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KidLinks Foundation Hosts 10th Annual Energy Golf Classic

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DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The KidLinks Foundation – a nonprofit that has been improving the emotional and physical needs of children by directly funding therapeutic music programs in North Texas – hosted its 10th Annual Energy Golf Classic on Monday, raising over $250,000. This amount is in addition to the significant private contributions made this year. Over the past decade, this event has raised nearly $3 million and has provided an opportunity for people working for energy-related concerns to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Texas children. The tournament was held at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano, Texas.

“Leaders within Texas' energy industry are honored to participate in this event each year and help make a difference in the lives of our most precious resources,” says Mark Doering, Chairman of Classic Hydrocarbons. “The organizations that the KidLinks Foundation supports enable children to experience pleasure and joy in spite of dire circumstances.”

Children's Medical Center Music Therapy Program, SMU/Hugworks Music Therapy Program, Cook Children's Medical Center, Ft. Worth, and Hurst-based Hugworks are funded in part by KidLinks.

Hugworks provides live therapeutic musical programs for hospitalized children, reducing their fear, anxiety and stress while receiving medical care. They also provide music therapy for children with special needs such as Autism, neurological disorders and other special needs.

In addition to hosting Hugworks' therapeutic music entertainment services, Children's Medical Center, Dallas provides music therapy for children throughout the facility, including the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD).

Cook Children's Medical Center has a board certified music therapist on staff that uses music as a therapeutic modality for self expression and mental/physical rehabilitation. The hospital also offers the services of a home health Child Life Specialist that provides continuity of care after the child leaves the hospital.

The SMU/Hugworks Music Therapy Initiative provides training for students pursuing a degree in music therapy, as well as an on-site clinic offering both private and group sessions to children of all ages and at no charge to the families.

“For children with developmental and physical delays, music therapy programs are enabling them to learn, grow and thrive despite impossible odds,” says J.W. Brown, President of the KidLinks Foundation. “It's breathtaking to see how music therapy can reach a child when no other teaching or therapeutic method can.”

In order to further support these worthy programs, the KidLinks Foundation will be hosting its first annual spring fundraiser, “A Symphony of Chefs,” on Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Petroleum Club in Dallas. This event is open to the public. Attendees will experience an evening of fine dining with top Dallas chefs. Each chef will prepare a five-course dinner tableside exclusively for a table of 10 guests. For more information on the event, please contact (214) 209-1039 or visit www.symphonyofchefs.com.

For more information regarding KidLinks:
Elizabeth Peichel
www.kidlinksfoundation.org
(214) 336-8344

For more information regarding these therapeutic music programs:
www.hugworks.org
www.childrens.com
www.cookchildrens.org
www.smu.edu/meadows

for KidLinks Foundation
Elizabeth Peichel, 214-336-8344

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