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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh
January 2018

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Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land’s Jingle Tree

Jingle Tree is one of Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land’s most anticipated holiday traditions.  Jingle Tree features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that peope can bid on over a six-day period that coincides with fun events at the Museum. This year there were 20 beautifully decorated trees to admire and bid on.  The events included the Tree Lighting, Bring the Bling which offered decorating demonstrations, Jingle, Mix and Mingle Happy Hour, and Cookies with Santa.

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1) HMNS-SL Executive Director Adrienne Barker with Brian Dodson and Bridget Yeung

2) Stephanie Weiss and Shannon Bloesch

3) Betty Baitland, Nell Ciancarelli, Bridget Yeung, Jo Ann Eagleton, Judy Madison and Liz Furman

4) Alicia and Ed Scala

5) Gay Thompson, Diana Null and Nancy Zimmerman

6) Gayle and Linda Page

7) Susanne and Ashlyn Heigel with Catherine Kubala

8) Doug Goff, Mayor of Sugar Land Joe Zimmerman and former Sugar Land Mayor Jimmy Thompson

9) Charles and Seeju Dupre

10) Dean Hrbacek, Rita Shah and Farrah Gandhi

11) Sandy Kelly, Nancy Malke, Dorine Craig and Susan Chevalier

Photos courtesy of Mary Favre and Liz Furman



Fort Bend Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament

The sold-out, record-setting Fort Bend Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament was held at the beautiful Quail Valley Golf Course & City Centre. The players enjoyed picture-perfect Chamber of Commerce weather. First place bragging rights went to the LJA Engineering, Inc. team. Second-place winner was All Star Storage team, and third place went to the City of Missouri City team. Christian Jalomo with All Star Storage won the longest drive, Frank Marsters with Marsters Company won the longest putt, and Robbin Anderson with Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes Magazine won closest to the pin.


1) Laura Rosilez, Sheridan Labbe, Matthew Ferraro, Keri Schmidt, Dewan Clayborn and Juliette Nessmith

2) Nancy Colmenares with Sterling Carter

3) Thermon Ivory, Matt Smith, Zac Morales and Ray Aguilar

4) Closest-to-the-pin winner Robbin Anderson, Bill Anderson, Danny Hughes and Steve Arnold

5) Preston Price, Ray Finnegan and Sean Price

6) Tom Kirkpatrick and Michael Svatek with Sharon and Steve Delhome

7) Kevin Berchelmann, Tony Scataglia, Jim Triggs and Ivan Hand

Photos courtesy of Ted Volf



Literacy Council of Fort Bend’s Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee

It was a successful evening for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s eighth annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy and co-chaired by Holly Kaminga and Emily Rhodes. This year’s event raised more than $40,000 to support the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Returning as the event emcee was City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman. Mayor Zimmerman welcomed the audience of over 250. Five judges presided over this year’s Bee: City of Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore, City of Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales, Jr., Judge David Newell of Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and Mary Favre.

Nineteen teams competed to win a spot in the coveted Honey Hall of Fame and bobblehead bee trophy, all in honor of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County and in celebration of national Literacy Awareness month.  The winners of the 2017 Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee were the “Richmond Buzz” from the City of Richmond Police Department, sponsored by Roberta K. Randall Charitable Foundation.


1) Mary Favre and Chris Morales, Judge of County Court at Law No. 1

2) Team Guys in Ties, Dustin Fessler, Casson Wen and Justin Markel

3) Donna Ospina, Luisa Bowers, Judge Bob Hebert and Tzotsy Ballesteros – The ladies represented Fort Bend County as Bob’s Bees Spellers

4) Camille Brewer, Jake Messinger and Helen Bow:  the Wells Fargo Wordsmiths

5) Cindy Picazzo, Grayle James and David Timmermeyer from the CenterPoint Energy Team Bee Dazzled

6) Event Judges: Allen Owen, Mary Favre, Judge David Newell, Evalyn Moore and Vincent Morales

7) Allison Bond, Steve Sams, and Kore Deaville:  the Johnson Development Corporation Team Spelling Beests

8) CenterPoint Energy Team Buzzwords: Steve Waters, Olivia Ross and Burke Watson

9) The 2017 winning team, the Richmond Buzz from City of Richmond Police Department, with event judge Evalyn Moore

Photos courtesy of Liz Furman and Lucy Cruz



Child Advocates of Fort Bend Christmas Home Tour  Sponsor Preview Party 

Child Advocates of Fort Bend Christmas Home Tour homeowners, sponsors, board members and special guests gathered in the Sugar Creek home of Shannon and Glenn Bohny on Dec. 3 to thank home tour sponsors, homeowners, florists and decorators of this year’s tour.   The party was sponsored by PerdueBrandonFielderCollins&Mott, LLP. More than 60 guests braved the rainy weather and enjoyed food by Sandy McGee’s Restaurant & Catering and cheese by Ivan Mefford, M.D.

The Christmas Home Tour is one of Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s largest fundraisers. Now in its 26th year, the event raises more than $200,000 to support the agency’s programs for abused and neglected children.


1) Enjoying the Sponsor Preview Party are (l-r): Child Advocates of Fort Bend Marketing Specialist Lisa Moore, sponsor party hosts Glenn and Shannon Bohney, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.

2) Jim McClellan of Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation with Rhia Coane. Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation is the presenting sponsor for the Christmas Home Tour.

3) Cynthia Liska and Steve Fuqua

4) Randy and Diana Miller

5) Diane and Roger Schomburg

6) Brad and Pat Somers

7) John and Kathy Heinemann

8) Farha Ahmed and Zubair Ashraf

9) Vickie and Carl Looney

Photos courtesy of  Mary Favre and Liz Furman

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