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| December 1, 2014

(L-R): ARTreach Executive Director Anne Campbell with board members Adriana Rubin and Ernest Lewis III.

(L-R): ARTreach Executive Director Anne Campbell with board members Adriana Rubin and Ernest Lewis III.


ARTREACH ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND TWO BOARD MEMBERS

ARTreach, a nonprofit arts organization based in Katy, has appointed Anne Campbell as the new Executive Director. Campbell was serving as interim Executive Director since August and prior to that served on the ARTreach Board of Directors as Secretary and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge including a BA in Art from the University of Texas and experience as a graphic designer and art director in both print and television media.

The organization also welcomes two new members to the Board of Directors, Ernest Lewis III and Adriana Rubin, who will serve as Secretary. Rubin has more than 18 years of experience in fundraising in Florida, New York and Texas. She has served as the chair for Programs, Education, and Event Based Fundraising for the Junior League of Pelham, New York and was the Fundraising Co-­‐Chair of New York’s Midtown Pregnancy Center. Rubin is passionate about community involvement and promoting the mission of ARTreach. Lewis is the Director of Development and Communica­tions for SER–Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast. He has over 15 years of experience in management, fundraising, community development and arts administration. Lewis is dedicated to promoting arts and culture and has many years of service to the community in a number of areas including disaster relief and youth services.

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LOCAL BUSINESSES PARTNER TO HELP WIDOWS AND SINGLE MOMS

On Oct. 18 Christian Brothers Automotive and The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch collaborated on a project called National Day of Service where 45 widows or single moms received a free oil and filter change along with a car wash. The service initiative began at a Christian Brothers Automotive location in Austin several years ago, and from there it has grown into a near company-wide event.

The location on the Grand Parkway in Katy, owned by Brad Fink, has been participating for the past four years. The staff volunteers their time and local suppliers donate the needed supplies. Men from The Fellowship at Cinco Ranch greet the widows and moms as they arrive. Women from The Fellowship chat and pray with the ladies while their cars are being serviced. Students from The Fellow­ship wash each of the cars.

An employee of Christian Brothers shared a story from this year’s event: “A widow came in and shared that her husband passed away early in life and she had never remarried. Now about 50 years old, she said with the exception of her cat, she has no one in her life. Through tears, she told me that she has always heard that people are supposed to take care of widows, but she rarely sees any support. She said she will never forget this and she is still in disbelief that people would go out of their way for her.”

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The Project Patriot event supports deployed soldiers.

The Project Patriot event supports deployed soldiers.

PROJECT PATRIOT EVENT SENDS SUPPLIES TO DEPLOYED SOLDIERS

The Star of Destiny Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was assisted by the Stars and Stripes Society, Children of the American Revolution (CAR) in their recent Project Patriot “SOS!! Supply Our Soldiers” event held Oct. 25 at CrossPoint Church in Katy. The focus of this event was to collect supplies and money to mail those supplies to American deployed soldiers.

Donations were collected from community businesses, foundations and individuals. The community donated supplies totaling more than $5,000. To offset the postage of mailing the boxes of supplies, the Stars and Stripes Society collected $2,001. The Star of Destiny Chapter collected $2,151 in “box buddy” donations for the mailings. The Terry Foundation, Larson & Larson Media Services, Horizon Associated, Inc, Philip and Lieutenant Ashley Washington, Kim and Fred Frost and the Gomez Family were generous “Sponsor Donors.”

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. at the Estates of Chesterfield Swim and Tennis Club, 1707 Briarchester in Katy.

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Pastor Emmanuel Jackson breaks ground for a campus wide renovation project. Also pictured are (from left) Mark Boone, Project Manager with Bailey Architects, along with Living Word Members Chris Nord, Karla Vesey and Mark Probst.

Pastor Emmanuel Jackson breaks ground for a campus wide renovation project. Also pictured are (from left) Mark Boone, Project Manager with Bailey Architects, along with Living Word Members Chris Nord, Karla Vesey and Mark Probst.

GROUNDBREAKING AT LIVING WORD LUTHERAN CHURCH

Living Word Lutheran Church at 3700 S. Mason Road in Katy broke ground on Sunday, Oct. 26 to begin a campus wide renovation project. The project will include the addition of 4,340 square feet for visitor and member gatherings complete with a kitchen and over 2,500 square feet of flexible social event space. Living Word’s preschool, The Learning Center, will get a new covered drop-off and be completely renovated including energy efficient windows and new LED lighting. Technology upgrades will include new audio, video, networking, and assistive hearing capabilities. Fretz Construction is the contractor, Bailey Architects is the architect, and Red Oak Design Group is the landscape architect.

Pastor Emmanuel Jackson, Lead Pastor at Living Word, said “As demand for our ministries has continued to grow, so must our capacity to deliver. This new phase is the most daring, faith-based challenge we’ve undertaken in the last decade. But if there is a faith community with a bold daring faith to accomplish this task—it is our Living Word community.”

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(L-R): Newell Cheatheam, Steve Elmore, Kelly O’Neill and Hayden Spencer.

(L-R): Newell Cheatheam, Steve Elmore, Kelly O’Neill and Hayden Spencer.

TEXAS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP DUCK CALLING CONTEST

Steve Elmore of McKinney, Texas was the champion duck caller at the Texas State Championship (Sanctioned) Duck Calling Contest on Oct. 11 hosted by Good Ole Boys Restaurant in Katy. Kelly O’Neill from McKinney won second place, and Hayden Spencer from Paris, Texas won third place. Elmore will represent Texas at the World Championship Duck Calling Contest Thanksgiving weekend. Newell Cheatheam, President of Newell’s Designs and contest calling chairman, coordinated the event.

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STAR FURNITURE RAISES AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER AT IN-STORE EVENTS

Star Furniture participated in the Tempur-Pedic® Hugs Back campaign, featuring a Rest Test promotion whereby Tempur-Pedic donated $10 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for every consumer who tried Tempur-Pedic products during the month of November at Star Furniture locations. Star Furniture had representatives from the organization in-store on Nov.15 to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against this disease.

“It is our firm belief that in order to run a successful business in any community, you must take an active role in being part of that community,” said Bill Kimbrell, CEO of Star Furniture. “Star Furniture stands strong with and supports pancreatic cancer survivors and those currently suffering from this deadly disease. Pancreatic cancer has personally affected members of our extended Star family, including some of our beloved customers. “We are proud to join the Tempur-Pedic Hugs Back campaign and invite the community to come learn more and offer them an easy way to join the fight against this silent killer, while at the same time helping to raise some much-needed funds.”

Star Furniture has participated in the Tempur-Pedic® Hugs Back campaign for more than four years and has helped raise awareness, as well as thousands of dollars, to fund research into eradicating this disease. Star hosted pancreatic cancer survivors in its Katy and Sugar Land stores on Nov. 15 and is grateful for the support of these caring communities and their loyal customers across Texas.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the nation’s deadliest cancers with a five-year relative survival rate of just 6 percent. This year, more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed and nearly 40,000 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer is projected to surpass breast and colorectal cancer to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States by 2020, according to a research study published by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in the May 2014 edition of Cancer Research.


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