The Phoenix Insurance 2015 Charity Championship Second Round Schedule

The first round of the Phoenix Insurance 2015 Charity Championship is over, and it was a great group of games. We played four games a day for a week, and have now gotten down to the meat of the contest, and have started to see what charities are really contenders in this thing. For round two, we will do one game a day, starting on February 27.

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Here is the schedule for the first games in the “March Madness” part of the 2015 Charity Championship.

2/27 – Doctors Without Borders VS Cody’s Friends .

2/28 Dallas Furniture Bank VS The Stew Pot

3/1 iKandy Foundation VS Second Chance Farm

3/2  Rockwall Pets VS CMA Youth

3/3 Snowball Express VS Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program

3/4 Wounded Warriors VS Dallas Foster Parent Association

3/5 Guns N Hoses VS Service Packs

03/6 The Ou Club of Dallas VS Throwaway Ponies

03/07 Custom Canines VS Ninja Paws

03/08 Loving Garland Green VS ASPCA

03/09 Juvenile Diabetes Research VS My Possibilities

03/10 Community Partners of Dallas VS Child Advocacy Center

03/11 Make a Wish Foundation VS Trinity Kids

03/12 Operation Kindness VS Habitat for Humanity Garland

03/13 St Jude Children’s Research Hospital VS Jewish Family Services of Dallas

03/14 The Family Place VS All Saints Catholic School

As in the first round, the contests will be won by voting on our Facebook page – just click HERE to participate. Congratulations to everyone who made it through the first round, and good luck to everyone playing in these next games.



You can win Four Texas Rangers Tickets.

Is everyone ready for some bracketology? Thanks for joining us again on TPN. I am your resident bracketologist Lance Cannon. As you know we have The Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship going on and we have got 44 well deserving charities. One of them is going to win a donation – but one of you fans, somebody’s going to win some Rangers tickets, so I’m gonna tell you how. We need you to go post on The Phoenix Insurance Facebook page and there you will find this bracket. Print it up, fill it out, take a picture of it and post it in the comments in that pinned Facebook page. Get that post in there before Monday when we lock out any more brackets. Here is how the scoring is going to go. In the first round for each win that you get you are going to get one point. The second round is going to earn you two points, the third round is going to earn you four points. We’re gonna keep doubling the points; quarter final you get eight points wor wins, semi-finals you get tw-sixteen points for wins, and the finals you are going to get 32 points. We’re gonna add up all the points and the person who has the most points from the wins is going to win those four Rangers tickets. So go to The Phoenix Insurance Facebook page, find that pinned post, get those brackets posted by Monday, so you can wi – get a chance to win. For TPN, thanks for joining us, I’m Lance Cannon.

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The 2015 Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship Explained

TPN host Lance Cannon explains how the 2015 Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship works.

OH, it’s that time of year again ladies and gentlemen; it is time for The Phoenix Insurance Charity Championships. Thank you for joining us here again, I am your host, Lance Cannon. We have 44 great well deserving charities that have been nominated by you, the fan. These charities will square off in each round on a Facebook post. The winner will be the charity that gets the most votes – the most comments voting for that charity. That charity will move on to the next round all the way until the finals where we will crown one winner that will receive a big donation. So log on to The Phoenix Insurance Facebook page and vote and support your favorite charities. For TPN I am your host, Lance Cannon. We’ll see you.

Go participate here

The Official 2015 Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship

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Being civic minded, we decided that this was they year that The Phoenix Insurance started “giving back” and donating some money to charity – but which one? There are so many deserving charities out there that we couldn’t decide where to make a donation. We decided to let our fans on Facebook decide where our donation goes. We were overwhelmed by the response, and had 44 501c charities nominated to be the recipient. Since our Facebook fans were so charitable, we decided to have a little fun with it, and the 2015 Phoenix Insurance Charity Championship was born.

The following 44 charities were nominated

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Cody’s Friends Rescue

City House Plano

Volunteer Center North Texas

Rockwall Pets

Dare to Dream Children’s Foundation

Dallas Volunteer Attorney’s Association

Make a Difference Foundation

OU Club of Dallas Scholarship Fund

Dallas Furniture Bank

The Stew Pot

The iKandy Foundation 

Service Packs

Dallas Metroplex Foster Parent Association

Guns and Hoses North Texas

Throwaway Ponies

Custom Canines

Ninja Paws Rescue

Second Chance Farm

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Black Beauty Ranch

Community Partners Texas

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County

Baal Dan

The Parker Lee Project

Trinity Kids

Jewish Family Services of Dallas

The Family Place

The Vogel Alcove

The American Diabetes Assosciation

Austin Street Center 

St Jude Children’s Research Center

Habitat for Humanity Garland

Operation Kindness

Make a Wish Foundation

My Possibilities


Loving Garland Green

Doctors Without Borders

CMA Youth Movement

Snowball Express

Wounded Warrior Project

RMS Listener Fuondation

All Saints Catholic School

Since we had so many nominations, we decided to do a challenge bracket on our Facebook page and see who gets the most votes. I put the list of nominees into a randomizer to match them up, then made  made a bracket, as seen below.

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Each match up will be posted on Facebook for a certain amount of time, with our fans voting for the victor – all the way until a champion is crowned.  Think March Madness/Final Four but instead of basketball, it’s  a popularity contest.

This contest isn’t just for charities though – if you participate by filling out the bracket and posting a picture of it HERE and you end up picking the winning charity, you can win four tickets to a Texas Rangers Baseball game. The greatest thing is that unlike March Madness, you can actually influence the outcome by making sure your friends all vote for your team – and guarantee yourself some sweet baseball this spring.

We will keep the bracketology portion of the game open until Monday, February 23. The first games will start that afternoon. In order to be entered for the Rangers Tickets, you MUST post your photo on the Facebook post HERE before Monday Feb 23.

Help us choos which one of these worthy charities we will donate to, and have a little fun in the process, will you?


Christian Classic Car Show North Richland Hills

We made it out to the Christian Classic Car show and were surprised to see cars (and trucks) there that we normally never see. An antique car is a little different to insure than a street rod, but they both require a specialty policy. Many agents can write a single one off policy for a classic car, but are afraid to insure rat rods, or modern collectibles, or even a car that’s too custom. As specialty auto insurance experts, we have the tools to make sure your very special ride is covered the right way, with an agreed value policy. There is a big difference between agreed value and stated value insurance. We can help guide you through the many options that are available to you as someone that owns a “Special” car.

Cherish The Legacy Show – Twin Peaks Frisco.

The shows we go to aren’t always classic only. The Cherish The Legacy show in Jusly at Twin Peaks in Frisco had a pretty good amount of modern customs and collectibles. Just like at a show like this, The Phoenix can insure your modern collectible vehicle with an agreed value insurance policy. IF you can make the argument that it is a low mileage collector vehicle (And not your daily driver) we can put a specialty insurance policy on it. It doesn’t have to be an “exotic car” either – just one that is appreciating in value – or even just rare and modern.

KKOA LEadsled Spectacular Salina, KS part 3

There were so many great cars in Salina at the Leadsled Spectacular that it took 3 days to see them all. This is the third set of photos we took. IF you have a chance and want to see some incredible Kustom rides, then you need to plan to be at the 35th annual Leadsles Spectacular in Salina next year. The KKOA are an incredible group of people, and put on an incredible show.

8 Things to Do When You Are In A Car Accident

Today, I will spell out in black and white what you need to do in the event of an auto accident – whether it is your fault or not. There are over 18,000 car accidents in the United States every day, and should you become part of that statistic, you need to know what to do. I’m not talking down to you here – most accidents happen to young people or people that have never had one before. The people who are constantly running into stuff know what to do. This post is for the amateurs.


1. Check to make sure everyone is ok. This is always the first thing. Yes, we all love our cars, but we are all of the family of Man. Check on your fellow humans first. If everyone is ok, proceed on to the following steps.
2. Stay Calm. Yes, I know you love your car. I know that we spend lots of time in our cars, some of us give them names, and some people even wash their cars more than quarterly. Still, it is just a thing, and things can be replaced or repaired. You do have insurance, right? Then good, no worries. If you don’t have insurance and are reading this article, things just got real for you.
3. Move out of Traffic. If both cars are driveable, move them out of traffic. Take a couple of photos first if you need to, but move out of traffic. Notice how I said that 3 times?
4. Exchange information. Get the basics; driver’s name, policy number, insurance company phone number. Use your phone to take photos of all of these things – a picture of the ID card should suffice. DON’T let anyone else gather this for you, unless you are on a stretcher. The police may gather the info, but often they gather it wrong, or miswrite the info. Get it yourself so you know you are taken care of. I speak from experience.
5. Take photos of obstructions to vision. If there is something (a tree, bush, car or house) that obscured vision and may have contributed to the accident, take a photo of it as well.
6.  If your car is undriveable, call for a tow. You may have to pay up front and be reimbursed, or your insurance company can send someone out if you have towing coverage (which you should – it’s super cheap).
7. Make the phone call. Do it right then. Call the at fault party’s insurance company and get the ball rolling. If in doubt, call both insurance companies. There are people with false ID cards, too, and you need to establish that before the police leave – or call the police if they haven’t come up to that point.
8. Decide what body shop you want to work on your car. Yes, you can go anywhere you want. Be aware, however, that the insurance company only guarantees the repair if done at one of their approved shops.

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Probably not approved.

An auto accident doesn’t have to be the end of the world – yes, it can make for a bad day, but if you have the right kind of coverage, it will become a minor inconvenience. The time to know you have the right coverage is well before you have a collision. I will just put this out there – insurance companies have been selling you on the “cheapest” coverage and savings for a very long time. Sometimes, though, you should set aside minor cost considerations until you look at how it’s covered – sure, if you are paying less with good coverage, hop on it. Often, though, people look past the sort of coverage they actually have on their insurance policy to focus on the price. Then, when they have a car accident and their insurance doesn’t cover them as they thought it would, they cry foul. Consult with someone like us, and see what you are really paying for before you need it.