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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh
June 2017

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Fort Bend Cares Doggone Fun Run

More than 200 runners and over 100 canine friends took part in Fort Bend Cares 4th Annual Doggone Fun Run on Saturday, April 22 in the Village of Sawmill Lake in Sienna Plantation.  This fun family event included a 5K run (with and without dogs) and a 1-mile walk, plus a costume contest, vendor fair, food trucks, face painting, and more!

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1) Amy Matthews, the Event Mascot, and Terri Sitter from sponsor The Red Bandana Brigade

2) Simon Gaffney and Jon Burrows ready to run to support kids in Fort Bend

3) Kathy Bell with her cute costume contest-winning daughter and family pet

4) Mark Winters and Event Co-Chair Laura Winters

5) Event emcee Jake Messinger

6) Winner of the Master’s 5K with dogs, John Tipton, and his dog, Ginger

7) Tracey Shaw and her precious pups!

8) Representatives from Top Dog sponsor Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Derek Martinez and Sandra Lopez with their canine friends

9) Ellen Hughes and dog Kane who participated with two prosthetic hind legs!

Photo credit: Robbin Mallett and Melinda Henry




Le Cirque Gala Sponsor Party

Child Advocates of Fort Bend staff, sponsors and special guests gathered in the home of Farha Ahmed and Zubair Ahsraf for a special party to celebrate Le Cirque Gala sponsors. The event benefits Child Advocates of Fort Bend and its programs for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County.

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1) Farha Ahmed and Zubair Ashraf

2) Pete Olson with Jim and Sue Lockwood

3) Hilary and Tony Clark

4) Joe Freudenberg with Drs. Scott and Juliet Breeze

5) Denny and Louisa Adelung with Nell Ciancarelli

6) Ann Smith, Betty Baitland and Nell Ciancarelli

7) Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, Fred Williams, and Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford

8) Narmin and Naushad Kermally

9) Ruthanne Mefford with Kimbra Valachovic

10) Pat Somers with Sugar Land First Lady Nancy Zimmerman

11) Sue Lockwood and Sonal Bhuchar

Photo Credit: Mary Favre


Literacy Council’s Annual 
Reading Between The Wines

Reading between the Wines, presented by The Fred & Mabel Parks Foundation, co-chaired by Gena Horak and Helen Bow withhonorary chair Mary Gayle Brindley, was held on Friday, March 31at Safari Texas Ranch. The fifth annual event was also a celebration of The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s 30th anniversary! Guests enjoyed delicious food from 11 restaurants in Fort Bend County, and three wonderful local authors. Nancy Olson served as Mistress of Ceremonies and Jake Messinger entertained guests as the evening’s auctioneer and helped to drive the overall event total over $165,000! For two years in a row, the event showcases a prominent published author and this year, The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County pulled out all the stops with Featured Author Candace Bushnell, who wrote the wildly popular Sex and the City! Bushnell shared her experiences in New York City and how her adventures as a real-life Carrie Bradshaw became the blueprint for the Sex and the City TV show. Local authors included Matt Minor, Christy Esmahan, and Karl Fields. Blue Willow Bookshop was on hand at the event to sell the authors’ books. Guests were able to meet with the authors and have their books signed and pictures taken.

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1) Taylor Connor, Crystal Rymill and Mindy Zemanek

2) Jim McClellan and Marhia Coane

3) Beth Wolf and Bridget Yeung

4) Candace Bushnell and Crystal Moya

5) Literacy Council of Fort Bend Executive Director Kelli Metzenthin with Honorary Chair Mary Gayle Brindley

6) Jake Messinger and Cynthia Lauer

7) Jessica Kij and Candace Bushnell

8) Candace Bushnell

9) Ashley Mullins, Yvonne Champion, Cari Middaugh, CJ Joiner and Heart Miller

10) Co-Chair Gena Horak, Featured Author Candace Bushnell and Co-chair Helen Bow

11) Rebecca Deurlein, Darla Fanta, Anne Smith and Nell Ciancarelli

12) Guest author Karl Fields

Photo Credit: Mary Favre and Liz Furman

At the Reading Between the Wines Sponsor Party held the month before the main event, two of the couples who partied at the home of Dr. Rebecca and Jeff Deurlein were unfortunately misidentified in this column last month.  Here are the correct smiling faces!

13) Jessica and Jim Kij

14) Jake Messinger and Cynthia Lauer l





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