Around Katy June 2016

| June 1, 2016

Earl the Bear, along with leaders of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and members of the Green Team. John Lewis Photography

Earl the Bear, along with leaders of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and members of the Green Team. John Lewis Photography

TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

On Friday, April 22, Texas Children’s Hospital celebrated Earth Day at West Campus. Leaders of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, along with members of the Green Team planted a tree outside of the hospital.

The tree was generously donated by Trees for Houston and will grow outside of the hospital for many years to come. Trees for Houston also planted a tree at the main campus of the Texas Medical Center.

Earl the Bear was on hand to greet children. His costume was provided by the City of Houston.

The Texas Children’s Green Team is a passionate group of Texas Children’s employees from across the system who are working to promote and implement sustainable practices to help reduce the organization’s environmental footprint. The Green Team has implemented eco-friendly programs to reduce medical waste, enhance energy conservation and optimize recycling practices across the organization.

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The Safety Fest included an appearance by the Ready Heroes with the Disaster Preparedness School Ready Program.

The Safety Fest included an appearance by the Ready Heroes with the Disaster Preparedness School Ready Program.

MORE THAN 2,500 RESIDENTS ATTEND INAUGURAL KATY AREA SAFETY FEST

Harris County Emergency Services District 48’s (ESD 48) first annual Katy Area Safety Fest was a great success April 23 with more than 2,500 people in attendance to learn about safety methods to protect their families during hurricanes, floods, and fires, as well as the importance of never driving drunk.

Children enjoyed watching the firefighter combat competition, extrication of a car, ladder truck and ambulance tours, life flight helicopter viewing (landing and taking off), inflatable play area, wall-climbing, food, and refreshments.

The Safety Fest’s purpose was to familiarize residents with vital safety precautions, as well as the daily tasks of ESD 48 and other neighboring fire and EMS departments through a variety of fun and high-energy activities. Two individuals who have shown courage for years throughout their community and who have given their time to make sure that their community stays safe were honored at the event. Seth Lucas, a teacher with Katy ISD, was honored with the Citizen Service Award, for donating his time and expertise in building training equipment for the department — equipment that would have cost HCESD 48 at least $10,000, and Brent Workman, another community resident, was given the Citizen Valor Award for risking his life to save a neighbor from a house fire, while walking his dog.

ESD 48 Fire Chief Jeff Hevey said, “It’s important that our community understand that we are not just here to respond to emergencies, but we are here to help teach the community about prevention.”

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PROCEEDS AND TURNOUT SET ANOTHER WILD WEST BREWFEST RECORD IN KATY

Drawing another record number of participants, this year’s Wild West Brewfest also earned a record amount to benefit Katy-area youngsters. “The 2016 Wild West Brewfest generated over $140,000, up from $85,000 in 2015, which will all be given back to worthy causes in and around our great city,” said David Loesch, the event’s chairman. “This event continues to be the premier Brewfest in the City of Houston and far beyond thanks to the tireless efforts of the Rotary Club of Katy and all of our 400+ volunteers. A big shout-out goes to all of our sponsors – the sponsors really make it happen.”

Over 7,300 attendees helped push the Brewfest into record numbers. “We were proud to win the #1 spot for the Best Brewfest in the Country and the most desired to visit in 2016 by BeerYeti.com,” said Loesch. “We wanted to live up to the expectations set forth by our sponsors, patrons, volunteers and our club. All of this drives us to do the best job we can while keeping the end goal, which is giving back to others. ”

The festival, held Saturday, April 23, began with a sold-out Launch Party for over 1,200 people on Friday evening sponsored by the City of Katy, one of the many entities and businesses that supported the event.

Security for the event was organized by Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Senior Patrol Deputy Freddie Bautista, who has headed the security detail since the Brewfest began. “We had no incidents,” Bautista said. “The crowd was really well-behaved. Every year it’s just getting bigger and bigger,” said Bautista, who noted there were about 30 paid peace officers at the festival. According to Kayce Reina, Katy’s Director of Tourism & Marketing, “This event continues to be one of the signature events for the City of Katy. We are pleased to sponsor an event that gives so much back to our city and our citizens.”

The Safety Fest included an appearance by the Ready Heroes with the Disaster Preparedness School Ready Program.

 

Around Katy June 2016


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