Charity & Foundations

“Lifting Spirits…. Building Dreams”

The Scott Murray Foundation was created as a bridge between wishful thinking and dream building, to help those in need, in particular, children. Living under the motto of “Lifting Spirits… Building Dreams”, the foundation’s goal is to assist young people. Whether physically sick, emotionally tested, or, financially limited, the foundation attempts to bridge the gap between dreams and reality. Established in 1995, it focuses on education and helps promote self-esteem. So, whether trying to assist a youngster battling childhood cancer, a boy or girl living in an intolerable environment, or assisting a physically or medically challenged child, The Scott Murray Foundation is there, in hopes of making a difference, by “lifting spirits… building dreams”.


Many children find themselves without a good role model, a mentor, or, a positive example. This can often create a feeling of helplessness, possibly frustration, or, lack of direction. Unfortunately, boys and girls can’t choose their parents, but, a lack of parental guidance can be overcome if a child is lucky enough to be teamed with a solid mentor and role model, who can teach the importance of making good decisions, being accountable, and establishing balance in your life. That’s where the “Scott’s Kids” program came in. Initially created by Scott in 1990 in conjunction with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters agencies in north Texas and NBC television, Dallas/Fort Worth, the weekly TV segment attempted to match youngsters from single parent families with a big brother or sister. Each program dealt with issues of the day and allowed children an opportunity to go places and experience things they’d never been a part of. “Scott’s Kids” received first place honors in the media/journalism awards category and was honored nationally by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.


Scott has long been involved in the non-profit sector, raising money for charitable causes, averaging close to 750 events per year over the last three decades. He has served as a working or honorary chair on hundreds of charity fundraising events. Over the years, many organizations teamed with Scott, requesting to use his name on several events:

The Bob Lilly / Scott Murray Golf Classic
This golf tournament, hosted by Scott and NFL Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboy tackle, Bob Lilly, will celebrate its 27th anniversary in 2009. The tourney, which tees off each April, annually raises money for high school and college huddle groups that are supported by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in north Texas.

Scott Murray Charity Classic
A golf tournament that benefited the Ronald McDonald House Charities, allowing families with children battling childhood cancer place to stay while their child was hospitalized for medical treatment. In its 22-year existence, the tournament raised closed to three million dollars, annually covering one-third of the operating budget of the house.

Scott Murray Celebrity Golf Tournament
Benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Scott Murray / Marriott Colonial Classic
benefiting Children’s Hospitals in north Texas

Scott Murray / D.D. Lewis Celebrity Golf Tournament
Benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs

Scott Murray / Kroger Celebrity Golf Tournament
Benefiting the National Paralysis Foundation

Scott Murray Charity Tennis Classic
From 1987-1997, Scott hosted the “Scott Murray Charity tennis Classic.” Local tennis players paid for the opportunity to partner with sports and media personalities at Northwood Country Club, as all proceeds raised benefited the American Cancer Society in north Texas.

On Track Race Event
Scott hosted a “legends car” race event at Texas Motor Speedway for several years in conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities. Such sports stars as Troy Aikman, Daryl Johnston, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Drew Pearson and Walt Garrison joined the likes of Olympic gymnasts, Bart Connor and Nadia Comeneci, the reigning Miss Texas, media personalities and honorary pace car driver, 3-time Indy 500 Champion, Johnny Rutherford, all raising money for another great cause.

Jerry Lewis / MDA Labor Day Telethon
Scott appeared on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon, benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association for thirty years. For twenty-five straight years, he served as the co-host of the annual telethon at NBC 5 in Dallas/Ft. Worth. To this day, Scott remains involved actively with MDA and its mission by volunteering his time and talent as an emcee, auctioneer, or committee member at various fundraising events. In 1994, Scott co-founded the Muscle Team Dinner, which is now in close to twenty major metropolitan cities across the country. The annual event teams sports celebrities and corporations together, and, to date, has raised over fifteen million dollars for MDA.