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Around The Bend Oct. 2015


(L-R): Rep. Rick Miller; Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Congressman Pete Olson, Regina Morales,CEO/president of the Central Fort Bend Chamber; Ron Ewer, Legacy Ford; State Rep. Phil Stevenson; Jeff Haley, Si Enviro.

(L-R): Rep. Rick Miller; Ashlea Quinonez, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Congressman Pete Olson, Regina Morales,CEO/president of the Central Fort Bend Chamber; Ron Ewer, Legacy Ford; State Rep. Phil Stevenson; Jeff Haley, Si Enviro.

CHAMBER HOSTS CONGRESSIONAL UPDATE WITH U.S. CONGRESSMAN PETE OLSON – The Congressional Update with Congressman Pete Olson hosted by the Central Fort Bend Chamber was recently held at Safari Texas Ranch. Olson has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2009 for the 22nd District, which covers Fort Bend County.

The 130 guests in attendance were given an update by Olson on the happenings in Congress over the past year. Jeff Haley, president of SiEnvironmental and the Chamber’s chair-elect, served as the event emcee. Topics covered by Olson included the economy, EPA regulations, border security, healthcare and many other issues affecting Fort Bend County. Olson concluded the event by taking questions from the audience.

Presenting sponsors for the event were Legacy Ford and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. Event underwriters were Sterling McCall Lexus, University of Houston Sugar Land and Wharton County Junior College. Corporate supporters included Amegy Bank, Fort Bend ISD, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Johnson Development, PGAL and State Rep. Dr. John Zerwas.

For more information about the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or email ldawson@CFBCA.org.

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Mary Cook, Fort Bend County National Day Prayer coordinator, with Senior Police Officer B. G. Curtis, Public Affairs Division Clergy Liaison Unit.

Mary Cook, Fort Bend County National Day Prayer coordinator, with Senior Police Officer B. G. Curtis, Public Affairs Division Clergy Liaison Unit.

POLICE AND CLERGY ALLIANCE – Mary Cook recently received her Police and Clergy Alliance (PACA) badge. PACA is a volunteer clergy organization that assists the Houston Police Department in various community service projects. PACA members mentor students in need of guidance, offer support to victims and their families, and work with the community on a daily basis. PACA’s mission is to prevent crime, enforce the law and preserve the peace by being active in the communities through volunteer service. For more information, visit   HPDPACA.org.

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(L-R): Rosenberg Parks & Recreation Director Darren McCarthy, Fort Bend Cares Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki, The Pub Fountains owners Bruce and Paula Gingrich, and Fort Bend Cares board members Patty Ward and Thomas Rey.

(L-R): Rosenberg Parks & Recreation Director Darren McCarthy, Fort Bend Cares Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki, The Pub Fountains owners Bruce and Paula Gingrich, and Fort Bend Cares board members Patty Ward and Thomas Rey.

FORT BEND CARES CONSTRUCTS HEALTHY FUN FOR KIDS IN ROSENBERG – With support from The Pub Fountains, Fort Bend Cares extended its assistance to children and youth in Fort Bend County from financial to physical in the form of a new playground in Community Park in Rosenberg.

The NaturePlay playground designed by the playground company Burke for children 5-12, includes slides, climbing features, a sliding pole and more. The new playground, plus a shade structure and benches, were formally approved by Rosenberg City Council in June. In consultation with local playground company, Fun Abounds, Inc., and with the help of community members and Fort Bend Cares volunteers, installation of the new playground and related improvements is set for Saturday, Oct. 24.

“While we are proud of the positive impact we have on improving the lives of children and youth in Fort Bend County through our grants to many nonprofits in the area, it is great to contribute directly to the health and well-being of children in a tangible way through the installation of a playground,” said Angie Wierzbicki, Fort Bend Cares executive director.

As of August, $56,700 of the $65,300 total cost of the project had been raised through generous corporate and individual donors. For more information, email Wiezbicki at angie@fortbendcares.org , call 832-819-2005 or visit fortbendcares.org.

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(L-R): 2015 Cinco de Mayo committee members, Linda Nolty, Cyndia Rodriguez, Loretta Rodriguez, and Angela Vasquez; FBS board member, Joanie Caskey; FBS CEO Manuela Arroyos; owner of La Cocina Mexican Restaurant and Catering, Andres Novoa; FBS board member and Missouri City Fire Chief Russell Sander; Cinco de Mayo committee member, Joe Rodriguez; Cinco de Mayo auctioneer, Shorty Yeaman; (back): FBS board chairman, Ray Aguilar.

(L-R): 2015 Cinco de Mayo committee members, Linda Nolty, Cyndia Rodriguez, Loretta Rodriguez, and Angela Vasquez; FBS board member, Joanie Caskey; FBS CEO Manuela Arroyos; owner of La Cocina Mexican Restaurant and Catering, Andres Novoa; FBS board member and Missouri City Fire Chief Russell Sander; Cinco de Mayo committee member, Joe Rodriguez; Cinco de Mayo auctioneer, Shorty Yeaman; (back): FBS board chairman, Ray Aguilar.

LA COCINA PRESENTS $41K+ TO FORT BEND SENIORS MEALS ON WHEELS – On Aug. 19, with the backdrop of a Sugar Land Skeeters baseball game, La Cocina Mexican Restaurant and Catering presented a check to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels (FBS) for $41,775.81, from its annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser. This May, La Cocina celebrated 10 years of hosting the fundraiser, benefiting FBS with cumulative contributions totaling to more than $260,000.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude by the support and dedication shown by Andres and Rachel Novoa and the La Cocina staff and volunteers. Their annual Cinco de Mayo fundraising event helps us meet the needs of the elderly in our community,” said Manuela Arroyos, FBS CEO. “This decade-long partnership has been a pleasure, and we were honored to celebrate with the Novoas as they presented us with even more funds to feed our seniors.“

Part of Fort Bend Seniors’ mission is to help seniors remain independent and in their own homes. Therefore, FBS provides home-delivered meals to nearly 800 older adults throughout Fort Bend and Waller counties, who are unable to cook or prepare their own meals.

“I have such a passion for helping feed the senior citizens in our community, and it just always makes me proud to say FBS has no waiting list for their services,” said Andres Novoa, La Cocina’s owner. “I think the best feeling a human can have is to be able to share and give back, and I’m overjoyed I’ve been able to be a part of the FBS mission for 10 years. I will be looking forward to hosting this fundraiser again and again for the next decade!”

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(Top row, l-r): Bill Miller, Sarah Guffy, Kim McFarland, Jan Yurasek, Linda Scott, Carol MacCurdy, Abby Grobe; (4th row): Therese Ferrell, Cindy Leyva, Charlotte Sanguinetti, Berta Toraño; (3rd row): Janice Dufour, Sally Saurmilch, Jenny Howard; (2nd row): Sharon Jenkins, Michelle Lanoux, Evy Fariss, Norma A. Tays; (front row): Cheri Flick, Rachel Gutierrez and Dorothy Cox.

(Top row, l-r): Bill Miller, Sarah Guffy, Kim McFarland, Jan Yurasek, Linda Scott, Carol MacCurdy, Abby Grobe; (4th row): Therese Ferrell, Cindy Leyva, Charlotte Sanguinetti, Berta Toraño; (3rd row): Janice Dufour, Sally Saurmilch, Jenny Howard; (2nd row): Sharon Jenkins, Michelle Lanoux, Evy Fariss, Norma A. Tays; (front row): Cheri Flick, Rachel Gutierrez and Dorothy Cox.

FORT BEND HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS HONORS NEW MEMBERS – New retirees were honored at the Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators (FBHRE) Oh Happy Day luncheon held in August. FBHRE is the local unit of the Texas Retired Teachers Association. One of their activities this year will be the Children’s Book Project, a statewide service activity to place books into the hands of children who otherwise would not have books of their own.

The Sept. 10 meeting topic is “Auto Theft Prevention” with Sgt. Jay McClellan, Missouri City Police Dept. FBHRE meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd. in Sugar Land. All school retirees are welcome to attend.

Visit localunits.org/fortbendharris to get more information.


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