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Around Cy-Fair June 2010

| June 1, 2010

The Habitat for Humanity volunteers smile after painting and priming the exterior of a home in Livingston.

LSC – MONTGOMERY STUDENTS HIT NAIL ON THE HEAD. More than 65 students involved with Lone Star College – Montgomery’s Habitat For Humanity spent time outside the classroom helping to build or renovate simple, decent and affordable homes for low-income families in the area.

“Providing the opportunity for a family to have their own home at an affordable rate is one of the greatest ways to express you care for those in need,” said Pablo Mota, a student at LSC-Montgomery. “Once you realize how fortunate you are and how unfortunate others are, you realize you need to give back some of that fortune.”

Mota and a small group of students partnered with Polk County Disaster Relief during spring break to provide assistance to an elderly couple who were still living in a mobile home damaged by Hurricane Ike. The disaster team made strides to repair the roof and porch, and the students primed and painted the entire exterior, deck and railings.

While the organization is not an official college chapter of Habitat of Humanity, students work alongside the Northwest Harris County Habitat for Humanity chapter affiliate that is working to develop a neighborhood of approximately 90 homes in northwest Houston.

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(L-R) NAM Endowment Board Chairman Pat Riley, Jackie Riley, NAM President & CEO Carole Little and Ron Hall at Dinner with the Authors.

NAM DINNER WITH AUTHORS RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS. Ron Hall and Denver Moore, authors of the best-selling book Same Kind of Different as Me, addressed more than 350 people at Northwest Assistance Ministries’ “Dinner with the Authors.” The event was held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott and raised more than $138,000 for NAM. It was hosted by NAM’s Endowment Fund Board, which raises money to ensure the current and future services of NAM.

The evening started with a cocktail reception and book signing. Barnes and Noble – Champions Village sold copies of Hall and Moore’s most recent book, What Difference Do It Make. The dinner and program began with welcoming remarks by Pat Riley, chairman of the NAM Endowment board, and a brief overview of NAM by President & CEO Carole Little.

After dinner, Endowment board member Rusty Schlattman introduced the authors. Moore was not able to attend in person, due to his health, but delivered a pre-recorded message by video. Hall addressed the crowd and elaborated on his experiences from the book and challenged those present to leave a legacy by working to make a difference in their community.

“The story of Ron and Denver is a tale of two very different men who learn that they have more in common than not, and that each person has lessons to teach the other,” said Little. “Their story fits in very well with NAM’s mission of Neighbors helping Neighbors.”

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Aaron Brooks receives NBA’s Most Improved Player recognition.

ROCKETS POINT GUARD EARNS HONOR FOLLOWING BREAK-OUT SEASON. Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. With 19.6 points per game—good for an increase of 11.2 points per contest from his scoring average of a season ago— he is by far and away the biggest leap in the league among minimum qualifiers.

His impressive stats include 39 games scoring at least 20 points and 10 contests, which witnessed him post 30 points or more—this after entering the season with a mere 11 20-point games over his first two seasons combined.

He is the sixth player in NBA history to make at least 200 three-pointers and dish out at least 400 assists in the same season.

In addition, he set the Rockets’ single-season record for three-pointers made with 209, while also establishing the Rockets single-game mark for most 3-pointers made without a miss (7) during a March 17 game against Memphis.

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CY-FAIR HOSPITAL STAFF PARTICIPATE IN MS 150. Cy-Fair Hospital staff participated in the BP MS 150, a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society. This year, Team Tenet had 38 riders, 17 of whom were from Cy-Fair, and 12 volunteers, seven of whom were from Cy-Fair.

Cy-Fair Hospital held several fundraisers to help Team Tenet raise money, including a bake sale and rodeo-themed raffle. The team raised approximately $18,000.

“I am proud to participate in an event that brings our Houston area hospitals together to support MS research,” says Melanie Roberts, compliance officer at Cy-Fair Hospital and the captain of this year’s team. “There are an estimated 20,000 Texans currently living with MS and one new American is diagnosed every hour. Team Tenet is committed to being a part of the fight against MS through the bike MS movement.”


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