United Way of Tarrant County is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and will host “Unplugged with Sonny Dykes and Randy Galloway” on Aug. 17 at PalmWood Event & Conference Center in Fort Worth.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Get United campaign, which seeks to raise $100 million to fuel programs that help communities, according to a news release. Former Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and his wife, Karen Williams, are the chairpersons for this year’s campaign.

A news release said Dykes and Galloway will “help raise awareness of the programs the organization operates and the need for long-term funding to expand support in areas of community health, community response, financial empowerment, and education and learning.”

The details

Dykes was hired as TCU’s coach in 2021 and guided the Horned Frogs to the national championship game this past season. He was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year and has received numerous national coach of the year honors. Dykes started his football coaching career at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson in 1994. He has been a college head football coach at Louisiana Tech, California, Southern Methodist University and now TCU.

Also of note

Galloway is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2022. He started his journalism career writing for the Dallas Morning News in 1967 and after 31 years was hired by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He also hosted a radio show for the past two decades, according to the news release.

Quote of note

“We are committed to furthering the mission of serving the community and making real change in Tarrant County,” Jeff Williams said in a news release. “It is an honor to partner with Randy and Coach Dykes in bringing together like-minded people who share a passion for raising up the voices of those in need of support.”