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June 04, 2010

Cowboys' wives raise money for pets

The Dallas Cowboys Women’s Association (DCWA) raised enough money through their Poker for Pets to build a new SPCA facility. Live and silent auctions, a raffle and a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament raised about $105,000 Thursday night.


The Rees-Jones Foundation agreed to donate $2 for every $1 the DCWA raised, so the total will be more than $300,000. That closes out the final phase of a $15 million fundraising campaign to build a new 39,000-square-foot adoption center and veterinary clinic off I-30 near downtown Dallas.


"A lot of players on our team are dog lovers, and many of them have multiple dogs," right tackle Marc Colombo said. "It's something that we're passionate about. ...It feels good to be able to raise that much money for such a worthy cause."


The third annual event, organized by the wives and girlfriends of players and coaches, drew 250, including more than 20 players and six coaches. Backup quarterback Jon Kitna was the last player standing in the Texas Hold 'Em tournament, and he finished second.


“It’s unbelievable the fact that we have such chemistry among the team, even the wives, that we’re able to team up and do events like this,” Michelle Witten, the wife of tight end Jason Witten, said.


-- Charean Williams


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