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Friday, Nov. 8th, 2019

Benefiting The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School 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.


Edith Royal
and Members of the DKR Fund Board

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, November 8, 2019 – 6:30 pm
ACL-Moody Theater – Austin, Texas (Map)

The evening will feature

The Doobie Brothers

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.



The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

Legendary rock band The Doobie Brothers have been delivering mind-blowing, roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades. Their iconic singles "Listen to the Music," "Black Water," "Long Train Runnin’," and "China Grove" lead a catalog of indelible songs that include: "Jesus Is Just All Right," "Rockin’ Down the Highway," "Take Me In Your Arms," "Takin’ It to the Streets," "The Doctor," and more. The band has sold more than 48 million albums, has 3 Multi-Platinum, 7 Platinum, and 14 Gold albums, and has won four GRAMMY® Awards.


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.

2019 Table Sponsorships

National Champion – $25,000

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

Host-Artist Meet-Greet-Photo

All-American – $15,000

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

Host-Artist Meet-Greet-Photo


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 available; purchase by email only [email protected])


For more sponsorship information, or to reserve your table please visit dkrfund.org or contact Elizabeth Padgett:
[email protected] or (866) 946-3606.

2019 Gala Sponsorships

[SOLD] 4th & Goal Stage Sponsor - $150,000
D. Kirk Edwards Family

Edith T. Royal Caregiver Sponsor - $25,000

Legacy Council and Rookies Party Sponsor - $15,000*

VIP Cocktail Hour Sponsor - $10,000

Sponsor Online Now

Print and Mail - Reply Card

* 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.


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 Institutional Grants

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School
UT Health San Antonio Biggs Institute

Funded Researchers

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 · Larry Gatlin
Angie Harmon · Red McCombs · Matthew McConaughey
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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