Around Katy

| May 1, 2015

Artwork from Making A Mark (courtesy of The Periwinkle Foundation).

Artwork from Making A Mark (courtesy of The Periwinkle Foundation).

“MAKING A MARK” COMES TO TRADITION BANK

Tradition Bank, in partnership with Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center (KVPAC), welcomed Making A Mark, an exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer & Hematology Centers presented by The Periwinkle Foundation, to Katy. The extraordinary exhibit featured the works of young artists whose lives have been affected by childhood cancer and blood disorders and provides a unique focus on their personal issues.

Making A Mark is open to children from treatment centers all over the world and is proud to display over 200 entries annually since the first exhibit. This year, the exhibit featured over 330 pieces of art representing six different countries. To highlight Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the artwork is exhibited each September at Texas Children’s Hospital, which is the first stop on a journey traveling to venues throughout the city, state and country. Tradition Bank and KVPAC were honored to host a selection of this year’s exhibit.

Guests of Making A Mark were invited to complete a “Postcard from the Road” which will be mailed by The Periwinkle Foundation to the artists and their families. These inspirational messages share the impact each child’s art has had on the community and deliver words of support and encouragement. Since the program’s inception, The Periwinkle Foundation has mailed over 25,000 postcards to artists.

KVPAC’s “Healing Arts” program is committed to providing professional art lessons to patients at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers in collaboration with The Periwinkle Foundation Arts In Medicine Program. Each year, a number of pieces created through the “Healing Arts” program are included in Making A Mark.

For more information, visit kvpac.org or call 281-829-ARTS (2787).

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Jorge Ferragut

Jorge Ferragut

KATY NATIVE MAKES SILVER SCREEN DEBUT IN FURIOUS 7

Jorge Ferragut is having a pinch-me dream-come-true moment. The Havana-born and Katy-bred actor has made his feature film debut in Furious 7.

The latest installment of the Fast & The Furious franchise debuted worldwide April 3. Ferragut, who graduated college with a business degree, plays a Dominican priest opposite Vin Diesel in a scene so secretive, the actor is not allowed to talk about it. “My scene packs a couple of big surprises for longtime fans of the film, so the production isn’t releasing photos or video of it, and I even signed a confidentiality agreement.”

“It’s awesome,” said Ferragut. “It’s incredibly difficult to get a role in a feature film, and to think it’s coming in such a major motion picture is very gratifying.”

Ferragut grew up in the wide open spaces off of Fry Road, attending West Memorial Junior High and playing football and running track at Mayde Creek High School. “My parents and a sister still live there, and every time I visit, our first stop is Los Cucos by Katy High School!”

Never intending to be an actor, Ferragut graduated college with a degree in Business Administration and enjoyed a thriving career in technology and advertising until the acting bug bit. He made headway in commercials and eventually made his network TV debut in ABC’s short-lived Charlie’s Angels reboot.

Ferragut shot Furious 7 on location in Atlanta and notes that being fluent in Spanish was key to being cast in both Furious 7 and in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire this season. “I’m proud my roots are helping me open doors,” he said. What’s next for the actor? “I”m reading a script for a short film bound for the festival circuit.” But his top priority is enjoying the moment: “This is a small scene in a big movie, and I’m happy to be part of a poignant moment that the fans are going to love.”

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At MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, Patient Trey plays with Camp For All Board Of Directors/Chair, Liz Rigney

At MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital, Patient Trey plays with Camp For All Board Of Directors/Chair, Liz Rigney

CAMP FOR ALL 2U VISITS MD ANDERSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Recently Camp For All and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital teamed to bring the best of Camp For All ‘s outdoor camp experience indoors to Children’s Cancer Hospital inpatients and their siblings. Patients and family were able to enjoy activities such as zip lining, learning archery, canoeing, singing, dancing, telling stories around a mock camp fire, making s’mores and even throwing a pie at their doctors.

The camp experience gave the inpatients an opportunity to learn and build life skill sets such as independence, decision-making, and problem solving. More than 100 MD Anderson inpatients and their siblings enjoyed the camp.

Camp For All helps children and adults with special needs and challenging illnesses discover life through learning what they can do, as opposed to what they can’t. The organization is recognized as a national leader for creating and providing proven life-changing experiences through a passionate and professional staff, cutting edge facilities and innovative programming.

Working in collaboration with 63 other non-profits, Camp For All enriches the lives of more than 10,000 children and adults and their families throughout the year. For more information about Camp For All, visit campforall.org


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