Around Katy

| November 1, 2014

Several campers waiting in line at the newly rebuilt Chick-fil-A brought or joined their kids in camping out for a one-year suppy of free Chick-fil-A meals.

Several campers waiting in line at the newly rebuilt Chick-fil-A brought or joined their kids in camping out for a one-year suppy of free Chick-fil-A meals.


After watching the demolition of their 19-year-old Mason Road Chick-fil-A restaurant and the rebuilding of a brand new one, Katy residents welcomed the Oct. 2 re-opening that features the chain’s newest design, technology and double drive-thru to provide an even more remarkable experience.

The Katy restaurant at 369 S. Mason Road hosted a unique re-opening celebration. Local customers were invited to participate in the First 100 event that awarded $30,000 in free Chick-fil-A for a year to the first 100 adults, residing in specific zip codes and age 18 and older, in line when the doors opened.

A digital offer card loaded with a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A Meals was given to the first 100 eligible adults when the doors opened about 6 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Because more than 100 people were onsite when the line opened, all 100 spots were determined by a drawing held that morning with those selected needing to camp out for 24 hours to secure their spot.

After 11 years and more than $21.5 million in free food given away, Chick-fil-A’s “First 100” celebration continues to be the chain’s signature grand opening event which transforms the restaurant parking lot into a 24-hour community friendly party as the crowd awaits the opening.

Franchised Chick-fil-A Operator Rusty Wylie collected unused children’s books at his new restaurant on to benefit Sundown Elementary through Friends of Sundown, an initiative of Attack Poverty whose mission is to strengthen under-resourced communities such as Sundown. Reflecting Chick-fil-A’s commitment to education, literacy and youth, the school will receive the nearly three-foot-high Book House, made from old and reclaimed wood, which will serve as a free library exchange allowing anyone to take a book after replacing it with one of their own. The Book House is one of several opportunities and community programs made available through the resources provided from the Chick-fil-A Foundation (

Wylie began his career with Chick-fil-A as a team member in Knoxville before being given the opportunity to become the Operator of the new Mason Road Chick-fil-A location that originally opened in September 1995. An advocate of youth in the community that includes a district-wide partnership in education, Wylie has donated $86,000 in Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarships to help his restaurant team members further their education.

During the rebuild of the Mason Road location, Wylie was sensitive to those team members who wanted to continue working with him at Chick-fil-A by incorporating them into the schedule at his Cinco Ranch store. Those 40 team members, along with another 40 employees who have been newly hired, are looking forward to serving the community in a new Chick-fil-A restaurant.

“I am excited that the chain has recognized all the support we have received from the community in Katy with a renovation. This beautiful restaurant will help our team continue providing a remarkable experience for our customers,” said Wylie, who operates two of the three Chick-fil-A locations in Katy.



The Cinco Ranch High School FBLA Chapter attended the 2014 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference held in Nashville this past summer. In order to qualify for this national conference, students participated in the district and state level competitions and placed at the top of their events during the school year.

In Nashville, members competed in their respective events, took part in regional and state meetings, and visited popular attractions, such as Graceland (home of Elvis Presley) and the Grand Ole Opry. Cinco Ranch FBLA not only came home with good memories but also several awards and recognitions. Cinco Ranch FBLA was recognized as the 10th largest chapter in the country and received the Chapter Challenge Award. Jake Ober, Trevor Shannon, and Sean Donnelly placed in the top 15 in the nation in Sports and Entertainment Management. Reminiscing about the good times she had, Jacqueline Huang said, “What I loved most about nationals was the amount of people I got to know. While I was there, I met people all over the United States, and even Puerto Rico! I can’t wait to go to nationals again this year.”


Neha Sinha (l) and Michelle Perzan, Toastmaster winners.


In August, Michelle Perzan and Neha Sinha won first place in the Katy Toastmasters Evaluations and Humorous Speech competition, respectively, to earn the prestige of competing at the next level of completion. They also won first place on both contests for the Area N25 Contest held on Saturday, Sept. 27. Both members joined less than a year ago.

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