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Dallas power couple's annual golf charity event is back in full swing

Dallas power couple's annual golf charity event is back in full swing

 Steve and Lisa Lieberman, Pat and Emmitt Smith, ESCI kickoff party
 Steve Lieberman, Lisa Lieberman, Pat Smith, Emmitt Smith Photo by Gittings
Brian & Shay Geyer, ESCI Kickoff Party
Brian Geyer, Shay Geyer Photo by Gittings
Robert and Jessica Nunez, Sharon Morrison, Jake Pavelka, ESCI Kickoff
 Robert Nunez, Jessica Nunez, Sharon Morrison, Jake Pavelka Photo by Gittings
Jalin Wood-Marlow and Nathan Marlow, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Edo Popken, ESCI kickoff
Jalin Wood-Marlow, Nathan Marlow, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Edo Popken Photo by Gittings
Leah Pasant, Phyllis Comu, Carmen Surgent, Cathy Veith, ESCI Kickoff
Leah Pasant, Phyllis Comu, Carmen Surgent, Cathy Veith Photo by Gittings
Pete Ianace, Carole and Scott Murray, ESCI Kickoff Party
Peter Ianace, Carole Murray, Scott Murray Photo by Gittings
Matrice Ellis-Kirk and The Honorable Ron Kirk, ESCI kickoff party
Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Ron Kirk Photo by Gittings
Pat Smith, Jan Miller, ESCI kickoff party
Pat Smith, Jan Miller Photo by Gittings
Emmitt Smith, Jane McGarry, ESCI kickoff party
Emmitt Smith, Jane McGarry Photo by Gittings
David Craig, Pat Smith,Tina Craig, ESCI Kickoff Party
David Craig, Pat Smith, Tina Craig Photo by Gittings
Emmitt Smith, Kellie Rasberry, ESCI kickoff
Emmitt Smith, Kellie Rasberry Photo by Gittings
 Steve and Lisa Lieberman, Pat and Emmitt Smith, ESCI kickoff party
Brian & Shay Geyer, ESCI Kickoff Party
Robert and Jessica Nunez, Sharon Morrison, Jake Pavelka, ESCI Kickoff
Jalin Wood-Marlow and Nathan Marlow, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Edo Popken, ESCI kickoff
Leah Pasant, Phyllis Comu, Carmen Surgent, Cathy Veith, ESCI Kickoff
Pete Ianace, Carole and Scott Murray, ESCI Kickoff Party
Matrice Ellis-Kirk and The Honorable Ron Kirk, ESCI kickoff party
Pat Smith, Jan Miller, ESCI kickoff party
Emmitt Smith, Jane McGarry, ESCI kickoff party
David Craig, Pat Smith,Tina Craig, ESCI Kickoff Party
Emmitt Smith, Kellie Rasberry, ESCI kickoff

The 2015 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational kicked off in grand style at the Preston Hollow home of Lisa and Steve Lieberman. To get the evening started, philanthropic power couple Pat and Emmitt Smith thanked event chairs Sarah and Jud Chapin, honorary chairs Matrice and Ron Kirk, and the party hosts for all that they've done to support the annual weekend-long charity event.

"We are gratified by the continued support of our friends, family, colleagues and our ever-generous corporate sponsors," Pat said. "Because of their faithfulness, our plans for national expansion of the Smith Charities will be realized much sooner than we ever dreamed possible."

The duo also announced that Educational First Steps is the beneficiary partner for this year's Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational. A percentage of funds raised from the golf tournament will go to this North Texas nonprofit that transforms existing daycare centers in at-risk neighborhoods into nationally accredited preschools.

The remainder of the proceeds from the weekend will go to Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, which create and fund unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children.

The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational weekend begins Friday, May 8, with a dinner and live auction party at the Omni Dallas hotel. It continues on Saturday, May 9, with an 18-hole charity golf tournament at TPC Craig Ranch.

Among the charity-minded Dallasites in attendance at the kickoff were Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Kellie Rasberry's, Carole and Scott Murray, Tina Craig and Jake Pavelka, and Shay and Brian Geyer.