Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn, June 2016

| June 1, 2016




Photo-Rebecca Zilenziger

Making Magic in Mango

The Bayou Belles hosted the 6th Annual Charity Gala on April 2 at Faith West Academy. Joycelyn Urech was presented with the 2016 MVP Volunteer award. The gala raised funds and awareness for FOCA – Faces of Child Abuse. You can keep up to date on the Belles’ activities at

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1) Mango Physicians of Texas Childrens Hospital – Child Abuse Unit (Gala Sponsors 2016)

2) Mr. and Mrs. Byron and Angeline Auzenne (Gala Co-Chair 2016) and Dr. and Mrs. Terrence and Ronda O’Connor (Gala Sponsors 2016)

3) Mr. and Mrs. Denis and Joycelyn Urech

4) BBCSO Junior Volunteer Team

5) The Mayes family

6) Byron Auzenne, Ann and Bob Hodge, Lori Gunn

7) The Adalina family

8) Kendall Beard and Ethan Auzenne

9) Deanna Keene and her father



Katy ISD Foundation GROOVE Jazz Event

The Katy ISD Education Foundation hosted its third annual jazz event, GROOVE, on Thursday, April 7 at Omni Houston Hotel Westside. Now in its fourth year of operation, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to Katy ISD teachers for inspiring, innovative classroom projects at campuses across the district. Proceeds from the event contributed to this year’s teacher grants awarded in May for the 2016-2017 school year. The evening featured jazz music performed by The Dennis Dotson Quartet, appearing at the invitation of the Katy Jazz Festival.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation plans to award over $1 million in Katy ISD teacher grants over the next five years, an effort that is supported by events like GROOVE and the Foundation’s fall event, Fireflies & Foodtrucks. Visit to find out more about their projects.

A special thank-you to Rep. Zerwas for hosting me at his table and to Buller Photography for the photos!


1) Dolores Coffey and Sara Hernandez, Hayes Elementary

2) Group from Rogers, Morris and Grover, LLP

3) Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey and Bob Bryant

4) Teacher grant recipients (l-r): Kelly Cremona, Jennifer Lightsey, Jennifer Thompson, West Memorial Elementary; Janet Theis, Katy ISD Education Foundation; Kristen Schmid, West Memorial Elementary; Leslie Ashby, Alexander Elementary; Sara Hernandez, Hayes Elementary

5) School namesakes, Fred and Patti Shafer with Kelly Kaunisto and Jennifer Hyde, teacher grant recipients from Shafer

6) Downy and Kavin Vickery, with Rick Blan

7) Ashley Vann, Shani Matheson, Courtney Doyle

8) Iris Cross, Margaret and Steve Laney

9) Betsy and Mike Zanghi

10) Bodley and Karen Thornton, Marsha and Jim Smith, Keiko and Jim Davidson


Literary & Fine Arts Festival & Parade

On Saturday, April 16, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers hosted the Literary & Fine Arts Festival & Parade at Cinco Ranch Library, in partnership with Summer Fest. Approximately 5,000 were in attendance – a record! An entertaining mix of 89 vendors set up for the four-hour event, offering everything from kids’ activities to summer camps to shopping to the best of food trucks, as well as local favorites.

Adding to the excitement were first-response vehicles from Fort Bend County, including a firetruck, an ambulance, police cars and motorcycles — all packed into the parking lot of the library. There was even a board-breaking demonstration from Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy. The festival kicked off with a helicopter fly-over by the Sheriff’s department and the Cutest Character Parade.

Commissioner Meyers was overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of community support shown through sponsorships, donations, and time commitments, all of which helped make this festival such a huge success. He is sincerely grateful for the nearly 60 companies, organizations and individuals who contributed this year in the celebration of our talented Fine Arts students. For more information about the event, including a recap video and photos, please visit and Photo Credit: Debi Beauregard

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1) A group of costumed parade contestants pose for a quick photo

2) Best of Show in the High School Art Category, Audrey Liu from Tompkins High School with Texas State Senator Lois Kolkhorst

3) KVPAC students and winners of the Best Group Award in the Cutest Character Parade with Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Ken Cannata and Precinct 3 Constable Rob Cook

4) KISD Board of Trustees Treasurer Rebecca Fox with art teacher Kendra Vreeland of WoodCreek Junior High and winner of an Apple Watch

5) First-place winner of the Cutest Character Parade, Naomi Zoe Pena as Amelia Earhart with Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes

6) KVPAC students dressed in in characters from a storybook for the Character Parade.

7) Kindergarten-2nd Grade essay category winner, Zihang Chen from Kilpatrick Elementary with Texas State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D.

8) The crowd inside Cinco Ranch Library during the awards ceremony

9) Seven Lakes High School Drum Line, Commissioner Andy Meyers, Constable Rob Cook and the Houston Astros Shooting Stars


Socially Speaking with Lori Gunn, June 2016


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