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Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational to mix golf with dancing

Posted 12:58pm on Monday, Apr. 29, 2013

The fourth annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational will be a two-day event highlighted by the "Dancing with the Smiths" gala event May 10 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The action will continue the next morning with an 18-hole celebrity golf tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.

Where last year's Emmitt Smith charity event reunited the members of the 1992 Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion team, this year's festivities center around the NFL's all-time leading rusher's friends from his two seasons on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. The live show and dinner will feature dancers from Studio 22, the Dallas-based studio where Emmitt trained for his time on the show.

Michael Irvin, Mark Cuban and current Dancing with the Stars champion Melissa Rycroft Strickland will serve as the weekend's Honorary Hosts. Jan and Jeff Rich and Carole and Scott Murray are the event's Honorary Chairs. The host for the evening is Dancing with the Stars' Tom Bergeron.

"This weekend is one of the annual highlights for Emmitt and me," said Pat Smith. "This year we're turning our attention from the football field to the dance floor. They are very fun events and, more importantly they raise funds for North Texas children."

The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $1 million in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, partners with nationally respected nonprofits to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.

For information on how to purchase individual tickets, which start at $250 each, or to sponsor the event, call (214) 695-224.





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