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(L-R): 2016 Fair Queen Katie Koerth passed on the title to 2017 Fair Queen Marissa Salazar.

(L-R): 2016 Fair Queen Katie Koerth passed on the title to 2017 Fair Queen Marissa Salazar.

MARISSA SALAZAR NAMED FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR QUEEN

The chase for the crown is over! The 2017 Fort Bend County Fair Queen is Marissa Salazar. Marissa is a senior at Austin High School and was among 11 young ladies who competed for the crown, scholarships, and all the other awards that come with the title. The 2016 Fair Queen, Katie Koerth, passed on the title to Marissa in the Queen Coronation Ceremony held on opening day of the Fair, Sept. 29.

Marissa was named Queen in front of her parents, extended family, the Queen Committee, board members and guests. “It feels absolutely amazing; it wasn’t anticipated at all to win, I just feel truly honored to be able to represent Fort Bend County. I am just happy to be here. I am having an awesome time,” she said. Marissa served as an ambassador during the fair’s run at several different auctions and events.

The Queen competition is based on a personal interview, an essay, a networking event, community service, and participation. In addition to Marissa,the Fair Queen candidates were Skylar Higginbotham, a freshman at George Ranch High School; Jenna Marler, a senior at Tompkins High School; Tori Reeh, a senior at Needville High School; Smanta Mae, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Bethany Garcia, a senior at Clements High School;   Marissa Charcas, a senior at Lamar Consolidated High School; Shauna Pack, a junior at George Ranch High School; Krystal Negrete, a senior at Needville High School; Kelsey Lattin, a junior at Hightower High School; and Kennedy Johnson, a senior at Ridge Point High School. Tori Reeh was named first runner-up and Jenna Marler was awarded Miss Congeniality.

Marissa will take part in several Fair-related activities throughout the year.

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Quynh-Anh McMahan (left), The George Foundation grant officer, delivers a $25,000 check to Hope For Three Executive Director Darla Farmer to provide relief and assistance to Fort Bend families living with autism affected or displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

Quynh-Anh McMahan (left), The George Foundation grant officer, delivers a $25,000 check to Hope For Three Executive Director Darla Farmer to provide relief and assistance to Fort Bend families living with autism affected or displaced by Hurricane Harvey.

AUTISM ADVOCATES APPLAUDS A CARING AND KIND COMMUNITY

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, neighborly support and fellowship are thriving and now, with the generosity of a caring and kind community, Hope For Three Autism Advocates can make a significant difference in the lives of many, including those affected by the hurricane.

Seventeen nonprofits united to form the Greater Houston Autism Coalition (GHAC). GHAC combined efforts to approach relief assistance from Harvey for individuals and families living with autism and other developmental disabilities. The entity heightened the sphere of influence to expand, advance shared goals and collectively create the biggest impact of direct assistance to Fort Bend County and Houston communities.

Unfortunately, the needs for children with autism have not changed and Hope For Three and the caring community must continue to raise funds and awareness for individuals challenged with autism.

To support local families living with autism, The George Foundation presented Hope For Three with a $25,000 check to provide relief and assistance to Fort Bend families, with children on the autism spectrum impacted or displaced by Hurricane Harvey. “The kindness continued, as Timewise generously provided a limited match for gas card donations,” stated Darla Farmer, Hope For Three Executive Director.

Hope For Three’s dedication and commitment is to aid families and provide helpful resources to communities. For autism families in Fort Bend County in need of assistance, call the Harvey Relief Assistance Hotline, 346-774-7770. To give time, resources or donations, visit hopeforthree.org.

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GRAND RE-OPENING CELEBRATION FOR PENNYWISE MISSION BEND

Fort Bend Women’s Center celebrated the grand re-opening of its PennyWise Resale Store in Mission Bend on Wednesday, September 13. The store was recently remodeled to improve the experience for the store’s donors and shoppers. The celebration event, attended by Vita Goodell, Fort Bend Women’s Center’s CEO; Bruce Mercer, board president, Fort Bend Women’s Center; Joy Dowell, chief retail operations manager; Donna Kinerd, Greater Mission Bend Association member; and Barbara Quattro, chair of Alief Super Neighborhood Council, included a ribbon cutting with Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, special door buster deals, and special giveaway prizes.

“We are so proud to be a part of this community,” said Goodell, “and to continue to serve families with affordable goods.”

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(L-R): President Jen Rizzo and son Joseph delivering to Manuela Arroyos of Fort Bend Seniors.

(L-R): President Jen Rizzo and son Joseph delivering to Manuela Arroyos of Fort Bend Seniors.

FBJSL GIVES BACK TO HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF EFFORTS AND OFFERS GRANTS

Fort Bend County has suffered catastrophic damage as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the unprecedented rain and flooding that has followed. The women of the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) have stepped up in a number of ways to help the community in this time of need. Members have been collecting and delivering needed supplies to various nonprofit agencies all over Fort Bend, volunteering to assist with clean-up efforts, and donating 300 remaining 2016 Sugar Plum Market bags to the Stafford High School hurricane relief shelter for guests to keep their personal belongings. FBJSL also has set up a Harvey Community Assistance Fundraiser to raise funding for relief efforts.

The fundraiser, established through the Fort Bend Junior Service League Community Assistance Fund, will allow FBJSL to continue giving back to the various charitable agencies that are suffering. It will also aid those agencies in their own recovery due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant from these funds may apply online at fbjsl.org. Community Assistance Fund applications can be found under the “Community” tab and by clicking “Request Support.”

To contribute to the FBJSL Harvey Community Assistance Fundraiser, visit the FBJSL website. Donations are tax-deductible and can be made directly online through the link on the FBJSL home page. The Fort Bend Junior Service League is a nonprofit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The League’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members.


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