The Irving Healthcare Foundation appreciates its supporters and volunteers. Every year, foundation staffers hold a Citizens Who Care Dinner to recognize some of those who give their time and money to make Irving healthier.

This year’s dinner was at Hackberry Creek Country Club and featured speaker Gary Barlow. He talked about the new Texas Center for Proton Therapy that is being built just down the street from the country club on Royal Lane. It should open in 2016.

Foundation president John Drake then presented four awards. Two Distinguished Individual Awards were presented. One was given posthumously to Gnat Bozeman. His wife and daughter accepted on his behalf. The other one went to Dr. Robert Israel, who devotes countless hours of his time to the Irving Interfaith Clinic, one of the foundation’s beneficiaries.

Lucinda and Jim Rogers, owners of Gold ‘n’ Carats, received the Distinguished Organization Award. They often donate exquisite jewelry for the foundation’s annual fundraiser, TexasFest. The event is set for May 3.

The Distinguished Volunteer Award was presented to Dr. Alan Haile for his work at the dental clinic.

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Basketball superstar

Odyssey Sims keeps adding to her trophy case. The MacArthur High graduate and Baylor guard was just named the Big 12 women’s basketball player of the year by the league’s head coaches. She was also named defensive player of the year. In addition, Sims received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s outstanding female college player 5-8 and under.

Sims leads the nation in scoring with 29.6 points and has registered four 40-point games. She is also averaging 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals. Sims is currently fifth in the Big 12 in career points with 2,366 and 10th in career assists with 612.Now, she has a chance to lead Baylor in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. Preliminary rounds start March 22, and the Final Four will be April 6-8.

Tennis at the Four Seasons

Several top-ranked tennis players are in Irving through Sunday to try to win the Irving Tennis Classic. Held at the Four Seasons, the tournament started Monday with qualifying rounds. Quarter finals are Friday , semi-finals Saturday and finals Sunday. Also on Sunday will be a college match: SMU will play Portland.

The men’s ATP Challenger Tour tournament started as the Dallas Tennis Classic in 2012. Irving came on board this year as the main tournament sponsor. The event offers $125,000 in prize money.To learn more, visit

Secret Service golf tourney

The 3rd Annual Secret Service Charity Golf Tournament will be at 11 a.m. March 31 at Hackberry Creek Country Club, 1901 W. Royal Lane. The event benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research, the Wounded Warrior Project and Sons of the Flag. Sponsorships are available and start with a four-person team cost of $500. Contact Alan Reeves at 214-930-0519 or; or visit


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