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<< The original Boys Country newsletter featured a painting of a boy telling a fish story to Ray Stelter (below), who served for over 10 years in every role from ranch manager to business manager!

Volume 40, Issue 1, Winter 2011

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Look Who's 40! It's been 40 years of changing lives at Boys and Girls Country! What started in 1971 on a few donated acres of land that used to be a rice field, with three trailers – one was a dorm, one was a dining hall, and one was the home of our first Executive Director, Jack Brewer (see page 3 for "Brother Jack's" reflections on the past!) – has grown, because of friends like you, into a 250-acre campus with the facilities to serve close to 100 children and young adults each year! With the support of thousands of friends throughout our history, more than 1,200 children have had a place to grow up, a childhood, and a chance to become successful adults – and the achievements of our alumni are a lasting testimony to the changes you have made possible for them. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our mission, our family, and the rich history of this place that so many have called home.

"Thanks for paving my path to a life I never dreamed of." -Warren, an alumnus...on the 30th anniversary of the day he came to our Home

To learn more about our history, watch videos of alumni interviews, and see pictures of the places and faces of the past four decades, please visit our website, www.boysandgirlscountry.org, and click on "News & Events". You can also be a part of the celebrations at our 35th annual Spring Festival on April 30th, which promises to be the biggest birthday party around! (See the back cover for details!) 18806 Roberts Road Hockley, Texas 77447 (281) 351-4976 Fax: (281) 351-4978 info@boysandgirlscountry.org

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Inside: Pages 2-3: Message from the Executive Directors... ...past and present! Page 4: Thank you for Christmas!

Page 5: Meet our church friends! Plus, new shoes...and a four-star rating! Pages 6-7: Tribute Gifts Page 8: Save the Date for Spring Festival! And, help fulfill our Winter Wish List!


Message from the Executive Directors, Past and Present! Forty Years Ago The year was 1971. Some of our records state January of 1971 and some state June or July of 1971. The time was described as “a time of trauma, previously unknown to the Houston area.” Drug use among teens was a new but unsettling development. Media started discussing Houston’s “street kids” and serial killers Dean Corl & Elmer Wayne Henley, young people themselves, were found to have killed 27 young boys, many of them homeless or runaways. From this sea of trouble, Boys Country was born.

Lou Palma

I researched Boys and Girls Country as I was interviewing for the Director position and I was struck by the bleak, troubling history of the founding times in contrast to the bright smiling, optimistic faces of the kids there now. I wondered what a difficult journey it must have been. I decided right then, before I was even offered the position, that this was a journey, a history that demanded to be honored.

When I arrived, that thought fell right off my radar! I was way too busy learning names, foods (kolaches!?), faces, churches and roads. (Why was every street a number? “Take the 290 to FM 2920 then turn right on the 249.” It sounded like a math puzzle!) It wasn’t until we got a call on a humid, August, Saturday morning that the reverence for the history of the last 40 years came back to me. Mrs. Jean Robinson had called and wanted to see the progress on the campus, including the new Penny Loyd Student Life Center. Ms. Jean was charming and gracious and welcomed this new guy with grace and a fair dose of “Southern Hospitality”. As we left the Student Life Center and looked down “Boys and Girls Country Drive” towards the west, with the huge oak trees forming a canopy over the street she stopped and grabbed my hand. Ms. Jean then told me the story of how she and her husband (and our founder), Tommy, got down on their hands and knees and planted tiny oak saplings, by hand, in the soil of the rice fields they had donated. They had literally scooped the soil away with their bare fingers and pressed the roots into the ground. It was right then, that I remembered my thoughts that this was a history to be honored. It was a history based on sacrifice and hard work by all of those who went before us, with one thought in mind. “Every child has a place to grow up and a sense of being home, a Christian home”.

Below left: Our founder, the late T. A. "Tom" Robinson. Above left: Jean Robinson, Tom's wife, points out the oak trees along the main road that she and Tom once planted as tiny saplings. Above and below: Our campus in the 1970s...and today

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Historically, in 1971, our nation was in a time of revolutionary societal changes. A “war on poverty” had commenced along with calls for social action and appropriate services for kids and families. Our first and longest tenured Executive Director was Brother Jack Brewer. I have invited Brother Jack to comment on those early days.

My part in Boys Country began on a snowy evening on a high hill south of Spokane, Washington in 1959. It was there that I saw a child lying at the roadside being covered with dust and snow. Prior to that moment, Carolyn and I had traveled to Spokane all the way from seminary in Fort Worth to serve as an intern pastor of South Hill Baptist Church, heading to a meeting at the Woman’s Center while encountering that blizzard, at night, on our way there. It stunned me to believe we were “led” from a class on evangelism to that time and moment, half a nation away. But we were…for an unknown child’s sake. These were my thoughts two months later as I sat beside the swift clear waters of the Spokane River that flowed through the heart of Spokane, in seeing distance of the Spokesman Review newspaper where I Jack Brewer, our first worked for our living. It occurred to me that all of these torrents of water could best be changed at their Executive Director source, those flakes of snow high above and far beyond me. These thoughts were in my mind when we entered youth work that led us to Houston and Tallowood Baptist Church. They were in my thoughts that day when I sat in the paneled office of Mr. T. A. Robinson, Chairman of the Board of First Mortgage Company of Texas, as he asked me to serve as the first executive director of Boys Country, near Hockley, Texas. IF MUCH CHANGE WERE TO BE MADE IN SOCIETY IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE IN THEIR BEGINNING. Carolyn and I prayed about it and accepted the challenge of that position. With the full and constant support of Mr. & Mrs. Robinson and their many friends, our former Church, young and old, we found the way, day by day and year by year with the same leadership of the One who directed our lives from Seminary Hill in Fort Worth to Spokane and the child by the roadside.

Right: "Brother Jack" with some of the first boys to live at Boys Country What a challenge it was in those early days. What a thrill it was to see cattle in the fields purchased from the Josey Ranch by Tallowood’s first ladies Sunday School Class. The buildings went up, one by one with the support of the Board and primarily from the Robinson’s friends and their contacts with foundations. The staff members came on, “as sent” for each and every position. The children coming into care soon reached 100 in 1973, after the headlines of the Houston Chronicle shouted “8 Are found Slain: Police Expect More”….followed by “5 More Teen Bodies Unearthed, Bringing Mass Death Toll to 24”. More than one of those children in our care would tell us, “Brother Jack, that could have been me if Boys Country had not been here!” And so it could have been if not for Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Robinson and all those who made it possible.

Jack Brewer Jack with wife Carolyn Now, as it was then, our mission remains locked on the safety and protection of children while raising them in a “Christian home environment…to become self-sustaining and contributing adults,” and it is, with your gracious support and the competent passion of our staff that we are able to “raise children…to become self-sustaining and contributing adults”. When we partner together, miracles happen!

Lou Palma

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Home for the Holidays You did it again! We had another magical holiday season at Boys and Girls Country because of you...and we thank each and every one of you for giving our kids a home for the holidays, and memories they will cherish all their lives. Thank You to Our Christmas Sponsors and Volunteers! Kim Alexander All Star Martial Arts Amegy Bank Arctic Pipe Inspection Avon Dr. Wiley and Gloria Biles BJ Services Scott and Kathy Blick Russell and Ryn Bowers Boy Scout Troop #1014 Melissa Brown Sandra Byrd Jan Cameron Melanie Ceynar Children's Learning Center Too Cyclone Steel Services CyFair Express Network Chapter of the American Businessmen’s Association Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Cypress Falls High School FFA Cypress Belles – National Charity League Cypress Creek Christian Church Cypress Fairbanks – Medical Center Hospital Cypress Family Fellowship Ann Dowell Rodney and NaDean Eads Emanuel Episcopal Church ENGlobal Faith Assembly Church First Baptist Church Katy

Merry Christmas, Brandie!

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Girl Scout Troop # 14274 Girls Scout Troop # 14370 Gospel Truth Bible Study Class Grace Baptist Church Grace Presbyterian Church – Home Improvement Class Happy Bear Toy Drive David and Sheri Henderson Robb Henry Hercules Offshore Michael and Judy Herrmann High Flyers Houston Aldine Lions Club Houston Hoo-Hoo Club IBC Bank IBERIABank The International Association of Microsoft Certified

Dalton ready to open his gifts! Partners, Inc. Jersey Village Baptist Church Joy Class Jersey Village Baptist Church – Anchor SS Class Jersey Village Baptist Church – Essentials Connection SS Class Leticia King Lakewood United Methodist Church Lakewood United Methodist Women Leah Circle Herb and Cheryl Listen Paul and Penny Loyd

Above: Michael (center), one of our graduates, rode out with the High Rollers, bringing presents for our kids in the 31st annual Toy Run! Right: Michael at age 10, at the 19th Toy Run with Santa and Brandy, also one of our graduates! David and Shanna Marhofer McVaugh “Christmas is for Kids” Gathering The Metropolitan Baptist Church – The Growing Covenant Sunday School Class Bob Milner Douglas and Melinda Moore Marvin and Sarah Moore Gina Morris MSI Kenny, Inc. Newcomers and Neighbors of Greater Houston Northwest Women’s Club The Oil and Gas Asset Clearinghouse Ben and Elizabeth Pickrel Randall’s #1857 Raveneaux Ladies Golf Association Reserve at Woodbridge Richard, Wayne & Roberts San Jacinto High Rollers Barbara Schulte Second Baptist Church Angels of Light

Second Baptist Church – The Found Class Sim-Tex Gloria Skelton Southend Optimists Spring Creek Athletics St Aidan’s Episcopal Church St. Francis Episcopal Church St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Stalinsky Family Stein Mart #193 Sundown Saloon Tallowood Baptist Church Mark and Prairie Tarrien Technip Tomball United Methodist Church - Seekers of the Word Total Recreation Products Trendmaker Homes Tri County Quilt Guild Tube Supply, Inc Rosemarie Waiand and Robert Patin Marilyn Wardenburg Wednesday Study Club David Weekley Family Foundation David Weekley Homes


At the Intersection of Hope and Grace Visitors to our campus are often surprised to learn that we have a road on campus called Hope Drive...and another called Grace Drive â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and that they intersect! Also at the intersection of hope and grace is our relationship with Houston area churches. Since our founding, area churches have provided our children with meals, clothing, the services of volunteers, and financial support. Because we are a faith-based Home, our cottage families also choose a church to attend together (listed below are the churches our children attend). The relationships our children build with their big church families, and the opportunities they have to grow and develop through Sunday School classes, missions trips, and service projects, have been an integral part of our children's upbringing since our earliest years. Thank you to all of our church friends for all that you do for our children!

Above: Michael invited his children's pastor, Kevin Wesley, from the Met to watch him receive his awards at the Awards Banquet!

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Thank You, Payless! Our friends at Payless ShoeSource partnered with us through the Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program, and gave our kids a chance to pick out brand new shoes at Payless stores...and we are grateful to you! Marlon, left, and Ben, far left, with their new shoes! We're seeing stars! Charity Navigator, known as "America's premier charity evaluator" has again given Boys and Girls Country a fourstar rating â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the highest possible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for our ability to efficiently manage and grow our finances. We are one of just 6% of charities to receive the rating for five consecutive years! Thank Page 5 you, Charity Navigator!


In Memory Of Received October 10, 2010 - January 14, 2011 Ivan Adair Wayne & Geraldine Allen Raymond Alexander Sue Redfearn R.E. (Bud) Ash Jim & Wilma Watkins Robert L. Baker Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Zach Beatty Carol Ann & Tom Smith Elizabeth Berry Dick Berry Billie Bisett Larry & Billie Gardner Paul Bohannon George & Caroline Polk James B. Boomer Marcella Boomer Doug Brant Margie Dalton Eric & LaDora Jernigan Tommy Brennan Alfred & Brenda Arcache Leonard & Margaret Bedell Joyce Hull Liz Peckham Jameson Janette McDonald Jean Robinson Allen & Margie Schubert James & Lesley Terry Spencer Tom Lewis, Ben Rosenberg & Weinstein Spira & Company, P.C. Lauren Bridgers Woody McClellan Your Parents Tom & Carol Brown Lena Carter Carroll Ronald & Elizabeth Martin Bessie Camp Fran Tarkington Lucille Cannon John & Patricia Moseley Jane Turlington Carmen Jean Robinson Robert Jennings Carter Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Von Minden Miss Charlotte Randy & Judith Klein Daniel Cooke Wrenne West Jane Sloan Cranz Jean Robinson Merle Crockard Mark & Olivia Wood Don Cummings Carol Ann & Tom Smith

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Victor Vaclav Dvorak, Sr. Mary Alice Dupree Milton & Naomi Ellisor Nancy Bohler Buddy Ellisor Susan A. Long Jack Evans Eleanor Evans Brandon Fairbanks John Flood Alex Flood John Flood John A. Focht, Jr. Pamela Anderson Peter Gannon Cynthia & John Birdsong Nancy Lee Gardner Larry & Billie Gardner Naoma Garrison Cecil Garrison Kelly Garza Paula McHam Karl Giesecke Fern Basden Jerry Gregory Cecil & Shirley Bishop Johnnie L. Grein, Sr. Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Lavada Hale Marvin & Mary Jo Boswell Louise Hamilton Bill & Carol Gafford E.L. “Rocky” Harris III E.L. & Jo Ann Harris Hazel Herrington Bill & Betty Beard Florence Helen Hoelewyn Lennox & Sherry Persad Louise & Terry Riggle Roy C. Hohl Stanley & June Brown Mrs. Rebecca Holland Mr. & Mrs. George W. Mitchell Harold Ishee Marjorie Ishee Louis J. Jones Evan Davis & Family Angie Whitworth Marie & Buster Kern Margaret Faye Dunwoody John C. King Janida Rice-King Wanda Kirby Jim & Leigh Tomforde Vicki Ann LaBonte Kristi Avoli, Dora & Joey Camann Phil & Janice Lane Lenore Walker Minerva Marie Lawrence Mitchell & Brenda Golvach

Mr. & Mrs. Gail Lowman Karen Lowman Smiers LuLu Mary Roh Bob & Virginia Martin Ken & Morna Wall John McClure Cy-Fair High School Jed & Diane Hamilton Jeff & Rhonda Norris One Heart Sunday School Class – Cy-Fair Christian Church Judy Veale Paul E. McCray A.A. Brautigam Randall McDonald Leonard & Margaret Bedell Don McLaughlin Karen McLaughlin Roland McLean Jean Robinson Charles Miller Mom & Dad Marcia Miller Maddie Miller Pattie R. Miller Bill, Celia, Allie & Will Aimone Debbie Blackshear Staff, Management & Board of Directors of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Nathan Hayden Donna Langhorst Alicia Quinn Terry Wade – Othon, Inc. Christian Mohn Dennis & Nelda Carlile Ron & Debbie Huffman Jeryl & Vicki Mohn Richard Mueller Mr. & Mrs. Mike Borden Lewis & Cynthia Crossley Al & Becky Francis Friendship Sunday School Class – Cypress Creek Christian Church Tom & Kay Gallatin Robert & Mattie Hansen Larry & Beverly Hornback Paul & Josephine Hossenlopp Vern Hupman Bill & Jackie Liles Ruth Medlin James & Patricia Meek Dennis & Alice Stuart O’Geary Ed & Jane Parker Sharon Schwindler Kenny Strickland Daniel Swartz

Timothy Nichols Patsy & Tom Patterson S. Don Norris Leonard & Margaret Bedell Larry Parker George & Caroline Polk Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Derrick Partington Ken & Nancy Davenport Carolyn Dickey Peterson Jack & Carolyn Brewer Dr. & Mrs. Philip L. Leggett Dot Pylant Carol Ann & Tom Smith Cleo Ramsey Glenda Cordray Earl (Gene) Rayburn Gordon & Diana Niedermeier Louise Reeve Judy Low Elton Rice Wayne & Audrey Arnett Dick Richards Mary Banner Robert & Medik Erbrick Sean Greenwood Dan Henrichs Russell & Leanna Hyde Lee & Gladys Sparacino Lee Gardner Roach Jane Turlington Kristen Michelle Roberts Michael Castleberry Bill & Sally Chapman Forrest & Gale Eason David & Linda Ellisor Joyce Harman Karen Hawkins Ron & Karen Hethershaw Myles & Nita Hutton Don & Gail Keasler Ron & Mary Kloster Steven Krauszer Joan & Ed Kura John & Lou Leonard Jim & Peggy McCartney Jean & Frank McKeown Chuck & Mary Jane Miller Theresa Miller John & Mary Claire Peppercorn Linda Pierce Paul & Joan Reilley Edward Schott, Jr. Lorraine & George Scott Shirley Shaw Walter & Sharon Smith Paul & Linda Spindler Marlene Summers Margaret & Dick Vetter James & Dolores Yochim Rae-Jean Young

Mr. T.A. Robinson, Jr. William & Janet Head Liz Sargent Pet Klentos Chris Scarberry Carol Ann & Tom Smith John Todd Scharnberg Hildegarde & Barry Ballard Ed & Sydney Busch Mary & Sheila Green Michael Kentor Sandra Klein Susan Landers Karen & Ryan Liles Carla & Juan Carlos Mercado Becky & Bob Pemberton & family Allison & Joe Trum Mary Yust Trum Joe & Sue Warren Clark Wilson Lauren, Sterling, Trent & Grant Wilson Rebecca Yates Mary Kathleen Shives Lucille Eue Donna Noss Dan Skelton Gloria Skelton Karen Skelton Gloria Skelton Joe & Doris Smith Patsy & Tom Patterson Wayne & Joan Smith Keven & Karen Thomas Lauren M. & Rita Spleth Ron & Becky Howard Victor Stuebner Mattie & Bob Hansen Kathy Sullins Marvin & Mary Jo Boswell James R. Thomas James O. & Wilma Watkins Mrs. Pistol Thomas Cynthia & John Birdsong Gladys Underwood Charlotte Martin Kenny Walker George & Caroline Polk Frank Walters H.V. & Patricia Bryan Brenda S. Williams Darrell Williams John Ward Williams Larry & Billie Gardner

Includes gift(s) made to the Boys and Girls Country Endowment Fund


In Honor Of Received October 10, 2010 - January 14, 2011 Alford Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Les & Linda Allison Carol & Tommy Harper Darlene Andrews Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Jacel Angel Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Armand Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Audrey & Wayne Arnett William Campbell Mr. & Mrs. Walter S. Baker – Wedding Anniversary Judy Higginbotham Benjamin Barker – 1st Birthday Ting Bresnahan Betty Beard – Birthday Alan, Emily, Jackson & Avery Beard Drs. Wiley & Gloria Biles Birthday Jeremy Canton Jo Canton & family Dale & Jan Wagner Jason Blackshear Paul & Debbie Blackshear Ryn & Russell Bowers Richard & Patti Everett Nancy Brennan – Anniversary Tommy Brennan Nancy & Tommy Brennan Neat Grubbs Betsy McCurry Fran Breton Edward & Madalyn Schott Jack Brewer Christie Landua Jack & Carolyn Brewer Leonard & Margaret Bedell Reg Brockwell Jennifer Brockwell

Wayne & Michele Brown Robert Brown Barbara Brundrett David Brundrett Caroline & Bill Bryant Carol Ann & Tom Smith Aaron & Katherine Burns John & Glenda Cordray Chance & Austin Burns John & Glenda Cordray Doug Chesnut Ben Pisklak Chick & Kristi Chickering Ken & Nancy Chickering L.C. & Cathy Courtney Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Charles & Carol Cronk Tyler & Leigh Woodruff Patricia Curtiss Gayle Sauer Board of Directors, Staff & Management of Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Debbie Blackshear Greg Dalton Judi Klein Cole Davis – Birthday Debbie Bush Debra Steppe Kim & Jeff Eby Carol Ann & Tom Smith Kristi Erdeljac Laurie Boldrick Darla Fox Mr. & Mrs. Stewart Fox Mike & Cindy Gatewood Shirley Wright & Dennis Alexander Dana L. Gibson Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Chuck Grehn Dorothy Griffin Annette Griggs John Stilwell

Virginia LaMarr Wall & O.O. Hare, Jr. – Marriage Janette McDonald Heerensperger Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Dave & Sheri Henderson Kevin Maley James Hill – 10th Birthday Ann Criswell Adelle Muller-McKinstry John & Judy Hutchison Milton & Mickie Huebner Dr. George Jackson Memorial Hermann Memorial City Chance & Vi Janac Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Randy Klein Jennifer York Korfin Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Betty & Vic LaBonte Kristi Avoli, Dora & Joey Camann Jack & Carolyn Little Jon & Carey Hall Jim & Pam Little Liu Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Amy Lockwood John & Glenda Cordray Donna Lowther Majane Martin Tom & Joyce Madden Carroll & Sybil Strange Louise A. Martin Louise & Terry Riggle Andrew & Ila Martinez Neal & Mika Spears Bill & Virginia Mathews Mr. & Mrs. William Mathews Matt & Mary Mathews Pop & Chee

Janette McDonald Leonard & Margaret Bedell Paula & Donnie McGuffin Carol Ann & Tom Smith Jim & Pam McVaugh Chris Livingston – Livingston Plastic Wayne & Lisa Prejean Kathy Zellers Scott Miller Randy & Merry Zator Thelma Mooney Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Mr. & Mrs. Don Morris & Whitney Arlys Bing Adam P. Newton Jennifer Newton Bernice Nicastro Edgar & Carolyn Reeves George O’Neal Erin & Jamie Garrett Beverly Parker Tom & Lauren Melton Patronella Family Tara & Buddy Morrison Elaine Petranek Woody & Pat Evans John H. Phelps Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Emerson Ann Polk –Birth George & Caroline Polk Dr. & Mrs. Popatia Tara & Buddy Morrison Gay & Scott Ramsey Mr. & Mrs. William Mathews Flo Ray Dr. Arlys Bing Mrs. Earl Rayburn Gordon & Diana Niedermeier Charles Reeves Inez Kelley Employees & consultants of Regional Water Corporation

Susie Reynolds Cris & Margie Criswell Jim Robertson Carol Ann Smith Jean Robinson Larry & Billie Gardner William & Janet Head Boyd Skelton Evelyn Romund Edgar & Carolyn Reeves Scharnberg Family Elaine Eike Gloria Skelton J.E. & Anne Everson Wendy Storm John Stilwell Tony Swindall Jennifer York Ernie Teer Carol Ann Smith Leticia Trauber Margolis, Phipps & Wright Charitable Foundation Joe & Kathy Walls Rush Truck Center, Houston Thelma & Greg Webster Carol Ann & Tom Smith Scott Wegmann Larry & Allison Callender Dr. & Mrs. Jerome Wilkenfeld Arlys Bing Lisa & Jim Wiygul Mr. & Mrs. William Mathews Ethel Woolley Shirley Wright Larry & Billie Gardner Pam Wright Peggy York Jennifer York Steve York Jennifer York

In Memoriam...It is with deep sadness that we say goodbye to two longtime friends of our children and our Home in 2011. Tommy Brennan (right) served on our board for many years…but began his association with Boys and Girls Country long before, when he worked for our founder Tom Robinson at First Mortgage Bank. Ever since then, he proved a loyal friend to our Home…and he and his wife Nancy did all they could to ensure our children a loving home. He will be deeply missed. Greg Cypert (left, with Terry, one of the young men he helped raise) was hired as our very first program manager in 1994...and continued in his role for close to 15 years. He and his wife Cheryl, who also serves as our Furnishings Coordinator, made their time at Boys and Girls Country their life’s work, raising their own children here…and helping to raise hundreds of children as their own over the years. His passing is a great loss for our Boys and Girls Country family.

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NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE

PAID PERMIT NO. 11163 HOUSTON, TEXAS

Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc. 18806 Roberts Road Hockley, Texas 77447 Address Service Requested

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WISH LIST Our Education Department Needs: Poster board Large Sketch Pads 5-Subject Spiral Notebooks Fine-Point Permanent Markers Tab Dividers TI-86 or higher graphing calculators Assorted arts and crafts supplies 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) Hand Soap Our Cottages Need: Batteries (AA, AAA, AAAA, C, D) Queen-size Sheets Bath Mats Laundry Baskets Cheese Graters Salt and Pepper Shakers Scrub Brushes 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 "Wish List"

Saturday, April 30th

10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Free Admission!

It's our 40th anniversary...and our 35th annual Spring Festival! For 35 years, it's been our privilege to welcome you, our friends in the community, to celebrate childhood...and help raise funds to provide our children with one! What started as our Spring Barbecue in the '70s has grown into an all-out festival with dozens of rides, games, and booths... incredible live, big board, and silent auctions packed with treasures...and great entertainment, including this year's acts – award-winning artist Kenny Holliday, the Houston Grand Opera, and our very own Boys and Girls Country Singers! Come one, come all to our most beloved campus event...and the biggest 40th birthday party around! Proceeds will benefit the children in our care. For details on attractions, auctions, ticketing, and more, check us out online in the coming weeks at www.2011springfestival.org! New attractions this year include everything from "Win It in a Minute," a game based on the popular TV show Minute to Win It, to fun-for-all-ages booths like the Dart Throw and "Decorate a Flower Pot!" Plus, bargain hunters will love shopping at "Priceless Pre-Owned Possessions," a big garage sale full of bargains, from the practical to the collectible! You never know what you'll find! Lend a Hand...Volunteer! As an individual or with a group, you can make Spring Festival happen by selling raffle tickets, collecting auction items, posting flyers, staffing a booth, helping at the auction, or performing on stage! To volunteer, please contact Darla Guerra at 281-351-4976 ext. 243 or email her at darla.guerra@boysandgirlscountry.org. Be a Sponsor! $50,000 Title Sponsor $25,000 Presenting Sponsor $15,000 Sustaining Sponsor $10,000 Supporting Sponsor $ 5,000 Partner $ 2,500 Friend $ 1,500 Buddy $ 5,000 Zone Sponsor $100-$2,000 Booth Sponsor To sponsor or for more information, please contact George O'Neal at 281351-4976 extension 225 or by email at george.oneal@boysandgirlscountry.org.

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