NOV. 24, 2012
Kelly and Jensen Moock

Community Trust Bank is proud to recognize a local hero at each home game. The Hero of the Week award gives the community an opportunity to nominate and recognize local heroes for their profound impact on others and for making the community a better place. Dale Duboskas, Regional Manager of Commercial Banking for Texas, is proud to present the Hero of the Week award to the Moock family. On Christmas Day in 2006, Kelly and Jensen Moock rushed their 5-year-old son, Jake, to the emergency department at Children's Medical Center. They discovered that Jake's small intestine had ruptured, his organs were "going septic," and shutting down. Thanks to Children's, his life was saved. Today, he is a strong 11-year-old boy. Based on their personal experience at Children's, the Moocks felt compelled to help children who are impacted by life-threatening emergencies. With the generous support of their community, they helped fund and equip a one-of-a-kind pediatric simulation-training laboratory at Children's. Today the "SIMS Lab" is a 3,000-square-foot facility using high-fidelity manikins, interactive software, and virtual gaming platforms. They can simulate complex patient scenarios in order to learn and refine the latest pediatric rescue response skills. Now, the incredibly high tech SIMS Lab they helped start at Children's is now going mobile to emergency first responders and ambulatory teams in the field - it's even shared it with medical mission teams abroad, as far away as Bogota, Colombia. Community Trust Bank is a proud supporter of Children's Medical Center and we thank Kelly and Jenson Moock for their contribution to our community!

NOV. 10, 2012
Don Houseman

Van Pardue, Texas President, is proud to present the Hero of the Week award to Don Houseman. Don has been a staple in the Dallas community for a lifetime. He graduated from Highland Park High School then began his career in public service after graduating cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin. Don served bravely during World War II serving as First Lieutenant in the 106th Infantry Division. He received a Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He was captured during Battle of Bulge being a POW in Germany. During his professional career, he was recognized as outstanding insurance man of the year by receiving the Mabry Seay Award in 1969. He has served on countless boards and committees and in various positions of public service throughout his life. Don is the former mayor and commissioner of University Park, as well as president of the Dallas Country Club. He is active in St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church as well as the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Don is married to Kathyrn, with which he has five children, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. On behalf of Community Trust Bank we thank you for all that you have done for the community!

OCT. 27, 2012
Connie O'Neill

Van Pardue, Texas President, and Dale Duboskas, Regional Manager for Commercial Banking, are proud to present the Hero of the Week award to Connie O'Neill. As a student at SMU Connie was President of Chi Omega Sorority and was the SMU Homecoming Queen in 1977. After Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Connie served on the board of directors and as President for the SMU Alumni Association. Connie is President of the Highland Park Education Foundation and has given her time to many organizations including: Children's Medical Center serving as President to the Foundation and President to the Women's Auxiliary. She is on the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and is Chairman of the Finance Committee. She is President of the St Mark's Parents Association and past President of the La Fiesta. She is a true Community Hero!

OCT. 18, 2012
Jan Langbein

Van Pardue, Texas President, and Holly Reed, Vice President of Business Development are proud to present the Hero of the Week award to Jan Langbein. Jan has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Since 1991, she has served as Executive Director of Genesis Women's Shelter in Dallas. She has worked with numerous local, state and national organizations. In partnership with the Dallas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she co-founded the annual International Conference on Crimes Against Women. Under her leadership, Genesis has grown from a seven-room shelter to a full-service response facility for victims of domestic violence. Genesis is one of the few victim services programs in the country that is sustainable without government funding, thanks to Jan's efforts. Her extensive professional affiliations include positions with the Texas Council on Family Violence, Dallas County Family Violence Task Force, Dallas Mayor's Task Force on Domestic Violence, Greater Dallas Injury Prevention Center, and the North Texas Food Bank. She has also been recognized for numerous awards for her leadership and community service.

Thank you, Jan, for dedicating your life to standing up for others! You are a true hero!

SEPT. 29, 2012
Charles McKinney

Van Pardue, Texas President, is proud to present the Hero of the Week award to Charlie McKinney. Charlie founded Heroes Baseball in 2001. He formed a partnership with the City of Dallas and built the $1.5 million Little Heroes Baseball Field. McKinney also founded the Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Event. With the success of Heroes Baseball, McKinney founded Heroes Basketball in 2006. He helped build the $2.5 million Heroes Cuban Basketball Center. In just four years, over 30 Heroes players have secured scholarships.

The Heroes Foundation provides opportunities for talented kids from all walks of life to participate in a baseball and basketball programs preparing them for college. The program has served more than 25,000 kids and has raised more than $4.5 Million since its inception in 2001.

McKinney is on the board of many non-profits including: The Mike Modano Foundation, Capital For Kids and the Shelton School. In 2010, McKinney was one of four people on the City of Dallas NBA All-Star Host Committee responsible for securing and developing the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. It was held at Cowboy Stadium and broke the Guinness Book of World Records for most attendance at a Basketball Game (108,713).

SEPT. 15, 2012

Dale Duboskas, Regional Manager of Commercial Banking for Texas, is proud to present the Hero of the Week award to CHRISTOPHER L. SIMMONS. Chris was born in Washington, D. C. to the late George and Josephine Simmons. The youngest of three children, Chris was always around children. His parents served as foster parents to over 300 children over a span of 38 years. Chris was called to ministry at the age of 16 and preached his first sermon as a senior in high school at 17 years of age. He enrolled in the Washington Bible College, while still in high school attending night classes. Chris graduated with a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministries. After college, he enrolled in the Masters of Theology Program at Dallas Theological Seminary then he enrolled in the doctoral program at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chris started serving at the Cornerstone Baptist Church in the inner-city community of South Dallas/Fair Park in May, 1988. He was called to serve as pastor in September, 1989. The church was located in an area that was infamously called the "war zone" because of the gang activities, drive by shooting, drugs and prostitution.

Under Chris' leadership, Cornerstone started the Cornerstone Community Development Corp., Inc. which has as its mission of bringing about community development and revitalization in one of the most blighted area of South Dallas. New homes are being built and residents are moving back into the neighborhood.

Chris was nominated for the 2009 Dallas Morning News' Texan of the Year. He has also been recognized by KRLD 1080 AM as a Community Hero; the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation, innovator in mission; Heaven 97 Radio's, Pastor's You Should Know; the Bill Blair Hall of Fame; and, the Dallas Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance's community service award. Chris has been married to Janie for 25 years. They have three children.

SEPT. 8, 2012

James T. Bradley, better known as Brad Bradley, has touched the lives of many in the community of Park Cities through his camera for as long as anyone can remember. He joined his father-in-law's photography studio in 1947 and hasn't stopped since. Brad's storied career includes inventing the TV color slide, photographing several NFL teams, being the official photographer for Highland Park ISD, and photographing every Cotton Bowl since 1948. Over the years, Brad has been a staple on the SMU campus, photographing players, practices and games. A special exhibit honoring Mr. Bradley was set up over the summer at SMU's Heritage Hall. While taking headshots for the SMU football team with his father, Mr. Bradley invented the "action shot" where a football player was posed to look though he was carrying a ball down the field. At 90, Brad still drives to work every day and hasn't lost that keen eye for action, capturing moments in time that will forever be remembered.

Photo courtesy of SMU Heritage Hall and Jenn Ackerman/Dallas Morning News

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