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| October 1, 2014

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Cinco Ranch HS Cheerleaders entertained the crowd: ( Front row,l-r) – Anna Kallergis, Cynthia Torrence, Melissa McDonald, Kalyn Jackson, Brianna Wallace; (Back row ) – Grayson Snyder, Sidney Hajdik, Amber Sero, Samantha Torres, Makenzie Kramer, Shae VanCleave, Samantha Modaro, Katie Comstock.

Tailgate attendees enjoyed plenty of food, fun and music at this year’s event.

Tailgate attendees enjoyed plenty of food, fun and music at this year’s event.

TASTE OF KATY TAILGATE

Large crowds came to sample the food and drink of some of the great restaurants and pubs in Katy at the Taste of Katy Tailgate, Aug. 20 in the parking lot at 814 East Avenue at 1st Avenue in Old Katy. Participating restaurants included D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Hasta la Pasta, Crawfish Café, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, No Label Brewing Co, Zoes Kitchen, What’s Poppin Popcorn, Chick Fil A, Los Cucos, Midway Barbeque, Wright’s of Texas Salsa and Snowdog Ice Cream (truck).

Live music entertainment was provided by the Rankin Twins and the Justin Van Sant Band. Johnny B with KSBJ Radio broadcast live from the Tailgate party. The kids had inflatables, face painting, games and balloon artists. Katy ISD student groups helped out at the different booths. The Cinco Ranch High School Varsity Cheerleaders were special guests who entertained the community with cheers, chants and photo opportunities with Coco the Cougar.

The event was free because of the generous donations of Katy area restaurants, and it was underwritten by the Matt Schomburg State Farm Agency. Tailgaters were requested to bring a backpack and/or school supplies that would be distributed to needy children in Katy ISD schools.

Schomburg, the outgoing chairman of the Katy Family YMCA, visited with event planner, Gerri Ayers, president of Ayers Meetings & Events and a board member emeritus of the Katy Family YMCA and board member of the YMCA of greater Houston, to discuss planning an event to kick-off the school year, bring the community together, and collect backpacks and school supplies for Katy area students in need.

“The more we talked about it the more we became excited about bringing something big to the community,” said Schomburg. “Old Katy is just a neat spot…the Rice Harvest Festival, the Katy Rodeo, and the Katy Market Days. We just wanted to bring another event to this part of town, something that could bring people together every year to the area, and at the same time support a good cause. I have been blessed and I want to make sure I am passing that blessing forward.”

Ayers said she and her team have had nothing but positive results and tremendous support. “It’s wonderful to see how willing our Katy community is to step up and support something together like this.”

Taste of Katy Tailgate plans for next year are already underway. Over 220 backpacks and several boxes full of school supplies were donated. Schomburg matched the number of backpacks with a personal donation. “Next year we will be able to help even more children start the school year off right with the school supplies they need,” said Schomburg.

 

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