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Congrats to our Paralegal, Sarah Gipson, who received an award from Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sarah Gipson and her husband, David (left) pictured along with David Cook, Andrew Gore, and their families after a 5k Charity Race

We just wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our Paralegal, Sarah Gipson, on being named (along with her husband) as the ”Big Couple of the Year” for the 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Excellence Awards. Sarah and her husband have really done an amazing job with this organization, and are so passionate about their work with their assigned little brother. This is a wonderful organization, and we are so glad that one of our staff is so actively involved. Way to go, Sarah!

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DBU Students Help West, Texas

On this Friday, I just wanted to share a brief, heartwarming story about some of the students at Dallas Baptist University who went out of their way last month to help teenagers from West, Texas, after the devastating fertilizer plant explosion in that town.  As this article notes:

On Friday, April 26, a busload of 54 junior high and high school students from West, Texas, traveled to the Dallas Baptist University campus in southeast Dallas for a Disciple Now (DNow) weekend of spiritual renewal, small group interaction, recreational games, and an outpouring of love from college students.

“It was a great opportunity to bring the students away from all that was happening in West and provide a weekend to have fun and remind them that through it all, God is there beside them,” said Chase Thomson, a DBU junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The DNow was originally going to be held at the First Baptist Church of West, with DBU students coming to serve as leaders for the weekend through the University’s Encounter ministry. The fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in West on Wednesday, April 17, devastated the entire community and soon prevented the church from being able to host the event for area students. When the Associate Pastor and Youth Minister from First Baptist West, Phil Immicke, called DBU to share that they would not be able to host the youth discipleship weekend, DBU President Dr. Gary Cook prayed about how the University could reach out and help. He soon called the associate pastor back and told him if they were willing, DBU would like to host the weekend on the DBU campus instead.

Read more about this great outpouring of love here.

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Outrageous Hotel Packages for the Inauguration

Well, the Second Inauguration of President Obama is fast approaching.  While most Americans will likely watch the festivities on TV, for those that want to be there in person, there are hotels lining up to make that dream a reality.  This article from BusinessInsider.com details some of the most outrageously expensive hotel packages available to the rich and famous who wish to attend the inauguration.

Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Madison Hotel – $47,000 Inauguration Package (including a “social media butler” to chronicle your trip on twitter, facebook, instagram, et al.)
  • The Willard Hotel – $49,800 (includes a stay in a Oval shaped suite patterned after the Oval Office)
  • The W Hotel – $50,000 (includes a $100,000 jewelry loaner)
  • The Ritz Carlton – $100,000 (includes a cupcake decoration party at Georgetown Cupcake)
  • Morrison House – $200,000 (includes silk pajamas monogrammed with your initials and the inauguration date)
  • Marriott – $2.7 Million (includes hotel accommodations for 300 of your closest friends and $800,000 worth of food and beverages)

Well, the article is certainly an interesting read.  While I can’t imagine spending that type of cash on that type of “experience,” it must appeal to some people.

Have a good weekend, and enjoy watching the inauguration on Sunday.