be held in Dallas at The Rustic on October 20, 2022. President and CEO of the FFF and Farrah’s long-time friend, Alana Stewart, will be co-hosting along with Farrah’s former Charlie’s Angels co-star, Jaclyn Smith. Honorees include Linda Gray, (of TV’s Dallas) and a special acknowledgment to Ryan O’Neal for his continued support of the FFF.

“For the first time, we are celebrating the legacy of Farrah in her home state by bringing our Tex-Mex event to Dallas, instead of the traditional location in Beverly Hills. “Farrah was a Texas girl so this would have meant so much to her,” said Alana Stewart.

In 2016, the FFF supported efforts in Dallas In the American Cancer Society’s Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge, naming a suite in Farrah’s honor. These fundraising efforts were spearheaded by long-time Dallas local and FFF supporter John Terlingo, of Terlingo Cycle. The facility, located on Baylor University Medical Center’s campus through collaboration with Baylor Scott & White Health, provides a safe and peaceful place for patients and their caregivers to stay during treatment at any local treatment center.

The FFF is excited to continue its partnership with the American Cancer Society and Dallas Cattle Baron’s Ball. Proceeds from the event will benefit the important work of this facility, which strives to provide 18,000 nights of free lodging each year. Funds raised will also benefit the FFF’s collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer, which funds HPV-related cancer research. The biennial Tex-Mex Fiesta was first held in 2015 and has raised almost $3 million for the cause.

The host committee for the 2022 FFF Tex-Mex Fiesta includes Sami Abboud, Jenny Anchondo, Heath Oakes, Gonzalo Beuno, Lindsey Billingsley, Jamie Jo Bolougne, Tori Gonzales Bradburry, Alesia Coffman, Dame Joan Collins, Julie, and Dayton Conklin, Jessica Jade Courvell, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Morgan Fairchild, Lea Fisher, George Hamilton, Marjon Henderson, Lindsay Jacamon, Hilary Kennedy, Courtney Kerr, Kara, and John Kratzer, Muffin and John Lemak, Michael McCray, Donna Mills, Niven Morgan, Juliette, and Mark Moussa, Jonika Nix, Kyle Noonan, Michael Nouri, Lisa, and Bill Ogle, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Ryan O’Neal, Lisa Pinero, Dr. Lawrence Piro, Melissa, and Brian Ramos, Nancy Rogers, Devin Savage, Stephanie Seay, Melissa Spencer, Chuck Steelman, John Terlingo, Amy Vanderoef, Shelby Wagner, Natalie Westbrooke, Kameron, and Court Westcott, Samantha Whortley, Tia Wynne and Mark Zunino.

The State of Sports Betting in Texas – Will it be Legal?

Sports gambling is forbidden in Texas even though the state has a large sports fan population. Even though there are signs of a shift in Texas’ attitude toward gambling, people should not expect to see regulated sports wagering within the next year.

Sports betting regulation has been proposed in Texas, but there are a few key obstacles to overcome.

The State of Sports Betting in Texas: Is it Legal?

Regrettably, that isn’t the case. Sports betting might make Texas the 2nd largest online sports betting jurisdiction in the United States, as per numerous analyses.

If sports betting is ever legalized in Texas, Texans will put $11.5 billion in sports wagering annually, according to the estimates of the state. To put it another way, a 6.75 percent tax would bring in more than $950 million for the government.

Notwithstanding the state’s notoriety for its love of football, it has maintained one of the slowest states to authorize internet betting. As of right now, no one can predict when the sluggish pace would take up again. Texas residents could only make sports wagers via the services of overseas bookmakers. Using offshore bookmakers to make bets in Texas or any other jurisdiction where sports gambling is outlawed is legal since they are located in nations that allow it. 

In comparison to other bookmakers, offshore betting companies have the benefit of offering highly competitive odds. In light of the foregoing, it is strongly suggested that you do your homework on the various online bookmakers. There are many credible and intelligent sources of information that cover all aspects and answers the question ‘can I bet on sports online in Texas’ in great detail.

Sports Betting on the Internet in Texas: A Brief Overview

There is no legitimate tradition of sports gambling in Texas, which is a shame. The county has long enforced anti-gambling laws, giving this one of the most restrictive places in the nation. Horse and dog racing are legal in Texas, but wagers must be made in person. It’s illegal to gamble on OTBs.

To better understand the current betting climate in Texas, consider the state’s betting history:

In 1934, Texas became the first state to establish Parvati horse racing gambling.

After four years of legal thoroughbred racing in Texas, racecourses have been shut down, and betting on horse races has been banned.

Until 1971, charity betting was exempt from anti-gambling laws. Two years later, this ruling was overturned, making it illegal once more.

Charitable gambling licenses were legalized in 1983. A revision of the state law was therefore required in 1981.

Horse racing Parvati betting increased in 1987 because of a positive state referendum outcome. When the earliest racecourses outside the United States began collecting bets via broadcast simulcasts in 1993, it marked a significant shift in the industry.

Casino cruises are authorized to operate as long as the boat is within the territorial waters of the United States. The enterprise had been going for twenty years until it was closed down.

As a result of a state lottery decision in 1993, both drawing and scratch-off operations will be allowed.

Tribal group compacts come into focus when bingo halls and casinos on tribal lands are closed down and rebuilt several times. A little distance from the Mexican frontier, south of San Antonio, the Kickapoo Indians hold the sole surviving tribal casino.

Some proposals to boost gambling in the state in 2015 were never implemented. As part of the idea, video poker machines would be offered at racetracks and eight government casinos.

Is Fantasy Sports Legal in the Lone Star State?

Whether or not these types of wagers are permitted by law is a subject of debate.

DFS is not penalized in Texas, despite previous failed attempts to legalize the activity altogether.

Texas is willing to let daily fantasy sports enthusiasts from Texas engage on 2 sites while it considers its future moves on sports gambling.

Who Knows What the Future Will Bring

Although there is still a long way to go, the passage of new legislation to enable sports gambling provides us with optimism for the future.

As per the American Sports Wagering Association, regulated sports gambling may generate over $3.7 billion in additional revenue and over 9,500 new jobs in the United States. Since Texans already bet on sports illegally and in other places, a new law is likely to be approved. The American Pastors Union of Texas has more than 3.5 million members in Texas. As well as opposing the legalization of sports betting, they also condemn the National Lottery.

The spokesperson for the Union said that the planned tax on sports betting will impact the state’s poorest inhabitants disproportionately, similar to the lottery.

It’s Regressive to the point of making a tax system blush. Is it a great idea to spend the money we donate to help others pay for our own government? However, Kohler was skeptical about the claims.

However, it should be noted that in 2016, the State Lottery raised $1.9 billion for educational purposes. The tax revenue generated by legal sports wagering will be far more than the tax revenue generated by illegal sports gambling.

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Sleep in Heavenly Peace

There’s an organization that works hard to see to it that no kid sleeps on the floor.

Sleep In Heavenly Peace provides beds for kids in need, believing that having a bed is an essential and basic need for a child’s well-being. Soon, its San Diego North County addition will join the over 250 chapters already established across the country. A story on this purposeful and inspiring non-profit will resonate with the San Diego community as a feel-good piece in today’s challenging world.

Sleep is one of the most important things in life and one that we take for granted. We don’t have to think about where we’ll be sleeping each night most of the time or if we’ll have an actual bed to sleep in safely and comfortably. Unfortunately, this comfort and security are not guaranteed for thousands of children in the U.S.  

Sleep In Heavenly Peace started as a small project to provide a family with a much-needed bunk bed or single twin beds during the Christmas season. After completing the build, the founder reached out to people in his community to see who else could benefit from the security of having a space to rest every night. While he received many more requests than he could handle, there was an outpouring of volunteers willing to help with every build and delivery step.

One bed turned to dozens which turned into hundreds, leading to the launch of Sleep In Heavenly Peace and its mission to build bunk beds and single twin beds for children and families in need.

As a national organization not affiliated with any political ideology, faith or social cause, Sleep in Heavenly Peace is made possible by people of local communities pitching in to help. The generosity of volunteers makes this group impactful in the ways they’re able to reach so many. Their ethos is the simple idea of humans helping humans.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace also provides new mattresses, pillows, blankets and sheets. They even receive generous donations of stuffed animals, too.

This steady growth and expansion into new areas such as San Diego allow Sleep in Heavenly Peace to serve more people nationwide. They will have their Ribbon Cutting with the Vista Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, August 27.  

About Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Ensure every child gets a good night’s sleep with Sleep in Heavenly Peace. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to building and donating bunk beds and single twin beds to children and families in need. They handle everything from mattresses and bedding to delivery and assembly, so families can fully benefit and appreciate having a comfortable place to sleep. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Commanders × USO

Washington Commanders co-owner and co-CEO Tanya Snyder, Head Coach Ron Rivera and his wife Stephanie Rivera and Commanders players Jonathan Allen and Jamin Davis teamed up with USO to hand deliver care packages to troops at BWI Airport just before they boarded the plane for deployment.  

The care packages handed out were packaged during the Commander’s packaging event held on March 10th at FedExField, when the team and USO together packed 4,000 Care Packages comprising more than 24,000 items for troops. The care packages include hygiene essentials such as combs, razors, shaving cream, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as team merchandise and snacks. March 10th‘s event was the largest local USO packaging event to date. Tanya and Dan Snyder, Washington Commanders staff, Active-Duty Service Members, 15 Washington Alumni including Ken Harvey, Doc Walker, Fred Smoot, Dexter Manley, and Women of Washington Wives were in attendance. 

In March, Co-Owners and Co-CEOs Tanya and Dan Snyder also donated $300,000 to support response efforts for the ongoing crisis in Ukraine to the USO and the following organizations: 

  • USO Support our Troops, which has mobilized to support service members who have been deployed to Ukraine and the surrounding areas as well as their families, through care packages, USO2GO, and boxed snack programs.  
  • DC-based World Central Kitchen, providing nourishing, hot meals through distribution points across six countries to refugees, in addition to partnering with local restaurants in Ukraine to support local needs for those who are staying in their cities.  
  • International Rescue Committee, which is working to rush critical aid and direct support to displaced families through locally based organizations.   
  • Save the Children, which is working with Ukraine’s most at-risk population, children, to address physical harm, severe emotional distress and mass displacement by coordinating efforts to provide immediate aid, supplies, psychosocial support and cash assistance.   

About The USO 

The USO continues to provide critical resources for U.S. service members deployed to Eastern Europe. From care packages to call centers, USO programs ensure troops remain connected to family, home, and country throughout their deployment.

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Chip In Casino Night

Chip In Casino Night Gala & After Dark Bash, Chicago’s premiere casino-themed fundraiser for Autism Speaks celebrates its 6th smash year on May 7, 2022! With the historic and stunning backdrop of Chicago’s Revel Motor Row on Michigan Avenue, Chip In Casino Night Gala & After Dark Bash guarantees a one-of-a-kind experience, and features an open bar, delicious eats provided by area restaurants, including 90th Meridian, The Gage and Kennison. We also have amazing live and silent auction items, and of course, a classic, casino-style gaming experience including blackjack, craps, roulette and poker. Since its inception in 2016, Chip In has raised over $1,500,000 to fuel Autism Speaks’ mission to help create a world where all people with autism have access to greater resources to help them achieve their full potential. What began as an exciting idea from a few dedicated board members, has evolved to become one of Chicago’s highest-profile fundraisers benefiting those with autism. 

In addition to the high stakes fun and excitement of the evening, Autism Speaks is proud to be honoring Chicago Businessman Neil Book, Chairman and CEO of Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) Mr. Book has been a dedicated and generous supporter of our local Autism Speaks mission for many years. JSSI fields an Autism Speaks Walk team, sponsors our Chip In Casino Night, and is engaging as an active partner in Autism Speaks Workplace Inclusion Now (WIN) effort.

“We are so thrilled to honor Neil for his ongoing commitment to Autism Speaks. Neil is truly fueling our mission through his hard work and support,” says Autism Speaks Upper Midwest Chapter Executive Director Lynsie Estes.  

Autism Speaks Young Professionals (ASYP) will keep the party going by hosting the After Dark Bash, (also in the Revel Motor Row venue) featuring music, dancing, cocktails, late-night food from some amazing partner restaurants, inspiring tributes, and this year… casino gaming! Autism Speaks Young Professionals is a group that works to support Autism Speaks mission by raising funds and awareness, while also connecting young professionals in Chicago. 

About Autism Speaks 

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support, increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism, and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Deeply ingrained in the Autism Speaks mission is a commitment to creating a more equitable and accessible world for those we serve. By enhancing our solutions, embracing culture, and elevating diversity inside and outside of our organization, we can guide individuals and families to more relevant resources that can help them overcome obstacles they may encounter and reach their full potential. This work will address biases and disparities that create obstacles, champion equity-focused innovations, and further advance the lives of people on the spectrum.

*360 does not endorse or support the views shared by this organization. We are simply reporting on their endeavor. According to The Reporter, Autism Speaks was scrutinized for their alleged actions or marketing materials.

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Inspire Change

Inspire Change, the NFL‘s social justice initiative, recently revealed that the organization has greatly exceeded fundraising expectiations.

In December, it was announced that the league’s Inspire Change initiative had reached $180M toward the 10-year, $250M commitment in social justice. At the annual owner’s meetings, it was announced that Inspire Change has eclipsed $237M toward this commitment, bringing them almost 5 years ahead of schedule.

The increase includes additional league funding as well as widespread club and ownership efforts not yet tallied as of the December announcement and through the end of the 2021-’22 league year.

Inspire Change, which aims to move us toward a more equal and just tomorrow by reducing barriers to opportunity, is built on four pillars: education, economic advancement, police-community relations, and criminal justice reform. Most recently, four organizations—Year Up, Wall Street Bound, Free Minds Book Club, and Get Schooled—received grants. The money has gone to nonprofits and hundreds of grassroots organizations nationwide since 2017.

About Inspire Change

Working with the Players Coalition, a 501(c)(3), Inspire Change is the NFL’s charity. It is led by players and coaches within the league and allows for the organization to give back to local communities through financial means, hoping to reduce barriers to opportunity and strengthen their communities.

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Race for Change

The IRONMAN® Foundation announced partnerships with Black Kids Swim®, Black Runners Connection, and Major Taylor Cycling Club to build awareness and expand outreach in support of its Race For ChangeTM diversity initiative. The IRONMAN Foundation and the three affinity sports clubs will implement programming to address potential participation barriers that might prevent Black and other diverse athlete groups from competing in triathlons.

In 2020, with the mission to ensure equity for athletes in the sport of triathlon and the communities where IRONMAN athletes and first-time hopefuls live, train, and race, Race for Change was launched by The IRONMAN Foundation and The IRONMAN Group with an initial pledge of $1 million to support programming.

To kick off the collaboration, members from Black Kids Swim, Black Runners Connection, and Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance will form Race For Change relay teams to compete in several 2022 IRONMAN 70.3® events throughout the United States. The goal behind the Race For Change relay teams is to foster support for The IRONMAN Foundation’s diversity initiative and inspire more diverse athletes to consider IRONMAN events. The Race For Change relay teams will take part in the following races:

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Black Kids Swim, Black Runners Connection, and Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance through our Race for Change diversity initiative. We consider these groundbreaking partnerships an important collaboration as we seek to remove participation barriers to welcome more people into our sport,” said Audra Tassone-Indeck, Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation.

Black Kids Swim is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing Black participation in competitive swimming. It encourages Black families to take advantage of the academic, professional, and personal opportunities available through proficient swim skills. Black Kids Swim wants to see Black children do more than ‘survive’ in the water. The organization helps Black children develop valuable techniques, sportsmanship, and discipline that can benefit them physically and professionally their entire lives.

“There is an immense amount of untapped talent in the Black swimming community that needs assistance and recognition,” said Black Kids Swim Founder and Executive Director Ebony Rosemond. “Black Kids Swim recognizes triathlon is growing in popularity and will soon become an NCAA sport. We view this exciting partnership with IRONMAN Foundation’s Race for Change initiative as something that will increase Black participation in both competitive swimming and triathlons.”

Black Runners Connection is a group that encourages Black people to embrace distance running throughout the world. It has more than 8,500 members nationwide and promotes the idea of a healthy mind and body as an athlete.

“Running is one of the most popular sports, and it is celebrated by being part of the largest endurance sport in the world,” said James Ravenell, president, and CEO of Black Runners Connection. “Being asked to be a part of IRONMAN Foundation’s Race For Change initiative will showcase how Black runners can participate in triathlons.”

Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance was named for Marshall “Major” Taylor, who in 1899 became the first Black American world champion in cycling. Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance is an all-inclusive cycling organization that looks to promote good health by supporting recreational and cycling activities in the community. It has clubs throughout the United States and overseas in Canada and Nairobi, Kenya.

“One of the goals of Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance is to show how inclusive cycling is and how it’s for all communities,’ said Bill Gaston, president of Major Taylor International Cycling Alliance. “We are excited and proud that the IRONMAN Foundation’s Race for Change initiative has invited our club to help with its diversity and inclusion efforts. Removing barriers and creating awareness of the multisport world is our goal. This is yet another avenue in the cycling community to be explored.”

Pro-triathlete coach, Morgon Latimore, will serve as a mentor and help each Race for Change relay team prep for their event. For more information on The IRONMAN Group, its brands, and global event series, click HERE.

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Dining Out for Life Fundraiser

The last two years have curtailed most public events, but Dining Out For Life® hosted by Subaru soldiered on by helping partner restaurants fill take-out or gift card orders while their own fundraising was severely limited. This year, nearly all of the 50+ Dining Out For Life licensed health care organizations are planning to host an event, inviting supporters to partake in a meal that will be meaningful to all involved.

Now in its 26th year, Dining Out For Life is magnificent in its simplicity: Dine at a participating restaurant and that restaurant will donate a generous portion of the day’s proceeds to a local health organization providing essential services to those affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. The 2022 fundraiser will be held on Thursday, April 28 in cities across North America. The event is traditionally held on the last Thursday in April, while some markets have alternate dates. To learn more about your region’s event and to make a reservation, click HERE.

Sixteen years ago, Subaru of America, the automaker committed to helping those in need, teamed up with the Dining Out For Life organization, along with spokespeople including Ted Allen, host of Food Network’s Chopped!; Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All Stars designer and HIV advocate; and film and television actor Pam Grier (Foxy Brown/Jackie Brown), who said: “While many of us may be limited in what we can donate, we can contribute our time to causes we care about. Consider sharing what you can by becoming a volunteer!”

Since 2006, Dining Out For Life has raised more than $52 million dollars with support from Subaru, thousands of restaurants and hundreds of volunteers.

 “Subaru and our retailers are committed to caring for our communities nationwide, and over many years of partnership, we’ve been privileged to support the HIV/AIDS community through Dining Out For Life,” said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “We’re excited to bring Dining Out For Life back to cities across North America and invite people to sit down for a meal and show their support for their neighbors who are currently living with HIV and other chronic illnesses.”

How to participate:

  • Visit their website to find a Dining Out For Life event in your community.
  • Support participating restaurants – make a reservation, order takeout, or purchase gift certificates.
  • Donate directly to Dining Out For Life service organizations to support the continued work they do to make communities healthier.
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Carson Boys & Girls Club Basketball Court

On Tuesday, March 22, Reebok, in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and non-profit Project Backboard, unveiled a revamped basketball court for the members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson, California. The repaired playing surface and a custom butterfly mural share Reebok’s “Life is Not a Spectator Sport” message and the mission of its youth physical activity program, BOKS, encouraging kids to get active and to connect with life and one another. Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson, California, located 20 miles south of Los Angeles, serves 5,400 youth in Carson, Gardena, and South Los Angeles.

Last month, Reebok launched “Life is Not a Spectator Sport,” a bold new global brand campaign designed to inspire people to pursue their passions, celebrate their individuality and become active participants in the world around them.

“‘Life is Not a Spectator Sport’ is an especially important message for kids,” said Caroline Machen, Vice President, Global Brand Marketing at Reebok Design Group. “Enhancing the game of basketball has always been a part of Reebok’s DNA and we’re excited to bring this message to their home court in a way that makes sense for them. Even if it’s one Club or community at a time, if we continue to do the work, we can help build a more connected, active, and creative generation.” 

Realizing the varying needs of families within the community, Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson help ignite the unlimited potential of kids and teens by creating safe, inclusive, and engaging environments. 

“The ongoing pandemic has sidelined our kids for far too long,” commented Boys & Girls Clubs of Carson CEO Kim Richards. “I can’t think of a better way to get kids back in the game than having our clubhouse basketball court transformed thanks to the generosity of Reebok and Project Backboard. These renovations are a slam dunk toward our vision to provide equitable access to sports and fitness for kids in our under-resourced community.”

Executed by Project Backboard, whose mission is to renovate courts to help strengthen communities and encourage multi-generational play, the months-long revamp entailed sourcing brand new portable basketball hoops, repairing surface cracks and bumps, applying new layers of sealant for durability, and painting a beautiful butterfly mural designed by artist Shannon Peel.

“The butterfly is a symbol of metamorphosis and growth, which is central to Reebok’s ‘Life is Not a Spectator Sport’ message,” added Peel. “We wanted to integrate elements that represent energy, movement, strength, and effort, while maintaining a functional playing space that does not distract the kids during play, but rather supports them.”

This Tuesday, Reebok and Club staff presented the revived space to its members for the first time. As part of the unveil, kids and staff received new pairs of Reebok sneakers before enjoying a virtual discussion with Reebok leaders and remarks by local elected officials Jawane Hilton and Cedric L. Hicks Sr., followed by mini-games and activities on their new court.

“This sports court is special because it reminds Club youth that achieving their goals is truly possible by getting out of the stands and actively participating in life—both on the court and off,” continued Richards.

Through brand initiatives like BOKS and its Human Rights Award, and partnerships with key organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Reebok continues to build upon its mission to support communities’ needs, empower the underserved, increase inclusivity, inspire movement, and expand access to play, through 2022 and beyond.For more on Reebok’s “Life is Not a Spectator Sport” platform, click HERE.