Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn July 2015

| July 1, 2015




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 Jazz With A Latin Flair

The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosted Jazz with a Latin Flair on April 24. Held in partnership with the Katy Jazz Festival V.I.P reception, the event benefited the foundation and its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program. Last year, in its inaugural grant cycle, the foundation awarded more than $88,000 to 117 Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects that have been implemented this school year. The foundation’s second grant cycle began this past November with grants awarded to teachers in May 2014.

Jazz with a Latin Flair featured an evening of jazz music performed by The Mike Vax Sextet. The group has performed for jazz festivals, conventions, cruise ships, hotels, resorts, high school and college concerts and dances, The Prescott Jazz Summit Educational Outreach Project, and jazz societies all over the United States. Leader Mike Vax is very active in the music education field. He has performed concerts and workshops in both the classical and jazz idioms at more than 2,500 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world, over the past 40 years. He is also an international performing artist for the Getzen Musical Instrument Company.

Photo credit: Sandy Buller Photography

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1) Mark Shaver, Brenda Shaver, Neddy Hess

2) Patsy and Stan Stanley with Lori Gunn

3) Ken Janda, Maureen Singleton, Chris Borreca

4) Ray Wolman, Chris Crockett, Jamie Wolman, Patsy and Stan Stanley

5) Susan Smith, Rebecca Fox, Janet Theis and Tara Wilson

6) Tracy and Ken Janda

7) Katy Mayor Fabol and Paula Hughes

8) Anissa and Superintendent Alton Frailey

9) Iris Cross, Maria A. Viso, Julieta Tucker, Theresa Direnzo KISD Teachers Karen Sparks, Doris Hamilton

10) Russ Bell, Lois Bell, Carol Bonoccorso, Johnny Bonoccorso


2nd Annual Fulshear Art Walk: Art, Wine & Chocolate

Arts Fulshear, in partnership with ARTreach, hosted its 2nd Annual Art Walk in downtown Fulshear on Saturday, April 26. This year’s event theme of Art, Wine & Chocolate provided interactive experiences for all ages, including art demonstrations from more than 20 area artists, hands-on art activities, art displays, on and off stage entertainment, musical entertainment, wine sampling and much more. Town eateries featured creative wine and chocolate pairings and special menu items, and local specialty shops offered unique chocolate and wine accessories.

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1) Mike and Rene Gleespen

2) Britt Larsson and Dawn Tolbert

3) Theresa Wilson and Christina Autry

4) Dick and Sally Shaink with Paula and Brad Shaink

5) Jerry Sheldon, Susan LaDart and Lance Findleyv

6) Sallie Pate and Mert Paben

7) Carolyn Hancock

8) Marla and Mike Ward


Friends For Wishes BBQ Cookoff

Friends for Wishes BBQ Cookoff was held on April 24 and 25 at the Waller County Fairgrounds. This team knocked it out of the park and raised $60,000 to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions at Make-A-Wish. The event included Professional Lawnmower Races, NFL Play 60, Kids Que, live and silent auctions and a dance with live music by The Telestars. Mark your calendar to attend this annual event next year. Check out the website at

Layout 11) Troy Lee of the Trail Riders and Norman Walker

2) Diana Randolph, Lynn Watts Smith and Marilyn Burns

3) Make-A-Wish child Christiana Byrd, Jarret Laffoon, Josette Byrd, Jerome Byrd and Julien Byrd. Christiana’s wish was sponsored by Jarret Laffoon. Her wish is to go to London, which she is doing in June!

4) Norman Walker and 1st place Chicken winner Robert Chambers

5) Chaille Voelkel, chairman of Friends for Wishes, Teri Andrepont, CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ellena Gutierrez, Make-A-Wish child

6) Bud Love, Teri Andrepont and Sammy Osbourn

7) Make-A-Wish child Kyle Ferguson and Amobi Okoye, former Houston Texan and Dallas Cowboy. Kyle’s wish is to meet the Dallas Cowboys football team, and he will be going to Dallas soon to meet the players! Amobi Okoye had a NFL Play 60 at the cook-off.

8) Alan Higginbotham, Top Auction Buyer Ken Hucherson and Teri Love

9) The Friends for Wishes present a check for $60,000 to Make-A-Wish CEO Teri Andrepont with Bob Voelkel, Chaille Voelkel, Norman Walker, Make-A-Wish founder Tommy Austin, Ken Hucherson and Brandon Walker


11th Annual Impact A Hero Hall Of Fame Gala Dinner

The 11th Annual Impact A Hero, Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, “Diamonds & Denim” on May 17 at NRG Stadium gave Houstonians an opportunity during Impact a Hero Weekend to join national celebrities in thanking our severely wounded servicemen and women for sacrificing their minds, bodies and sometimes their lives. KPRC Channel 2 Anchor/Reporter,Andy Cerota, was the gala’s master of ceremonies. For more information, visit

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  • Impact A Hero Board Member Larry Boyd and wife Brenda, Katy residents.

Photo credit: Larry Pullen and Randy Kozlovsky.


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