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Around Cy-Fair, June 2017

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(L-R): Managers of the Burlington Store in Spring with NAM staff Debbie Peterson, Abiya Malhotra and Denise de la Garza.

(L-R): Managers of the Burlington Store in Spring with NAM staff Debbie Peterson, Abiya Malhotra and Denise de la Garza.

NORTHWEST ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES RECEIVES 2,400 POUNDS OF NEW MERCHANDISE FROM BURLINGTON STORES

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) received 2,400 pounds of brand new merchandise from Burlington Stores through its partner, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers.

The donation of six pallets of new mixed merchandise from Burlington Stores included clothes for men, women and children, as well as home décor, toys and other items. This generous donation was possible thanks to a partnership between Burlington Stores and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers – a nonprofit organization that helps underserved communities by donating apparel and other goods.

“Burlington is proud to support our store communities and are happy to donate new merchandise through our national partnership with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, to Northwest Assistance Ministries so that those they serve receive the merchandise they need,” said a spokesperson representing both partners.

NAM received the donation during the grand-opening of a of a new Burlington Store located at 21440 Kuykendahl Road in Spring. The items donated to NAM are valued at several thousand dollars.

“We are so thankful to Burlington Stores and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for this incredible donation,” explained Debbie Peterson, director of the assistance program at NAM. “Donations like this represent once again the power of Neighbors Helping Neighbors and what NAM is all about.”

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neighbors. NAM provides assistance in areas such as food, shelter, health, education and domestic violence awareness and intervention. In the last fiscal year, NAM touched the lives of more than 114,000 people through its many programs and services.

For more information, visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4555.

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Scott Vrana of Consolidated Mills watches a putt roll toward the hole on the North Course of the BF Adam Golf Classic.

Scott Vrana of Consolidated Mills watches a putt roll toward the hole on the North Course of the BF Adam Golf Classic.

29TH ANNUAL BF ADAM GOLF CLASSIC RAISES $135,000 FOR CFEF

The CFISD community raised approximately $135,000 for student scholarships through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF) 29th annual BF Adam Golf Classic, held May 11 at BlackHorse Golf Club.

The annual event, named after longtime CFISD school board member and elementary school namesake Bernard Fred (BF) Adam, contributes to the CFEF mission of increasing college access for CFISD graduates by awarding scholarships.

“This year we were blessed to sell out two months early,” said Marie Holmes, CFEF executive director. “The outpouring of support from the community has been incredible for the tournament. Thanks to all the sponsors, donors and volunteers who helped us pull off this event.”

The tournament was underwritten by Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital and the BF Adam family. Platinum sponsors were the IBI Group, Linebarger Attorneys at Law and Zenith Real Estate Group. The gold sponsors were PBK, Salas O’Brien, LLC and Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. The lunch sponsor was Caldwell Companies.

The North Course winner was Purcell Construc­tion, Inc., shooting a score of 55. Team members were Larry Purcell, Jed Purcell, David Ortego and Roy Sprague. The North Course Long­est Drive winner was Randy Crowder, and the Clos­est to the Hole winner was Mark Miller. The Stik-It Closest to the Hole winner was Rich Guderyon.

The South Course winner, Salas O’Brien, LLC, shot a 54. Team members were Zac Koletar, Jody Doebele, Dillon Brady and Chris Koeper. The South Course Longest Drive winner was Jimmy Schultz, and the Closest to the Hole winner was Jody Doebele. The Stik-It Closest to the Hole winner was Sean Holder.

Michael Martin was the putting contest winner.

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Dr. Mary Neal, author of the New York Times best-selling book, To Heaven and Back, along with Melissa Wilson, news anchor from Fox 26.

Dr. Mary Neal, author of the New York Times best-selling book, To Heaven and Back, along with Melissa Wilson, news anchor from Fox 26.

2017 NAM ENDOWMENT FUND DINNER RAISES MORE THAN $180,000

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) raised more than $180,000 during the 2017 NAM Endowment Fund Dinner. The event took place at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on April 11. Dr. Mary Neal, author of the New York Times best-selling book To Heaven and Back, was this year’s speaker. Proceeds from this event benefit the NAM Endowment Fund and promote its mission – to enhance NAM’s financial stability and to provide security for its future.

“It was truly a night to remember,” noted Carole Little, NAM’s president and CEO. “We are so grateful to all the people that came to support NAM’s mission of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. I also think everyone was captivated by Dr. Neal’s story of faith and message about our mission here on earth. I am truly thankful to everyone involved in making this event a success for NAM.”

Neal shared her transformational experience with an audience of more than 260 guests in an intimate interview moderated by Melissa Wilson, news anchor from Fox 26 and this year’s emcee. Neal drowned in kayaking accident in South America, but miraculously, she came back to life to share her story of hope and faith in God. She said everyone has a mission on this planet and that mission is to love, trust and know that God is always present in our lives.

Special thanks go to this year’s major supporters: Darlis and Tom Fuller, Margaret and Ralph Daigle, Denise and Buddy Bolt, Cindy and Scott Chenoweth, Margie and Rick Crump, Jeannie and Nolan Lehmann, Hass Horizontal, LLC, Dr. and Mrs. Ron Young, Houston Methodist Foundation, Jackie and Pat Riley, the Watford Family Foundation, and Kroger for the floral arrangements.

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Gabe Musella receives the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education.

Gabe Musella receives the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education.

LOCAL MUSIC EDUCATOR HONORED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS AT HOUSTON SYMPHONY’S SALUTE TO EDUCATORS CONCERT

The Houston Symphony honored a deserving music educator on April 26 at Jones Hall during the annual Spec’s Charitable Foundation Salute to Educators concert, which featured the talented musicians of the Houston Youth Symphony performing side-by-side with the Houston Symphony.

Salute to Educators is an annual tribute concert for outstanding teachers in Greater Houston and their immeasurable contributions to the community. This year’s program recognized Gabe Musella, a veteran music teacher with nearly 30 years of teaching experience in Texas, with the Spec’s Charitable Foundation Award for Excellence in Music Education. Musella is the director of bands at Spring High School and his students have earned many awards and invitations to perform at festivals and clinics nationwide under his direction. In addition to his teaching contributions, he is an active, published composer and serves on the board of the Foundation for Music Education.

“I’ve always believed that there are no limits to how good you can be other than the limits you place on yourself,” Musella said. “That drives my philosophy on guiding my band program.”

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People lined up to receive free fresh fruits, vegetables and milk during NAM’s first Mobile Food Pantry.

People lined up to receive free fresh fruits, vegetables and milk during NAM’s first Mobile Food Pantry.

NORTHWEST ASSISTANCE MINISTRIES HOSTS FIRST MOBILE FOOD PANTRY

Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) hosted its first-ever Mobile Food Pantry. The food distribution was held at NAM’s Joanne Watford Nutrition Center on April 29. The Pantry handed out more than 9,000 pounds of food purchased from the Houston Food Bank to 245 low-income families from the greater Houston area. The free distribution of fresh fruits, vegetables and milk was conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“We are so excited this event was so successful,” said Kerima Pizzaro, supervisor at the Watford Nutrition Center. “Having 245 people really shows the need we have in our community for fresh produce and milk and we are glad we were able to provide that for them. We want to promote better nutrition and motivate people to eat better and make healthier choices for themselves and for their families.”

Along with distributing free food, representatives from NAM’s Children Clinic, Family Violence Center and NAM Resale Store were onsite to provide information about NAM’s programs and services. Dr. Abrol from the American Lung Association also provided information and education to clients.

The Watford Nutrition Center provided groceries for well-balanced fresh, frozen and non-perishable meals to 18,765 people during NAM’s 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Nutrition Center enables qualifying clients to shop for and select food items based on the family’s nutritional needs. As part of the Senior Food Program, 125 low income seniors received supplemental groceries monthly. For more information,visit namonline.org or call 281-885-4555.
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(L-R): Leslie Francis, Cy-Fair ISD; Sucre Woodley, Houston Methodist Willowbrook;Nicole Ray, Cy-Fair ISD; and Kaci Hancock, Houston Methodist.

(L-R): Leslie Francis, Cy-Fair ISD; Sucre Woodley, Houston Methodist Willowbrook;Nicole Ray, Cy-Fair ISD; and Kaci Hancock, Houston Methodist. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

NORTHWEST HARRIS COUNTY GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON RAISES $260,000

The American Heart Association (AHA) is has announced its annual Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon raised over $260,000 towards the fight against heart disease and stroke.

“We are overwhelmed with support from this community. We surpassed our fundraising goal this year thanks to the dedication of our chair Courtney Altimore with Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital, as well as all of our sponsors and volunteers,” said Jessaca Rodriguez, associate director for the AHA. “We will be able to impact and save so many more lives with this amount raised, and I’m just so proud of how hard our volunteers worked to make our luncheon a success.”

The AHA is second only to the federal government when it comes to funding research. In fact, 80 cents of every publicly donated dollar goes back towards funding crucial research for cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

This past year, the AHA funded over $11 million in research in the Texas Medical Center and its surrounding hospitals.

The event, sponsored nationally by Macy’s and locally by Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital and Houston Methodist Willowbrook and West welcomed nearly 500 guests to the Norris Conference Centers Red Oak Ballroom on Friday, April 28.

Guests were greeted by an exhilarating opening performance from the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department before being welcomed by emcee Ilona Carson with ABC 13 Eyewitness News.

A champion of heart, Leslie Martone, the president of Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, was honored for her volunteerism and passion towards the AHA’s mission to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

“The American Heart Association is incredibly important to me. My mom suffered a heart attack back in 2014,” said Martone. “She survived the heart attack but unfortunately, her fight wasn’t over. Shortly, after her heart attack, she suffered a stroke and didn’t make it. Therefore, I fight for women’s heart health and education to honor her.”

Following Martone was the story of Nicki James. A mother, a lawyer, and a marathon runner, Nicki was only 27 years old when she had a stroke. Nicki recalled sitting in church when she began to feel a heavy feeling on her right side. It was when her boyfriend came in and spoke to her that Nicki realized she wasn’t responding.

Nicki stayed in the hospital for four days while she worked on regaining her speech and doctors tried to figure out why she had a stroke at such a young age. There it was discovered that Nicki had a congenital heart defect; a hole in her heart where a blood clot had gone through and into her brain causing the stroke.

“I stand before you today, not just as a survivor, not as an attorney, but as a mother who is proud to be alive thanks to the work of the American Heart Association,” said James. “I look at those two beautiful faces of my sons every day and wonder what my life would be like if my recovery had been different or if I hadn’t survived; if I hadn’t had a stroke in church; if my boyfriend hadn’t recognized the signs of a stroke; if I had received tPA at the time that I did. Thank you for giving me a second chance.”

The Northwest Harris County Go Red for Women Luncheon is still accepting donations. To find out how to get involved or to donate, visit northwestharriscountygored.heart.org, or contact Jessaca.Rodriguez@heart.org.

 

(L-R): Heath Rushing, senior vice president and CEO at Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy; Meredith Whittmore with Memorial Hermann; and Sara Schueneman, senior vice president of development for the American Heart Association. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

(L-R): Heath Rushing, senior vice president and CEO at Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy; Meredith Whittmore with Memorial Hermann; and Sara Schueneman, senior vice president of development for the American Heart Association. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

 

Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce president and luncheon honoree, Leslie Martone, with her husband, Michael. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce president and luncheon honoree, Leslie Martone, with her husband, Michael. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

 

2017 Luncheon Chair Courtney Altimore, with 2018 Co-chairs Kara DiCarlo and Beth Eaton. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro

2017 Luncheon Chair Courtney Altimore, with 2018 Co-chairs Kara DiCarlo and Beth Eaton. PHOTO-Dave DiLauro


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