Founded in 2002, the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas provides support and financial assistance to families of fallen firefighters and police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The non-profit foundation covers 16 counties in North Texas, which comprises more than 23,000 police and firefighters. To raise funds throughout the year for such an expansive area, Guns & Hoses hosts numerous charitable events, including an annual boxing tournament, golf tournament, and football championship between competitors from the police and fire departments.
Both veterans of the full-contact karate circuit, coaches Bill Flowers and Jerry Byers sought to impart the hard-won lessons of their fighting days to new generations seeking discipline and self-defense skills. So in 2006, they combined their expertise, creating the KO 101© Martial Arts & Boxing Gym as a doorway into their lifelong passion.
Coach Flowers holds belts in three forms of karate and 12 championship titles, achievements complemented by coach Byers' belt rankings in seven different martial-arts styles, including black belts in three schools of tae kwon do. In their gym, students train for both personal enjoyment and healthy competition, ultimately taking to the ring to spar against one another once the punching bags have run out of lunch money.
Parkinson Voice Project (PVP) aims to preserve the voices and ability to swallow in people with Parkinson's disease and related neurological disorders using intensive voice therapy and follow-up support. The Speak Out full-treatment plan teaches patients to speak loudly and with intent over four to five weeks of group and individual sessions. Following the treatment, licensed master's-level speech-language pathologists run weekly groups so that patients can maintain the ability to speak and swallow. The Vivacious Voices group targets women, the 12 Angry Men group is for upper-level men, a choral group infuses exercises with song, the Power Hour group offers one-on-one attention, and Tuesday Night Talkers works with a young onset group. Since its inception, PVP has completed more than 12,000 free treatment sessions with patients with Parkinson's disease.
Smile America has been in business for over 10 years bridging the gap between dentists and patients. We provide an alternative solution for dentists to introduce new patients to their practice and at the same time saving those patients money while providing a premium service.
At noon every day, a new flock of butterflies is released into the butterfly house at Texas Discovery Gardens, opening their colorful wings for the first time among the lush vegetation. Counted among their number are elegant species such as the monarch and the blue morpho, while an outdoor nursery attracts native butterflies with nectar-rich plants and attractive butterfly buffets. This is just one of the ten themed areas on the 7.5-acre estate, which brims with vibrant collections of plants collected from around the world and is maintained using sustainable, organic methods. The newly renovated Tribute Garden invites visitors to relax in the shade next to a bubbling fountain, and the Master Gardeners' Garden demonstrates landscaping practices that are both attractive and environmentally friendly.
The organization also offers education and outreach programs for children to teach them about life cycles and natural landscapes, as well as increase their understanding and appreciation for nature. Visitors can also attend festivals including the Butterflies and Bugs Family Festival on August 3, as well as special programing such as Sunrise Pilates and guided nature walks.