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Some of SSLW’s partners include (bottom row, l-r): Elise Leaks Harmon, Mable Scott Austin, Marvelyn Harris; (top row): Mose Austin, Dr. Margaret Allen, Belinda Allen Clark, Seeju Dupre and Dr. Charles Dupre.

Some of SSLW’s partners include (bottom row, l-r): Elise Leaks Harmon, Mable Scott Austin, Marvelyn Harris; (top row): Mose Austin, Dr. Margaret Allen, Belinda Allen Clark, Seeju Dupre and Dr. Charles Dupre.

SSLW CELEBRATES 29TH ANNIVERSARY OF SERVICE

Suburban Sugar Land Women and its partners are celebrating 29 years of service to Fort Bend County and beyond. For 29 years SSLW’s committed members and Phenomenal Partners have provided free, year-round, compassionate services and resources from cradle to college/career.

“Serving is our purpose, passion, and privilege” said Mose and Mable Austin, co-founders and Lifetime Partners.

A Phenomenal Partner donates or secures one or more tax-deductible donations annually. Partner­ships levels are: Bronze – $200-$499; Silver – $500-$999; Gold – $1,000-$4,999; Platinum – $5,000- $$9,999; Diamond – $10,000-$24,999; and Lifetime Member/Partner – $25,000 – $100,000.

The SSLW extends appreciation to the following 2017 Partners for making a positive difference in the lives of many:

Maria and Victoria Magnus; Dr. Moses and Susan Wilcox; Roy and Shelia Chambers; Joel and Elise Harmon; Albert Glover, Jr.; Dr. Michael and June Peggs; Dr. Johnnie and Annie Johnson; Dr. Thomas and Rubye Randle; Dr. Robert and Ellen Bostic; Belinda Allen Clark; Margaret Allen, DDS, Amazing Smiles; Larry and Monica Riley; Milton and Dr. Rose Austin; Caleb and Kathryn Bonds; CenterPoint Energy; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – Suburban Houston Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter – Evelyn Dean, president; Dr. Charles and Seeju Dupre; Fort Bend Publishing Group; George and Marvelyn Harris; H & R Block Tax Professionals; Vera Brown; Jackson State University – Houston Area Alumni Chapter; George and Adell Meador; James Rice, Rice and Gardner Consultants, Inc; Walter Veterinary Services; Barry and Maria Navoy; Jerry and Errol Chenier; Trinity Freight Services; and Mose and Mable Austin.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2017.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2017.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Survivors Day Celebration 2017.

CANCER SURVIVORS CELEBRATE LIFE AT HOUSTON METHO­DIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL EVENT

More than 300 cancer survivors and guests joined staff and physicians from Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital on June 2 to celebrate the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square.

The tropical-themed event, titled “Survivors: Let’s Wipeout Cancer,” featured a resource fair, live music, fun dancing and a delicious, healthy Hawaiian luau luncheon, with KHOU 11 news anchor Shern-Min Chow serving as emcee.

“This event is always a remarkable celebration of life,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology services. “These are amazing people who have demonstrated incredible strength and courage, and we are proud to honor their achievements and thank their caregivers, including the family members, friends and physicians who supported them along the way.”

In attendance were members of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital oncology team who were able to celebrate former and current patients.

A group of Houston Methodist Sugar Land employees led guests in a line dance to the 1960s surf tune “Wipe Out.” After lunch, motivational speaker/singer LaDonna Gatlin, sister of the famed Gatlin Brothers, performed, “Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh!”

The event also honored Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s volunteer of the year Linda Ruggeroli – a cancer survivor herself – who gives tirelessly to others undergoing cancer treatment.

“In spite of her diagnosis and treatment, she has continued to visit other survivors in the radiation oncology department, the infusion center and the inpatient oncology unit, along with her husband Mike and her two pet therapy dogs, Lilly and Annie,” Chow told the audience.

Sugar Land-based Minute Maid joined Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Sugar Land Marriott Town Square to make the event possible.

Visit houstonmethodist.org/cancer-sl to learn more about the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land or call 281-274-7500 for a physician referral. Visit fb.com/methodistsugarland for the latest news, events and information.

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Loral O’Hara being interviewed about her selection to NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Class.

Loral O’Hara being interviewed about her selection to NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Class.

CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL GRAD­UATE SELECTED FOR NASA’S 2017 ASTRONAUT CANDIDATE CLASS

A 2001 graduate from Fort Bend ISD’s Clements High School has been selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. Loral O’Hara is one of 12 chosen from the more than 18,300 applicants to be a part of NASA’s new astronaut class. O’Hara and the other candidates will report for duty in August 2017.

O’Hara was born in Houston and raised in Sugar Land, where she attended Quail Valley Elementary, First Colony Middle School and Clements High School. FBISD caught up with O’Hara at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and talked to her about her incredible journey.

“I am just insanely honored by the opportunity, and grateful and humbled,” said O’Hara. “I am really looking forward to just coming down here and being a part of the team.”

O’Hara credits her community, schools and teachers for equipping her with the tools she needed to get to where she is today, but admitted that she struggled with one particular subject.

“My favorite subjects in school when I was younger were probably English and art. I also loved science, but my worst subject was actually math. I struggled with math the whole way through,” O’Hara said.

Because of her trouble with the subject, O’Hara worked that much harder to learn math so she could use it. After graduating from Clements, she went to the University of Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. In 2009, she also received a Master of Science in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University.

At the time of her selection by NASA, O’Hara was a research engineer at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she worked for Stone Aerospace in Austin as a design engineer and as a project engineer at Rocketplane Limited in Oklahoma City.

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(Front row, l-r:) Sherri Ebarb, Heather Brown, Malisha Patel, Monica Henderson; (back row): Greg Haralson, Jen Rizzo, Katie Harris, Sarah Kuehl, Teal Holden and Kimberly Camp.

(Front row, l-r:) Sherri Ebarb, Heather Brown, Malisha Patel, Monica Henderson; (back row): Greg Haralson, Jen Rizzo, Katie Harris, Sarah Kuehl, Teal Holden and Kimberly Camp.

FBJSL AND MEMORIAL HERMANN PARTNER AGAIN FOR 2017 SUGAR PLUM MARKET

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) has announced the return of Memorial Hermann as Title Sponsor of the Sugar Plum Market. The 17th annual Market will feature the theme “Believe in The Magic” and will focus on the many charitable organizations that have benefited from Market proceeds through the years.

“We are thrilled once again to be the Title Underwriter for FBJSL’s 2017 Sugar Plum Market. We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with FBJSL over the years and celebrate this signature event that brings so much to so many in need. We share a responsibility to serve this community, and we look forward to the synergies that we will create together as we align our efforts to this end,” commented Greg Haralson, Senior Vice President/CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital.

The continued partnership of Memorial Hermann and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) has resulted in a network of co-branded breast imaging centers located throughout the Memorial Hermann community facilities, including the Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land.

The 2017 Sugar Plum Market will be held Friday, Nov. 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center. Market hours will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. The always popular Preview Night shopping event will be on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 6-10 p.m. Shoppers will find more than 100 vendors from various merchandise categories. Proceeds from the Market will continue to benefit charitable organizations in Fort Bend County.

Visit sugarplummarket.com or email information@­sugarplummarket.com for more information, including sponsor and underwriting opportunities.

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Brownie Girl Scout Troop #152016.

Brownie Girl Scout Troop #152016.

MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND RECEIVES DONATIONS FROM LOCAL GIRL SCOUT TROOP

Children visiting the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit will now have activities, arts and crafts and more to brighten their stay, thanks to a generous donation from the Brownie Girl Scout Troop #152016. The troop recently visited Memorial Hermann Sugar Land to drop off several boxes of handmade bags of supplies and games for pediatric patients.

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(L-R): Jim Lockwood, Sue Lockwood, Leigh Walden, Kevin Barker, Jim Shaw, Karen Lonsway, Ellen Catoe, Kate Patagoc-Johnson, Bob Haenal and Darren McCarthy.

(L-R): Jim Lockwood, Sue Lockwood, Leigh Walden, Kevin Barker, Jim Shaw, Karen Lonsway, Ellen Catoe, Kate Patagoc-Johnson, Bob Haenal and Darren McCarthy.

TEXANA HOSTS RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW PLAYGROUND

Texana Center recently held a ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling to celebrate the completion of the Community Playground at the Rosenberg location of the Children’s Center for Autism.

Kate Johnson-Patagoc, director specialized services, welcomed everyone and talked about the importance of the playground to Texana’s applied behavior analysis program for children with autism. She also thanked the foundations, service clubs and businesses for their donations to the playground project, including Fort Bend Cares Foundation, Fort Bend Junior Service, Fairmount Minerals Foundation, The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Rotary Club of Rosenberg, Harry S. and Isabel C. Cameron Foundation, H-E-B Aliana, West End Anglers, Ecolab Foundation and H-E-B Tournament of Champions.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Darren McCarthy, president of the Rosenberg Rotary Club. The Rotary Club helped to fund and build the playground. He was assisted by Karen Lonsway, volunteer with Fort Bend Cares Foundation who raised the final $18,000 needed to finish the playground project. The ribbon was then cut and everyone enjoyed an ice cream sundae.

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MISSOURI CITY JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION FOUNDATION EVENTS

For its 15th anniversary, the Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation hosted events highlighting art, culture, education and community partnerships. The 12th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament was held on June 12, and funds scholarships for deserving Fort Bend County students. The scholarships were presented this year at the Community Service Awards Gala held Thursday, June 15 at the City Centre at Quail Valley. On Friday, June 16 Family Fun Day was held at Hunters Glen Park. The free event included food trucks and vendors, activities for kids, a DJ and viewing of the critically acclaimed movie, Hidden Figures, shown at dusk.

This year’s golf tournament was again held at the Quail Valley Course on the El Dorado greens with 88 participating golfers making 23 teams. Winners of the “Elected Officials Category” were Mayor Allen Owen, WCA Missouri City Representative Melvin Moore, Steven Starzel and Kevin Messer.

This year at the Community Service Awards Gala, two outstanding FBISD educators and administrators were recipients of MCJCF awards: Honoree Dr. Marla McNeal-Sheppard, an FBISD assistant superintendent, and Honoree Jerrie Kammerman, principal at Missouri City Middle School. The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Texas Southern University President Dr. Austin Lane.

The Foundation awarded scholarships to six Fort Bend County students: Alex Merchant, Heather Bennett, Jenai Johnson, Alexis LeBlanc, Alaina Bryant and Moriah Richard. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded to the new students and two $2,000 scholarships to two returning MCJCF scholarship recipients.

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(L-R): Fort Bend County Historical Commission volunteers Charles Kelly, Jess Stuart, Bob Crosser, Bettegene Coyle and Laura Dougherty with Judge Bob Hebert

(L-R): Fort Bend County Historical Commission volunteers Charles Kelly, Jess Stuart, Bob Crosser, Bettegene Coyle and Laura Dougherty with Judge Bob Hebert

COUNTY RECEIVES TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMIS­SION’S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

During Commissioners Court on June 13, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert recognized the Fort Bend County Historical Commission for its recent receipt of the Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) for the 2016 year of service. The THC issues DSAs each year to county historical commissions (CHCs) that document ongoing, well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects such as the stewardship of architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks in the county.

Hebert said, “These unpaid volunteers perform tremendously valuable work preserving a wide range of historical information pertaining to Fort Bend County. They are truly deserving of this recognition.“

Texas CHCs provided more than 468,000 volunteer hours in 2016, which is an in-kind donation to the state valued at more than $11 million. The THC assists more than 200 CHCs through programs and services that preserve Texas’ heritage for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. The THC’s advisory role to CHCs is outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, the statute that enables county commissioners courts to establish CHCs. The volunteer appointees, as directed by county officials, initiate and conduct programs that preserve the historic and cultural resources of Texas.

For more information, call 512-463-5853 or visit thc.texas.gov/chcoutreach

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The Sugar Land Jewels Chapter currently has 207 members and provides hands-on volunteer service for four philanthropic organizations in the community.

The Sugar Land Jewels Chapter currently has 207 members and provides hands-on volunteer service for four philanthropic organizations in the community.

NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE WELCOMES FIRST CHAPTER IN SUGAR LAND

The National Charity League, Inc., Sugar Land Jewels Chapter (NCL, Inc.) held its first Spring Kick Off meeting on April 27 at the T.E. Harman Center in Sugar Land. With over 200 members, the NCL, Inc., Sugar Land Jewels Chapter has a strong future in the city.

NCL is a nonprofit national organization of mother-daughter members in chapters throughout 26 states. Its mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. Through this mother-daughter relationship, the NCL develops strong women leaders serving and impacting their communities today and for generations to come. The members provide support to the local communities as their daughters develop into young women.

The Sugar Land Jewels chapter was founded by Chapter president Felicia Smith. “When I heard of the NCL, Inc. chapters in Houston, I immediately wanted a chapter in Sugar Land,” said Smith. “I knew it would be perfect for me and my daughter, Gaby. I love the three pillars of NCL and how it begins in middle school versus high school. Seventh and eighth grades are such formative years for a girl. It is amazing to volunteer side-by-side with your daughter! NCL definitely nurtures the mother-daughter bond like no other organization!”

To help make her dream a reality, Smith invited eight members of the community to join her on the Board of Directors last summer. To begin their philanthropic journey, the Sugar Land Jewels Chapter selected four initial philanthropies in which to serve this summer: Gigi’s Playhouse Sugar Land, Hope for Three, Fort Bend Seniors -Meals on Wheels, and the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. They look forward to adding more philanthropies as their membership grows.

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(L-R): OakBend CEO Joe Freudenberger, Laura Freudenberger, OakBend Public Relations Director Linda Drummond, L.E.A.F. Executive Director Janice Knight and OakBend COO Donna Ferguson.

(L-R): OakBend CEO Joe Freudenberger, Laura Freudenberger, OakBend Public Relations Director Linda Drummond, L.E.A.F. Executive Director Janice Knight and OakBend COO Donna Ferguson.

OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER’S SURF’S UP IS A SUCCESS

Lamar CISD teachers will be busy this summer drafting ideas for grants from the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation. The teachers can do some aggressive daydreaming, knowing this year’s Surf’s Up presented by OakBend Medical Center was a huge success. “Our beach party is becoming the social event of the year,” said L.E.A.F. President Chip Sutton. “More than 1,100 people enjoyed dancing to the Triumphs. After the bills were paid, more than $124,000 was raised to underwrite teacher grants for next fall! Thanks again to OakBend Medical Center for their support in underwriting Surf’s Up.”

“We are delighted to be a community partner with the Lamar Educational Awards Foundation,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend.
“Surf’s Up is a great event, a lot of fun and a pleasure to sponsor.”

After the crowd enjoyed a Vincek’s chicken-fried steak dinner, auctioneer Shorty Yeaman, with help from Vincent Morales, got the crowd into a lively bidding barrage, with $103,500 bid for the 23 desserts donated by L.E.A.F supporters.

For more information, visit leafgrants.org or like them at Lamar Educational Awards Foundation on Facebook or follow on Twitter @LEAFGrants.

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FBEF NAMED A GOVERNOR’S VOLUNTEER AWARDS RECIPIENT

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Honorary Chair of the 34th annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards, has announced the 2017 award recipients. The Governor’s Volunteer Awards, administered by OneStar Foundation, honor the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations in Texas that have made a positive impact in their communities or across the state through service and volunteering.

The recipient of the 2017 Partners in Education Award is the Fort Bend Education Foundation (FBEF.)

In 1992, Fort Bend County business and community leaders came together to form the Fort Bend Education Foundation. FBEF’s mission is to “inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine.” Throughout its 25-year history, FBEF has provided support to the 75 campuses that house the more than 74,500 students and approximately 5,000 teachers in Fort Bend ISD. FBEF works collaboratively with the school district, and has given $32 million in grant funding to provide an exceptional learning experience, helping enhance educational outcomes by implementing programs that support teachers and equip students for a brighter future, while also utilizing the work of more than
800 volunteers.

Through her Texanthropy Initiative, Abbott has made promoting volunteerism and service to others her primary focus as First Lady of Texas.

The awardees will be honored in the Fall at an evening reception at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.


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