Benchmark Bank’s Blog - Category: “Customers in the News”

Dr. John Schumacher, a Benchmark Bank Customer, honored at the Agape Clinic.

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Dr. John Schumacher has been selected as the recipient of the Barbara Stark Baxter, MD, Medical Volunteer of the Year Award!

“Since we entered our 30th year serving Dallas we decided to honor my dear friend and an original volunteer with Agape.  John was always willing to fill in for me in the early days, and has continued to serve Agape, by volunteering in Clinic, seeing our patients for free in his practice, and by co-chairing our first LOVE Agape dinner,” Agape Clinic founder and Medical Director, Dr. Barbara Baxter.

For 30 years the Agape Clinic has been providing primary medical care to the working poor of Dallas.  The Clinic provides the community with over 7,200 patient visits and over 3 million dollars worth of medical care each year. Their mission is to improve the health of medically underserved people by providing quality community health services.  The Clinic provides acute care for illnesses and ongoing care for patients with chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.  In addition, they also provide specialy care for the following women’s health, neurology, pediatrics, dermatology, psychiatry and allergy testing.  Greater than 95% of their patients receive medications free of charge and our dedicted medical staff is primarily volunteers.

Congratulations to Dr. John Schumacher!

BTR - Customer in the News

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BTR - Customer in the News

On Friday, June 1st at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Brian Ross was named the 2012 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Man of the Year” for having raised a Gulf-Coast-Chapter-record-shattering $123,482 in nine weeks!

Below is a link commemorating the occasion, which a few of us from Benchmark had the pleasure of attending:

Here is an excerpt from Brian to his supporters: Please let me thank all of you one more time for your extra generous support of this great cause.  The key point is not that we “won” Man of the Year merely for the sake of winning, but rather the point is that together we put up such a large number that it will legitimately make a difference in the ongoing fight against blood cancers.  I hope that all of you feel some well-deserved enjoyment out of being a part of that.

Not only is Brian a supporter of this cause, but he is a survivor. We are so happy to say that Brian is currently in his 4th year of remission from lymphoma.

CONGRATULATIONS to Brian, LLS Man of the Year, from all your friends at Benchmark!!

Cover Clothing - Customer in the News

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Cover Clothing - Customer in the News

Our friends and customers’ sun conscious clothing line - COVER - is suddenly popping up all over the place! All of their stylish sun protective active and swim wear is certified UPF 50+. Check out this recent article by Neiman Marcus, who recently picked up their line. Congrats Lisa and Robyn!

New at NM: Cover Clothing

Preoccupied with slathering her three little ones in sunscreen, former investment banker Lisa Moore had little time to protect herself. Getting greased up, then attempting to hold a sunscreen-slathered, slippery baby seemed more hassle than its worth for the bottle’s temporary protection. One night after the sun had set in the fall of 2007, the fair-skined mom had an idea – sun protective cover-ups. Sun-proof activewear already existed for children, typically found splashed in neon and hibiscus flowers, but a chic version for adults in all-day wearable cuts was not on the market. Moore called up her close friend Robyn Stevens, a former model and fashion industry vet, and the two got to work on designs that would protect their skin in the water and anywhere the sun shines.

“I am an outdoorsy person. I paddleboard, I run, I play tennis,” Stevens, an always-on-the-go mom of three, says. “I started to realize that I am slathered in sunblock every day and I still get the sun, and then there are all the chemicals being absorbed into your skin. There is really no way to prevent the sun unless you cover yourself.”

This concept of all-day chemical-free coverage was the catalyst for Cover Clothing.

Soon after the inception of Cover, Moore’s sister, who was working as the brand’s sales rep, was diagnosed with melanoma.

“It went from just a fashion and beauty focus to having a health focus as well,” Moore says of the designs that are certified UPF 50+  (Ultraviolet Protection Factor).  ”Young girls need to know that you can get skin cancer at age 23 right out of college. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, but it is one that can be actively prevented.”

Since her sister’s melanoma was treated, Moore has made sure to receive regular skin screenings at her dermatologist, and just the other day she had her first pre-cancerous spot removed from her back shoulder.

“Having that happen really just confirmed why we were doing this,” Stevens says. ”I think even from five years ago, people are getting a little more health conscious and sun conscious.”

Cover partners with the American Cancer Society to educate women and promote a healthy lifestyle to prevent cancer. For every white long sleeve swim tee sold, Cover will contribute a percentage to the American Cancer Society’s Choose You campaign.

Shop Cover Clothing on Neiman Marcus.

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