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Around Cy-Fair, December 2016

| December 1, 2016

Co-Chairs Darlene Hajduk (left) and Lauri Baker presented Dr. Mark Henry with a check for $93,025.69 from the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Co-Chairs Darlene Hajduk (left) and Lauri Baker presented Dr. Mark Henry with a check for $93,025.69 from the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. photo – CFISD Communication


The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation held its 19th Annual Salute to the Stars Gala in honor of Cypress Fairbanks ISD’s 2015-2016 Spotlight Teachers on Thursday, Oct. 13 at The Berry Center.

The evening included performances by the Cypress Creek High School Drumline and the CFISD District Chamber Choir. Butch Milks announced the Spotlight Teachers as Dr. Mark Henry personally thanked each for their dedication to the students of CFISD. As they left the stage, Marie Holmes and Lauri Baker presented each with a gift and congratulations from the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. Lifelong Cy-Fair resident and Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Trustee, Robert Adam, delivered the keynote speech recognizing this year’s Spotlight Teachers for their outstanding accomplishments, and highlighting the Foundation for its contribution to Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Future.

Co-Chairs Lauri Baker and Darlene Hajduk presented Dr. Henry with a check for $93,025.69 from the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation for innovative staff development grants. After a successful live auction, the evening closed with the announcement of three lucky teachers who were awarded cash gifts. Butch Milks announced the names of Lansing Brown (winner of the gift donated by Towne Lake, A Caldwell Community), Kristi Bruns (winner of the All American Letter Jackets donation) and Dora Zanelli (winner of the Balfour donation). Lansing Brown also won the Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union mortgage giveaway.

The evening was a tremendous success. The Spotlight Teachers walked away with gifts from the Foundation, including the beautiful orchid centerpieces, and guests were excited to win one of 132 raffle gift baskets.

Salute to the Stars has raised over $2 million for innovative staff development grants for district teachers and instructional leaders, and scholarships for graduating seniors. For more information,visit TheCFEF.org.


(L-R): Roy Wooten; Mike Thakur, The Work Lodge founder; and Paula Burns, Shield Bearer board member.

(L-R): Roy Wooten; Mike Thakur, The Work Lodge founder; and Paula Burns, Shield Bearer board member.


The Shield Bearer Celebration of Hope Dinner was held Oct. 27 at Bammel Church of Christ in Houston. Shield Bearer honored volunteers and key supporters including The Work Lodge, Calvary Community Church, TOMAGWA Healthcare Ministries, and volunteer ambassador Donna McCarty.

Shield Bearer, a nonprofit charity and a lead agency in the movement for healthy marriages, families, and communities, provides counseling, education, and prevention programs to thousands in the community each year.

Executive Director Roy Wooten said, “Our work with human trafficking survivors, victims of crime and abuse, and veterans and their families is only possible because of support from the community. Many individuals and families are in desperate need of services and cannot afford to pay for them. When you support Shield Bearer, you give hope and healing to these families.”

Associate Director Melissa Rotholz said, “This event would not have been possible without our sponsors and the many local individuals and businesses that donated auction items. Every donation furthers the mission of strengthening and uniting families here in Houston and surrounding areas.”

Shield Bearer currently has five locations in the Houston area including Cy-Fair, Tomball, Cypress Station and Montgomery County. Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend a free community breakfast held on the first Tuesday of each month at 12340 Jones Rd. Ste 290, Houston, at 9 a.m. Learn more at shieldbearer.org or contact volunteer@shieldbearer.org or 281-894-7222.



The Jack and Jill of America, Inc., North Houston Suburban Chapter will hold a “Puttin’ on the Ritz” dance on Saturday, March 4. The event will take place from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Northgate Country Club, 17110 Northgate Forest Drive, Houston. The suggested attire is formal black and white.

“Puttin’ on the Ritz” will benefit the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which supports education, literacy, scientific and charitable projects that benefit children. For tickets, contact Shirley Carter at 281-222-7765 or sjmcarter@att.net.

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a nonprofit family organization which is dedicated to nurturing future leaders by supporting children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. More information about the organization can be found at jackandjillinc.org.


Around Cy-Fair December 2016

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