Around Katy January 2017

| January 1, 2017

Swimmers at the 2016 Katy Triathlon.

Swimmers at the 2016 Katy Triathlon.

Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers With Virtual Victory Lap For $25,000 Raised

Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016. The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.

“We are thrilled that this year’s Katy Triathlon success allows the Rotary Club of Katy to make such a significant increase in the scholarship monies they give the students,” said Janet Burkett, director of marketing for Firethorne, home to the Katy Triathlon for the past nine years. The event drew 600 athletes, up from 500 last year, with 1,500 spectators coming out to cheer them to the finish line.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Rotary Club of Katy has raised more than $445,000 for its community service projects since taking over the Katy Triathlon in 1998. The Club’s philanthropic and outreach programs reflect Firethorne’s community support, such as funding college scholarships and essential health, recreation and educational services for Katy ISD students.

2016 race sponsors included Firethorne, Memorial Hermann Katy and Methodist Hospital West, ER Katy, Suzanne Bruce & Associates Dermatology, Loesch Luxury Properties, Courtyard Marriott, No Label Brewing Co., Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct 3, Kovach KW Signature, Great Harvest Bread Co., Your Total Foot Care Specialist, Bike Barn, Circle B Veterinary Hospital, Growler USA America’s Microbrew Pub, Residence Inn Marriott, Prosperity Bank, Vicki Rao, CPA, Bob Nelson, CPA, Loretta and Dan Dienst and Beverly and George Yeiter.

The Rotary Club of Katy organizes more than 50 of its own member-volunteers, plus helpers from such service clubs as Rotary Interact Club, Katy West Houston Rotaract Club, Boy Scouts and Katy VFW.


Kcam Receives Donation From Fort Bend County
Andy Meyers

Fort Bend Commissioner Precinct 3 Andy Meyers attended the Opening Reception of “For the Love of Paper,” KCAM’s first international art exhibition showcasing the large works on paper by Mexican artist Alfredo Gisholt. At this Nov. 18 event, Commis­sioner Meyers presented Museum Director Ana Villaronga-Roman with a $2,500 donation from Fort Bend Charities, a charity he founded to help non profits in his precinct.

“Commissioner Meyers understands the importance of supporting the arts and Fort Bend County’s only art museum. He realizes the benefits the arts bring to the economic development of our area, the future of our community as well as the significance the arts have on our Children’s education,” said Villaronga-Roman. “Meyers has been supporting KCAM since it’s opening in 2013 and is the only elected official in our area to verbalize and commit to the importance of arts support.” Meyers founded the Literary Fine Arts Show and Parade almost at the same time as Villaronga-Roman founded the KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend.

“Not every child will grow up to be an athlete,” said Meyers. “Some are born with innate artistic talents that must be fostered and strength­­­ened. Our community should recognize that and help support it. I urge others – residents and businesses as a whole – to consider giving to our many art organizations during this time. KCAM is there for us to enjoy, visit and learn. We owe them our thanks and support.”



Boots & Badges Gala To Benefit Behind The Badge Charities

Behind the Badge Charities will hold its annual Boots & Badges Gala at the George Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m..

Behind the Badge Charities was founded in 2011 to assist public safety professionals and their families. Its mission is to provide support and assistance to all public safety professionals working in Fort Bend County: peace officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, probation officers, and 9-1-1 emergency community professionals serving with government or volunteer emergency services organizations within the county.

The two components of the charity’s core mission are the “10-33” Officer Assistance Fund and the Fallen Officers Memorial Scholarship. The Gala raises the revenues to support these missions. For more information, call 281-815-4980 or visit

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