Home » Scene in the Bend

Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh June 2016


Email: cari.fblifestyles@gmail.com

Email: editor@lifestyles-magazines.com


Dear Readers,

Summer vacation time is almost upon us! As you enjoy your trip adventures and celebrations with family and friends, don’t forget to take and send in your photos to be featured in an end of summer Scene in the Bend! Please be sure to send your photos Original size (do not reduce for email) and include the names of all people.


Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair

It was another successful year for the Fort Bend Chamber’s 13th annual Wine & Food Affair. With events spanning over several days, there was something for everyone. Two of the favorites each year are the On The Rocks Bartenders Challenge and the sold out Sip & Stroll. Guests really did sip as they strolled their way along the grounds of Constellation Field’s parking lot, which showcased chefs, restaurants and wines doing what they do best. There was also an outdoor beer garden featuring more than 100 beers from 25 different breweries, thanks to their Cicerone Sponsor – Silver Eagle Distributors.


1) Molly Cooper, Jamie Wing, Linda Riddle, Veronica Vela, Christen Johnson, Birdie Gooch and Cari Middaugh

2) Morghan Powell and Haley Peck

3) Susan, Michael and Larry Garfield

4) Monica and Tony Passante

5) Andrew and Birdie Gooch with Veronica Vela and Dustin Triplett

6) Thu Anger, Katie Lam and Bobbi Nguyen

7) Dave and Christen Johnson with Molly and Mike Cooper

Photo Credit: Cari Middaugh


Child Advocates of Fort Bend SuperHero Gala

Presented by Exchange Club of Sugar Land OCuSOFT, the Superhero Gala was a SUPER night of fun and heroes celebrating Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 25th anniversary of making a difference for children in Fort Bend County. Superheroes don’t just exist in comic books. Twenty-five years ago, a group of dedicated community members had a dream to build a community of volunteers who would be specially trained to advocate for children in foster care who had suffered the tragedy of abuse and neglect. These visionary people founded Fort Bend’s first CASA Program. With one child and a few volunteers, they launched what would become one of the most respected CASA and Children’s Advocacy Centers in Texas and the country. Child Advocates of Fort Bend has provided a voice, healed the hurt and broken the cycle of abuse for over 14,000 children. More than 530 community members attended the April 30 Gala and reflected on the last 25 years and the many “heroes” who have helped over the years.


1) Linda Shultz, Susie Moseley and Carol Holton

2) Pat and Brad Somers

3) Kathy Johnson and Edward Gaskill

4) Alison and Greg Haralson

5) Zakia and Suleman Lalani

Photo Credit: Mary Favre, Liz Furman and Mary Worley

6) Hydee Corbin, Billy Corbin, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford, Morgan Aderhold and Troy Aderhold

7) Jim Kij and Sue Lockwood of Exchange Club of Sugar Land

8) Mary Worley, Liz Furman and Mary Favre

9) Tracy and Josh Pipes

10) Ray Aguilar, Congressman Pete Olson and Vincent Morales


Rainbow Room Flo Berkman Award Luncheon

The 15th Annual Flo Berkman Award luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 26 at Sweetwater Country Club to honor the many volunteers, sponsors and donors that support the Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room.  This year’s event was hosted by the Honorable Vincent M. Morales, Jr. Fort Bend resident Rebekah Gregory, a survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, was the keynote speaker. She shared her story of life’s struggles and inspired the audience with her quick wit and contagious optimism.

The 2015 Flo Berkman Award recipient was Andy Stewart of Finish Line Sports. Andy is a long-time supporter of the Rainbow Room and has not only served on the Board of Directors, but continues to provide financial support through his charitable race events. In addition, the Rainbow Room was the beneficiary of the 30th Anniversary party for Finish Line Sports.  Andy has donated over $15,000 since 2011 to support the Rainbow Room’s mission. The Rainbow Room is a resource room stocked with snacks, diapers, school supplies, clothes, toiletries, toys and other items often needed to meet the emergency needs of families in crisis. Only new items are stocked, as getting new items can have a significant impact on the children in helping them feel cared for and fit in with their peers at school.

Rainbow-Room-Flo-Berkman-Award-Luncheon Rainbow-Room-Flo-Berkman-Award-Luncheon1

1) Dixie Jones, Mayor Vincent Morales, Rebekah Gregory, Tonya Lewis, Rainbow Room Executive Director, and Wende Buckley, Rainbow Room Board President

2) Jim and Tracey Shaw

3) Judge Christopher Morales, Fort Bend County Court at Law 1, and Vincent Morales

4) Regina and Vincent Morales

5) Standing, Wende Buckley, seated, Jamie Whisonant and Melia Durham of Planned Community Developers

6) Dee Koch, Sonal Bhuchar and Linda Atkins

7) Deanna Clapsaddle, Mayor of Fulshear Thomas Kuykendall, Tracy Shaw

Photo Credit: Mary Favre and Liz Furman



Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh June 2016

Comments are closed.