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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh December 2016


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Dear Readers,

Wishing each of you a very happy holiday season. I’ve so enjoyed all of your events, galas and family vacations over the last year. Thank you for submitting and sharing those special moments with all of us at Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes. Until next year… have fun and be safe!


Parks Youth Ranch Cowboy Up

The Parks Youth Ranch held another successful Cowboy Up event on Oct. 3 at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena. More than 600 guests enjoyed the evening of food, dancing, fun and giving back to the community. The event raised $175,000 which will provide emergency housing for homeless youth in Fort Bend County. The Fred and Mabel R Parks Foun­dation was not only the Presenting Sponsor but received the 2016 Carl Favre True Believer Award for their dedication and support over the years. The evening was emceed by Michele Fisher, and Commissioner James Patterson once again did a fantastic job as auctioneer.

Photo Credit: Mary Favre and Liz Furman

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1) Parks Youth Ranch Executive Director Shannon Bloesch with 2016 Cowboy Up Honorary Chairmen; Mrs. Seeju and Dr. Charles Dupre

2) Ray Aguilar with Dee Dee and Dick Phillips

3) Emily Schwartz and Katie Flato

4) Kathy and Mark Eyring

5) Emily Phillippovic, Celia Houston and Kimberly Thompson

6) Christie and Sam Morris with Isabel and Jay Vidrine

7) Gwen and Kolbe Curtice

8) Fred and Mabel R Parks Foundation 2016 Carl Favre True Believer Award presentation – Kavita Self, Jessica Crute, Jim McClellan, Shannon Bloesch, and Sam Morris

9) Aaron Dobbs, Judge Chad Bridges and Dustin Fessler

10) Susie and Vernon Beyer with Patt and Dick Hogan

11) Brenda Durand, Caron Marble, Liz Furman, Meichelle Benard and Evelyn Traylor


Sienna Plantation Oktoberfest

Hundreds of people cheered “Prost!” while raising thousands for the Fort Bend Education Foundation during Sienna Plantation’s Oktoberfest celebration. The event was a fete of German food, music and games. Performing were two bands — Mike and the Middletones and Jerry and The Melody Five — who invited guests to dance their best polkas. A Biergarten served beer and cider, and food trucks Sauerkraut, Cousins Maine Lobster, To Go Kitchen, Foodgasm and Anna’s Greek offered a variety of cuisines. Event-goers were also able to try their hand at German-themed lawn games.

Proceeds from Oktoberfest benefited the Fort Bend Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides grants to teachers and schools within Fort Bend Independent School District. The foundation has awarded nearly $32 million since its inception in 1992.

Photo Credit: Colleen Lastrapes

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1) Nick Deacon and Kaylan Millis

5) Janey DeTommaso and Nick Hernandez with George and Cyndi Hernandez

2) Jaimie Clark and Corey Gless

4) Bob and Bridgette Blair in their best Oktoberfest “attire”

3) Cathy and Eric Koval

6) Alvin SanMiguel

7) Allison Bond and Jack Bornstein

8) Philip Ciolla and Jennifer Snyder with Todd and Linda Riddle

9) Bridgette and Bob Blare with John Lastrapes


Fort Bend Seniors Mad Hatter

Fort Bend Seniors 9th Annual Mad Hatter event was held on Sept. 28 at Safari Texas Ranch. The evening was once again a successful fundraiser and brought awareness to the plight of senior hunger in our community. This year’s theme was “Steampunk Adventure.” The nearly 300 guests really got into the theme with creative costumes allowing their imaginations to run wild from Victorian to modern technologies and fashion. Honorary Chairs were Dr. William H. Reading and Teresa Cox Reading, and the evening’s top level sponsors were Insperity, Legacy Ford and NewFirst National Bank.

Photo Credit: FB Seniors and Lorenzo Lerma


1) Chesley Charles Choudhury and Tanaz Choudhury

2) Chessa Rapp and Kelli Walleck

3) George and Manuela Arroyos, Fort Bend Seniors Executive Director

4) Melissa and James Ives

5) Tracey and Jim Shaw, Teresa Cox Reading, William H. Reading and Michael Garfield

6) (Front row L – R: ) James Ives, Diana Collins and Al Gallo; (back row): Melissa Ives, Brett Clapsaddle, Deanna Clapsaddle, Sharlene Jacobson, William H. Reading, Teresa Cox Reading, Asma Rahim and Ajmal Rahim.

7) Rick Forlano, Manuela Arroyos, Eric Robins, Erle Gooding, Lupe Cabello and Mayor Joe Gurecky

8) Larry and Lois Gremminger


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