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Power couple's celeb-studded gala honors a favorite Dallas Cowboy

Power couple's celeb-studded gala honors favorite Dallas Cowboy

Robert McCormick, Jason and Michelle Witten, Pat and Emmitt Smith
Robert McCormick, Jason Witten, Michelle Witten, Pat Smith, Emmitt Smith Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Tye Strickland, Melissa Rycroft Strickland
Tye Strickland, Melissa Rycroft Strickland Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Spud Webb, Ron Harper,  Carin Alves, Kelly Sheehan
Spud Webb, Ron Harper, Carin Alves, Kelly Sheehan Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Thurman Thomas, Patti Thomas
Thurman Thomas, Patti Thomas Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Emmitt Smith Invitational Gala 2018, Michelle Witten
Michelle Witten bids on a Dancing With The Stars auction package. Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Mioshi Johnson, Chris Johnson
Mioshi Johnson, Chris Johnson Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Kavon Frazier, Gera Frazier
Kavon Frazier, Gera Frazier Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Libby Vincek, Cynthia Smoot
Libby Vincek, Cynthia Smoot Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Jon Mellon, Dawn Mellon
Jon Mellon, Dawn Mellon Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Torii and Katrina Hunter, Emmitt and Pat Smith, Janiece and Mark Page
Torii Hunter, Katrina Hunter, Emmitt Smith, Pat Smith, Janiece Page, Mark Page Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Woody McClain
Woody McClain Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Pat and Emmitt Smith with TEAM 22 kids
Pat and Emmitt Smith with TEAM 22 kids Photo courtesy of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Robert McCormick, Jason and Michelle Witten, Pat and Emmitt Smith
Tye Strickland, Melissa Rycroft Strickland
Spud Webb, Ron Harper,  Carin Alves, Kelly Sheehan
Thurman Thomas, Patti Thomas
Emmitt Smith Invitational Gala 2018, Michelle Witten
Mioshi Johnson, Chris Johnson
Kavon Frazier, Gera Frazier
Libby Vincek, Cynthia Smoot
Jon Mellon, Dawn Mellon
Torii and Katrina Hunter, Emmitt and Pat Smith, Janiece and Mark Page
Woody McClain
Pat and Emmitt Smith with TEAM 22 kids

What: Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Rising Stars Gala

Where: Omni Frisco Hotel

The 411: For the ninth year, Pat and Emmitt Smith have hosted celebrity friends, sports heroes, and influencers for a weekend of high-profile philanthropy and fun. The 2018 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational golf tournament and gala raised funds to impact the lives of thousands of North Texas families. And this year's event honored a recently retired Dallas Cowboy for his work off the field.

The weekend began with Friday night gala featuring a red carpet, cocktail reception, seated dinner, and auction. Helmed by honorary chairs Torii and Katrina Hunter and event chairs Janiece Evans-Page and Mark Page, the theme for this year was “Rising Stars.”  Entertainment Tonight's Nischelle Turner hosted the event, which showcased the impact of the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities' community work.

The event culminated with the presentation of the 2018 Roger Staubach Award to Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten for his work through his SCORE Foundation. Founded in 2007, the SCORE Foundation battles against domestic violence and has positively impacted tens of thousands of families in Texas and Tennessee. 

“Jason Witten has taken what some people would see as a traumatic childhood and turned it into his own ministry," Emmitt Smith says in a release. "He is sharing his experience with others and trying to break the cycle of abuse by mentoring young men. Jason’s character demonstrates being a winner in life exceeds any championship you can win on the field.”

The next day, golfers hit the links for the Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch. Players were paired with celebrities to vie for bragging rights and the $5,000 purse. Several hundred ticket-holders watched the tournament and enjoyed games, face-painting, food and beverages, music and an appearance from Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys mascot. The winning foursome was made up of Chris Wilson, Sterling Sharpe, John Titus, and Jeff Graves.

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities supports high-quality programs in North Texas through grants, scholarships, and partnership efforts. In addition, Pat and Emmitt Smith personally mentor a group of high-potential, high-performing, underserved students from the Dallas area through their signature program Team 22. The Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $7.2 million in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and supported more than 150 charities in North Texas.

Who: Michelle WittenRobert McCormick, Tye Strickland, Melissa Rycroft StricklandMioshi Johnson, Chris JohnsonSpud Webb, Ron Harper, Carin Alves, Kelly SheehanThurman Thomas, Patti ThomasKavon Frazier, Gera FrazierLibby Vincek, Cynthia SmootJon Mellon, Dawn Mellon, and Woody McClain.