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2015 Dallas CASA Classic Golf Tournament Contributes $1.5 Million to Help Abused Children in Dallas

DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 24, 2015-- Pioneer Natural Resources, Goldman Sachs and AT&T joined forces Monday, April 20, 2015, to host the Dallas CASA Classic. This annual invitational golf tournament benefits Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which provides advocates in court for abused children. The three hosts presented a check to Dallas CASA for $1.5 million.

Scott Sheffield, Pioneer Chairman and CEO, said, “We are honored to co-host this golf tournament each year to support Dallas CASA and to provide hope for children in foster care. These funds are critical to meeting CASA’s mission of increasing their trained volunteer base and serving more children. We are especially grateful to our generous business partners for their participation and to all of the employee volunteers who made this tournament a success.”

Kathleen M. LaValle, Dallas CASA Executive Director and President, commented, “Funding from the Dallas CASA Classic makes a tremendous difference in the number of volunteer advocates we can train and supervise to serve more of the abused and neglected children in protective care. The three host companies bring the strong commitment of their leadership, contributing their resources and dedicating so many hours of employee support to the success of this annual event. The passion of everyone involved with the tournament is so impressive. Participants know they are helping to make a positive difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. They share our frustration that nearly half of Dallas children who were in foster care last year did not have a volunteer advocate. We are so fortunate to have the Classic's hosts and sponsors share our determination that every single child in protective care deserves the caring and consistent support of a volunteer advocate.”

“We are honored to partner with Pioneer Natural Resources and AT&T and will continue to extend our support to CASA in their mission of supporting Dallas’ most at-risk children,” said Tom Dowling, Goldman Sachs partner and head of the Irving office. “There are expected to be more than 4,000 abused and neglected children in Dallas County protective care this year. Through the generosity and commitment of our business partners and employees, together we are making an impact in serving as many of the children as possible.”

Bill Smith, AT&T President of Technology Operations, said, “We are pleased to partner with Pioneer Natural Resources and Goldman Sachs for this worthy cause and thankful for the support of our generous sponsors and volunteers. The funds raised from this tournament will enable Dallas CASA to help more than 2,250 local children find safe, permanent homes, hopefully ending the cycle of abuse and neglect. We look forward to participating next year so we can help Dallas CASA make progress toward their goal to serve 100% of Dallas’ children in need.”

The Dallas CASA Classic was held at the Tournament Players Course and Cottonwood Valley Course at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Las Colinas and at the Masters and Championship Courses at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas.

Platinum Sponsors:

AT&T; Ciena Corporation; Enterprise Products Operating LLC; Flotek Industries; Goldman Sachs; Greystar Real Estate Partners; Nexius; PfP Technology, LLC; Pioneer Natural Resources; Plains Marketing LP and Targa Resources.

Gold Sponsors:

ARA Real Estate Investment Services; Arent Fox LLP; Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; CBRE Capital Markets; DCP Midstream Partners LP; Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC; Ericsson, Inc.; FB Industries Inc.; Globe Energy Services, LLC; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Haynes and Boone, LLP; Helmerich & Payne, Inc.; Kel-Tech, Inc.; KPMG LLP; Lincoln Property Company; MasTec Network Solutions; Petro Amigos Supply, Inc.; PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP; Smith Industries Inc.; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Trinidad Drilling; Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC; US Silica and Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Silver Sponsors:

ADP; Aimbridge Hospitality; Alliance Residential Holdings; Alvarez & Marsal; Balon Corporation; Basic Energy Services; Bechtel Power Corporation; Black & Veatch Corporation; Citigroup Inc.; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Crash Rescue; Dawson Geophysical, Inc.; Digital Risk, LLC; DistributionNOW; Dover Artificial Lift; Energy Transfer Partners; Ernst & Young; Fairmount Santrol; Fujitsu Network Communications; General Dynamics Wireless Services; Goldberg Kohn; Jackson Walker LLP; John Plott Company, Inc.; Jones Lang LaSalle; Juniper Networks, Inc.; Key Energy Services; LEAM Drilling Systems, Inc.; McClatchy Bros., Inc.; McCollam Law Firm, PC; McElroy, Sullivan, Miller, Weber & Olmstead L.L.P.; Nabors Drillling USA, LP; NetScout; Patterson-UTI Drilling Company LLC; Pilot Thomas Logistics Services; Platinum Pipe Rentals LLC; Power Solutions, LLC; QuadGen Wireless Solutions Inc.; Quorum Business Solutions, Inc.; Rush Peterbilt Fleet Sales; Rusty’s Oilfield Services; Ryan; Seitel, Inc.; TE Connectivity; Tenaris; USIC LLC; Wells Fargo and Wyndham Hotel Group.

About CASA

All children have the right to be safe. In 2014, almost 4,400 abused and neglected children were in the protective care of the courts because it wasn’t safe for them at home. Sadly, nearly half of these children did not have a CASA volunteer advocate to speak for them. CASA volunteers gather information to help judges decide where the children can safely and permanently live. A CASA volunteer can make an immediate and critical difference in the life of an abused child. By 2019, Dallas CASA hopes to become the largest CASA program in the country to serve all abused children in protective care.

About Pioneer

Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PXD) is a large independent oil and gas exploration and production company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, with operations in the United States. For more information, visit Pioneer’s website at

About Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. The Realty Management Division of Goldman Sachs (formerly Archon Group) provides real estate asset management services, including sourcing, acquisition, disposition, portfolio management, underwriting and due diligence of distressed and performing real estate and loan assets.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions of people and businesses around the globe stay connected through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. We’re helping people mobilize their worlds with state-of-the-art communications, entertainment services and amazing innovations like connected cars and devices for homes, offices and points in between. Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

Source: Pioneer Natural Resources

Jeff Kobs, 214-782-6726
Dallas CASA
Rosanne Lewis, 469-547-9449
Goldman Sachs
Cris Zertuche Wong, 972-368-2845
Pioneer Natural Resources
Tadd Owens, 972-969-5760

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