Only 11% of people diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer survive. “Fifty percent of these patients had no symptoms...This is not an ‘old man’s disease,’ and women and men are affected equally. Yet, it’s 90-95% preventable.”
When Jen Watson’s son Ty was in 3rd grade, he was struggling. “Reading was tough, but the school didn’t think he was old enough for a dyslexia test,” says Jen. “We started EduCoachNow (ECN)--the tutoring program at KnILE Center--where founder Betsy de Vega thought otherwise. Betsy recommended a doctor and we got a diagnosis of severe dyslexia.”
The Walk to Fight Suicide is about turning hope into action. Suicide is a serious problem, but it’s a problem we can solve.
Parks Youth Ranch is an emergency shelter here in Fort Bend that provides counseling and life changing services to at risk and homeless youth. Cowboy Up!
This past Monday, April 25th, Five Star Day was an all-day affair that provided: activities for the children at our first-ever PwC Foundation Interactive Kid Station, restful spa retreats for parents, and a gourmet candlelight dinner that families enjoyed together, prepared by Magnolia Hotels’ Executive Chef Adam Deviney. Evening entertainment included a special, private musical performance by the University of Houston’s Pre-Medical Collegiate Orchestra, fun with Ronald McDonald, and a magic show!
“When it comes to education,” says Betsy, “no two children are alike. Some of you are concerned about social issues at school. Others lose sleep over academic struggles."
With support from The Pub Fountains, Fort Bend Cares extended its assistance to children and youth in Fort Bend County from financial to physical in the form of a new playground located in Community Park in Rosenberg.
Whether you are a mother, daughter, sister, brother, friend, or coworker...cancer affects us all. That includes two local celebrities who have recently been impacted by this terrible disease, which led them to team with the American Cancer Society for the 6th annual “Couture for the Cause” fashion show this fall. Melissa Wilson has graciously agreed to serve as the Honorary Chair, and Michele Fisher is generously offering her talents to host the event as our emcee.
That’s the theme of the third annual Fall Classic Charity Fundraiser hosted by Sugar Land Rotary and title sponsor Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land on October 3, 2015 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. on the indoor tennis courts at Sweetwater Country Club.
Twenty-five years ago a group of Christian men began meeting for prayer, study and fellowship. Many good books were shared, but the works of Dr. Paul Brand– a missionary doctor in India–inspired the men to make a difference in our world.
You want your space to be custom, you want it to reflect the personality of your business, and you want it located close to your patrons. Look no further than Grand Oaks Business Park!
Randy Stacy, owner of Texas Insurance Agency-Fulshear, was part of the small group of business owners that founded the Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce.
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available—please call for details. And tickets sell quickly...don’t wait until the last minute and miss this fabulous event!
A community based event to raise awareness and respect for our companion animals in Fort Bend County. Local animal shelters will be on-site featuring adoptable animals. Fort Bend based animal advocates and pet lovers will also be there. Come out and see all the beautiful healthy and adoptable animals that will be waiting to be brought into loving homes!
With great effort from Hope For Three’s volunteer, Mare Solcher (Right) and Deputy Nick Kaminski of the Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Constables Office (Left), Hope For Three is helping to make things bearable for children in crisis. Solcher, who chairs the project, recently presented homemade blankets, entertaining toys, and soft comforting bears to Precinct 1 Constables Office. Deputy Kaminski, who is a certified Mental Health Peace Officer stated, “Often times when arriving on a chaotic scene where children are involved, having a cuddly bear or some type of toy on hand, brings comfort to the child”.
In 1998 when Gina Pizzini was ready to expand UpClose from Richmond/Rosenberg into the Sugar Land area, she called on Sharon Ballint. Sharon says, “Back then Gina would take one side of Highway 6 and I would take the other, calling on local businesses and explaining the UpClose concept. In 2005 I took a break to spend more time with my daughter and husband (who had been working out of state)...and 10 years went by. Late last year, Gina called and asked if I would come back. I was thrilled to help with our expansion into Katy. UpClose itself is a small business built from the ground up...so we can really relate to the needs of our local business community.”
David Shaw, a long-term Rotarian, is a living example of the club’s motto: “Service above self.” Having served on numerous non-profit boards over 50 years in multiple states, David enjoys growing and supporting local charities. At an age when most people are settling into retirement, David Shaw has a brand new board position and mission.
“I began this business with a heart for helping others. At the age of 9 I knew I was destined to be a litigator just like my father. The first time I walked into his courtroom I immediately felt at home and I knew that was where I belonged.”
The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) a $9,000 grant. The funds will be used to partially fund two forensic interviewers in the Children’s Advocacy Center at Child Advocates of Fort Bend. CAFB is the only agency in Fort Bend County exclusively dedicated to providing critical services, all free of charge, to abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members. The agency’s forensic interviewing program began in 1997. In 2014 alone, the forensic interviewers conducted 691 interviews.
Amy West and Julissa Duran, co-chairs of the 6th annual American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause”, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45 and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: “It looks like breast cancer.” A biopsy confirmed I had Invasive Lobular Sarcoma, stage 2.”
Founded in 1997, for the last three years the Youth in Philanthropy Program has required students to agree to a serious time commitment with only a single absence and perform rigorous work...and it’s growing by leaps and bounds! Dee Koch, Director of Community Engagement for the George Foundation, says, “This year our 165 youth came from twenty-three different high schools and one home school. They were from different demographics, different backgrounds, and with different interests but all the youth came together to make a real difference for the non-profit organizations in our community!”
2015 FBJSL Spring Fling: If You Weren't There, You Missed Out!
"Lisa leads her reader through a very personal journey of her life and at the same time add humor and reality to life’s lemons! Uncluttered is an easy read yet chilling on many levels. Lisa describes hell and back and how it gave her purpose in helping others."—Linda Brown, LLB Traditional Design, Houston, TX
“The faces of autism span a range of ages and abilities,” says Darla Farmer, founder of our local 501(c)3 non-profit Hope For Three. “We created Hope for Three to bridge the gap between families and service providers...and to broaden awareness of autism in our community...one piece at a time until all the pieces fit!”
Child Advocates of Fort BendExchange Club of Fort Bend, Wednesday April 1st, 2015: At 5:15pm, on the front lawn of the traditional county courthouse at 90-A and Fifth Street, Richmond TX., a dedication ceremony for the Awareness Field was conducted.
More than 50 families are expected to participate in what will be a treasure hunter’s dream during Riverstone’s semi-annual garage sale 8-11 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
National Oilwell Varco will underwrite Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Secret Garden Gala on May 2, 2015. You are invited to join us for an enchanting evening in the Ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square beginning at 6:00 pm. The 2015 Gala committee is hard at work planning a magical evening of entertainment and fun.