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Around the Bend May 2010

Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Cookbook Committee members Nancy Frank, Lydia Jenkins, FBFN President Sandra Boyd, Paula Ruskan and Peggy Wood.

Local Organization Collects Recipes For Cookbook Sales After many months of collecting recipes, Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors is taking presale orders for their 30th Anniversary Celebration Cookbook, Cooking With Friends, with all profits going to the 2011 Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Program.

Cooking With Friends is a hardcover personalized cookbook celebrating the legacy and history of the club from its beginnings as Sugar Land Welcome Wagon in 1981 to the thriving, growing social and philanthropic organization it is known as today—Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors.

The cookbook will feature cherished recipes from many of its more than 350 Fort Bend County club members, past club presidents, and the 2010 FBFN Scholarship Award winners in eight delectable sections. The book will contain many pages of helpful cooking hints along with several pages of local information.

For more information or to order your copy of Cooking With Friends for $24.95, call 281-565-4163 or e-mail cookbook@fbfn.org. Books will arrive in time for the new club year, and will begin being distributed at the Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors “Celebrate Friendship” 30th Anniversary Luncheon scheduled for Sept.16.

Doc Day winners with their awards are Dr. Mark Murray, Dr. Irfan Lalani, Dr. Sonia Chauhan, Dr. Kelly Dempsey, Dr. John Rea III and Dr. Sandip Desai.

Methodist Sugar Land Rolls Out Red Carpet for Leading Physicians. At its fourth annual Doctor’s Day awards ceremony, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital literally rolled out the red carpet for their physicians, including six leading physicians, nominated and voted on by more than 600 hospital employees.


(Front row) Linda Summers Pierce of Christ United Methodist Church, grandmother Rojas, Jose and Maria Rojas with their children; (back row) Dennis and Valerie Dull, coordinators and long-time volunteers with the sponsoring organization.

Another family in new Fort Bend Habitat home. Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity announced the completion of its 52nd house in Fort Bend County. The new homeowners, Jose and Maria Rojas and their six children, are delighted to be moving into their first home. The home was sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, Holy Cross Episcopal Church and St. John’s United Methodist Church.


Pam Spencer, FBJSL president-elect; Brigit Engleman, FBJSL president; Emily Garrison, St. Luke’s business development manager; and Jim Levermann, St. Luke’s Sugar Land CEO; tout the award-winning Treasures from the Bend, Rich in History and Flavor cookbook.

FBJSL’s Cookbook Receives Award Fort Bend Junior Service League and presenting sponsor St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital are pleased with how the community has embraced the League’s newest cookbook, Treasures from the Bend, Rich in History and Flavor. Recently named the 2009 Southwest Regional Tabasco Award Winner, Treasures from the Bend is quickly becoming a must-have in southern kitchens across Fort Bend County and beyond.

Cookbooks may be purchased for $27.95 at www.fbjsl.com, or check the Web site for the names of retail outlets throughout the county where the book is available.


(L-R) Irene Wisner, Dee Koch, Leigh Anne Tuohy, Michael Oher, Linda Shultz, Scott Lundy and Kolbe Curtice.

Fundraising Luncheon Held for Arrow Child and Family Ministries Supporters and board members of Parks Youth Ranch were invited to a fundraising luncheon benefiting Arrow Child and Family Ministries featuring the real life characters from the movie The Blind Side, Michael Oher, Leigh Anne Tuohy and Collins Tuohy. They shared their personal story of adopting Michael, a homeless teenager in Memphis who graduated from high school, attended the University of Mississippi and eventually played right offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens.

Parks Youth Ranch and Arrow Child and Family Ministries are joining forces to operate the shelter program for homeless and at-risk youth at the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch. Construction is under way with the shelter scheduled to open its doors in early September.

Capital campaign funds are still needed. To make a donation or for more information, contact Linda Shultz at LDShultz@­gmail.com or call 281-778-0150.


Three-week-old Richmond resident Hunter Howell, son of Ryan and Jaclyn Howell, dons the festive Easter attire.

Babies in Memorial Hermann Southwest NICU “Hatch” From Easter Eggs. During the Easter holiday, the tiniest patients at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital were snuggling in their very own handmade “Easter egg blankets” and matching caps.

Memorial Hermann Southwest volunteer Linda Maraldo put her sewing skills to use to create 40 blankets and caps, bringing a touch of the holiday and spring to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.







FBJSL and TCH Present Checks from 2010 Pancakes & Pajamas Children’s Festival The Fort Bend Junior Service League, together with event sponsor, Texas Children’s Hospital, presented $20,000 in proceeds from the 2010 Pancakes & Pajamas Children’s Festival to two worthy Fort Bend County charity organizations at the league’s April 6 meeting. East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry and Fort Bend Lawyers Care each received a check for $10,000. The event raised a total of $22,200, with FBJSL’s Community Assistance Fund receiving 10 percent of proceeds to further the league’s grant program for worthy charities serving Fort Bend County.

This year’s Pancakes & Pajamas co-chairs, Cherie Bauch and Ashley Grubbs, along with the Pancakes & Pajamas Committee, are grateful for the support of presenting sponsor Texas Children’s Hospital and the numerous other businesses and individuals whose generous sponsorships and donations helped make the event a success.


(L-R) Sharon Dimicelli and Julie Abadie, FBJSL members; Necole Gibson, director of operations, Junior Achievement of SE Texas; and Michelle Hannah, FBJSL member.

FBJSL Awards Grant to Junior Achievement of SE Texas The Fort Bend Junior Service League presented a $2,500 Community Assistance Fund Grant to Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas to support its educational programs in Fort Bend County. These funds will be used to educate and inspire young women by organizing a Women’s Leadership Conference to benefit at least 40 girls this spring.

FBJSL accepts CAF applications throughout the year for grant funding up to $5,000 per year. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations serving Fort Bend County with requests to fund a critical need, pilot program and/or expand a significant service to the community. For additional eligibility requirements or to download an application, visit www.fbjsl.com.


Exchange Club of Sugar Land Achieves the Two Million Milestone Exchange Club of Sugar Land President Betty Baitland presented a check to Gladys Brumfield, YMCA executive director.

With this contribution, the club attained the two million mark in contributions to many worthy Fort Bend County charitable organizations and its continuing support to ESCAPE Family Resource Center for the prevention of child abuse.


(L-R) Amy Robinson and Susan Rosen, members of the Missouri City Police and Fire Auxiliary, keep track of items up for auction.

Annual Police and Fire Auxiliary Fundraiser Yields $15,000 for Missouri City’s Finest The Missouri City Police and Fire Auxiliary’s annual fundraising dinner, dance and live and silent auction event was a big success. Approximately 400 tickets were sold for the March 12 fundraiser, which brought in about $15,000. In its 24-year history, the auxiliary has raised about $350,000 for the Police Department and Fire & Rescue Service.

“It’s always special for police officers and firefighters to receive the unfettered support of the community they serve. We often view these jobs as thankless, but that definitely is not the case in our city due to the overwhelming support from our citizens,” Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald said.

Funds will be used to purchase additional equipment for the public safety departments, allowing them to better serve the citizens of Missouri City.


Steve Stewart receives top vote as “Audience Favorite” in Theatre Southwest’s Readers’ Theatre.

Sugar Land Resident Receives Top Votes From Audience For Play Their Last Resort, a short play by longtime Sugar Land resident and part-time playwright Steve Stewart, was voted “Audience Favorite” in Theatre Southwest’s Fifth Annual Readers’ Theatre.

More than 250 short plays were submitted for consideration by playwrights from across the United States. Ten short plays were selected and performed in a readers’ format by Houston actors, produced by Houston area theater icon Ananka Kohnitz. The audience voted for their favorite after the readings.

Stewart’s play focused on a lifetime friendship between two men and business partners now in their early 60s. “It’s a comedy about two old pals who know each other better than just about anyone else, but it’s also about the fragility of life and how friendship sustains us,” said Stewart.

Stewart has written about a dozen plays and won first place awards for playwright competitions sponsored by the Scriptwriters/Houston as well as Fort Bend Theatre.


Jim Babb announces his candidacy for Fort Bend ISD board of trustees.

Jim Babb Announces Candidacy Jim Babb, a 20-year veteran of the Houston Police Department and former U.S. Marine, announced his candidacy for the Fort Bend ISD board of trustees, position No. 7.

Babb, a former D.A.R.E. instructor for elementary and middle schools, is also a published author and has served as chairperson for the Austin Parkway Elementary PTA and currently serves on the Campus Based Leadership Team for Austin Parkway. He has been a repeat recipient of the Humanitarian Service Award for his efforts in the community.

“Having taught D.A.R.E. curriculum in five different school districts as well as in private schools, I can say with confidence Fort Bend ISD educators and paraprofessionals are about the most dedicated, passionate and skilled in the state,” said Babb. He says it is important now for the school board to work to be a responsible steward of taxpayer money, prepare children to effectively compete in the “real world,” enhance teacher morale, retain and support current educators and paraprofessionals and be receptive to community concern and citizen input.


Debra Luna and her son, Jonah, enjoy dressing up in their best western wear for Missouri City’s Moms and Sons Western Roundup.

Moms and Sons All Smiles at Missouri City’s Western Roundup Missouri City’s annual Western Roundup featured plenty of action with prizes, games and “Cowboy Bob,” who kept the crowd entertained with rope tricks. Mothers and sons also enjoyed a barbecue dinner.

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