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Around The Bend October 2017


Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital staff present a check for $20,000 to Memorial Hermann Health Centers at Lamar and Terry School Clinics.

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital staff present a check for $20,000 to Memorial Hermann Health Centers at Lamar and Terry School Clinics.

MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES DONATE $20,000 TO SCHOOL-BASED CLINICS

Employees at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently raised $20,000 during their annual employee campaign to benefit the Memorial Hermann Health Centers for Schools’ Lamar and Terry Clinics in the Lamar Consolidated School District. The funds will also support the continued development of the Healthy Attitudes Promoting Positive Youth (H.A.P.P.Y.) Summer Boot Camp for students in the district. The camp promotes and encourages healthy attitudes in youth and identifies ways for participants to make healthy living fun.

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Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School offered students a place to dance out frustrations after the storm .

Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School offered students a place to dance out frustrations after the storm .

COOKIE JOE’S OFFERS STORM RELIEF RALLY

Exactly one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area, a Sugar Land dance school offered a chance for their students and families to begin the emotional healing, comfort each other and support those still struggling. Cookie Joe’s Dancin’ School hosted a Storm Relief Rally aptly named “Survival and Revival.”

Although classes had not yet officially begun, School President Tran Pham Rich and Artistic Director Cookie Joe created a “safe place” to dance out frustrations, give thanks and start back on the road to normalcy.

Attendees enjoyed hot dogs at the rally as nearly a hundred Fort Bend residents attended bringing donated goods and adopting a Dancin’ School family who lost everything.

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(L-R): Aliana’s Ed Barnett, maintenance coordinator; Melissa Hallman, assistant manager; and Deniece Reyes, HOA general manager.

(L-R): Aliana’s Ed Barnett, maintenance coordinator; Melissa Hallman, assistant manager; and Deniece Reyes, HOA general manager.

ALIANA COMMUNITY ANSWERS FBISD CALL FOR HELP

Even though not zoned to Willowridge High School, residents of Richmond’s Aliana master-planned community have collected thousands of school supplies for the fellow FBISD school after hearing about the impact of its recently discovered mold infestation.

Mold was found in Willowridge High School this summer during planned maintenance and repair work. Since then, remediation crews have been working 24 hours a day to remove the mold, which includes disposing of anything porous – such as paper, folders and notebooks – as well as other items. Upon hearing the news from the Parent Teacher Organization of Madden Elementary, which serves Aliana, residents immediately organized a school supply drive.

“Almost everything in classrooms is being thrown out,” said Aliana Homeowner Association Manager Deniece Reyes. “This is devastating for teachers, students and everyone at Willowridge. A pillar of our Aliana community is giving back, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

Aliana’s Kith & Kin community council spearheaded the drive, with residents donating mountainous piles of binders, paper, file folders, notebooks, construction paper, composition books and bulletin board paper in just a few days. Also collected were pens, pencils, markers, rulers, Post-It Notes, bottled water, highlighters and other necessary items.

“The fast response from Aliana residents was remarkable and overwhelming,” Reyes said. “Teachers will have one less thing to worry about when they return to their Willowridge classrooms later this year, thanks to the generosity of our Aliana community.”

The Kith & Kin council is a nonprofit organization that supports the five pillars of Aliana – connecting, lifelong learning, embracing arts and culture, healthy living and giving back. It is just one of the features that has resulted in Aliana being one of the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities, as reported this summer by Robert Charles Lesser & Co. (RCLCO) in its mid-year report of the 50 best-selling developments in the country.

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(L-R): Rebecca Deurlein, Larry Street, Lucia Street and Helen Bow.

(L-R): Rebecca Deurlein, Larry Street, Lucia Street and Helen Bow.

READING BETWEEN THE WINES ANNOUNCES 2018 CO-CHAIRS AND HONORARY CHAIRS

Plans for the 2018 Reading between the Wines event are well on their way. This year’s featured author is author Piper Kerman. Reading between the Wines is being held on Friday, March 23 at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. The event will be co-chaired by Helen Bow and Rebecca Deurlein. Michael Garfield will serve as emcee and Jake Messinger will serve as auctioneer.

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is honored to recognize Lucia and Larry Street as this year’s Honorary Chairs. Lucia served as the Literacy Council’s Executive Director for many years. When she took the position, the Literacy Council was located in one classroom and quickly expanded to the current standalone building now located on Emily Court in Sugar Land. Upon retiring from the Literacy Council, Lucia continued her passion for community service and has not stopped giving back to Fort Bend County.

The Literacy Council is grateful to have the Streets working with the agency and thanks them for their contributions to the community. They are the perfect honorees for the Literacy Council’s 30th Anniversary and this year’s Reading between the Wines.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and range from $500 to $15,000. Benefits include admission to a VIP party, reserved premier seating, and more. Indivi­dual tickets are $125 and include live music, wine, a “restaurant stroll” featuring tastes from local chefs and restaurants, the opportunity to bid on exciting auction items, music, and dancing. Book clubs have the opportunity to attend at a Special Book Club rate of $1,000 for a table of 10 guests.

Contact Events Coordinator Alex Sanchez at asanchez@ftbendliteracy.org or 281-240-8181 for more information.

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Terry and Lisa Raska.

Terry and Lisa Raska.

FORT BEND COUNTY FAIR HONOREES NAMED

Terry and Lisa Raska will be the 2017 Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo Honorees. The couple have been longtime supporters of the fair and have been sponsors, buyers, and fair-goers for decades. The Raskas own and operate Coastal Butane Service.

“I have been involved in the County Fair for over 50 years – all my life,” said Terry Raska. “I watched my parents and support the community and the kids in 4H. Our family business sponsored the Calf Scramble as well as purchased or bid at the Auction. Dad always believed you should give back, so we did. My parents sat in the auction watching every child show their animal. When I married Lisa, I quickly bought her a Fort Bend County Fair Life-membership, and we’ve continued making the Fair a family tradition as it was shown to us. Our boys are grown, and they still come back each year.”

Coastal Butane continues to sponsor the Calf Scramble year after year. Terry and Lisa both attend fair events year-round including the kick-off dance and the Boots and Buckles on the Bay fishing tournament. Terry was an active member of the FFA in high school, showing lambs and turkeys at the Fort Bend County Fair.

The couple have supported both the live auction and freezer sale. “We continue to do it for the reward of seeing the expression on each youngster’s face. I recall when I was talking with a customer, and he said you don’t remember me, but I remember you — you bought my steer when I was a kid! It just doesn’t get any better than that!”

Raska says that as Fort Bend County grows, the Fort Bend County Fair grows. “I remember when the facility wasn’t as fancy as it is today. The Rodeo has as many professional athletes as what you see at the Houston Rodeo. The music entertainment is a great attraction for all ages and taste. It’s an honor when people from all over Texas come see what Fort Bend has to offer. The fair organization is more complex now, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication of the volunteers.” The 2017 Fair will run from Sept. 29-Oct. 8. For more information call 281-342-6171 or visit forbendcountyfair.com.


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