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Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh November 2016


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Literacy Council’s of Fort Bend’s
7th Annual Spelling Bee

Thursday, September 8 was a stellar evening for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s 7th annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee, presented by CenterPoint Energy and co-chaired by Holly Kaminga and Lawren Eckhardt. This year’s event raised more than $40,000 to support the Council’s six programs: basic literacy tutoring; GED preparation; English as a Second Language (ESL); basic computer skills classes; citizenship preparation; and transitions to post-secondary education.

The event was held at the Insperity Club at Constellation Field. This year’s Emcee, City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman, welcomed the audience of over 250.  Four Judges presided over the Bee: City of Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore; City of Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen; Former City of Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Jr.; and Trey Reichert of Johnson Development Corporation. Ruth Ann Johnston, a volunteer tutor with the Literacy Council, served as the Bee Pronouncer.

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1) Nancy Olson and Barry Beard; Richmond City Commissioner

2) Clyde C. King, Jr. and Scott Willey, “Fort Bend Herald Team” sponsored by the Fort Bend Herald

3) Michaela Brady, Nichelle Everett, Nancy Penny, Carla Price, Mary Harris, of “Methodist Mayhem” team sponsored by Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

4) Grayle James, Diana Sayavedra and Beth Martinez of team “Spelling Bees” sponsored by Fort Bend Independent School District

5) Vincent Morales, Jr., former Mayor of Rosenberg, and Evalyn Moore; Mayor of Richmond

6) Top row: Event Chairs Lawren Eckardt and Holly Kaminga; Allen Owen,Missouri City Mayor; Kelli Metzenthin, Executive Director LCFBC; Joe R. Zimmerman, Sugar Land Mayor; and Jenetha Jones. Bottom row:  Letha Hensley, Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore; Trey Reichert and Ruth Ann Johnston

Photo Credit: Mary Favre and Liz Furman

7) Sara Originales, Jacob Burton, City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman, and Amanda David, “Common Spelling” team, Sugar Land Police Department dispatchers, sponsored by Linbeck Group

8) Kyle Liner, Gloria Kopycinski, and Jonathan Pursch, Frost Bank’s team, “The Frost Bites”

9) Bob Shearer, LCFBC tutor

10) Frank Carroll, Amy VanHoose, Justin Markel, Dustin Fessler, Casson Wen, “Guys in Ties” team sponsored by Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey, accompanied by “Queen Bee” Allison Battocletti.

11) Steve Waters, Olivia Ross, Burke Watson, CenterPoint Energy’s team “Buzzwords”,   the 2016 Great Grown Up Spelling Bee Champions



Cowboy Up
Sponsor Party

Supporters of Parks Youth Ranch’s charity event, Cowboy Up, grabbed their boots and bling and partied for a purpose at the Cowboy Couture VIP Sponsor Party on September 14! The event celebrated Cowboy Up sponsors, who have raised over $120,000 for the abused, at-risk and homeless children at Parks Youth Ranch (PYR) this year.

Executive Director Shannon Bloesch read the handwritten stories of the child residents who have been significantly impacted by the mission of PYR. Glasses were raised in support of a brighter future for these children! The event featured light bites and drinks from Mosset New American Grill. The mission of Parks Youth Ranch is to provide emergency shelter, counseling, and life-changing services to abused, at-risk and homeless children ages 7-17 in our community.

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1) Jana Baumann, Stephanie Weiss, Parks Youth Ranch Executive Director Shannon Bloesch; Sharon Dimicelli and Jennifer Culberson

2) Tracey Walker and Michelle Royster

3) Chad Bridges, Amy Mitchell, Maggie Jaramillo, Maggy Horgan and John Healey

4) Ashley and Jim Van Hoozer

5) Christie and Sam Morris

6) Kathy and Bill Roherbach

7) Brad and Pat Somers

8) Jim McClellan and Marhia Coane

9) Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupre and Seeju Dupre

10) Al Gallo and Diana Colllins

11) Jeff and Sarah Hogan

Scene in the Bend: Cari Middaugh November 2016

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