Around Katy

| September 1, 2015

Ms. Cane Island, Brianna Key, with Hub, Cane Island's official Ambassador.

Ms. Cane Island, Brianna Key, with Hub, Cane Island’s official Ambassador.


Cane Island is poised to stand tall at this year’s Miss Texas USA Pageant, as it is being represented by Brianna Key as its first-ever Miss Cane Island.

One of Cane Island’s first homebuyers, Brianna competed in last year’s Miss Texas USA as Miss Southeast Texas. “Having grown up in Katy, it means so much to represent the area,” she says.

The former Houston Texans cheerleader is being sponsored as Miss Cane Island by Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community. “Cane Island has already made such a positive impact on Katy,” she adds. “I’m certainly looking forward to representing the community.”

Brianna is so enthusiastic about representing Cane Island, she even took pageant photos with Hub, a trained Golden Retriever who serves as Cane Island’s Ambassador.

The 2015 Miss Texas USA Pageant will be held Sept. 4-6 at Houston’s Post Oak Hilton Hotel. The event will be presented via live streaming video at


NCL Lady Bird Class of 2020 at this year's Philanthropy Fair.

NCL Lady Bird Class of 2020 at this year’s Philanthropy Fair.


The 2015-16 year has begun for the Lady Bird Chapter of the National Charity League. The organization, which brings mothers and daughters together to serve the community, hosted its annual Philanthropy Fair in May followed by a bus tour in June. Both events give members an opportunity to learn about the various charity organizations supported by NCL volunteers.

During the course of the year, girls are expected to volunteer at least 15 hours, along with their mothers, at the philanthropies they choose. “The bus tour and philanthropy fair are a wonderful way to expose our joining class of 2021 and other new members to the many meaningful charitable organizations that NCL Lady Bird is fortunate enough to work with,” shares Leann Percival, vice president of philanthropy for the organization. “Our bus tour is especially impactful because the girls get to see first-hand the services provided by the philanthropies and in many cases, it is the touchstone connection that will last many years, and hopefully kindle a lifetime of service.”

Some of the nonprofit organizations that NCL Lady Bird works with include Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Eternal Food Ministries, Keep Kids Connected, Willow River Farms, Chris Saiz Point the Way Foundation, Project Linus, Neighborhood Kidz Club, SIRE, CAPS, Ballard House, American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, Katy Christian Ministries, Meals on Wheels, St. Jude and the Houston Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more than 50 years, NCL has been one of the nation’s most distinctive and respected mother-daughter organizations. The Lady Bird chapter was formed in 2010 for the Katy area.



The story of the “Conroe 200” has prompted many to help these severely neglected horses. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Sponsor, Charlotte’s Saddlery, has partnered with the Houston SPCA to support the ongoing needs of these recovering animals.

For anyone interested in helping the SPCA care for these animals, Charlotte’s is collecting donations of needed items at their Houston, Tomball, and Austin locations. The most requested items are: halters, lead ropes, large rubber ground feeders, 8-quart feed buckets, muck bucket carts, muck buckets, “no chew” wood spray, equine sunscreen (for white horses), manure forks, apple-flavored electrolytes, hoof moisturizer, durasole, keratex hoof products, and detangler (Cowboy Magic preferred). Monetary donations, too, are always welcome.

Charlotte’s is delivering the donated items multiple times each week to the Houston SPCA. No gift is too small for this great effort.

Drop off your donation at any Charlotte’s Saddlery location. Items from the list are also available for purchase at Charlotte’s with a 20 percent discount. Charlotte’s Saddlery has served the equestrian community for 38 years.

Contact Charlotte’s to learn more about the “Conroe 200” efforts at or phone 800-231-6530.

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