Around Katy September 2016

| September 1, 2016

Headed by Chef/owner Justin Turner and named after his grandfather, Bernie's Burger Bus has been serving classic American fare to Houston-area patrons since 2010.

Headed by Chef/owner Justin Turner and named after his grandfather, Bernie’s Burger Bus has been serving classic American fare to Houston-area patrons since 2010.

Chef/owner Justin Turner stands in front of his popular Bernie’s Burger Bus.

Chef/owner Justin Turner stands in front of his popular Bernie’s Burger Bus.

DESIGN BERNIE’S BURGER BUS T-SHIRT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN BERNIE’S BURGERS FOR LIFE

Bernie’s Burger Bus is asking everyone to put their creative caps on for the first-ever Bernie’s Burger Bus t-shirt design contest. The restaurant is accepting ideas for slogans, funny quotes and sayings to place on the backs (or fronts) of Bernie’s Burger Bus t-shirts for a chance to win a Bernie’s Burger Bus Black Card (good for a burger, fries and drink once per day for life), free t-shirt featuring the award-winning words and a place in Bernie’s history book. Contestants may also submit artwork for consideration.

Anything goes… think goofy, edgy, outside the box… it’s okay to push the envelope. To be considered for the contest, submit your ideas via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, along with the hashtag #berniesburgersforlife. Entries must be submitted by Sept.11. Winner will be announced via Bernie’s Burger Bus Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms on Sept. 16. For more information, email info@berniesburgerbus.com.

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The Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi alumnae group recently presented $4,800 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

The Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi alumnae group recently presented $4,800 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

PI BETA PHI ALUMNAE PRESENTS DONATION TO TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

The Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi alumnae group recently presented $4,800 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. These funds will go toward West Campus’ library, which offers books, board games, puzzles and movies for patients and their families to enjoy. The library also houses medical and parenting resources, paperback fiction, magazines, foreign language books, computers and a fax machine.

Texas Children’s has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Pi Beta Phi alumnae and shares a mutual commitment to literacy and education. The first Pi Beta Phi Patient/Family Library opened in 1985 at Texas Children’s Hospital, and in 2011 the Pi Beta Phi Patient/Family Library opened at West Campus. Currently, there are over 140 Pi Beta Phi Book Nooks — located at Texas Children’s, West Campus, Texas Children’s Health Centers, Texas Children’s Urgent Care facilities, Centers for Children and Women, and in all of the Texas Children’s Pediatric practices throughout the Houston area.

After the check presentation, Pi Beta Phi alumnae members received a tour of West Campus, which included visits to the library, radiology department and sports medicine area. As the greater Houston’s first suburban hospital designed exclusively for children, West Campus up­holdsTexas Children’s mission of providing the highest-quality health care for children, coupled with a location that’s con­ven­ient and accessible for area families.

For more information, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus

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Jim Parisi, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO, presents a framed photo to Sharon Evans, Gracie’s owner/handler, and Gracie, the therapy dog.

Jim Parisi, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO, presents a framed photo to Sharon Evans, Gracie’s owner/handler, and Gracie, the therapy dog.

MEMORIAL HERMANN KATY HOSPITAL SAYS GOODBYE TO RETIRING THERAPY DOG “GRACIE”

Employees, physicians, and volunteers from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital came together recently for a special farewell ceremony to wish the hospital’s first therapy dog, Gracie, a happy retirement. Gracie is an Australian Shepherd who first started visiting patients in 2007 with the “Tender Loving K9’s” program. Due to arthritis, Gracie is struggling to continue visiting with patients, so her owner has announced her retirement. In Gracie’s honor, Memorial Hermann Katy hosted a retirement party to send Gracie off with a tail-wagging good time.

“Gracie has been a bright light at our hospital for nearly a decade. Not only does she provide comfort and encouragement to patients, but she also serves as a stress reliever for many of our employees, physicians and volunteers. We want her to know she is loved and she will be missed,” says Heather Rojas, manager of Volunteer Services at Memorial Hermann Katy.

Gracie holds a special honor as the first dog in the pet therapy program, Tender Loving K9’s. The nonprofit was founded in 2007 by Gracie’s owner Sharon Evans. The animals undergo a special certification process before they can visit hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities in the Katy area and beyond. Evans says retiring Gracie was a tough decision.

“Gracie enjoys visiting patients as much as patients enjoy seeing her. I know she’s going to miss stopping by the hospital, but she’s just not as spry as she once was,” says Evans. Gracie will continue living with Evans.

During the retirement celebration, Memorial Hermann Katy had special treats for Gracie and the other therapy dogs in attendance. The hospital also presented Evans with a framed picture of Gracie.

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Fort Bend County Libraries Youth Services staff members Kate Ferdinand (left) and Susan Dean, who are joined by the Boster family from Fulshear (Amie, Meredith, Micah, Jonathan, and Julia), accept a check for $5,000 from the Michael T. McCann Foundation for the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.

Fort Bend County Libraries Youth Services staff members Kate Ferdinand (left) and Susan Dean, who are joined by the Boster family from Fulshear (Amie, Meredith, Micah, Jonathan, and Julia), accept a check for $5,000 from the Michael T. McCann Foundation for the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library.

BOB LUTTS FULSHEAR/SIMONTON BRANCH LIBRARY RECEIVES DONATION FROM MCCANN FOUNDATION

As part of the Michael T. McCann Founda­tion’s philanthropic efforts to support the Fulshear community, the foundation donated $5,000 to the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library, which will be used by the library to help fund the Youth Services department’s family programs, cultural events, and materials not included in the regular budget.

“We are fortunate to be a beneficiary of the Michael T. McCann Foundation’s philanthropic efforts,” says Susan Browning, manager of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch. “The donation is very much appreciated. It will help us provide some needed items for the library and family programs for the community.”

Proceeds from the Michael T. McCann Foundation’s annual “Bike for Mike” memorial bike ride are used to support the enrichment and beautification of the Fulshear community.

Many other projects also have benefited from the generosity of the McCann Founda­tion. They include upgrading historic cemeteries in the area with wrought-iron fencing and new trees, bicycles for children at Fulshear events, landscaping and stone work for the “Welcome to Fulshear” signs, and ongoing support of Arts Fulshear, the Fulshear Simonton Volunteer Fire Department, Faith FULL-Kids at Huggins Elementary, the Beauti-Fulshear Clean-Up Event, the Brookwood Community, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, and the new Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center in Sugar Land.

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MD Anderson’s event featured a panel discussion led by President Ronald A. DePinho, M.D. (far right). Participating on the panel were (r-l): State Rep. Sarah Davis; Devon Still, Houston Texan and founder, Still Strong Foundation; Dr. Lois Ramondetta, professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, MD Anderson; Dr. J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society; Dr. Patrick Hwu, head, Division of Medicine, MD Anderson; Bree Sandlin, breast cancer survivor and advocate; Chris Belmont, vice president and chief information officer.

MD Anderson’s event featured a panel discussion led by President Ronald A. DePinho, M.D. (far right). Participating on the panel were (r-l): State Rep. Sarah Davis; Devon Still, Houston Texan and founder, Still Strong Foundation; Dr. Lois Ramondetta, professor, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, MD Anderson; Dr. J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer, American Cancer Society; Dr. Patrick Hwu, head, Division of Medicine, MD Anderson; Bree Sandlin, breast cancer survivor and advocate; Chris Belmont, vice president and chief information officer.

MD ANDERSON HOSTED INAUGUR­AL CANCER MOONSHOT SUM­MIT

A crowd of more than 260 people, including Katy resident and cancer survivor Bree Sandlin, packed a room at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Texas Medical Center on June 29 in support of the inaugural national Cancer Moonshot Summit convened at the request of Vice President Joe Biden.

The summit was the first time physicians, patients, survivors, advocates, tech experts, philanthropists and researchers gathered to brainstorm new ways to double the rate of progress against cancer over the next five years. Ideas generated from 260 events held in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam will be forwarded to the national Cancer Moonshot for consideration.

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Captain Stephen R. Lozier, LTJG, heading to the bridge of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Manowar.

Captain Stephen R. Lozier, LTJG, heading to the bridge of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Manowar.

KATY RESIDENT PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER MANOWAR

Katy resident Stephen R. Lozier, a Lt. Junior Grade Officer in the United States Coast Guard, recently became the Commanding Officer of the U.S. Cutter Manowar stationed in Galveston. At 26 years of age, Captain Lozier has completed numerous military missions in international locations, including the Middle East where he served as an Operations Officer – Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was recently awarded the Coast Guard Com­men­dation Medal for outstanding achievement while on board USCGC Monomoy.

Manowar is responsible for Search and Rescue coverage and mission tasking within the bounds of Sector Houston | Galveston’s area of responsibility. It covers roughly 200 miles of coastline from the Colorado River in Texas to the extreme eastern edge of Cameron Parish in Louisiana, and includes the ports of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Sabine, Freeport, and Lake Charles.

The Change of Command Ceremony took place on July 22 in Galveston. Lozier was especially honored to have his high school teacher, Lisa Wise, from Seven Lakes attend the event with family and friends. A member of the school’s first graduating class in 2008, he recognizes the Seven Lakes staff for assisting him with the selective process to enter one of the five U.S. Military Academies.

Lozier attended college at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and graduated with Bachelors of Science in Operations Research and Computer Analysis. He played four years of D3 football for the Bears. CGA is recognized in the Forbes magazine list of America’s Top Colleges, ranking among the top 20 of the Best Public Colleges. Katy area students are encouraged to visit the U.S. Coast Guard Academy website to learn more: uscga.edu.

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