David Burger | Salt Lake Tribune
Currently 111,713 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant, and 18 people die each day due to the lack of organ donors.
These statistics are among many that two local organ transplant physicians want to change, and they’re doing their part by sponsoring the 16th Annual Texas Uprising BBQ dinner and concert at the Gallivan Center on Aug. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Intermountain Donor Services (IDS) and the Utah chapter of Team Donate Life (TDL) will be the beneficiaries of the event created by Doctors Ray Thomason and Terry Box, both Texas natives who care for patients with liver disease.
“We have patients right now who are in liver failure and urgently need liver transplants,” said Terry Box, MD, a founder of Team Donate Life Utah and liver transplant recipient. “We are requesting generous donations again this year to further our cause to raise awareness for organ donations and to give those waiting the gift of life.”
Texas Uprising will also celebrate the music and culture of Texas with a complete, authentic Texas brisket dinner from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse in the “Uprising Cantina” banquet room of the new building at the north end of the Gallivan Center. The Mark Jenkins Band, and the two physicians’ bands—Texas Uprising and the classic rock band, the Disgusting Brothers—will perform from the Gallivan Center’s amphitheater at 239 S. Main Street.
The event is part of Rock ‘N Ribs at the Gallivan Center earlier in the day, which includes a Kansas City BBQ Association sanctioned competition with some of Utah’s best barbeque.
Tickets for Texas Uprising are available online for $35 by visitingwww.texasuprising.com, or $45 at the door.