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Scene in the Bend by Cari Middaugh November 2015

Literacy Council Of Fort Bend Spelling Bee

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County had its 6th Annual Great Grown Up Spelling Bee at the Insperity Club at Constellation Field. The Bee was presented by Centerpoint Energy and chaired by Alysse Harrison and Holly Kaminga. More than 250 spectators witnessed the last two teams — the City of Sugar Land “B-Team”and the Richmond Police Department’s “Richmond Buzz”, try to out-spell each other in overtime and end in a tie. The event raised more than $48,000 for the Literacy Council’s programs!


1) Jim and Tracey Shaw

2) Mary Jackson with Rosemary Jones

3) Joan Vogan, Mary Favre, Sonal Buchar, Beth Wolf, and Leticia Lowe

4) Nancy Olson with her mother Marilyn Jones and Nell Ciancarelli

5) Event chair Holly Kaminga with Beth Wolf and David Timmermeyer

6) City of Sugar Land “B-Team”, Sandy Fontenot, Austin Penningnton and Carla Latham

7) Steve and Kelli Metzenthin with Laura Hartman

8) Emcee Don McCoy, Literacy Council Executive Director Kelli Metzenthin and emcee Ray Aguilar with the judges, Mayor Allen Owen and Mayor Evalyn Moore

9) Jennifer Kirkpatrick, Shannon Bloesch and Cari Middaugh

10) Richmond Police Department team, “Richmond Buzz”, — Danelle Gaydos, Sargeant Steven Rychlik anD Lori Schindler

Photo Credit: Mary Favre and Liz Furman


ACS Couture For The Cause VIP Party

The American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause Fashion Show presented
by Wealth Design Group, held a VIP party for sponsors at Veritas Steak and Seafood in Sugar Land. The Party, underwritten by Toni and Mike Batches, was a fun evening of recognizing the event sponsors and celebrating.

ASC Couture for the Cause VIP {artu

1) Party underwriters Toni and Mike Batches

2) Marji Strohmer with Scott and KK West

3) Tom and Lori Shirley

4) Presenting Sponsors Tara and Rick Ray with co-chair Amy West, Mike and Toni Batches and co-chair Julissa Duran

5) Diana Collins, Christine Jue, event emcee Michelle Fisher, Teresa Reading, Dr. Lance Jue and Jackie and Steven Castaneda

6) Emcee Michelle Fisher, honorary chair Melissa Wilson with co-chairs Julissa Duran and Amy West

Photo Credit: Cari Middaugh


Cowboy Up Vip Party

The Cowboy up VIP party was held at Icon Bank recently. Several of Parks Youth Ranch supporters gathered in celebration of providing over 30,000 nights of shelter and hope for the future to at-risk and homeless youth. The success of the fundraising event and the mission is secured through the generous sponsorship from the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation, Patt and Dick Hogan, Gwen and Kolbe Curtice, the Stanka Family, Sovereign Bank, and Wonderful Windows & Siding! A great time was had by all.

Cowboy Up VIP Party

1) Shanna Wozny, Christin Hogan, Angela Parker and Holly Kaminga

2) Holly Kaminga, Angela Parker, PYR Executive Director Shannon Bloesch, Shanna Wozny, Christin Hogan, Kavita Self, Pat Somers and Chastity McPeters

3) Mrs. Seeju & Dr. Charles Dupre – FBISD Superintendent

4) Shalina Varghese, Shannon Orsak and AJ John

Photo Credit: Chastity McPeters


Child Advocates Of Fort Bend’s Voices For Children Breakfast

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale was the featured speaker at Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s sixth annual Voices for Children Breakfast on Sept. 29. McIngvale shared his family’s experience adopting 8-year-old Regina as their foster child, and how they made a commitment to join her step-by-step on the journey toward her healing. Nick McMillian, a courageous young man who survived child sexual abuse with the help of the staff at Child Advocates of Fort Bend, shared his personal story of hope and healing. During her welcome, Shelli LeBret revealed how she came to adopt a child out of the foster care system. The breakfast was sponsored by Exchange Club of Missouri City.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Voices for Children Breakfast

1) Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford, Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Lisa Gregg, Cathy McMillian, Fran Clark, Nick McMillian, therapist Karen Sullivan, and Courtney McMillian

2) Ken Kosub of Limelight Films, Ruthanne Mefford and Tammy Kosub

3) Events Specialist Lisa Moore, Irene Wisner and Ruthanne Mefford

Photo Credit: Cari Middaugh

Scene in the Bend by Cari Middaugh November 2015


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