7th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational

Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw honored with the Roger Staubach Award and Daughtry provided entertainment

Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational presented by AxxessThe weekend of May 6 & 7 marked the 7th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational weekend presented by Axxess. The weekend kicked off with 1,000 guests attending the Friday Night Party sponsored by Albertsons/Tom Thumb, led by honorary chairs Alan and Leann White and Event Chairs Carmen and Thomas Surgent, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. A slew of sports and entertainment celebrities walked the red carpet, including former Dallas Cowboys and current FOX analyst Daryl Johnston, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin, former Vikings Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle, NFL Arizona Cardinals Assistant Coach Dr. Jen Welter, Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin, former Raiders Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, Assitant Coach of the Sacramento Kings Nancy Lieberman, Real Housewives of Dallas stars LeeAnne Locken and Tiffany Hendra, former Dallas Mavericks guard, and current FOX NBA analyst Jim Jackson. The event was emceed by comedian, Broderick Rice and entertainment for the Friday Night Party was provided by Daughtry and sponsored by PlainsCapital.

Pat and Emmitt Smith presented the Roger Staubach award to Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw for their exceptional work with women and children around the country. Named for the legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and real estate icon, this award recognizes sports and or entertainment professionals who positively impact the lives of children by living courageously and creating opportunities for today’s youth. This is the only award to be named in Staubach’s honor other than the one established at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy. Former recipients include Steve and Marjorie Harvey and Magic and Cookie Johnson. 

Said Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw: “We are incredibly honored and humbled to be receiving this special award from our dear friends, supporters and philanthropic leaders, Pat and Emmitt Smith. Raising awareness for disadvantaged children and families is something that is so near and dear to our hearts and will continue to always have our full and ongoing support. It’s our hope that with our already established advancing programs and the introduction of even more over time, we can inspire hope and happiness for today’s youth and give every person struggling a reason to smile and be confident in who they are every day of their lives.”   

Before the ballroom doors even opened, ESCI had already raised $1 million dollars and by the night’s end, a figure of $1.2 million dollars raised was being extolled. On Saturday, May 7th, players gathered at TPC Craig Ranch for a day of golf.  The winners of the 2016 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational (with a net score of -29) were the foursome comprised of John Randle, Craig McCoy, Craig Hill and Kevin Boyd. The Golf Channel was onsite to congratulate the winning team and interview John Randle. Now in its 7th year, the event has raised more than $6.2 million in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, including PESC’s very own Team 22 program. TEAM 22 provides long-term mentorship, unique enrichment experiences, a summer enrichment program, college tours and access to a college education through scholarships.

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