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Around The Bend July 2017


(L-R): Shelley Barineau; Kathy Zay; Michael Phelps; Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center; Julie Bergen; Andrea Kremer; and Ned Torian.

(L-R): Shelley Barineau; Kathy Zay; Michael Phelps; Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center; Julie Bergen; Andrea Kremer; and Ned Torian.

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Michael Phelps with Shannon and Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital.

12TH ANNUAL “AN EVENING WITH A LEGEND” HONORS OLYMPIAN MICHAEL PHELPS

Nearly 650 guests enjoyed an unforgettable evening on May 16 at the Hilton Americas – Houston’s Ballroom of the Americas for the 12th annual “An Evening with a Legend” event honoring Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time. This once-in-a-lifetime evening included a beautiful seated dinner, exciting paddle raise and an intimate conversation with Phelps, moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer. Guests had the opportunity to learn about Phelps’ journey to become a gold medal legend and what is in store for the next phase of his life.

Co-chaired by Shelley Barineau, Julie Bergen, Ned Torian and Kathy Zay, the event raised over $1.2 million for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Carmen and Butch Mach and Kelli and John Weinzierl served as honorary chairs for the event.

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Youth with Travis High School and Youth in Philanthropy joined Harvest Green residents to paint a mural on a shed at the Village Farm.

Youth with Travis High School and Youth in Philanthropy joined Harvest Green residents to paint a mural on a shed at the Village Farm.

LOCAL YOUTH HELP COMMUNITY ART TAKE ROOT IN HARVEST GREEN

Richmond’s Harvest Green is blooming with color – the kind that won’t fade as seasons change.

Collaborating with the KCAM Contem­porary Art Museum Fort Bend, Travis High School and Youth in Philanthropy, Harvest Green transformed a shed at the on-site Village Farm into a work of art this past May.

KCAM artist-in-residence Mark Deleon spent May 5 drawing out a farm-themed design along one side, which can be seen from Harlem Road. Harvest Green residents, students from Travis High School – located in Harvest Green – and the George Foundation’s Youth in Philanthropy program gathered in Harvest Green on May 6 to paint the mural. In all, about 25 kids participated.

“Mark essentially created a paint-by-numbers drawing that was easy for students to follow,” said Ana Villaronga, director of the KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for residents and these young people to create a highly visible, lasting piece of art in which they can take pride.” Deleon will paint the roof, and a second mural will be painted on the shed at a later date.

“Harvest Green is all about family, fun and locally sourced food — why shouldn’t our community art also be locally sourced?” said Shay Shafie, general manager of Harvest Green. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Fort Bend’s only art museum and to showcase the talents of these fine young artists.”

The KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend also took part in Harvest Green’s Earth Day Extravaganza, which hosted an artist who worked on a display for a wall of The Farmhouse, the community’s new amenity center that opened that day.

Shafie said the development team is planning further collaborative projects with the museum.

“Just as we have edible landscape growing in various pockets of the community, we are also looking at how we can spread artwork throughout,” he said.

Harvest Green has experienced robust sales since opening in 2015 and continues to grow with more than 250 homesites being released this spring and summer. Eleven builders offer homes priced from the $240,000s in Harvest Green. Learn more at harvestgreentexas.com

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(L-R): Commander Ken Dillon, Joe Freudenberger and Margie Dillon, president.

(L-R): Commander Ken Dillon, Joe Freudenberger and Margie Dillon, president.

VFW POST 3903 AUXILIARY HOLDS NURSE APPRECIATION LUNCHEON FOR OAKBEND MEDICAL CENTER

May 6-12 was National Nurses Week, and for the seventh year in a row, the VFW Post 3903 Auxiliary held a Nurse Appreciation Luncheon for the nurses of OakBend Medical Center. The auxiliary invited nurses from all of OakBend Medical Center’s campuses to come to the Jackson Street Campus to be served a hot lunch.

The Auxiliary of VFW Post 3903 has provided lunch and dessert for the nurses in the OakBend hospital system showing their appreciation for all that the nurses do every day. Each year, they get food donated for this appreciation event and volunteers setup, serve and thank the nurses. This year, the chicken fajita, and fixings were donated by Ben’s Chuck Wagon in Wallis. Ben Pustejovsky has donated the food for the past several years to help the VFW Auxiliary say thank you to those nurses that work so hard for the community. The Auxiliary provided the chocolate and vanilla cakes for a sweet ending to the event.

The Auxiliary awarded a plaque to the hospital which reads:

“Appreciation Award Presented to OakBend Medical Nursing Staff In appreciation for your Outstanding dedication to patients. VFW Post 3903 Ladies Auxiliary, May 2017”

“This is one of the reasons I love our community. We are so honored to be recognized and thanked by these ladies each year,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “They are so kind for taking the time to do this for our nurses and to personally come forward to serve and thank everyone that comes through the line. Our nurses greatly appreciate the recognition, the food and the well wishes.”

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Presenter Andi Wallis with the Lou Larsen Volunteer of the Year, Tom Larsen.

Presenter Andi Wallis with the Lou Larsen Volunteer of the Year, Tom Larsen.

TEXANA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Texana Center hosted the 2017 Reaching for the Stars Awards Ceremony at Harvest Green in Richmond in the new Farmhouse community center. Ten awards were presented at this “Oscar style” awards gathering and, to make the event more special, 17 year old Justin Gustafson provided a drum roll for each opening of the envelope and winner announcement.

Texana Center has always asked Tom Larsen to present the Lou Larsen Volunteer of the Year Award, named for his late wife – one of Texana’s most dedicated volunteers. However, this year Texana surprised him with the award using the Oscar envelope mix up as presentation forum.

Larsen has volunteered at Texana Center since the nonprofit was formed in 1999. Prior to that, he volunteered for Texana’s predecessor organization – so he has been volunteering for at least 25 years. Tom has spent many hours at Texana helping with all kinds of projects. He is an active participant in the Center’s Christmas Choir Program and has also donated numerous large ticket items to the center. Andi Wallis, community relations manager, said, “There are so many things that Tom has done for our clients, and that is the reason why I am delighted to give him this award as he is a very deserving winner.”

Other awards winners were IDD Employee of the Year – Brandon Black; BH Supported Employment Employee of the Year – Alejandro Chavez; Supported Employment Employer of the Year – Lowe’s Home Improvement in Missouri City; Supported Employment Manager of the Year – Kevin McDermott; Company of the Year – Cherrydale Farms; Champion of Behavioral Healthcare – Pat Sumner; Community Supporter of the Year – Fort Bend Cares Foundation; and Volunteer Organization – Exchange Club of Sugar Land.

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(L-R): Auxiliary Officers Syndee Howgate, Nappinnai Natarajan, Tina Hood, Highland Homes Hiep Nguyen Auxiliary President Noreen Covey, Executive Director Brenna Cosby, Johnson Development’s Haley Peck and Harvest Green’s Sylvia Morghese.

(L-R): Auxiliary Officers Syndee Howgate, Nappinnai Natarajan, Tina Hood, Highland Homes Hiep Nguyen Auxiliary President Noreen Covey, Executive Director Brenna Cosby, Johnson Development’s Haley Peck and Harvest Green’s Sylvia Morghese.

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Guests of the Auxiliary Luncheon.

FORT BEND EDUCATION FOUNDATION HOSTS LUNCHEON FOR VOLUNTEERS

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Angels of Education Auxiliary hosted a recruitment luncheon for new volunteers on April 27. Guests were invited to learn about the Foundation’s programs and volunteer opportunities. Johnson Development provided lunch and Highland Homes provided its model home in Harvest Green. The Angels of Education Auxiliary supports the Foundation by providing volunteers and creating community awareness.

To become a volunteer with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, visit fortbendisd.com/foundation

The Fort Bend Education Foundation’s mission is to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students through its grant programs. Programs include Grants for Teachers and Schools, Professional Development Grants and New Teacher Gifts.

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(L-R): Kathryn Farris, Lucy Moore, Roseann Stanley, Barbara Marlin, Mary Carlson and Kathy Schultz.

(L-R): Kathryn Farris, Lucy Moore, Roseann Stanley, Barbara Marlin, Mary Carlson and Kathy Schultz.

KAPPA ALPHA THETA SORORITY MEMBERS PARTNER WITH CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND

Local Kappa Alpha Theta sorority members toured Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s offices in Rosenberg recently to learn more about the agency and the children it serves. CASA is the charity of choice for the Theta sorority nationally, and local sorority members announced on April 19 that they will serve as ambassadors for Child Advocates of Fort Bend by inviting friends and colleagues to a tour of Child Advocates to spread the word about child abuse and keep our children safe.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending child abuse by providing a voice, healing the hurt, and breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County. Through its Court Appointed Special Advocates Program (CASATM), Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) 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 14,000 children since opening its doors in 1991.

Volunteers are needed to help in the agency’s Children’s Advocacy Center and in the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program. For information on volunteering, contact volunteer recruiter Lauren Jordin at 281-344-5259 or ljordin@cafb.org.

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(L-R) Dr. Moses Wilcox, Susan Wilcox, Mable Scott and Mose Austin with the “check” for SSLW scholarships.

(L-R) Dr. Moses Wilcox, Susan Wilcox, Mable Scott and Mose Austin with the “check” for SSLW scholarships.

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(L-R) Julie Walker, June Peggs and Ann Marie Rennalls enjoy the reception.

SUBURBAN SUGAR LAND WOMEN RECEIVES $13,500 DONATION FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Dr. Moses and Susan Wilcox presented $13,500 to Mose and Mable Austin for Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW) 2017 Scholarships’ Fund during a reception at their home. The couple are committed members and Diamond Partners. “We saw a need to raise funds for scholarship recipients; we set our goal. We exceeded our goal,” Susan shared.

The Wilcoxes’ initial goal of $10,000 was reached in two days. The goal was then increased to $12,000, which was obtained in less than a week. The $13,500 goal was reached in less than a month.

The reception was attended by Mose and Mable Austin, SSLW’s founders; June Peggs, SSLW secretary; George and Marvelyn Harris, SSLW scholarship chair; Albert Glover, Jr. and Harriet Glover, SSLW president; Michael and Michelle Minns; Dr. Margret J. Allen and Belinda Allen; Ann Marie Rennalls; Cassie and Davonna Cartwright; Julie Walker; Frank, Lucero and Isabella Riusech; Emilian White and Kim Gagne; Dr. Michael Clark and Vivian Menefee; and Maria Silva.

Supportive scholarship partners are Maria and Victoria Magnus; Drs. Olivia and Lynae Hines; Helen Wright; Dr. Michael Peggs; Sue Ann Ma; Roy and Shelia Chambers; Dr. Samuel Harden; Kenneth and Sharon McQueen; and Jade Invitations.

The reception was catered by Ral’s Fine Catering of Houston. Caricaturist Mike Garcia drew and presented each partner a hilarious drawing. The reception and gift boxes also were generously underwritten by Moses and Susan.

Because of the generosity of the Wilcoxes, SSLW committed members, Diamond Partners and their special scholarships’ partners, each first-time recipient will be awarded $ 1,500 and each continuing scholarship recipient will be awarded $1,000.

The five first-time scholarship recipients from three schools districts are:

  • Trinity Hawkins, Stafford Municipal School District, Stafford High School;
  • Taylor Howard, Fort Bend Independent School District, Hightower High School;
  • Mia Johnson, Fort Bend ISD, Ridge Point High School;
  • Soromtochi Onyeahialam, Fort Bend ISD, Ridge Point High School;
  • Madison Owens, Lamar CISD, George Ranch High School.

For more information on scholarship and partnership opportunities, visit sslw.org.

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Mary Burger (center) has been named Woman of the Year for The Woman's Club of Missouri City. Presenting the award are Jane Thompson (left) and Jo Butterfield, previous winners of the Award.

Mary Burger (center) has been named Woman of the Year for The Woman’s Club of Missouri City. Presenting the award are Jane Thompson (left) and Jo Butterfield, previous winners of the Award.

MARY BURGER NAMED WCMC WOMAN OF THE YEAR

The Woman’s Club of Missouri City (WCMC) has recognized its longest tenured member, Mary Burger, as its 2016-2017 Woman of the Year. She was awarded the honor at the meeting held at First United Methodist Church of Missouri City on May 3. Mary joined the club in 1976.

Throughout Burger’s tenure in the club, she has seen many changes in its programs, fundraisers, and membership. Over the years,she has served on the Social Committee, the Membership Committee and as Vice President. For many years she has served on the Scholarship Committee – a very difficult task for her, as she wants to give a scholarship to every candidate! This year she opened her home for the scholarship interviews. To go further back in Club history, Burger served as the Editor and Typesetter for the Woman’s Club Cookbook. She agreed to serve as Treasurer for the 2016-17 year when no one else would, and has agreed to serve in the same capacity for the 2017-18 year as well.

Regarded as one of the club’s truly dedicated members, Burger is described as kind, funny, smart, a public servant and a good friend.

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The Autry Family with Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club Vice Presidents of Fundraising Carol Gaas and Terri Wang, and President Sally Berlocher.

The Autry Family with Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club Vice Presidents of Fundraising Carol Gaas and Terri Wang, and President Sally Berlocher.

FORT BEND AGGIE MOMS’ CLUB ANNOUNCES RAFFLE WINNERS

The Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club announced its Annual Raffle winners April 8 during the Family Weekend at the Texas A&M University College Station Campus. The Annual Raffle raises funds to provide scholarships to deserving Fort Bend students attending Texas A&M University, College Station or Galveston campuses and Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM students.

This year’s grand prize winner of a 2017 Toyota Corolla LE, valued at $15,778, was Patrick Autry from Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas. The winning ticket was purchased during Parents Weekend in College Station. The winner of the First Prize package, valued at $1,300, was Charlotte Miller of Cypress. The winner of the Second Prize package, valued at $900, was Jimmy Cantu of Sugar Land, and the winner of Third Prize package, valued at $300, was Jerome Guidry of Sugar Land.

Visit FortBendMoms.AggieNetwork.com if you are a mother of students from Texas A&M University, including the College Station, Galveston and Blinn TEAM to become a member of the Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club.

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(L-R): Sons of Texas Motorcycle Club members Lisa Cook, Anette Laborde, Ilene and Gilbert Jones and Mayor Evalyn Moore.

(L-R): Sons of Texas Motorcycle Club members Lisa Cook, Anette Laborde, Ilene and Gilbert Jones and Mayor Evalyn Moore.

MAY 2017 PROCLAIMED MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH IN RICHMOND

City of Richmond’s Mayor Evalyn Moore proclaimed May 2017 Motorcycle Awareness Month at the May Commission meeting. The proclamation reads:

“Whereas the month of May marks the traditional riding season, motorcycles become more prevalent on our streets, so the need to be aware of them becomes of the utmost urgency. Motorcycle Awareness Month is designed to increase public awareness about motorcycles, encourage their safe and proper use among motorcycle riders, and bring special recognition since motorcycles occupy a very important position in the history of our State and Nation. Whereas the motorcycle is an efficient vehicle which reduces fuel consumption, has little impact on our overworked roads and highway system, and is an important mode of transportation for commuting, touring and recreation, it becomes especially important for citizens to recognize them on our roadways.

“Citizens should additionally understand that motorcycle operators have the same rights and privileges as operators of other vehicles on all roads and highways. Over two-thirds of car- motorcycle crashes and nearly one-half of all motorcycle crashes are caused by car drivers, not by motorcyclists. Several organizations across the country are committed to increasing the safe operation of motorcycles by promoting rider safety education programs and by providing safety instruction at local chapter meetings.

“It is therefore in the best interest of our community and citizens to note the increase in the amount of motorcycle traffic as we enter the warm weather months, to enable the reduction of accidents and injuries involving motorcyclists.”

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The annual Doggone Fun Run and Canine Carnival in Sienna Plantation raised funds for Fort Bend Cares.

SIENNA CANINE CARNIVAL, DOGGONE FUN RUN FETCH $24,500 FOR LOCAL CHARITY

The recent Doggone Fun Run and Canine Carnival in Sienna Plantation fetched $24,500 for Fort Bend Cares.

The event combined the charity’s annual dog-friendly 5K run and 1-mile Run/Walk with the Fort Bend community’s yearly Canine Carnival for a day-long festival of fur in support of disadvantaged children.

More than 200 walkers and runners laced up their sneakers and leashed up their dogs for the event, which was held at Sienna’s Village of Sawmill Lake, raising $8,700 more that the previous year.

‘We were thrilled to be part of Fort Bend Cares’ fundrasing efforts,” said Allison Bond, marketing director for Sienna Plantation. “Our Canine Carnival is very popular, but using it to benefit local children made it that much more special.”

Children were not the only beneficiaries. The Fort Bend Animal Shelter and Hunting for Adopt a Rescued Friend offered on-site adoptions, giving a number of animals a chance at a forever home.

Following the run, well-heeled pups competed for top-dog status in a costume contest and the high-energy Houston Disc Dogs took to the lawn with tricks and back flips delighting dog-lovers of all ages. Music, carnival rides, inflatables, food trucks and other family-friendly activities rounded out the tail-wagging fun.

Festivities such as the the Canine Carnival are part of life at Sienna Plantation, which offers a variety of home designs priced from the $280,000s. Upcoming events include the monthly farmers market, summer camps and weekly Food Truck Fridays in June.

Learn more at siennaplantation.com.

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(Front row, l-r): Zoey Tankersley, Inara Mahmood, Kayleigh Holub, Jennifer Hoang, Alyssa Linares; (back row): LCISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, and Scholarship Committee members Becky Watts, Rosie Karlberg, Jo Lea Pingleton, Liz Moreno, Michelle Moore and John Cotterell.

(Front row, l-r): Zoey Tankersley, Inara Mahmood, Kayleigh Holub, Jennifer Hoang, Alyssa Linares; (back row): LCISD Superintendent Dr. Thomas Randle, and Scholarship Committee members Becky Watts, Rosie Karlberg, Jo Lea Pingleton, Liz Moreno, Michelle Moore and John Cotterell.

ROTARY RICHMOND CLUB AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO 2017 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES

Richmond Rotary Club awarded scholarships to the 2016-2017 high school graduates at their annual scholarship luncheon. Six students from Lamar Consolidated and Foster High Schools were awarded the annual scholarships. This year the Scholar­ship Committee evaluated over 40 scholarships before awarding these students their $2,000 award.


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