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Friday, Sept. 21st, 2018

Benefiting The University of Texas at Austin and UT Southwestern O'Donnell Brain Institute neurological research in the areas of traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's disease, related disorders, and the Edith T. Royal Caregiver Endowment for Family Support and Education.


Gala Committee

Debbie and Mark Hanna
Rita and Henry Hortenstine
Susan Hull and John Schweitzer
Sheri and Winston Krause
Gina and Don Reese
Pam and Ed Small


Advancing brain health is one of the most important initiatives occurring across the UT System. The DKR Fund serves to help support this important work. Proceeds will underwrite efforts at two world-class UT System schools and their global partners in the pursuit of treatment and a cure for AD, related disorders, TBI and special funding for the Edith T. Royal Caregiver Endowment for Family Support and Education.


Edith Royal, Frank Denius, Georgeann and Bill McRaven,
Sammye and Mike Myers, Ashley and Rad Weaver,
Julie and Ben Crenshaw, Steve and Ava Late

invite you to attend the

4th & Goal Gala

a celebration of the life of Coach Darrell K Royal in support of Neuroscience Research Initiatives at UTSW O'Donnell Brain Institute and The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, September 21, 2018 – 6:30 pm
ACL-Moody Theater – Austin, Texas (Map)

The Evening will feature outstanding performances by star cast members of CMT's hit series Nashville

Charles Esten | Jonathan Jackson | Chris Carmack

and a fast-paced evening with Texas luminaries, celebrities and football greats at a Texas casual cocktail and dinner party, silent auction and one-of-a-kind live auction led by the cowboys from HH Auctioneers.



Performing Artists

The Evening will feature outstanding performances by star cast members of CMT's hit series Nashville

Charles Esten
Charles Esten
Jonathan Jackson (photo credit: Peggy Sirota)
Jonathan Jackson

Chris Carmack
Chris Carmack

The UT Southwestern O'Donnell Brain Institute is dedicated to improving patients' and their families' lives through transformative research and patient-centered care. The award winning faculty and leadership are driven to uncover the secrets of how the nervous system functions and how it generates integrative behavior and cognition, as well as fill the need for new, targeted therapies.

Support for UT Austin neurological research in the areas of Traumatic Brain Injury and Alzheimer's disease and related disorders will accelerate the processes by which Dell Medical School and the multidisciplinary researchers at colleges at UT are partnering to find curative treatment for neurodegenerative diseases.

Support for the DKR Fund accelerates the progress in brain injury prevention, novel brain preservation strategies, and restoring brain function lost through injury and disease.

The Edith T. Royal Caregiver Endowment for Family Support and Education promotes life skills training, support groups, and education to the public, caregivers and those affected by Alzheimer's disease.

2018 Table Sponsorships

National Champion – $25,000

1 premiere patron table for 10
cocktails & seated dinner in
honored guests designated area

Artist Meet-Greet-Photo

Attendance at the
Patron's post show after party

DKR pickin' party
featuring Grammy winner Paul Overstreet cocktails and late night snack

All-American – $15,000

1 patron table for 10
cocktails & seated dinner in
honored guests designated area

Artist Meet-Greet-Photo

Attendance at the
Patron's post show after party

DKR pickin' party
featuring Grammy winner Paul Overstreet cocktails and late night snack


All-Conference – $7,000

1 table for 10
cocktails & seated dinner
in VIP designated area

All-State – $5,000

1 table for 10
cocktails & seated dinner
(limited quantity; 5 available)


2018 Gala Sponsorships

4th & Goal Stage Sponsor - $100,000

Legacy Council Party Sponsor
(ACL Mezzanine) - $25,000*

Super Sponsor After Party - $15,000

VIP Cocktail Hour Sponsor - $10,000


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* The DKR Fund Legacy Council is a state-wide membership organization of 125 young professionals between the ages of 24 and 38 who are committed to funding Alzheimer's research in honor of Coach Darrell K Royal.

For more sponsorship information, or to reserve your table please visit dkrfund.org or contact Emily Fenves:
info@dkrfund.org or (866) 946-3606.

The purpose of the Darrell K Royal Research Fund is to support Alzheimer's disease, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and neurological injury research, treatment, and awareness occurring from but not limited to sports injury, aging, traumatic injury or undetermined origin in Texas in the name, honor and memory of Darrell K Royal and caregiving support, education and awareness in the name and honor of Edith T. Royal.


DKR Fund Grant Recipients

Dr. Andreana Haley, UT Austin
Dr. Maya Henry, UT Austin
Dr. Marie Monfils, UT Austin
Dr. Chandramallika Basak, UT Dallas
Dr. Sven Vanneste, UT Dallas
Dr. Bridget Hawkins, UTMB Galveston
Dr. Kan Ding, UT Southwestern
Dr. Durakoglugil Murat, UT Southwestern
Dr. Steven Patrie, UT Southwestern
Dr. Florian Plattner, UT Southwestern
Dr. Lenora Volk, UT Southwestern
Dr. Yingfei Wang, UT Southwestern
Dr. Ismel Al-Ramahi, Baylor College of Medicine

Fund Officers and Directors

Ava Late, Chair
Ben Crenshaw, Vice-chair
Julie Crenshaw, Rita Hortenstine, David Kazen,
Mike Myers, Don Reese, Ed Small
Debbie Hanna, President

Advisory Board:

Beau Armstrong · Mack Brown · Lisa Dawson
Eloise DeJoria · Frank Denius
Larry Gatlin · Angie Harmon · Alfred Jackson
Red McCombs · Matthew McConaughey
Laurée and Jim Bob Moffett · Kit Moncrief
Willie Nelson · Corby Robertson

Darrell K Royal Alzheimer's Research Fnd

The DKR Fund is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501(c)3, publicly supported charity, Federal Tax ID 75-2890371. Funds donated to this event will be tax deductible to the extent permitted by applicable law. Certain items that are considered benefits to the donor will reduce the value of the charitable donation accordingly.

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