Boys and Girls Country News Volume 39, Issue 4, Holiday 2010
Inside... Pages 2-3 Message from the Executive Director Mrs. Robinson and the Banjo Band You're Invited to A Vision for Children! Page 4 Thank you for a successful Heritage Award Dinner! Page 5 Fun with the Astros, the Texans, and more! Page 6 Memorials Dec. 3-5: Take a home tour to benefit our kids!
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Waller County Fair! Our kids rounded up the awards at the Waller County Fair this year! Hemi, Nicholas, and Tiffany won in the calf scramble, and Nicholas won a belt buckle for getting over the line first! Hemi and Hannah Br. raised the Grand Champion filly, and Hemi won the Horseman Award. (Hemi's yearling gelding also placed 12th at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Championship Show this past summer!) John won 1st in showmanship and 2nd in weight class for his heifer, Helen won 4th in her weight class for goats, Hannah Bu. won 12th in rabbits and 4th in senior showmanship, and Brittani took 5th in senior showmanship. Twelve kids had animals qualify for the auction, including the filly, heifer, rabbits raised by Brittani, Denisha, Haley, and Hannah Bu.; and goats raised by Ashton, Helen, Jared, Rhonda, and Tiffany.
Page 7 Honorariums Thank you to our friends! Plus: Taekwon-do sponsors needed! (page 7) Page 8 How you can help this holiday season! Holiday Wish List!
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We have many friends to thank, including Vickie Borchgardt, Cody Dennison, Lori Eaheman, Michele Hyde, Scott Jones, Becky Nesbitt, the Owens family, Redmon Heating and Cooling, Chuck and Rita Scianna of Sim-Tex, L.P., Paul Shollar and his family, and the Waller County Fair Association. Hemi's success at the world championship was only possible with help from Mike Bishop, Branded Western Wear, Nancy Cahill, Cavender's Boot City, Nancy Coyle, Houston Horse Council, Dawn Forrest, Michele Grice, Brad Jewett, Melsa Maher, Gretchen Mathes, Billy Nelson, Carey Nowacek, Sim-Tex, Jason Smith, Texas Quarter Horse Association, Michelle Tidwell, Ava Urbanovsky, Waller Horse Council, and Stacey and David Young.
Message from the Executive Director There are two things I should state right from the start. Number one, we love our kids! And number two, we are all very excited about the year 2011 at Boys and Girls Country! Of course, we’re very excited about each and every day here! I sometimes marvel at my fortune in being involved in a program that has such beautiful and interesting children, such broad based support, such faithful donors and such a dedicated Board and staff. Sometimes you hear people say “I’d rather be lucky than smart” and I always thought, if given a choice, why not try to be both? At any rate, I’m thankful to be a part of this amazing family! Our seniors moved to the College and Career Program and we rewarded their Teaching Parents, who had taught, nurtured, loved and guided these children over the past few years towards their graduation, with brand new kids, all on the first, raw step of their new journey! Somehow that never seems like a proper thank you to our Teaching Parents for a job well done, but our staff members take a deep breath and start all over again with the same passion they had on their first day. They know in their hearts that you cannot go back and make a new start in a child’s life, but we can start right now, to make a new ending. How privileged we are to be able to do that! I’m not sure if it’s me just getting older, but the summer seemed to fly by! When I was a kid, summer seemed to last forever. This one set a record for speedy passage, right from the close of the school year. I asked the kids about that and they said it flew by for them also. I know we were blessed with many activities (including our education labs and the teaching at home!) and I felt the kids were busy, but also enriched. Thank you! As you know from that last school year, our kids ended up with a 3.12 grade-point average! We were so pleased! As the new school year got underway, we felt a sense of anxiety, as we became our own “tough act to follow”! The first six weeks of school shot by and before we knew it, our mailbox was stuffed with envelopes from Waller ISD. One by one, our Education staff opened the envelopes, hoping our best efforts paid off. As I could hear their near constant, positive exclamations drift towards my office, I was relieved that our kids, Teaching Parents and Education staff had done it again! Despite the new children that arrived over the summer, we ended up with a 3.06 grade-point average for our first 6-week grading period! When you start from there, the sky is the limit! Now, back to our excitement over the year 2011. Boys and Girls Country was started in 1971. That means that next year we celebrate our 40th Anniversary! In anticipation of the event, I have been in contact with former and first Executive Director, Brother Jack Brewer, mostly by U.S. Post Office “snail” mail. I have also been in contact with former and third Executive Director, Ms. Shirley Wright, by e-mail. (As an aside here, I have to admit, that our kids think e-mail is “snail” mail! They are masters at ‘instant” texting and one of our young men can talk to you while texting others at an amazing rate and without looking! He set the text records for one month while I have consistently set the record for “least texts” for the month. When I do text, it’s almost always “OK” or “no”.) Anyway, we are planning a series of special events for the remarkable 40th Anniversary with one of them being the former Directors and myself co-writing next year's newsletter columns in a “Then and Now” fashion with some great “Then and Now” pictures! What a journey of progress our founders have sent us on! The great psychiatrist, researcher and founder of the Menninger Clinic, Karl Menninger taught us, “What’s done to children, they will do to society”. Understanding the importance of spirituality and education for our kids is a crucial cornerstone of our program. I have a letter signed by our founder, T. A. “Tom” Robinson, hanging in a frame in my office where Mr. Robinson discusses the importance of kids leaving our program with “a strong, dedicated” spiritual foundation. If every child had strong morals, a strong spirituality and a great education, can you imagine how our society might benefit? One of my favorite times over the last few months happened on a beautiful fall Sunday in early October. On that day, Mrs. Jean Robinson, wife of founder Tom Robinson, invited the entire campus to the Houston Country Club for dinner and a special performance by Buddy Griffin’s “All Stars Banjo Band”! (The band is composed solely of children.) As much fun as that was, the special treat for me was to get to spend some time with “Ms. Jean”. Forty years ago, she named our organization and knelt on the ground and planted tiny oak saplings with her bare hands that are now the beautiful, mature oak trees on our campus! I got to the
A Vision for Children You’re invited to take a tour of our Home and learn more about the children we serve – and how your support helps us to raise them. Bring only an open heart and a friend.
We’d like to host at least 10 people at each of our upcoming sessions: Saturday, January 8 Saturday, February 5 10:00-11:00 am.
Everyone is welcome! You do not need to RSVP, but if you would like for us to know you’re coming, please visit our website at www.boysandgirlscountry.org and click on "Register Now". You can also find future Vision for Children dates on the site under “Events”.
Country Club early to try and help a bit, but Ms. Jean had it all under control. She then set her chair right by the door and greeted each and every child and staff member as they entered. I imagined what it must have felt like to have started a program 40 years ago and to be able to still hug the kids in that program today. All of us age, but the kids in our program never do. We had children 40 years ago, we have children today and we’ll have children 40 years from now. We all enjoy Ms. Jean! She is such a generous, special lady! Right: With Jean Robinson, wife of our founder Tom Robinson, at a performance of the All Stars Banjo Band, organized by Jean to share their love of "happy banjos" with our children! One of the traditions our residential staff have kept alive and nurtured is group “Parent Meetings”. Every few months, on a Saturday afternoon, we invite the kids' parents to all come and visit over snacks in our Community Life Building. Our residential staff talks about the program, the rules we have and how we approach homework. The parents often share with each other about how difficult it is to realize that sometimes, the best thing you can do for your child is to entrust them into the care of others. Occasionally, the kids have even “presented” to the parents about their life here. At the end of the meeting, the families have dinner together and get to enjoy some precious time. I often think if our friends and supporters could sit and observe one of those meetings, they would know why I often state, “Miracles happen here, every day”. We ended the fall as we always do, with the Heritage Award Dinner. One of the first few Board Members I met was Mike Gatewood, and this year we honored Mike and Cindy, his wife of 36 years, at our evening dinner. For nearly 10 years Mike has served on our Board and he was the Chairman who offered the Executive Director position to me. In the months that I have known him, I’ve learned that Mike is humble, shying away from praise and putting the needs of the organization forward as the only story he wants to tell. Mike is a great example of the kind of quality human beings we have on our Board. That Board partners with all of our donors and supporters to bring hope to our kids and their families. Is there a greater gift than giving hope to others? The kids are so excited about the holidays! The traditions and the spirit of the season are both comforting and joyous. And of course, they love the gifts! Each year, we encourage all the children to ponder the thought, that “the best gift is not the one you get, but the one you give”. Each of you gives “joyful life” to Boys and Girls Country. Without your support, it is only a concept with a clever name attached. You are the people who set the stage, to make “Miracles happen here, every day”. How noble for you to support this, without having actually seen those miracles. You are truly people of faith and you shall be rewarded in the most powerful way. We wish you the best of the holiday season!
Lou Palma The All Stars Banjo Band was in full swing at the Houston Country Club, and our kids loved every minute of it! Right: Meadow was invited on stage by band director Buddy Griffin, an inductee of the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame!
HERITAGE AWARD DINNER Our November 3rd Heritage Award Dinner was a great success! We honored Mike and Cindy Gatewood for their dedication to our children...and capped off the evening with great entertainment from comedian Frank Caliendo! We are grateful to all of you who attended...bid in the auctions...and made pledges of support for our children that evening. We are especially grateful to the generous underwriters who made the event possible! Leticia Trauber (right), Chair of the Heritage Award Dinner Committee, with honorees Cindy and Mike Gatewood
Diamond Gatewood Family Foundation A Friend of Boys and Girls Country Emerald Penny and Paul Loyd Citigroup/Leticia and Steve Trauber Platinum Patrick and Katrin Casserly Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation Rodney and NaDean Eads El Paso Corporation/J. R. and Susan Sult Bob and Helen Howard/Jack and Carolyn Little Taylor and Paige Kelly National Oilwell Varco Pride International Mark and Nancy Rovenstine Seahawk Drilling Chuck and Rita Scianna/SimTex, L.P. Nathan and Kristen Stedham Leticia and Steve Trauber Joe and Elma Vaughan Woodforest National Bank Gold Administaff The Bowers Foundation The Kirk Edwards Foundation/ The Sullivan Family Ernst & Young LLP FMC Technologies KPMG LLP Loyd Family Foundation Marathon Oil Corporation Noble Corporation Larry and Brenda Petru Family Trenegy Incorporated
Silver Apache Corporation Barclays Capital Credit Suisse Devon Energy Corporation A Friend of Boys and Girls Country Scott and Katherine Galloway Grant Thornton LLP Randy and Tracy Hale/CCS Presentation Systems HTK Consultants, Inc. Paul Johnson/Paul Carter Jewels Latham & Watkins LLP Light Charitable Trust/Susan Lawhon Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Lowther McDermott International, Inc. Morgan Stanley/Brian and Elisabeth McCabe RBC Capital Markets Karen and Frank Rosales Rowan Companies, Inc. Dick Scott Southwestern Energy Randy and Sandy Stilley Cynthia and Mac Walker Michael Wasserman, David Greenberg, Ken Mathis, and Robbie Segler Scott and Loraine Wegmann Wells Fargo Bank John L. Wortham & Son, L.P.
Bronze Leslie Alexander and The Houston Rockets AmerCable, Incorporated Andrews Kurth LLP Bank of America Merrill Lynch The Brock Group George and LuAnn Damiris Deloitte Ryan and Keri DesAutels Ronnie and Lynn Deyo ENGlobal Corporation Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Goldman Sachs Smith & Christine Howland/Nisseki Chemical IBC Bank/Craig and Elizabeth Bunk Key Energy Herb and Cheryl Listen Lockton Marine & Energy Sheila Lyon Interiors Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Midway Foundation Mirand Response Systems Neos Marketing, LP New Directions Oceaneering International, Inc. Greg and Cynthia Pappas Patterson & Sheridan, LLP Elaine and Dick Petranek/Carolyn and Steve Mafrige Pinnacle Financial Strategies Foundation RigNet, Inc. Matthew and Elizabeth Rotan
Bronze (cont'd) The Roten Family Rottet Studio, Debner & Company and Harvey Builders Mike Rutledge/Locke Lord Bissell Liddell LLP Fayez Sarofim & Co. SCF Partners Simmons & Co. Tidewater, Inc. Jim and Leigh Tomforde TransCanada Corporation USA Compression Partners, LLC Vaughan Nelson Investment Management Walter Oil & Gas Corporation Pete and Marilyn Wardenburg Richard L. Wynne/Porter & Hedges, L.L.P. Donations J. Murry Bowden Cytex Plastics Tilman and Paige Fertitta James B. and Wendy K. Fryfogle Phil and Sara Hawk Randy and Carol Limbacher McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc. Gary R. Petersen Tommy and Isla Reckling Mrs. T. A. Robinson, Jr. Scurlock Foundation Taste of Texas Restaurant Special Thanks To: Neos Marketing Texas Business Theatre
Below: The Heritage singers with a musical tribute to Mike and Cindy...Harley gave our invocation...and Alexandra shared the story of how Boys and Girls Country changed her life
Fun and Games! We've been working hard in school this fall...but thanks to our friends, we still make time for lots of fun! Left: As part of the Houston Texans community outreach program TACT (Texans All Community Team), our kids were chosen by tight end James Casey to be "Casey's Cannons!" We cheer on the team at all home games, and even greet the players as they go out on the field! Thank you to James and the Texans for this amazing opportunity! Below: Director of Development Elaine Petranek with the Astros' Tommy Manzella and Hunter Pence at the Texas Italian American Sports Foundation, which made a donation for each home run hit by Tommy, Hunter, and Lance Berkman during the first half of the 2010 season! Thank you!
Messiah Lutheran Church (above) and the Salem Lutheran Church Youth Group (below) held "Fun Days" for our kids, filled with games, great food, all kinds of fun...and terrific company! Thank you to the Cypress Springs High School cosmetology students (above) who gave our kids great haircuts...and to Nikki Germenis and Maria Sopher of Girl Scout Troop 5070, who coordinated a fashion show for our youngest girls so they could show off their cute new haircuts!
In Memory Of Received July 16, 2010 - October 9, 2010 “Nanny” Schaeffer Arlys Bing Heath Schielack Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Von Minden Edward Schubert Albert & Jeanette Pittman Mark Scott Dorothy Aspiazu Lynn Barron Sheryl Beatty Darlene Borg Beverley Cheatham Sharon Cooper Kay Fleming Theresa Gould Kay Guidry Barbara Kelly Ann Mallek Lori May Sharon McNeil Jan Roberman Sue Sullivan Jane Ullrich Stephanie Wilkinson Carolyn Sharber Donna Rider Haskell Shelton Carolyn & Jack Brewer Annie B. Towery Talbot Cooley Billie Van Martin Charles Crane Frank A. Walters Elizabeth Walters Krohn Billie Washington Bill & Tita Paddock Mr. O.J. Weber Bill & Tita Paddock Fred Winter Alex & Donna Mair Includes gift(s) made to the Boys and Girls Country Endowment Fund Farrile Young You can make your next tribute gift securely online at www.boysandgirlscountry.org. Click on "Donate Now!" Bill & Tita Paddock Dr. Joseph Ainsworth George & Caroline Polk Ruth Baker Edgar & Carolyn Reeves May Ola Bedwell Elizabeth Lloyd Fayrene Bing Arlys Bing Elaine Brewer Ken & Nancy Davenport Charles W. “Charlie” Brown Barbara Brown Ollie D. Brown Victoria Blanks & Paul Pryzant George Bucko Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Maxine Cole Burdine John & Cynthia Birdsong Duncan Butler Bill & Tita Paddock Bessie F. Camp Betty Bell Norman & Jeannine Beveridge Dennis & Wilma Butler Teresa & Robert Camp & boys Doris Cunningham Lois Davis Douglas & Kathryn Demoss Janel Gillespie Rosemary Goldberg Jackie Haynes Jon Corbell & Associates Deva Nell Kilpatrick John & Cynthia Kinzer
Bessie F. Camp (cont'd) Nelda Lineberry Clydell May Patricia Moore Charles & Frances Nolen Erma Reasoner & Laura Reasoner-White Richard & Patti Fox Sindelar Dr. & Mrs. Alfred Smith Beverly & Dave Sufian Herman Woo Rhonda Casalino Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Sentesi Betty Challender Fern Basden Leonard Chambers Sammye Valk Chuck Cuzmanko Don & Betty Belle Dawson W.O. (Pete) Edgar Marilyn & Richard Vandergriff Shirley Flanagan Jim & Ruby Bloodworth Eston Fontenot Ryan & Joanne Pittman John B. Fouts Ryan & Joanne Pittman Peter Gannon John & Cynthia Birdsong Robert Gillen Melvin & Jo Ann Beard Joe Grubs Nan & Brick Thompson Russell Gum Shawn & Jeri Neely
Lew Wayne Harpold Jack & Carolyn Little Jot H. Hodges, Jr. Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Ila Hosea George & Caroline Polk Hilda Rose Hurst George & Caroline Polk Reba Irwin Virginia Crowson Father of Steve James Baker & Penny McAdams Georgiana Joiner Charles & LaDonn Nelson Mr. Alcie Jones Russell & Leanna Hyde Dr. Zwaine Lamar Max & Cindy Koesler Minerva Marie Lawrence Douglas Hager Edward MacAllister Fern Basden Ronnie Mathis Mr. & Mrs. A.C. von Minden Velma Matthews Jo Ann & Pat Harris Scott McKinney Cris & Margie Criswell Jimmie Meadows Gene & Katie Roark Rachel Melton The Nelson Udstuen Family Grace Midlo Noelene & Ralph Birkelo
Lon Mitchell Paul English F.R. & Lois Foreman Loretta Kunkel Frank Mock Marilyn & Pete Wardenburg Christian Mohn Jeryl & Vicki Mohn Bill Moore Donna Moore Ray & Sandy Murphy Patrick Kulwicki Kathleen Nelson A.A. Brautigam Husband of Mary Ann Pennington Doris O’Reilly Fred Poole Jim & Ruby Bloodworth Russell Pryor Hugh & Lou Brantley Jim Rabon George & Caroline Polk Joe Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Roy Paul Ed Roberts Tom & Mary Brandt Willie & Orca Willhelm Mrs. Phyllis Ann Rollins Florence Abercia Marilyn Jehle Clydean & Kenneth Norris Alleta Rau Tom & Patsy Patterson Liz Sargent Donna Glaser Lealon Sargent
December 3rd-5th: Take a wonderful holiday home tour and help our children! Take a tour of four beautiful homes in River Oaks and Tanglewood, decorated for the season by professional floral designers, through the The Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Pilgrimage 2010! Proceeds will benefit a number of charitable programs in the Houston area, including our apprentice program, which teaches our young teens the basics of finding and maintaining a job! Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and can be purchased in advance at various retail locations, including Bering's, Central Market on Westheimer, Cornelius Nursery, Rice Epicurean Markets, and River Oaks Plant House.
For details, call Elaine Petranek at 281-351-4976 extension 219 or email her at email@example.com.
In Honor Of Received July 16, 2010 - October 9, 2010 Bill & Eileen Allen – 60th Wedding Anniversary Jim & Rebecca Stone Sophia & Carmen Berumen Ismael & Kelsey Berumen Russell Bowers Joe B. Foster Nancy Brennan Tommy Brennan
Wayne & Michele Brown Robert Brown Fred & Susan Caldwell Jeff & Mary Emmott * Tom & Kay Gallatin – 50th Wedding Anniversary Paul & Cheryl Huber Jane & John McIntyre Jim & Sherry Patterson Tom & Patsy Patterson Al & Nancy Weaver
Allen & Pam Gault – Wedding Anniversary Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Jim Liebl – Birthday Traci Liebl Jane Liles – Birthday Karen & Ryan Liles Jack Little – Birthday Officers & employees of Noble Corporation P. David Mantor David Mantor
Janette McDonald Joyce Lawrence Richard & Joyce Slaughter Keith Mosing – Birthday Mr. & Mrs. Roswell Vaughan III Earl & Louise Nichols – 60th Wedding Anniversary Dianne Lami
Gene & Katie Roark – 67th Wedding Anniversary Tom & Jane Liles Katie Roark – 90th Birthday Bill & Dorothy Klotz Tom & Jane Liles Ernestine & Jim Robertson Martha Wiebe Bill & Joyce Thomas – Birthday Edgar & Carolyn Reeves
This past year, many friends have helped to make our work possible! This past quarter, we received a generous gift from the Texas Oilman's Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament, held each year in Matagorda. We also received gifts this year from the Aetna Foundation toward our children's health care program, from the Newfield Foundation to help meet their day-to-day needs, and from The Methodist Hospital and the Baylor/Methodist Community Health Fund toward our counseling and Plan of Service programs. Thank you all for helping us raise our children!
Getting a kick out of taekwon-do! Plus: Sponsors needed! If you have ever had a child take martial arts classes – or taken them yourself! – you know the benefits kids reap from the disciplined, step-by-step approach to learning, as well as the physical activity. Our friends at Cypress TaeKwon-Do, including owners Valerie and Robert Webre, instructor Robbie Dillon, and many other instructors and students of the school, have brought taekwon-do to our campus for the first time...and they generously teach the class twice a week for half the usual rate! With close to 30 students in the class, we need your help to ensure weekly lessons for each student! If you are interested in becoming a taekwon-do sponsor at any level, please contact Elaine Petranek, Director of Development, at 281-351-4976 ext. 219 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Right: Instructors Robert (left) and Robbie teach us how to kick through a board! Below: Class in session...watch out!
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WISH S LIST Our Education Department Needs: Large Sketch Pads 5-Subject Spiral Notebooks Fine-Point Permanent Markers Tab Dividers TI-86 or higher graphing calculators Mechanical pencils Expo dry-erase markers (fine-tip & chisel) Our Clothing Closet Needs: In all sizes, except where indicated: Girls’ and Boys’ Black No-Show Socks Boys’ and Men’s Boxers and Boxer Briefs Boys’ (all sizes) and Men’s (size S, M) Undershirts Girls’ Training Bras & Women’s Bras (size C, D) Girls’ (all sizes) and Women’s (size 8 & 9) Hipster Panties Girls’, Boys’, Women’s, and Men’s Tennis Shoes and Casual Shoes Our Commissary Needs: Hair Care Products (shampoo, conditioner, African-American hair care) Men’s Razors Canned Chili Spaghetti Sauce Kitchen Cleaner (Spray) Bath Cleaner (Spray) Toilet Brushes Our Cottages Need: Batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D) Alarm Clock Radios Hand Mixers Blenders Twin-Size Mattresses (top mattresses) DVD Players and DVDs (G, PG, PG-13) Wii Games Our Maintenance Department Needs: Hand tools (pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, hand wrenches, etc.) Plumbing supplies and tools Full list at www.boysandgirlscountry.org Click on "Donate" and "Fill a Wish List"
Stressed by the holidays? Relax – give the gift of love! You can change our children's lives this holiday season! Here's how!
Make tribute gifts in honor of your loved ones! Your gift will provide for our children all year, and we will recognize you and your honorees in our next newsletter! To mail your tribute gift, use the enclosed envelope for your check or credit card information and write your tribute information in the form on the envelope flap. You can also make a secure online tribute gift at www.boysandgirlscountry.org! Click on "Donate Now" to go to the donation form. Select the box marked "My donation is In Honor or In Memory of someone special" and a new box for tribute information will appear below the Donation Information box. Make it automatic! Now is the time to set up an automatically Hurry! Your gift must recurring gift! Just check the box be postmarked by December st for monthly, quarterly, or annually 31 in order to count as a recurring donations on the enclosed tax-deductible donation envelope...or choose the recurring gift for 2010! Online gifts option on the online form. With this must be made by midnight stt easy one-time setup, you can ensure (CST) on December 31 to count for 2010! that our kids' needs are met every day!
Having a party? Make it a celebration of childhood! Instead of the usual gifts of chocolate, food items, or flowers, ask your guests to bring a gift for our children, such as: Food and Supplies. Check out the Holiday Wish List for our most needed items! A complete Wish List can be found at www.boysandgirlscountry.org (just click on “Donate Now,” and then on “Wish List” to view all of the items we need!). Financial donations. Consider turning your party into a fundraiser! Dick Richards, a dear friend of our Home who passed away last year, held Christmas parties for over 25 years with his friends to raise money for local causes, and his friends still carry on the tradition to benefit our children! Gift cards for local restaurants and stores, such as JCPenney, Kohl’s, and Houston Premium Outlets. On the website, click on "Donate Now!" and "Wish List" for more. For more on how to get involved this holiday season, contact Darla Guerra, Internal Events Coordinator, at 281-351-4976 ext. 243 or by email at email@example.com.