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Hometown hero Clayton Kershaw inspires at inaugural Connecting Point of Park Cities luncheon

Clayton Kershaw inspires at Connecting Point of Park Cities luncheon

Jan Osborn,  Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, Sarah Oliai,  JoAnn Ryan, CPPC Luncheon
Jan Obsborn, Ellen Kershaw, Clayton Kershaw, Sarah Oliai, JoAnn Ryan Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Bonni Shelby, Raven Sargent, Sue and Brett Ringle, CPPC Luncheon
Bonni Shelby, Raven Sargent, Sue Ringle, Brett Ringle Photo by Rhiannon Lee
John Ryan, Clayton Kershaw, CPPC Luncheon
John Ryan, Clayton Kershaw Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Robin Bagwell, Jan Osborn, CPPC Luncheon
Robin Bagwell, Jan Osborn Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Janet Salazar and Orlando Salazar, CPPC Luncheon
Janet Salazar, Orlando Salazar Photo by Rhiannon Lee
arise, cppc luncheon
Clayton and Ellen Kershaw's book, Arise. Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Carla Hatcher, Debbie Garrett and Cynthia Russell Doran, CPPC Luncheon
Carla Hatcher, Debbie Garrett, Cynthia Russell Doran Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Geoff and Kelly Schorr, CPPC Luncheon
Geoff Schorr, Kelly Schorr Photo by Rhiannon Lee
JoAnn Ryan, Jane Syrquin, Sam Syrquin, Sarah Oliai, cppc luncheon
JoAnn Ryan, Jane Syrquin, Sam Syrquin, Sarah Oliai Photo by Rhiannon Lee
highland park baseball team, cppc luncheon
Members of the Highland Park baseball team. Photo by Rhiannon Lee
anne besser, scott murray, ellen and clayton kershaw, jan osborn, cppc luncheon
Anne Besser, Scott Murray, Ellen Kershaw, Clayton Kershaw, Jan Osborn Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Sam Davison, Tucker Davison, Amanda and Dan Davison, CPPC Luncheon
Sam Davison, Tucker Davison, Amanda Davison, Dan Davison Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Bill Francis, John Sayre, Kristi Francis, Jill Sayre and Austin Himes, CPPC Luncheon
Bill Francis, John Sayre, Kristi Francis, Jill Sayre, Austin Himes Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Mimi and Emily Vanderstraaten, CPPC Luncheon
Mimi Vanderstraaten, Emily Vanderstraaten Photo by Rhiannon Lee
Jan Osborn,  Ellen and Clayton Kershaw, Sarah Oliai,  JoAnn Ryan, CPPC Luncheon
Bonni Shelby, Raven Sargent, Sue and Brett Ringle, CPPC Luncheon
John Ryan, Clayton Kershaw, CPPC Luncheon
Robin Bagwell, Jan Osborn, CPPC Luncheon
Janet Salazar and Orlando Salazar, CPPC Luncheon
arise, cppc luncheon
Carla Hatcher, Debbie Garrett and Cynthia Russell Doran, CPPC Luncheon
Geoff and Kelly Schorr, CPPC Luncheon
JoAnn Ryan, Jane Syrquin, Sam Syrquin, Sarah Oliai, cppc luncheon
highland park baseball team, cppc luncheon
anne besser, scott murray, ellen and clayton kershaw, jan osborn, cppc luncheon
Sam Davison, Tucker Davison, Amanda and Dan Davison, CPPC Luncheon
Bill Francis, John Sayre, Kristi Francis, Jill Sayre and Austin Himes, CPPC Luncheon
Mimi and Emily Vanderstraaten, CPPC Luncheon

More than 450 guests made their way to Belo Mansion for the first-ever Connecting Point of Park Cities charitable luncheon. The event raised funds to provide an all-inclusive, nurturing and stimulating day program for individuals with disabilities.

To generate some excitement, the organization brought in hometown hero Clayton Kershaw, Highland Park High School grad and pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a two-time Cy Young Award and a Roberto Clemente Award recipient, making him one of the most accomplished pitchers in the league.

Event chair Jan Osborn welcomed guests to the affair, which began with a VIP reception and meet-and-greet with Crenshaw and his wife, Ellen, as well as a private book signing of the couple’s book Arise.

Lunch stayed true to the baseball theme, with hot dogs, brisket sandwiches and baked beans. Each table was decorated with Cracker Jack boxes and a Nothing Bundt Cake centerpiece, and members of the Highland Park High School baseball team walked around selling raffle tickets.

The most meaningful part of the afternoon came when the Kershaws took the stage with emcee Scott Murray for an honest conversation primarily focused on their philanthropic work. They also openly chatted about their charity, Kershaw’s Challenge, which positively impacts communities in need.

Clayton emphasized that his legacy off the field is of the utmost importance and can have a lasting impact on people’s lives. His words left those in the audience — including Gail and Steve Reinemund, Mary Lou and John Ryan, JoAnn and John Ryan, Sarah Oliai, Gina and Ken Betts, Robin Bagwell, Leslie and Jim Melson, and Jana and Larry Long — touched and inspired to help those in need in their communities.

This inaugural lunch raised $125,000, but the fundraising journey is far from over: The group hopes to raise an additional $70,000 for a wheelchair bus.