The July 9 sold-out event, which featured live music, a live auction, a silent auction and three date auctions, raised more than $100,000 for the Do It For Durrett Foundation. That allowed the foundation to present a check for $50,000 to the family of Jason Dugger, who died suddenly last summer and left behind a wife and two small boys.
The remaining money will now be earmarked for other Metroplex families in similar situations.
"When we came up with this concept I don't even think we could have imagined it would have gone this well," said Do It For Durrett president Emily Jones. "We can't say enough about everyone who helped make this event what it was, from our sponsors to the Texas Rangers organization to our volunteers and, of course, everyone who's bought tickets and made donations. We've set the bar very high, and it's going to be fun attempting to get over it."
So what did you miss if you weren't at the event? Of course there was music, with Jones performing Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby." And then there was the group that included Texas Rangers players Elvis Andrus, Robinson Chirinos and Rougned Odor singing a Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back." And Rangers pitcher Derek Holland teamed with Texas country star Casey Donahew and radio personality Ben Rogers for some type of version of the Journey hit "Don't Stop Believin." The finale was a group performance of "We Are The World" that included Rangers manager Jeff Banister, general manager Jon Daniels, assistant general manager Thad Levine, Donahew and a member of the Rangers who can actually sing - third-base coach Tony Beasley.
"I had no idea we had so many people in our organization who believed they could sing," said Daniels, who is on the foundation board. "But the important thing was they all came out on an off day on their own time to support a great cause. It makes me proud to be part of this organization and the foundation."
Holland and Andrus didn't stop at singing. A date with Andrus was auctioned off for $6,000, and Holland was auctioned of twice and brought in $9,000. Dallas Mavericks star Chandler Parsons was the top money getter for a date, with a night with Parsons fetching a whopping $6,500.
The silent auction raised more than $20,000 and the six live auction items surpassed $25,000. That included a behind-the-scenes trip to Rangers spring training in 2016 that went for $6,000.
While the actual event is now over, you can still help the foundation by making a contribution at doitfordurrett.com. A limited number of event t-shirts remain, and any donations of at least $25 come with a t-shirt (while supplies last). The only thing required is sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a mailing address and shirt size. Only sizes small-XL remain.
THE DO IT FOR DURRETT FOUNDATION is an organization dedicated to helping families impacted by sudden loss. It was named in honor of beloved sports reporter Richard Durrett, who died suddenly in 2014 at the age of 38. The Foundation has 501(c)(3) status as a tax-exempt, charitable organization.