Around Katy, Dec 2015

| December 1, 2015

Scott Ewing and his wife Rebecca hold the key to their new home.

Scott Ewing and his wife Rebecca hold the key to their new home.


Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, a Heritage Golf Group property, raised more than $145,000 to support troops at the Birdies for the Brave tournament on Nov. 7. Proceeds from the tournament benefitted PGA Tour Charities, Inc.’s Birdies for the Brave, a national military outreach initiative that raises funds and awareness for charities that provide critical services to meet the specialized needs of military members, wounded veterans and their families.

The club presented a new mortgage-free home to a military vet at the event after a patriotic opening ceremony featuring a presentation by the Color Guard. Military hero Scott Ewing and his family were selected in partnership with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, a nonprofit that supports wounded veterans as they transition into civilian life.

A total of 32 teams participated in the golf tournament. Following the tournament, the post-round reception featured dinner for all participants and guests, as well as a silent auction, raffle and an awards ceremony.

“This year we were able to see the direct results of our efforts when we presented a soldier and his family a mortgage-free home at the opening ceremonies. It was something special to witness firsthand what our efforts have done,” said Layne Ricks, general manager of Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club.

One of six Heritage Golf Group properties hosting an event benefitting Birdies for the Brave in 2015, Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club has raised more than $145,000 for the program this year and nearly a $1 million since the program’s inception. Since 2008, Heritage Golf Group has worked with club members, sponsors and local community leaders to raise more than $2.6 million for military homefront charities.

For more information about Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club, contact Layne Ricks at or call 281- 693-4653.


Cinco Ranch High School band members donated their time to kick off the event.

Cinco Ranch High School band members donated their time to kick off the event.


More than 600 walkers representing local families, schools, corporations and organizations took steps through Cinco Ranch to end an incurable brain condition that can strike anyone at any age. The Hydrocephalus Association’s (HA) Greater Houston WALK took place at The Fellowship Church on 22765 Westheimer Parkway in Katy.

Hydrocephalus is caused by an excess accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid, placing tremendous pressure on the brain, requiring patients to endure repeated brain surgeries over the course of their lifetime; more than 100 surgeries is not unheard of. Anyone, at any age, can be diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Some are born with hydrocephalus while others acquire the condition after a stroke, head trauma or illness such as meningitis. Head injuries suffered by U.S. military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan account for an increase in the number of individuals living with the challenges of hydrocephalus today.

“There’s no way to prevent it and no way to cure it. In fact, the current treatment was developed back in the 1950s. We need to raise money for research to find a cure and improve treatment options,” says Donna Stomp, co-chair for the local WALK. “Over one million Americans live with the challenges of hydrocephalus. It’s time for a cure and we’re leading the way.”

“This was the first time for the walk to be hosted in Katy, and the 5K WALK through Cinco Ranch worked out beautifully,” according to chairperson Beth Hansen, who adds “donations are still coming in but we have already raised more than $47,000.” Hansen would like to thank the walkers, the Cinco Ranch High School band members who kicked off the walk, as well as the many sponsors who supported the WALK.


LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch was lit bright pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch was lit bright pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


MD Anderson in Katy lit LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch bright pink at its event on Oct. 17 in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the event, which drew close to 1,000 attendees, was to raise awareness of breast cancer and early detection and local breast-cancer-related resources, and shine a light on survivorship throughout the community. Guests enjoyed live music from local band Yelba and interacted with MD Anderson physicians who were on-site that night. The event also included the Strike Through Cancer Wall, an interactive art installation that brought the Katy community together to literally strike through cancer. Hundreds of spectators wrote a special message on the Strike Through Cancer Wall at the event.

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