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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh
February 2018



Dear Readers,

After more than four years of covering all things fabulous in Fort Bend County, it is bittersweet to say that this will be my last Scene in the Bend column. It has been a pleasure getting to know all of you and be a part of the community that I called home for more than 15 years. Thank you to so many people for making this a fun and easy “job” for so long, there are simply way too many to list. For more than a year now I have been living in Houston and it’s been difficult to keep up with Fort Bend life from here. I will absolutely still see many of you “in the Bend” and would love to catch up with you in the loop as well! Be well, be safe, and most importantly, be happy!  

Sincerely, Cari 


Thank you Cari…for four great years of being our social editor. We wish you the very best and will miss you!


First Colony 40th Anniversary Celebration

Sugar Land community leaders and guests gathered recently at the offices of Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the First Colony master planned development. The event was emceed by former Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson and included presentations by Judge Robert Ebert and current Mayor Joe Zimmerman. The community continues to be an exemplary standard of today’s master planned communities.

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1) Allison Wen, Don Janssen, Cary Kelley, Mayor Joe Zimmerman, Wes Newton and Jimmy Thompson

2) Vic Conley, Mary Favre and Cary Kelley

3) Chuck Kelley, Mary Joyce Justin, Allison Wen, Don Janssen and Wes Newton

4) Mary Favre with Melia Faldyn

5) (Front row):  Kim Isenhour and Elsa Maxey.  (Back row):  Betty Baitland and Joey Belleza

6) State Representative Rick Miller with County Judge Bob Hebert

Photos courtesy of Lucy Cruz



Sounds of the Season FBCC Holiday Luncheon

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce held its annual Sounds of the Season Holiday Luncheon on December 15 at Sweetwater County Club. Sponsored by HCC Goldman Sachs, and featuring guest speaker and author Bob Goshen, it was a wonderful way to celebrate the year’s successes with clients, friends and staff.  Entertainment was provided by the Kempner High School Choir and world renowned jazz musician, Vel Lewis.

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1) (Front row):  Dewan Clayborn, Kerri Schmidt and Matthew Ferraro.  (Back row):  Laura Rosilez, Rehan Alimohammad, Bob Goshen, Juliette Nessmith and Stacy Bynes

2) Stacy Bynes and Dewan Clayborn

3) Don Smithers and Suzanne Fotorny

4) Angelica Barcus, Rachel Varghese, Susan Jaroszewski and Nomita Bajwa

5) Debbie Richards (center) with Rainbow of Love Adoption Agency representatives

6) Patti Von Tungeln, Lucia Street and Betty Baitland

7) Sonal Bhuchar, Malisha Patel and Kate Willis

8) Nancy Potter, Bridget Yeung and Helen Koonce

9) Rob Thompson, Juliette Nessmith and Dr. Brian Machart

Photos courtesy of Mary Favre and Liz Furman



CASA Christmas Home Tour

Child Advocates of Fort Bend Marketing Specialist Lisa Moore, who coordinates the annual CASA Christmas Home Tour event, ordered a dusting of snow for Fort Bend County on Friday morning to kick off the event and get everyone in the holiday spirit! Tour guests viewed homes in Long Meadow Farms, Sugar Creek, Sweetwater, Riverstone and the historic DeWalt Heritage Center, beautifully decorated for Christmas while raising funds to support Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s programs for abused and neglected children. More than 1,300 people visited the tour in its 26th year, which has become a fun Fort Bend County tradition for many. The event raised nearly $200,000 to help fund agency programs, services and education.

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1) Holly Thompson and Jennifer Looper

2) Fallon and Yves Sivuilu

3) John and Kathy Heineman

4) Liz Furman, Lucy Cruz and Mary Favre

5) Betsy Rohleder, Board Member Nancy Olson, Barbara Marlin, Lucia Street and Penny Johnson

6) The Sims Family – Michael, Marie, Mary Margaret and Chris

7) Nilou Iken and Kelly Evans

8) Pat and Brad Somers

9) CAFB Board President Jim Lockwod and Sue Lockwood

10) Peggy Jackson and Lynn Halford

11) CAFB Development Officer Irene Wisner (left) with Joel and
Judy Battle

Photos courtesy of Mary Favre, Liz Furman and Lucy Cruz

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