Hitch, Hockey & Hounds

Benefit Dinner

August 31, 2001
Lawry's The Prime Rib
Addison, TX

Head Coach Ken Hitchcock of the Dallas STARS kicked off Greyhound Adoption League of Texas' Capital Campaign for their "home for the hounds" at a benefit dinner/silent/live auction on August 31 at Lawry's The Prime Rib located in Addison. Bob Sturm of SportsRadio 1310, The Ticket was the Master of Ceremonies. This event was sponsored in part by Charlie McKinney of Goldman Sachs, Cynthia and Stan Blazejewski and Carol and Neil Knox. The evening began at 6:30 with an hour of mix and mingling with the greyhounds, dinner was at 7:30, followed by Coach Hitchcock being interviewed by Bob Sturm and the audience. The live and silent auctions finished the evening with a bang! Over one hundred hockey and greyhound aficionados participated, giving generously for the hounds and raising $20,500.

GALT Chairman of the Board John McQuade stated to the attendees that the League is in the process of securing land for an adoption center and kennel facility to house the many Greyhounds in need of adoption in its operating area. The kennels will also be used for boarding of greys already adopted and other breeds as a means of providing income on an on-going basis. To accomplish this goal, GALT introduced this capital campaign to raise these needed funds, and their first step toward this worthy endeavor was "Hitch, Hockey and Hounds"! McQuade and Hitchcock met at a Dallas STARS Stanley Cup Champions celebration party in 1999, where John's passion for these companion pets convinced Hitchcock to lend his hand to this worthy cause. Coach Hitchcock and the Dallas STARS Community Relations Department have generously supported greyhound rescue and adoption in the north Texas area for the last several years as one of their metroplex charities of choice.

Hitch, Hockey and Hounds was an evening of good conversation, delicious food, and silent/live auctions, all for a GREYT cause - these wonderful greyhounds! See the bottom of the page for a slideshow of pictures.

GALT would like to thank the following people for their team efforts in making this FIRST annual event such as SUCCESS!

  • Maryann Galuski, GALT's Fundraising Director
  • Sandi Izzarelli, GALT's Special Events Director
  • Charlotte Brown, GALT's Graphics Designer
  • Suzanne Griggs
  • Donald Wristen of DFW Photography
  • Cathy Timberlake
  • Debi Joynt
  • Debi Davis
  • ...and many others who volunteered their time and energy for the love of the greys


  • Andrew & Maryann Galuski
  • AXA Advisors
  • Bill & Crystal Lynton
  • Bill & Barrett Dippel
  • Brady Tinker
  • Brian & Erika Cooper
  • Cathy Timberlake
  • Chris & JoLynn Dunn
  • Coral Bucy
  • CSR America
  • Cynthia & Stan Blazejewski
  • Debbie Wilson
  • Debi Joynt
  • Denise & Danny Saleh
  • DFW Photography-Donald F. Wristen
  • Donald & Brenda Ferrell
  • Dr. Shelley & Bill Hempell
  • Fred & Josh Bucy
  • Goldman Sachs - Charlie & Tonya McKinney
  • JJ & Heidi Parrish
  • Joanna Howard
  • John & Susie McQuade
  • Karen & John Ahlquist
  • Kathy & Randy Richardson
  • Keith & Alyssa Martin
  • Kevin & Brianna Norton
  • Merrill Lynch - Gary Fry
  • Michael & Stephanie Wolverton
  • Mike Hood
  • Mr. & Mrs. James D. Izzarelli
  • Mr. & Mrs. Mike Townsend
  • Neil & Carol Knox
  • Noel & Teddy Padden
  • Pete & Sarah McGaugh
  • ProLogis Trust
  • Randy Harrill & Terri Walker
  • Rees Bowen
  • Ron & Sherry Wade
  • Rori Rhodes
  • Sandi Izzarelli & Brian Holdgate
  • Shelly Werth
  • Steve Ackley & Donald Jones
  • Steve & Becky Collins
  • Suzanne Griggs
  • TLC Realty - Tim Lancaster

Auction Items Generously Donated By

  • Bear Creek Construction, Ltd.
  • Black Horse Design
  • Brian Holdgate & Sandi Izzarelli
  • Café Patrique
  • Canine Commissary
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Dallas STARS
  • Debi Joynt
  • Duds 4 Buds
  • Feizy Diamonds & Fine Jewelry
  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Gabbert's Design Studio - Rori Rhodes
  • Goldman Sachs - Charlie McKinney
  • Good Eats
  • Hidden Springs Winery
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Hound Togs
  • Howse Brothers
  • John & Susie McQuade
  • Marsha's Martingales, Etc.
  • Martin Sinkoff Wines
  • Marty's Wine Bar & Merchants
  • Mary Landrum, Inc.
  • Medieval Castle, Inc.
  • Mik Wilkens Design Inc.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gunnar Kephardt
  • Mr. & Mrs. James D. Izzarelli
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ken Hitchcock
  • Mrs. Baird's Bakeries
  • Patrizio Restaurants
  • Randy Harrill
  • Renaissance Skin Care
  • Ruggeri's Ristorante
  • Sewell Infiniti
  • SOO Greyhounds
  • Travel Jewelry
  • WOOF/Custom Design by Laura Beikman