On any given Sunday, Amy and Jay Novacek can be found caring for their cutting and show horses in southwest Fort Worth.
The former Dallas Cowboy tight end and his wife are ardent about breeding and training them, but that’s not the only thing this couple is passionate about.
“What most people don’t know is that diabetes runs on both sides of our families,” Amy Novacek said in an interview this week. “That’s why when people asked if we could chair the Stars event we said yes. It truly represents us. And it’s a neat event especially with the horses.”
The “Stars event” Novacek is referring to is called Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association in North Texas that involves a night of dinner and horse racing with local celebrities at Lone Star Park. This event has raised over $5 million is the past 17 years. The money raised will go toward research in finding a cure for diabetes.
“Diabetes type 1 and type 2 affects so many more people than we realize,” Novacek said. “We love to get more personal stories out there. We want to put cases to faces so people know what people with diabetes are dealing with.”
Her uncle, who has had type 1 diabetes since he was a child, will be attending the event.
“It has really touched a place in his heart,” she said.
The Novaceks began chairing the event in 2013 along with Janeen and Randy Galloway, sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star Telegram, who had served as chairs for more than 10 years.
“Amy and Jay have both done so much for Stars of Texas,” said Roxann Pishnick, ADA director of Stars of Texas. “They have made sure to make it a smooth transition from the Galloways. They’ve brought in amazing new volunteers and celebrities to the event.”
The ADA will celebrate National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 12-18, 2015, by honoring its volunteers like the Novaceks and Galloways.
“We appreciated them taking on this huge challenge and all of its history,” Pishnick said. “And we thank the Galloways, who have handed over the reins but remain involved.
Stars of Texas: Racing Against the Odds will take place April 23, 2015 from 5-10 p.m. Those interested in purchasing tickets can call 1-888-DIABETES or visit www.diabetes.org/northtexas.