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Around The Bend February 2016


(L-R): Deborah Pitts LeBlanc, Jackie Smith Baker, Mable Scott Austin, Carletta Lloyd and EuRhonda Morgan volunteer at the theater.

(L-R): Deborah Pitts LeBlanc, Jackie Smith Baker, Mable Scott Austin, Carletta Lloyd and EuRhonda Morgan volunteer at the theater.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN 2015 REVIEW AND 2016 PREVIEW

In 2015, the Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) provided ongoing, caring, compassionate and free services and resources by accomplishing the following projects: visited three senior care centers; installed smoke detectors and replaced batteries in seniors’ homes; donated food, clothing, and supplies to families, homeless, veterans, disabled, military and the economically disadvantaged; provided education and training via health, advocacy, literacy, financial, and employment seminars; adopted elementary, middle and high school students, staff, and parents via academic and service incentives; award­ed seven first-time and six continuing scholarships; conducted two deputy voter registrars’ certification and re-certification sessions; and adopted Highland Park for quarterly clean up. Members served on various boards; celebrated African-American history; held an anual appreciation reception; equipped three community gardens; re­cruited five new members and seven new partners; collaborated with individuals, families, organizations, and businesses; secured generous tax-deductible donations; and encour­aged others to volunteer their time, talents and treasures.

In 2016, the SSLW will continue their passion and purpose to design, implement, maintain and evaluate service projects from infancy through adulthood via five programs: seniors enrichment, families outreach, infants through young adults development,   community partnerships and community involvement. For more information or to help, visit sslw.org.

 

Representatives of the organizations receiving proceeds from the 2015 Sugar Plum Market joined members of FBJSL and representatives of Memorial Hermann on Dec. 11 to celebrate the Market’s success.

Representatives of the organizations receiving proceeds from the 2015 Sugar Plum Market joined members of FBJSL and representatives of Memorial Hermann on Dec. 11 to celebrate the Market’s success.

FBJSL AND MEMORIAL HERMANN PRESENT 2015 SUGAR PLUM MARKET FUNDS TO LOCAL CHARITIES

The 2015 Sugar Plum Market, presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, has announced the proceeds and beneficiaries of another successful event. Total proceeds from this year’s Market were $285,000 and were presented to local Fort Bend County charities on Dec. 11 at a check presentation party held at Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center at Sienna Plantation.

The following beneficiaries each received some of the event proceeds: The Arc of Fort Bend County, ARTreach, As One Foundation, Catholic Charities, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room, Fort Bend Family Promise, Fort Bend Lawyers Care, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, Lunches of Love, The Rose, SIRE Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Texana Center and Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Community Assistance Fund. A portion of the funds will also benefit FBJSL by supporting infrastructure and technology upgrades.

The “Let it Snow” themed Market was a huge success with more than 8,000 shoppers enjoying beautiful décor, a large raffle showcase, and more than 100 unique vendors. “We are proud to announce this year’s Market proceeds and want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and Market patrons who play such an important role in our success,” said FBJSL President Dana Clement. “Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and support so many agencies in Fort Bend County!” Since its inception in 2001, the Sugar Plum Market has raised more than $1.9 million for Fort Bend County charities.

 

(L-R: ) Carla Meuth, FBHRE President, Sgt. Eric Pino, Officer Harris Johnston, and Mary Ann Dolezal, 1st VP FBHRE.

(L-R: ) Carla Meuth, FBHRE President, Sgt. Eric Pino, Officer Harris Johnston, and Mary Ann Dolezal, 1st VP FBHRE.

RETIRED EDUCATORS APPRECIATE SUGAR LAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE) recently thanked the Sugar Land Police Department with a box of healthy snacks. The group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church.

 

(Back row, l-r): Sheila Cooper, FBJSL Sugar Plum Committee; Jim Brown and Greg Haralson with Memorial Hermann; and Catherine Kubala, Sherri Ebarb and Alison Haralson with FBJSL Sugar Plum Committee; (front row): Pam Spencer and Kate Johnson-Patagoc.

(Back row, l-r): Sheila Cooper, FBJSL Sugar Plum Committee; Jim Brown and Greg Haralson with Memorial Hermann; and Catherine Kubala, Sherri Ebarb and Alison Haralson with FBJSL Sugar Plum Committee; (front row): Pam Spencer and Kate Johnson-Patagoc.

TEXANA RECEIVES $23,300 GRANT FROM FORT BEND JUNIOR SERVICE LEAGUE

Texana’s Children’s Center for Autism in Rosenberg is ‘dancing with excitement’ following the presentation of a $23,300 grant from the Fort Bend Junior Service League’s Sugar Plum Market proceeds.

The Children’s Center for Autism will purchase three SMART tables with this grant.   Local schools are using electronic interactive technology in the classroom to involve their students in learning. The SMART table is a mobile, multiuser interactive learning center that will allow the children to work together on one surface; this is particularly good for interaction with others and learning social skills. Groups of two to eight students will be able to touch and manipulate objects on the table such as animals, cars and coins, all at the same time. The SMART Table will allow our staff to create a limitless supply of activities for this interactive learning center. The other advantage of the SMART table is that it is on wheels so we will be able to share them among our classrooms.

Kate Johnson-Patagoc, director of specialized services at Texana Center commented, “Since 2009 the Fort Bend Junior Service League has donated over $100,000 to our autism programs. We really are extremely fortunate to have been selected for the past six years as a beneficiary of the Sugar Plum Market. Certainly, we would not have been able to provide the SMART boards, iPads, a camera system, van and a fully equipped classroom without the League’s support. We also have a beautiful new playground set at our Rosenberg location because of their donation to us; and for young children with autism that is crucial to their early learning. Through the League members hard work we have been able to change the lives of the children with autism attending our program, with many going on to lead happy, more independent and successful lives.”

 

Celebrating Brightwater Garden Club's 25th Anniversary are President Nancy Hudson (left) and past president Carol DeBoer.

Celebrating Brightwater Garden Club’s 25th Anniversary are President Nancy Hudson (left) and past president Carol DeBoer.

BRIGHTWATER GARDEN CLUB CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY

The Brightwater Garden Club recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a reception attended by five past presidents: Betty Grant, Carol DeBoer, Cathy Montoya VanHoose, Grace Clarke and Nancy Hudson (current president).

Established in 1990, Brightwater Garden Club is an independent and unaffiliated Garden Club based in Lakes of Brightwater subdivision in Missouri City. The next meeting of the Brightwater Garden Club will be on Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:45 p.m. Master Gardener Al Glos will present a program entitled “Grow Your Own – Vegetable Gardening 101.” All are welcome to attend. Visit brightwatergardenclub.com or call 281-403-9269 for more information.

 

Christine Chacko, a junior at Clements High School and dancer with BalletForte, poses with Sofia Taamrat of Missouri City.

Christine Chacko, a junior at Clements High School and dancer with BalletForte, poses with Sofia Taamrat of Missouri City.

BALLETFORTE AND FRIENDS OF DOWN SYNDROME

Sofia Taamrat and her fellow students from the Down Syndrome Academy in Houston were special guests of BalletForte for a daytime performance of The Nutcracker at the Stafford Centre on Friday, Dec. 11. The students spent three weeks learning about The Nutcracker ballet and story in all of their classes. They also decorated their school with Nutcracker decorations and created special programs to help guide them through the ballet performed by Fort Bend County’s BalletForte. BalletForte was celebrating its 20th year performing The Nutcracker.


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