Socially Speaking – Michelle Anderson June 2017

| June 1, 2017




Wild West Brew Fest

Because of organizations like the Katy Rotary that give so much back to our community – in time, talent and treasure – it’s no wonder our area is such a great place to live! Katy Rotary hosted the sixth annual Wild West Brew Fest on May 6 in the parking lot of Katy Mills Mall. Breweries from across the country set up tents to serve guests samplings of their finest brew. One hundred percent of the event proceeds are donated back to our community, making this event a crowd-pleaser. Over $300,000 has been given back to local non-profit organizations since the inception of the Brew Fest and they are hoping to top last year’s success!

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1) BB&T employees enjoyed the evening in the VIP section while assisting guests that visited their tent. (L-R): Andrew Delauro; Synithia McGowen; Deanna Yanez; Kai Jones, BB&T Market President; Heidy Browning; Rachel Blair. This is BB&T’s third year as a main event sponsor – they look forward to the fundraising success each year in giving back to our local community.

2) (L-R): Kevin Mousavi, General Manager of Hilton Garden Inn & Vice Chairman for the City of Katy Tourism Bureau; and Eric Liu, Rotary District Governor for the Greater Houston Area enjoying the VIP tent!

3) (L-R): Katy Rotarian Malcolm Junior with Brandon Kuehler.

4) (L-R): 104 KRBE Deejay, Kevin Quinn, with Katy Rotarian, Jeff Thompson.

5) (Front row, l-r): Melissa Roberts, Johana Quijano. (Back row, l-r): Karina Mazariegos; Claudia Canfield; and Katy Rotarians, Kayce Reina and Heather Lindsay.

6) Guests Dawn and Eduardo Adame enjoying the event.

7) No Label Brewery represented their hometown well with an amazing live band that entertained guests inside their tent while they enjoyed a variety of brewery samples. (Back row, l-r): Scott Elders; Mark Vandervoort; and No Label Brewery owner, Brian Royo. (Front row, l-r): Jessica Carlyle; Jennifer Royo; and Katy Rotarian, Vicki Rao.

8) Katy Rotarian and Silent Auction Chair, Loretta Dienst, had quite a task putting 140 baskets together for the Brew Fest’s silent auction but she considers it a labor of love. Over 187 items were all donated to help make this year’s event an even bigger success.

9) (L-R): Carri Lockhart and Tracie Slone kickin’ it up in cowgirl pink at the No Label Brewery tent!

(Photo credit: Michelle Anderson)



Literary And Fine Arts Festival & Parade

Hosted by Fort Bend County’s Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers and the Fort Bend County Libraries, this event celebrated the talent across three school districts in our community (LCISD, FBISD and KISD) on Saturday, April 29. Children were encouraged to compete in writing, artwork, music and performance – the winners were recognized by our elected officials and presented trophies for their hard work! Additionally, children of all ages marched in costume at the festival’s famous “character parade” circling around the Cinco Ranch Library and La Centerra. Fantastic job to all participants and congratulations to the winners!!



1) Katy High School cheerleaders, Tiger mascot and Commissioner Andy Meyers sporting their Katy spirit for the festival!

2) Award recipients for high school art and junior high essay… way to go!

3) Andy Meyers is all smiles posing with his precious granddaughters who enjoyed dressing up for the character parade.

4) First-grade student Zihang “Ian” Chen (center) from Kilpatrick Elementary School (KISD) won Best of Show. Pictured here with Rebecca Fox (left), Katy ISD Board of Trustee President; and Amy Dufrene (right), Instructional Coach at Kilpatrick.

5) Crowds gathered round to watch the Tiger Rock students perform an excellent show of their martial arts skills!

6) The Cat in the Hat with his mischievous menaces (also known asThing 1 and Thing 2!) make their special entrance kicking off the character parade. Aren’t they adorable?!

7) Intempo Dance Group of Fulshear dance performers, dressed in Beauty & the Beast characters and costumes, were awarded Best Group Entry for the Character Parade! Pictured here with elected officials (back row) and their dance company instructor (far right), Rocio Braggiato, Artistic Director/Founder of Intempo Dance.

8) Creech Elementary (KISD) student Sofia Simic wins Best of Show for Elementary School Art. Sofia is pictured with a trophy almost as big as she is along with (L-R): art teacher Janice Horton; State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.; and Judge Chris Morales.

9) It’s a wrap, folks! Elected officials and volunteers take one last event photo.

10) (L-R): State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.; volunteer Ana Villaronga-Roman and Commissioner Meyers.

11) Commissioner Meyers greets the eager crowd of students, parents and supportive teachers to award the contest winners!

12) Award recipients showcase their trophies! Students with (back row, l-r): State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.; Mayor Louis Boudreaux of Simonton; Commissioner Andy Meyers; Judge Chris Morales; Zachary Hodges, President HCC Northwest; and Rebecca Fox, KISD Board of Trustees President.

(Photo credit: Rebecca Fox; Michelle Anderson)



Katy ISD Education Foundation GROOVE For Teachers!

Hosted by the Katy ISD Education Foundation, this year’s fundraising event (themed “Groove”) did not disappoint! Guests were entertained by the masters of ceremonies who shared heartfelt stories and fun videos inside the classroom. Each video showcased previous years’ grant requests that had been met. Teachers around the district are encouraged to get creative and think “outside the box” when applying for grants that would meet extraordinary classroom needs. Live music ushered in dancing where attendees, including Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt, showed off their best “grooves!”


1) (L-R): Rick Blan, Rafael Ferreira and Sean Rooney with PBK, Inc. Architects pictured with Larissa Plunto (in blue), District Director for State Senator Lois Kolkhorst.

2) President of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Hodge, with her husband, Bob.

3) (L-R): Shani Matheson and Janet Theis, Director of Community Partnerships at KISD.

4) Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt (back center), along with Board Trustees, Ashley Vann (front row, second from left) and Courtney Doyle (far back, right corner), cut up the dance floor with the best of the best –our teachers!

5) Master of Ceremonies, Matt Schomburg, with his wife, Heather.

6) (L-R): Alyssa Moeller and Micki Morris of Rogers, Morris and Grover law firm.

7) (L-R): Dominic and Shonda Barzilla

8) Michael and Andrea Alexander,

KISD Communications Director.

9) (Front row, l-r): Heather and Matt Schomburg host friends at their table. (Back row, l-r): Rodney Hicks, Lorie Hicks, Brian Synnott, Courtney Synnott, Stacy Lombardi, Gina Shaffer. (Far back,l-r): Jim Lombardi and Rob Shaffer.

(Photo credit: 1-8, Michelle Anderson; 9, Stacy Lombardi )



Painting It Forward!

Forty ladies gathered at Pinot’s Palette in Memorial City on Wed, April 19th to enjoy an evening of “Painting it Forward,” hosted by Autism Rescue Angels, a nonprofit in the Katy/Houston area helping local autism families and other autism programs in our community. The organization was very busy fund­­raising, providing educational resources and training during the month of April, which was “autism action month.”


1) Group shot of attendees with their finished masterpieces! Attendees with Katy and Fulshear roots included: Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza, Christie Busby, Sarah Chauvin, Ginny Endecott, Joni Endicott-Garcia, Jodi Vogan, Lauren Vogan, Tina Walgenbach and Elizabeth Hanson Walker.

2) Fulshear resident and founder of Autism Rescue Angels, Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza (left), with Terri McCulloch.

3) Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza (left) with Elizabeth Hanson Walker

(Photo credit: #1-2, Pinot’s Palette Memorial City; #3, Elizabeth Walker)


Cinco Ranch Ladies Club – My Favorite Things!

Cinco Ranch Ladies Club members and guests were asked to bring a set of their “favorite things” to exchange with three guests at their April evening social. Gifts did not have to be expensive (under $5) – only something you absolutely love and want to share with friends during the social hour. Laughter and excitement filled the room as gift bags were exchanged and opened with a variety of surprises!


1) Members show off some of their “favorite things” goodies from the gift exchange. (Front row, l-r): Jody Turner, Laura Maples, Sally Outlaw, Julie Davies. (Back row, l-r): Peggy Furrow, Annie Lombardi, Nancy Medina, Susie Stamm and Elizabeth Walker.

2) (L-R): Kelsey Adam and Taryn Franke

3) (Front row, l-r): Bren Browder, Ro Cazenave, Diane Do and Brenda Taquino. (Back row, l-r): Ezy Dampman, Nancy Medina, Fay Burke and Robin DeCosta.

4) (L-R): Maxiel Allen and Leticia Iuelas

5) (Front row, l-r): Susie Stamm and Pam Heslop; (Back row, l-r): Joan Ferguson, Nancy Medina, Dana Coleman, Jo Ann Tortorete, Sally Outlaw, Tracy Gremillion; (Far back:) CRLC President, Annie Gerhardt.

6) Board members celebrating a successful evening! (Very front row, l-r): Elizabeth Walker and Nancy Medina; (middle row, l-r): Bianka Wells, Dana Coleman, Jo Ann Tortorete, Sally Outlaw, and Jill Hartl. (Back row, l-r): Annie Gerhardt, Fay Burke and Tracy Gremillion

(Photo credit: Michelle Anderson)l


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