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| September 1, 2014

(L-R): Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

(L-R): Hospital volunteer Gail Owen, patient Deb Gdala and Stacy Williams, RN

MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPI­TAL, TELEFLORA MAKEPATIENTS SMILE

On July 22, hospital patients, such as Deb Gdala at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, received an unexpected gift to brighten their day – a bouquet of flowers from Teleflora. Every year, Teleflora florists and community volunteers celebrate Make Someone Smile Week by delivering thousands of bouquets to people most in need of a smile, like individuals recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. Known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology and innovation, Memorial Hermann, the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas, has 12 hospitals and numerous specialty programs and services throughout the Greater Houston area.

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The staff of Keller Williams Signature Realty shows their support for the Katy YMCA backpack drive

The staff of Keller Williams Signature Realty shows their support for the Katy YMCA backpack drive

YMCA PROGRAM GETS DONATION OF 1,000 BACKPACKS

Keller Williams Signature Realty on S. Fry Road recently donated over 1,000 backpacks as well as school supplies to the 10th annual Katy YMCA Operation Backpack drive. Their generosity will help many students start the year off right. The YMCA collected the backpacks and school supplies, then delivered them to local school counselors who distributed them to students.

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Terri Bieber

Terri Bieber

ARTREACH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Using the arts to create change was a way of life for Terri Bieber, who has announced her retirement after 20 years of developing arts education and outreach programs serving neglected populations in Katy, Houston and Greater Fort Bend County. Her retirement comes just a few months after celebrating the 10th Anniversary of ARTreach in December 2013.

After 20 years of executive-level involvement with nonprofits, Bieber is now ready to take a step back. As the founder of ART­reach, Bieber has served as the Executive Director overseeing programs and operations for 10 years.

Established in 2003, under Bieber’s leadership, ARTreach grew from a grassroots advocacy campaign to a regional service organization benefiting thousands of underserved children, families and senior citizens each year. Bieber is pleased that ARTreach has developed community studios in Houston’s third ward, Katy and Sugar Land and has been able to support long-standing partnerships with over 36 social service agencies and school districts. She says one of her proudest accomplishments for the organization includes the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) approval for state funding in 2010 and again in 2014.

Bieber is a long-time advocate for the arts in Texas. She has written the Living Arts Blog for the Houston Chronicle and served as the Fort Bend regional cultural arts expert for The Center for Houston’s Future. Bieber advocates for improved public arts funding to support education and health. She believes ARTreach is a vehicle to create change through the arts.

Since moving to Katy in 1993, Bieber has been a community volunteer, organizer and leader. Her volunteerism has connected her to other like-minded Katy residents interested in making an impact through the arts.

Learn more about ARTreach by visiting artreachtexas.org.

 

 

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