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Around The Bend January 2018


 

The show featured 12 models who comprise the Junior Fashionista Board.

The show featured 12 models who comprise the Junior Fashionista Board.

Junior Fashionista Fall Fashion Show 2017

The Junior Fashionista Board hosted its annual fall fashion show benefiting Fort Bend Women’s Center on Oct. 21 at PennyWise Resale Store in Richmond.

Twelve young models walked the runway wearing shabby chic, cocktail and formal looks. All of the outfits were put together by the models themselves from pictures they found in popular magazines.

The fashion show was another event for the Women’s Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Models walked the runway in purple formal gowns to show their support of survivors of domestic violence. Mrs. Katy International, Mahan Akiri, attended the fashion show and spoke about how she will use her plat­form to help end domestic violence in the community.

All of the fashions featured in the fashion show can be picked up at any of the PennyWise store locations. For more details on how to get involved with the Junior Fashionista Board, contact Resale Store Director Liz Moreno at Lmoreno@fbwc.org or visit fbwc.org/pennywise.

 

The group prepares for the traditional wipe down and push in of Engine 41.

The group prepares for the traditional wipe down and push in of Engine 41.

Richmond’s Engine 41 Receives Traditional Dedication Ceremony

The Richmond Fire Department received the newest edition to the Department’s firefighting fleet with Engine 41, custom designed and built to specifications compiled by Assistant Chief Derek Brown’s  selected team. The process of customizing today’s fire engines shows the attention and personal pride firefighters have for their equipment.

Before the arrival of Engine 41, Brown spoke of a traditional wipe down and push in ceremony, giving nod to the traditions of the horse and carriage days, when the fire trucks were wiped down and pushed back into the firehouse, because the horses could not do that. It was decided the dedication ceremony for Engine 41 would be such a memorable ceremony and Brown put plans together, ordering a personalized wipe down towel for Richmond’s mayor and each of the four commissioners.

Since the celebration was also a time to thank all City committees, boards, commissions and volunteers for the time they dedicate, extra wipe down towels were provided for all in attendance. After speeches were made and Engine 41 was wet down, retiring Battalion Chief Thomas Walleck climbed in the driver’s seat with Mayor Evalyn Moore in the passenger seat and everyone pushed-in Engine 41 to its bay. Few if any of the more than 50 in attendance had ever experienced such a memorable ceremony, and everyone present expressed their gratitude for being included in the tradition. To learn more, visit
richmondtx.gov/departments/fire-department.

 

 

(L-R): Associate Judge Walter Armatys of the 328th District Court, Rob  H-E-B, Child Advocates of Fort Bend Board President Jim Lockwood, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford. Mary Favre, Liz Furman, Nancy Cruz and Sue Lockwood.

(L-R): Associate Judge Walter Armatys of the 328th District Court, Rob H-E-B, Child Advocates of Fort Bend Board President Jim Lockwood, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford. PHOTO – Mary Favre, Liz Furman, Nancy Cruz and Sue Lockwood.

Child Advocates and Its Partners Celebrate National Adoption Day

The Honorable Ron Pope, The Honorable Brenda Mullinix, and The Honorable Judge David Perwin finalized 25 adoptions including the adoptions of seven children from the foster care system on Nov. 17 in celebration of National Adoption Day. The Fort Bend County 328th, 387th, and 505th District Courts joined courts across the country in opening their doors on National Adoption Day to complete adoptions and celebrate all families who adopt.

“This year’s National Adoption Day was a wonderful celebration,” said Metoyer Martin, CASA program director and chair of the event. “It is always great to see the attorneys, CPS, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and judges all work together to finalize the adoptions and ultimately give these children safe, permanent and loving homes.”

Here in Fort Bend County, the District Courts, Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) and its partner agencies worked together to celebrate the joys of adoption and encourage more families and individuals to give children permanent homes through adoption.

 

 

(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinators Fran Clark and Joe Driver with Child Advocates of Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center Program Director Fiona Remko.

(L-R): Child Advocates of Fort Bend Multi-Disciplinary Team Coordinators Fran Clark and Joe Driver with Child Advocates of Fort Bend Children’s Advocacy Center Program Director Fiona Remko.

Texas Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Child Advocates of Fort Bend

The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) an $8,000 grant. These funds will be used to support year two of the Multi­disciplinary Team Enhancement Program (MEP) between Child Protective Services, law enforcement and the Children’s Advocacy Center. MEP identifies children who are victims of abuse and would otherwise fall through the cracks of the child welfare system. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, it is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is the only agency in Fort Bend County exclusively dedicated to providing critical services, all free of charge, to abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members. A CAFB Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) staff member reviews all state intake reports of child abuse, assesses whether they meet criteria for sexual abuse or severe physical abuse and, if so, refers the case to CPS and law enforcement. The CAC acts as a coordinating entity amongst CAFB partner agencies ensuring that all parties are informed and abused children are receiving the help that they need to overcome the trauma they have endured.

For 25 years, CAFB has been providing a voice, healing the hurt and breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASA), Children’s Advocacy Center and more than 200 trained community volunteer advocates, Child Advocates of Fort Bend improves the lives of more than 400 children each month and has served more than 14,500 children since 1991.

Volunteers are needed to help in the Children’s Advocacy Center and Court Appointed Special Advocates Program.  For more information or to become a volunteer, go to cafb.org or contact Lauren Jordin at ljordin@cafb.org or 281-344-5258.

 

 

Kyle Fuhrmann (center) with his family (l-r) father Alex, brother Dylan, sister Heather and mom Kathleen.

Kyle Fuhrmann (center) with his family (l-r) father Alex, brother Dylan, sister Heather and mom Kathleen.

Dew House Featured on Child Advocates Home Tour

Kyle Fuhrmann worked on his Eagle Scout project to install rose trellises and brick flower bed borders at the Historic Dew House. He was joined by his  parents Kathleen and Alex as well as siblings Heather and Dylan. This turn-of-the-century home, located at the back of Kitty Hollow Park, truly shined for this year’s free-to-the public Holiday Wassail on Dec. 3 and full decor home tour on Dec. 10. It was also the first ever Historic Home featured on the Child Advocates Holiday Home Tour Dec. 8-9.

Mayor and Mrs.  Allen Owen, Certainty Home Mortgage, H-E-B Sienna Market, Fort Bend Dental Associates, Feather & Nest Interiors, Leonetti Graphics, the Woman’s Club of Missouri City  as well as the Dacus and Engleman families sponsored the Dew House Docents’ efforts led by Becky Gay and Miriam Watson.

 

 

SSLW President Mable Scott Austin helped pass out 500-plus items to visitors from the Gingerbread Library booth.

SSLW President Mable Scott Austin helped pass out 500-plus items to visitors from the Gingerbread Library booth.

The Grinch, also known as Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, enjoyed the festivities at Santa’s Village along with City of Stafford Secretary Tomika Lewis, who is also a member of Suburban Sugar Land Women.

The Grinch, also known as Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, enjoyed the festivities at Santa’s Village along with City of Stafford Secretary Tomika Lewis, who is also a member of Suburban Sugar Land Women.

SSLW Participates in Santa’s Village at Stafford Centre 

The annual Santa’s Village was held at Stafford Centre with a plethora of amazing activities, exciting games and toys, beautiful bikes and more for hundreds of local children and youth on the evening of Nov. 28. The City of Stafford’s various departments, along with local businesses and organizations were sterling sponsors. Volunteers were helpful from entrance to exit, making it an an incredible family-fun event.

Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) was one of 12 event sponsors and was assigned the custom-designed “Gingerbread Library” booth. The group  gave away more than 500 books, stuffed animals, games, toys, puzzles, Barbie dolls and clothes, pajamas, baby supplies, coloring books, water bottles,  footballs, school supplies, and much more.

SSLW founder and president Mable Scott AustinMose Austin and Forche Bridges, Hightower Honor Society Senior volunteer, staffed the Gingerbread Library from set-up to clean-up. “ It was so exciting! We ran out of giveaways. We will bring more next year,” shared the Austins.

Another event sponsor, Suburban Houston-Fort Bend Alumnae Chapter (SHFBAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was assigned the “Peppermint  Wonderland” booth. Members warmly assisted each child in creating a one-of-a-kind picture frame with peppermint wreath to take home and place their picture inside. Children and parents thoroughly enjoyed this fun activity. The booth was staffed by chapter President Evelyn Peter Dean, Salethia Morris, EuRhonda Morgan, Karen DeBose, Serena Wright-Bostic, Billie Kennedy, Yvonne Newman, Khanay Turner and other valued and appreciated students and adult volunteers.

Special thanks were shared with Susan Ricks, Director of Recreation for the City of Stafford, staff, and volunteers for an awesome event.

 

 

Accepting the grocery donation from Sienna Plantation are (l-r):  Flora Jackson, Arnelle Mitchell with Sienna, Gladys Brumfield, Mary Ann Precopio and Angelica Barcus.

Accepting the grocery donation from Sienna Plantation are (l-r): Flora Jackson, Arnelle Mitchell with Sienna, Gladys Brumfield, Mary Ann Precopio and Angelica Barcus.

Sienna Plantation Collects Food Pantry Donations During Amenity Center Opening

Sienna Plantation marked the opening of its newest amenity center, Sawmill Lake Club, as a chance to also do good, collecting boxes of groceries for a Catholic Charities’ food pantry. Those attending the grand opening brought canned goods, baking mixes, dry milk and other non-perishables that were donated to Trini’s Corner Mar­ket, the self-select food pantry at Catholic Charities’ Mamie George Community Center in Richmond.

“Food pantries feel the strain as the holidays approach, with more people seeking assistance,” said Alvin San Miguel, general manager of Sienna Plantation. “With the timing of our grand opening, we thought this was a perfect opportunity to help stock the shelves and serve the greater community.”

The grand opening of Sienna’s fourth residential multi-purpose center brought a day of pampering with spa-inspired activities such as neck and foot massages, Texas Fresh Juices samples and a jumbo-marshmallow decorating bar. Attendees also could register for prizes, including a Lake Austin Spa Resort package.

The grand opening festivities complemented the relaxing ambiance at Sawmill Lake Club, which offers a spa-style pool overlooking the facility’s namesake amenity lake and a large fitness center. Children can ride the zip line at the playground and play at the sprayground. The clubhouse and an event lawn are available for rentals. The Sawmill Lake Club joins a long list of amenities offered in Sienna Plantation, including three water parks, six on-site schools, 35 miles of trails and more than 100 acres of parks and playgrounds. Learn more at siennaplantation.com.

 

 

Annual Harvest Green Festival Draws Thousands

More than 5,000 people reaped a day’s worth of fall fun during the second annual Harvest Fest at Harvest Green. Staged Nov. 11 in the Richmond community, Harvest Fest offered a bounty of activities from a pie-eating contest and sack races to a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating. Visitors could purchase fresh produce from the Harvest Green Veggie Wagon and take tours of the 18-acre Village Farm located in the community. The farm’s Nubian goats and chickens also were on display and a host of food trucks provided plenty of tasty fare.

“A beautiful day served as a backdrop for this popular event, which really showcased the lifestyle residents enjoy in Harvest Green,” said Haley Peck, marketing director. “All ages found something to enjoy – we can’t wait to do it all again next year.”

Harvest Fest is one of many public events Harvest Green holds through the year, including farmers markets, a summer tomato festival and Chef Fest. Homes in the community are priced from the $240,000s. For more information, visit harvestgreentexas.com.


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