Yellowstone Night

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From left, Monica Russo, Zeno’s and Mamma Monica’s; Mike Waltrip, Zeno’s co-owner; Cynthia Daniel; Cole Hauser, Yellowstone actor; Taylor Sheridan, Yellowstone co-creator, producer; Nicole Muirbrook; Beverly Branch, Careity co-founder; and Lyn Walsh, Careity co-founder, at the Yellowstone Night dinner fundraiser at Zeno’s on the Square. 

The Yellowstone Night fundraising event at Zeno’s on the Square raised more than $75,000 for Careity Tuesday night.

Paramount Network series Yellowstone’s co-creator and producer Taylor Sheridan and actor Cole Hauser, who plays Rip Wheeler, hosted two dinners at Zeno’s. Co-Owner of Zeno’s Monica Russo met Sheridan when he came to dine at her restaurant Mamma Monica’s in Weatherford and as a relationship developed, Russo asked Sheridan if he would consider hosting a Yellowstone Night event. The dinners were set and were sold out less than two weeks later via word of mouth.

“Taylor is a great friend and he knows the important work that Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch, the co-founders of Careity, are doing in the community,” Russo said. “I am a 22-year cancer survivor, so this cause is very close to my heart.”

After losing their mothers to cancer, Branch and Walsh created the Careity Foundation in 2003 in their honor to help aid cancer patients who have limited resources and stays involved throughout their journey.

“Every new call that Lyn and Bev receive is a journey, but it’s also an opportunity they welcome to play an involved part in someone’s life at a critical time,” President of Palmer & Associates Shivaun Palmer said. “Careity brings together the people and resources to give patients and families hope and keep them focused on healing. That’s why we’re here — to raise funds for this incredible organization that is truly saving and changing lives.”

Dr. Erin Happ with Solis Mammography has seen first-hand how Branch and Walsh care for their patients.

“I’ve seen hundreds of women who don’t have insurance of their insurance doesn’t cover what they actually need done, and these two women step up to the plate faster than you can imagine. I saw a lady Monday who had some issues — Careity was helping her out because she didn’t have insurance — and I received a call a couple of hours later from them making sure we had taken care of that patient,” Happ said. “I’ve never seen two more dedicated women who give everything back to these patients that they don’t know who are in dire need. Every dollar you spend goes directly to take care of those patients and it’s absolutely amazing.”

President and General Manager of Pulliam Pools Debra Smith said their company hosts a golf tournament each year to help raise funds for Careity and donated additional funds during the dinner fundraising event.

“When I learned that 100 percent of the proceeds go to patient care, how could I not support them? I have an amazing staff that just jumps on board to help and people like y’all that came tonight, thank you very much because that helps the cause a great deal,” Smith said. “I want to thank Lyn and Beverly, you have no idea the many hours they spend and the heart that they put into this to help patients. They are there to guide you through the system and provide invaluable help.”

The Yellowstone Night featured an Italian homemade dinner prepared by Zeno’s Executive Chef Max Zubboli, T-shirt sales and autographs and photos with Sheridan and Hauser.

“We appreciate Zeno’s, Monica, Taylor and Cole and their wives to make the trip to come here to be recognizing and raising funds for our patients. Many of you know some of our patients and the impact it makes,” Branch said. “We want to thank Taylor Sheridan and Nicole, we’re making an announcement that they are going to be our honorary chairs for the Careity Celebrity Cutting this year. The 25th year for the celebrity cutting is really big, it’s made both of us very old, but it’s been 25 really really special years and for you all to top it off means the world to us. We also have Cole, who I think it going to be in the celebrity cutting and Mamma Monica is going to be representing our survivors this year. She is a cancer survivor, so it’s really special to have this team together.”

Careity is hands-on direct patient care, with a reach made possible daily by their clinical staff and network of physicians at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders as well as Dr. Amy Gunter and Solis Mammography, according to the website. The non-profit provides cancer navigation; psychotherapy, social work and chaplain services; dietician services and nutritional supplements, medical massage therapy, reflexology and acupuncture; mammograms, diagnostics, biopsies and surgeries; and patient gas cards.

“We really want to thank everyone for being here, this is amazing and we are very very honored,” Walsh said. “It looks like we’re going to be able to take care of a lot more patients.”

For more information about the Careity Foundation visit careity.org.

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