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LETTER We want to take thi s ti me to wi sh yo u Me rry C hri stmas an d a b lessed New Year. It happens to us all; one moment we are buying halloween costumes for the kiddos, and the next thing we know, it’s time to ring in the New Year. The holidays pass in a flash and the time left to shop gets shorter by the day. As always, we want to help make your life a little less hectic in your search for the perfect gifts for your loved ones this year. Don’t forget that our local retailers have most any of those hot items right here in our community, so shop local first! From the latest fashion to the Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve got your back on all your holiday needs this season! We can’t talk about Christmas without pointing out how blessed we are. The season not only brings friends and families together, but also brings attention to the heart of our community. You have heard of Toys for Tots and it’s likely you have volunteered or donated to this sensational organization. All it takes is experiencing the look on a child’s face as they receive an unexpected gift for Christmas, to make you want to get involved. No need to wait, Jingle Jam is just around the corner and we encourage you to do what you can to put a smile not only on a child’s face this Christmas, but to also make a lasting impact on the parent.

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Giving back is something that should be part of our lives everyday, not only around the holidays. How much time would you invest in a dream? If it took 20 years, would you see it through? That is exactly how long it took Jacqueline Cavender to see her dream of creating a cookbook, in which all proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research to find a cure for these destructive diseases, come to life. We are honored to tell her story and what drove her ambition of successfully completing her dream. And after you read the article, go ahead and purchase a few cookbooks for your friends and family for Christmas, it is definitely for a great cause! We want to take this time to wish you Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Kelly and I have tried to slow down a bit and spend more time with our family this past year and we hope that you will do the same. As we close out 2015 and look to what 2016 has in store for us, we feel incredibly blessed. What the next year holds, we do not know, but I can assure you we will bring you the best magazine in East Texas!

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DECEMBER 2015

CONTENTS 2

PUBLISHER'S LETTER

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EDITOR'S LETTER

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STREET SCENE

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COVER STORY

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KILIMANJARO CHALLENGE

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FOUNDRY CULTURE

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION AND AN END TO THAT AGE OLD QUESTION OF "WHAT'S FOR DINNER"? CHECK OUT JACKIE CAVENDER'S AMAZING NEW COOKBOOK AND GET BOTH.

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MO R E TH AN THE CO FFEE PLACE UNDER THE CHUR CH , J O IN O LD AND NEW FR IENDS AT THE NEW FO UNDRY CO FFEE H O US E .


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12TH ANNUAL BOO BALL

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CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CAR SHOW VIP RECEPTION FOR NEIGHBORS

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TMF 20TH CELEBRATION

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CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS ZERO PROSTATE CANCER RUN/WALK

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DECK THE HALLS BRUNCH- M&M HOLIDAYS BRUNCH- M&M

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TYLER AREA MARINE CORPS FUNDRAISER

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS TIE ONE ON FOR SAFETY LUNCHEON

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HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS PARTY SCOTCH, STOGIES AND SPARKLERS

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CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN DINNER

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FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS CONCERT

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JINGLE BELL ROCK PREVIEW PARTY

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STREET SCENE What is “STREET SCENE�: glimpses of glitter, photos of friends, a few lines of life and laughter. Like a school's yearbook, Street Scene chronicles life in East Texas. You'll find businesses and others commemorating anniversaries. Celebrations and charities gloss these pages, accompanied by faces you know. Music, theater and other cultural events also make the scene.

Jewel held a grand opening complete with hor d'ouvres and coacktails to feature items at their new store, in Tyler, on Oct 29.

The Tyler Junior College speech and debate team brought home multiple awards from North Harris College and San Jacinto College's Bayou City Swing tournaments, from Oct. 23rd - 25th.

Excel ER Emergency Center was welcomed to the Tyler Chamber of Commerce with a riboon cutting, at their south Tyler location, Oct. 29.

Newly opened Super 1 Foods inside the Village at Cumberland Park Shopping Center, in Tyler, held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location to the south Tyler area on Nov. 4.

The Horseless Carriage Club of America - North Texas Regional Group held their Fall Tour welcoming antique cars in areas such as Lindale, Mineola, Van and Swan, from Nov. 5th - 7th.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for downtown boutique Spring & Prince, at their location in Nacogdoches, on Nov. 17.

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The Longview Chamber of Commerce was on scene for a ribbon cutting at Applied Consultants, Inc,. at their location in Longview, on Nov. 5.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for the newly opened Stage Department Store, in Nacogdoches, on Nov. 5.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Nacogdoches I.S.D. Agricultural Science Center on Oct. 30.

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant had a ribbon cutting to celebrate their grand opening inside the Village at Cumberland Park Shopping Center, in Tyler, on Nov. 9. Abuelo's joins over 44 other restaurant and retail stores at the shopping center.

As part of Ford Motor Company's Drive 4 UR Community program, Bill McRae Ford, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and Jacksonville ISD helped raise $6000 for scholarships towards Jacksonville ISD graduating students and education needs, at Bill McRae Ford in Jacksonville, on Sept. 27.

Lindale Mayor Robert Nelson, and UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk Calhoun, led a ribbon cutting at the new UT Health Northeast-Lindale, at their location in Lindale, on Nov. 20.

The Tyler Chamber of Commerce welcomed the opening of Valerosa Designs and Gallery with a ribbon cutting, at their location in Tyler, on Nov. 13.

Heart to Heart Hospice held a ribbon cutting for their new office, at their location in Tyler, on Nov. 17.

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Article by: Zoe Lawhorn Photos by: David C. Allen

Family, Friends & Food Along with the help of some of her dearest friends, Tyler’s own Jacqueline Cavender has released a cookbook that is the culmination of a

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Left to Right; Veronica Terres, Susan Davis, Jacqueline Cavender, Beth Gammel, Debbie Roosth

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s The Spur Stirs” was born out of Jacqueline’s desire to bring awareness and support to two causes, to which she is deeply committed, finding cures for cancer and cystic fibrosis. In the book’s preface, she writes, “When I came up with the idea for this cookbook, the goal was to help … to help those affected by cancer; to help those affected by cystic fibrosis; to help give loved ones a piece of their loved one back, even after they’re gone.” Although Jacqueline isn’t formally trained, she genuinely loves being in the kitchen. “I’m not a chef, but I have a lot of passion for cooking. When I got married, I couldn’t boil water.” Jacqueline’s mother-inlaw, Patricia Cavender, is a great cook, and as a new wife, Jacqueline wanted to cook for her husband, Clay. “So I decided to learn, and I just started cooking all the time. We didn’t have kids for five years, so this is one of the things I would do. I cooked every night,” she recalls. Food has long facilitated the expression of affection and caring from one loved one to another, and this cookbook is truly a love story written not only for people who have been affected by these two crushing diseases, but also to people who just love to cook. The pages are filled with recipes and little personal stories written by the cooks who prepare these dishes. The 272 page book features over 450 recipes, many of which have been submitted by celebrity supporters including Grammy award-winner Celine Dion, First Lady Laura Bush, country singer Pat Green, “King of Country” George Strait, model Kathy Ireland and

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actor Dennis Quaid, just to name a few. Many of the recipes have been submitted by Jacqueline’s wide network of friends, which is fitting since her dynamic team of close friends propelled her to accomplish this long time goal.

THE PLOT BEGAN NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO. JACQUELINE WAS 27 YEARS OLD, WHEN HER MOTHER, JEANETTE SKEENS, WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER. “My mother passed away from cancer the week Clay and I were to be married, just six months after she’d been diagnosed,” she remembers. “As the baby of the family, I thought my world was coming to an end.” In the aftermath of her mother’s diagnosis, Jacqueline remembers feeling lost, not knowing what to do. “There’s a moment when you ask ‘what’s next?’ And then you just go into fix it mode.” Through her mother’s battle with the disease, Jacqueline gained a sense of the strain a family endures when dealing with a serious illness. In the midst of her own personal struggle, she realized that she wanted to make an impact. “I wanted to raise awareness and support, and so it all began.” Jacqueline met with a publisher in Nashville, Tennessee. B SC EN EM A G.COM


The 272 page book features over 450 recipes, many of which have been submitted by celebrity supporters including Grammy award-winner Celine Dion, First Lady Laura Bush, country singer Pat Green, “King of Country� George Strait, model Kathy Ireland and actor Dennis Quaid, just to name a few.


"I started the process then, but I had kids, and I just put it on the back burner,” Jacqueline says. “But I always talked about it, and eventually it became this big joke. Friends would ask when my cookbook was going to get done,” she laughs. All these years later, the very publisher she’d met with in the beginning helped her see the project to completion. In addition to building support for the American Cancer Society, the cookbook is also dedicated to finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis (CF). “There are many people who don’t know about Cystic Fibrosis, and who don’t realize it’s not funded by the government,” Jacqueline shares. “I’ve watched two of my friends struggle with CF through their children. I’ve seen what they have to deal with in terms of the treatments and medications.” With these causes propelling her to action, she began focusing on the book again, and a group of her close friends joined forces to help. “My friend Veronica Terres said, ‘You’ve got to finish this, I’m going to help you.” The rest of the dream team was completed by Debbie Roosth, Susan Davis and Beth Gammel. The different personalities facilitated a fun and encouraging process, as the ladies joined forces to get the job done. Veronica notes that it wasn’t culinary skill that qualified her for the project. “I certainly didn’t get involved because of my awesome cooking skills,” Veronica jokes. “I graduated from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. I can’t cook, but I can write.” Each person brought talent to the project. “Jacqueline and I are very ‘ADD,'” Veronica shares. “We welcomed the balance the other

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team members brought. Whenever we would get distracted (quite frequently) or got off track (quite frequently), we had Beth or Debbie to reel us back in. Did I mention Susan is very ADD too? So they both had three squirrels to wrangle in!” Beth says that after working with Jacqueline’s family for years, the cookbook was a natural extension of their beloved relationship.

“FROM THE FIRST MEETINGS DESIGNING THE LOGO, TO ASSEMBLING AND MAILING OUT THE RECIPE REQUEST FORMS, GATHERING AND ORGANIZING ALL OF THE SUBMISSIONS, TYPING UP RECIPES, PHOTO SHOOTS, AND EDITING, IT HAS BEEN A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE,” SHE SAYS. Each page of the book is filled with incredible detail. Readers will learn to “Kick Things Off,” and in true Texas style, hot sauces and salsas lead the way with contributions like “Layne’s Roasted Corn Salsa” and “King Ranch Green Chile Petin Sauce.” Susan’s own “Su Dip” makes its publishing debut and is accompanied by her claim to fame: “Always Late!” Of course, her mother’s words of

wisdom, listed just below in the book, offer hope: “Never say never!” Among the unique additions to the book are “how-to’s,” which are scattered though out, and lend focused and detailed instructions on topics like assembling the perfect cheese board. Here, Jacqueline explains nuanced techniques in preparing an assortment of cheeses for guests by outlining suggestions for serving sizes, wine pairings and presentation. Lavish photography showcases a couple examples in which a roaring fire, beautiful serving dishes and floral arrangements complete the perfect culinary vignette. Traditional fare like deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes are featured next to delicate "Mini Caprese Salad Bites," offering cooks a diverse selection of inspiring ideas. Photographs demonstrate beautifully creative presentation ideas designed to take bite-sized treats to a new level by even the most inexperienced cooks. And then there are cocktails for every occasion, from the Fourth of July to Christmas morning, a "Henry Bell’s Christmas Morning Milk Punch" will ensure a spirited gathering; and we haven’t even gotten to “Rise and Shine!” Within “As The Spurs Stirs,” cooks will find an incredibly varied array of recipes that seem to evoke a sense of family and friends. From the new to the newly rediscovered, these recipes are the ingredients of family. Each page invites memories of lazy Saturday mornings, lively evenings filled with friends and special holiday moments, when you can see and touch those you hold most dear. For those who wish to impress, “As The Spur

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100% of net proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation research,” Beth claims. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nation’s largest private, nonprofit investor in cancer research. Since 1946, the ACS has invested more than $3.8 billion in research to help understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it and discover new ways to cure it. As “the official sponsor of birthdays,” the ACS is currently celebrating its own 100th birthday. At the time of its inception, very little was known about cancer and most of its victims did not survive. By raising awareness and support, the ACS has played a major role in advancing treatment and research of the dreaded disease. In contrast, Cystic Fibrosis is a disease most commonly known only to its victims and their families. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search of a cure for the life-threatening genetic disease which affects the lungs and digestive systems of approximately 30,000 children in the U.S and 70,000 people worldwide. The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide those diagnosed with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Through the CFF's efforts, the life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis has doubled in the past 30 years, and research to find a cure is more promising than ever. While the causes behind the book are serious, “As The Spurs Stirs” is a joyful experience filled with love. The contents of the book speak to the heart of family, the simple pleasure of being together and warm moments spent in the company of those you love.

Stirs” delivers. “The Main Event” bursts off the page with an entire menu by “the father of southwestern cuisine” and Dallas’ own Chef Dean Fearing. Cooler days to come invite spicy comfort foods, and who better to deliver other than former Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith who offers his “Jailhouse Chili” recipe. Or delight your favorite Cowboy’s fan with Roger Staubach’s "Chicken Pot Pie." He was inspired to submit his wife’s recipe in honor of their friend, the late Lucia Vaccaro Nalepka, who lost her battle with CF in 2004. The sides, and sweets and treats sections offer recipes that will inspire delight and whimsy in the young and old alike. To the thrill of consummate entertainers, an incredible bank of photographs and cheat sheets wraps up the book. Jacqueline uses this section to showcase moments from several of her family’s own events including the first ever CF Gala held in the backyard of their Tyler home. Charts reveal secrets to planning things like how much food to serve at parties, offers suggestions for wine and cheese pairings, and even demonstrates correct formal and informal table settings. Beth says that the book is more than a cookbook; it is something you will want to sit down with. “It is full of beautiful photos, recipes from celebrities, the Cavender family and friends, inspirational stories, and entertaining tips and charts. The look and feel of the book is Western with a French flair, which exemplifies Jacqueline's style. Best of all, those who purchase the book will know they are making a difference because

WHILE “AS THE SPURS STIRS” WAS INSPIRED BY A HEARTBREAKING LOSS, IT IS ALSO DEDICATED TO HOPE, TO HEALTH, AND TO A CURE. ALONG WITH A FANTASTIC NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY, WHO TOGETHER CREATED THIS AMAZING TREASURE TROVE OF RECIPES, MEMORIES AND SWEET STORIES, JACQUELINE HAS ACCOMPLISHED HER 20-YEAR GOAL. THE RESULT IS A BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED COOKBOOK THAT IS SURE TO HELP FAMILIES MAKE MEMORIES FOR DECADES TO COME.


12TH ANNUAL BOO BALL, OCTOBER 24

The Arc of Smith County held their 12th annual Boo Ball themed “Black Cat at the HopFlashback to the 50’s,” at Hollytree Country Club, on October 24. Guests were asked to dress for the 50’s or in their favorite Halloween costume. They were treated to cocktails, dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Money TRICIA & STEVE WIGGS raised from the event goes to serve the interest of Smith County citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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ROBYN & MATT RENICK, JACKIE & CODY FRANCE

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CLAUDETTE BARNETT, LISA LOUISE MOSER

PAM LISKA, KAITLYN SCOTT, CHARLOTTE STANCHAK, DIANNA NASSIMBENI

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Mount Kilimanjaro is the snowy peak that oversees the continent of Africa. Sitting high in the clouds of Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest free-standing mountain and one of the continent’s most magnificent sights. East Africa is known for its vast wilderness; the sun floods over its grasslands, wildebeest stampede across the plains and the Indian Ocean coastline provides tranquility. But what is more than the scenery of Tanzania that draws people in is the Tanzanians themselves. Known for their warmth, the Tanzanian people are the heart of East Africa. Chances are, when you encounter the hospitality of the Tanzanians, they will give a lasting impression which will leave you wanting to return time and time again, to which the Tanzanians will say “karibu tena” (welcome again).

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Among the beauty and culture of Tanzania, the area is surrounded by great heartache. There are millions of children living in Tanzania without parents. Disease has left these children to survive on their own. UNICEF estimates there are over 3.1 million children living without parents in the area. 1.2 million children are orphaned due to AIDS/HIV. This leaves more than forty percent of the population under the age of twenty-four. For many of these children, an orphanage is the only place they have to find food, shelter and medical attention. In 2010, Dr. Greg Higgins, a retired Emergency Room Doctor from Haines, Alaska, recognized the need for the orphans of East Africa. He created what is now the Kilimanjaro Children’s Fund and has dedicated his retirement to this heartbreaking cause. He and his wife, Shannon, now live in Moshi, Tanzania, to develop programs, infrastructure and educational support for the children in need throughout the region. Since 2010, Dr. Higgins’ efforts have been seen across the globe. People from all areas of the world have been inspired to help the children of Tanzania. In fact, The Kilimanjaro BS CENEMAG. COM

Children’s Fund has sparked the interest of one group in particular. The Kilimanjaro Challenge team is a group of adventurous souls who have committed to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in January 2016 in an effort to provide funds for the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre. Among the eleven team members is Texan Josh Betts. Texas has been home for him and his wife, Stacy, since 2010. Josh has always embraced his adventurous side, “I have always been adventurous,” Josh says. “I enjoy activities like skydiving, hiking and whitewater rafting.” When his friend Travis Young posted about forming the team to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in order to raise money for the children in the Tanzania area, it immediately caught Josh’s attention. “Climbing Kilimanjaro had been on my bucket list and when I saw there was a purpose behind getting to climb, I was on board!” The primary purpose of the Kilimanjaro Children’s Fund is to provide financial support to the children in the Kilimanjaro region who are at risk because they are orphans, homeless,

sick or living in extreme poverty. This activity will involve grant assistance for projects designed to deal with specific issues and sites to include orphanages, homeless aid agencies, school placement and assistance work. The secondary goal is to educate the American public on the cultural, social, educational, medical and economic needs of the children within the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. Climbing Kilimanjaro, Josh will be joined by his ten teammates, “they are people from around the globe who enjoy a challenge and love to help people,” Josh says. He is one of only two people from the United States who will be going on this adventure. Among his teammates are: Travis Young from York, England, who has worked with the orphanage for many years and organized this team of adventurers, Wayne Orchid, the owner and CEO of Freeit Data Solutions in Austin, Texas, and even the Kilimanjaro Children’s Fund creator Dr. Greg Higgins. From England to Australia, and even the Lone Star state itself, the team members are all connected through friends, colleagues and family. The participants have not met each DEC EM B ER 2 0 1 5

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other yet. With each passing day, the team anticipates their upcoming journey, but for Josh it is about much more than crossing the climb off of his bucket list. “Being able to climb the mountain is great, but if the fundraising part wasn’t attached I probably wouldn’t have been on board. I think it is great to be able to help the children over there by providing funds for their future.” Josh says he does not have any fears regarding this upcoming adventure, but he hopes to conquer the challenge of the climb and embrace East Africa’s culture.

“I want to understand more about what challenges the people of the area are going through and what their dreams are.” Most excited to meet the children and talk with them, “I am also looking forward to seeing what the funds will be able to do for them. Most of the time when you donate money you really don’t have an idea of what the money is put towards. This time, I will get to see first hand what the money will do,” Josh shares. Throughout their stay in Kilimanjaro, each day will present new experiences, new challenges and new rewards. Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is extremely physically demanding. The team members must be in the best shape of their life in order to increase their chances of a successful summit. In order to prepare for the challenge of the climb, Josh’s training consists of weight training, cardio work and going on long hikes a couple of times per week with a weight pack. Of the challenges, altitude will most likely be their most difficult obstacle. Their climbing route will be intentionally six days long in order to allow them to acclimatize without putting too much stress on their bodies. Josh trains with an altitude mask on his long hikes. The mask restricts Josh’s air flow in order to stimulate the higher altitude of the mountain. Coupled with a good diet, and plenty of hydration, the team should be in great shape for the climb. Josh continues searching for new inclined locations throughout East Texas to practice for the big hike. Family and friends will be able to see team members’ progress as they climb. Josh will be wearing a Delorme GPS tracker which will allow him to send and receive texts as well as update the public on their website so you can view progress reports as they go. As Josh prepares for this adventure, he encourages the people of East Texas to spread the word and offer their support for the Kilimanjaro Challenge team as they make their way up Mt. Kilimanjaro for such a remarkable cause. East Texans can donate to the Kilimanjaro Children’s Fund by visiting their team site at www.kilimanjaro-challenge.org and selecting “donate to the team.” The team will be paying for their own flights and hiking expenses so that every dollar donated will go straight to the orphanages of Kilimanjaro. We wish Josh and the Kilimanjaro Challenge team the best of luck in January!

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2ND ANNUAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION CAR SHOW, OCTOBER 29

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It’s easy to get caught up in the holidays. After all, it is one of the busiest times of the year with all of the traveling, decorating, shopping, cooking and various events taking place. Every so often, it’s good to stop, breathe and remember what the holidays are all about: family, faith and giving.

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or most, Christmas morning involves rushing to the tree to hand out presents and enjoy the surprises, but for the nearly 15 million American children living at or below the poverty line, Christmas looks very different, and very empty. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation hopes to change that.

Many businesses in Tyler participate in Toys for Tots by hosting toy drives, where residents can drop-off new, unwrapped toys, or by donating money. Some businesses even show their support by donating large supplies of items, such as bikes. The support is overwhelming, and Adkins couldn’t be more thankful to the community for their generosity.

Larry Adkins, the Henderson and Smith County Coordinator for Toys for Tots, says the program started in 1947 when a major returned home from war and realized that a lot of children wouldn’t be having a Christmas that year. He started the Toys for Tots program, and the Marine Corp. Reserve adopted it.

“Many people come together to support Toys for Tots,” Adkins claims. “It’s inspiring. I cannot say enough good things about the people of Smith County. They are cherished. They’re phenomenal. I mean, it’s humbling, it really is. Individuals too, like last year, after everything was said and done, a lady gave us a check for over $4,000, which we’ve been using to buy toys all year with and putting them in a warehouse. It’s just amazing. Everyone involved is very instrumental in our success.”

Toys for Tots is a nation-wide organization with coordinators in various counties. With the help of local businesses and residents, they are making large impacts in their community by giving every child a Christmas they deserve. Toys for Tots enables parents who can’t provide presents for their children, to sign-up and receive gifts based on the donations given. The toys will go to children between the ages of one and 12, and in some areas the age range extends to 16. “I come from a very poor background,” Adkins shares. “When I was a kid growing up, if we didn’t make it, we didn’t have it. We had sticks for swords and we carved our toy guns out of lumber. It was unusual if we had a basketball or anything like that. I just cannot see a child go without Christmas. I can’t. I’m passionate about that.” BS CENEMAG. COM

Many businesses participate in supporting Toys for Tots, but Adkins said 95.3/102.3 The Breeze radio station in Tyler is a mainstay for the organization. “Without them, we wouldn’t have enough toys to go around,” Adkins says. “There’s no way we could raise enough without The Breeze coming in and helping out.” The Breeze hosts events every year to support Toys for Tots. Jingle Jam, a big Christmas party full of family-friendly events, such as cupcake decorating, face-painting, and meeting Santa or the Grinch, kicks off their campaign to raise

one ton of toys. Although the goal is always one ton, The Breeze exceeds that number every year. Last year, they broke all of their previous records and raised 10,695 lbs. of toys and that included 381 bicycles. Jingle Jam is open to the public with the donation of one new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation. There will be a concert performed by national recording artists Daya and MAX, and Australian performer Conrad Sewell, all of which have hits on the charts. A local band, Rockett Queen, plays Jingle Jam every year, and many other artists will also play. This year, the 7th annual Jingle Jam will be hosted on Sunday, December 6 at the One Realtor Center in Tyler. The very next day, Brain, the program director and morning show host for the new “Brain’s Morning Madhouse” segment at The Breeze, along with the assistant program director and morning show co-host, Carter, will enter a box and live there until they raise at least one ton of toys. The box, which is actually a storage pod, will be located in the Broadway Square Mall parking lot. They will host the radio show from the parking lot and will have all different types of events going on day and night to encourage residents to come by and donate to the cause. Carter and Brain will be living in the pod anywhere from seven to 15 days, depending on how fast the ton of toys are raised. As the various events take place throughout the

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time that Brain and Carter live in the box, local marines will stand guard. “THERE ARE FULL-GROWN MEN THAT WILL BREAK INTO TEARS WHEN THEY SEE THESE MARINES DRESSED IN THEIR FULL UNIFORM,” BRAIN SAYS. “SOME OF THEM HAVE CHILDREN OVERSEAS, OR SOME HAVE LOST A CHILD OR A HUSBAND OVERSEAS, AND IT’S TOUCHING TO WITNESS.” The marines stand guard nearly 24 hours a day, even while Brain and Carter are sleeping in the box and throughout the night. “I’m not going to say we’re roughing it (in the pod) because we’re definitely not roughing it,” Brain explains. “I mean, we’re sleeping in cots and we have blankets and heat and sweaters and everything we need, but living in a pod next to one of the busiest intersections in town, with a lot of people coming by during all different times of the day … it’s nerve-wracking. You’re not bathed and you’re unshaven. I come out of the pod and take pictures, shake hands, meet people and do whatever we need to do, but you don’t really understand the effect it has on you until after. Like last year when we got out, it took me about a week to get my whole internal time clock back on schedule.” Brain said that while he and Carter are living in

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the pod, they see the community really come together, not only to support Toys for Tots itself, but also to help out The Breeze’s fundraiser. One of their sponsors supplies them with a hot tub, helping to negate the uncleanliness during their time in the pod, and restaurants will typically provide food. “When we first started, we had to reach out to a bunch of restaurants and ask them to feed us, but last year, restaurants just stepped up and brought food out even if they had absolutely nothing to do with our toy drive. They weren’t sponsors or anything,” Brain recalls. “They would bring us food and drinks and no one reached out to them. They just did it on their own.” During their time in the box, Brain and Carter meet a lot of people who donate to the toy drive, but they said one of the best parts is seeing children helping other children. “Probably one of the coolest things is when the kids come through and they are donating so that all of their friends will have toys on Christmas,” Carter shares. “We also met a lot of parents, or people in their twenties or thirties who come by and tell us that their parents had used this (organization) when they were growing up, and now they are donating to the cause.” “There are families that come by that are just

as indigent as the people they are donating to, but they still find a way to go buy toys and donate them,” Brain says. “One of the coolest things you see is a lot of parents bringing their kids by to show them that it’s good to give back to the community.” Brain came up with the “living-in-a-box” fundraiser about seven years ago. He said that when he was working for a different radio station, he delivered toys to families with Toys for Tots and after seeing how so many of the families lived, he vowed that he would there after do everything in his power to help more children around Christmas. “We attach ourselves to a number of charities throughout the year, but this one affects children directly, so it’s near and dear to our heart,” Brain claims. “This is one of our favorite charities to get involved with every year.” Brain and Carter both said that they’re favorite part of the entire fundraiser is at the end, when they get to look at all the toys they raised and how much of an impact it will make on the children who receive them. “The entire time we’re in there, all of the bikes are put into pods and all of the toys are put into pods, so it isn’t until the end of the whole thing where we see everything laid out and it’s just an incredible feeling,” Brain says. B SC EN EM A G.COM


Photo Courtesy of : The BREEZE All of the toys donated in Smith County stay in Smith County. When someone donates to Toys for Tots in Tyler, they are making a direct impact on a local child. Adkins adds that for every dollar that goes to the organization in Smith County, 97.3 cents goes to buy toys for local kids, and the other 2.7 percent goes to buy bags to put the toys in. “It’s an act of trust for the people. If they give me money, I want to make sure that toys are provided,” Adkins shares. Adkins mentions that throughout his time as coordinator for the Smith and Henderson County division, he has met many deserving children and people from all walks of life, that benefit from Toys for Tots. Two years ago, Adkins met a man whose son was sick with an affliction and whose wife had recently left him because of the child’s illness. On top of it all, the man lost his job because he missed so much work by staying home and tending to his child. Adkins told the man that they would give him toys and to come by during a certain pick-up period.

shapes, sizes, colors, religions, races, everyone from all over help out. It’s just spectacular to see everyone come together for the same cause.” For those who want to contribute, Adkins said volunteers are always needed. Whether it’s bagging or sorting toys, or even becoming a drop-off site for the toys, anything anyone can do to help is appreciated. Volunteers are asked to sign up by emailing Larry Adkins at: SmithCountyTFT@aol.com. “There is not a person in Smith County working for Toys for Tots that receives one penny of compensation for what they do. They use their own gas, they give their own time, and a lot of times they buy toys with their own money to make sure that all of the kids have toys. That’s the commitment I have from these people,” Adkins said proudly. “Do I have job satisfaction? You better believe I do.” For those who want to give, the final day to donate to Toys for Tots is December 17.

“We sat there for a good thirty minutes waiting for this guy and he didn’t show up,” Adkins recalls. “So we closed up and were driving down the driveway when he came driving up. He said, ‘I know I’m late and if you don’t give us anything I’ll understand.'" "The reason why the man was late was due to his son’s illness. The child would sporadically get blisters the size of your fist all over his body for no apparent reason," Adkins adds. The dad had to drain the blisters and bandage them right away or else there could be a possibility of infection, which could end up being life-threatening. “He said before they left the house the blisters came up and he had to drain them and bandage them,” Adkins recalls. “That’s why he was late. So we went ahead and gave him toys. The gratefulness of that parent, seeing how grateful he was to receive those toys, you know, lets face it, it’s not an astronomical amount of toys that we give these people. We spend about 100 dollars on every child, but the impact that it makes on both the parent and the child is phenomenal.” Each year, an average of around 1,900 children in Smith County receive toys through the Toys for Tots Foundation and it’s all due to the community’s generosity. On Christmas morning, each child will receive five large toys and five stocking stuffers through Toys for Tots. “It’s around times like this that you really see there are no barriers when it comes to the support of the community,” Brain says. “People of all

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SIP IN THE CITY, NOVEMBER 14

DIXIE PAPER WAREHOUSE, TYLER

“Sip in the City,” a night of wine tasting and fund-raising, was held at the Dixie Paper Warehouse on November 14. 244 guests turned up for the first ever wine bash, at which teams would bring different types of merlot wine to be tasted and voted on by all, and the winner took home bottles and bottles of JENNY WILSON, ALISA HUTCHINS, wine. The hors d’oeuvres were provided by KIM SPEARMAN Chez Bazan, Three Z and Stanley’s, and live entertainment was performed by the Thaddeus Ford Band.

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As I stopped at a red light on Broadway and Loop 323 in Tyler recently, I noticed that the bells from a nearby church were chiming out the hour. Being the amazing parent that I am (wink, wink), I took notice of this teachable moment for my 3-year-old son and rolled down the car windows to point out the sound of the bells. We listened to the hymn melody ringing from the bell tower, then counted out three chimes as I explained that the bells were actually ringing out the time because it was 3 o’clock. Of course, being the wisdomseeking young scholar that he is, he replied simply with "Why?"


I began to explain that historically, communities were built around a centrally located town square. People gathered in the square to buy and trade goods, ideas and conversation, and at the heart of the town square, there usually stood a church. The church bells were the community’s way to keep track of time as people mingled in the town square. While this history lesson may have gone right over the head of the little one in the backseat, downtown at The Foundry Coffee House, this concept is at the heart of everything they do. Almost ten years ago, a young Ross Strader had been the pastor at Bethel Bible Church for three whole months when he shared his vision to start a ministry to engage and influence the marketplace of Tyler. He knew that as a church leader, he not only wanted to shepherd the body of believers within his church walls, but to be involved in the exchange of ideas, and create a culture of influence that would shape what was going on in the city of Tyler as a whole. The idea for a community-centered coffee house was born. For nearly a decade, Strader and church members considered multiple sites and options to make this dream a reality. In 2014, the missing pieces of that ten-yearold puzzle finally culminated into the grand opening of The Foundry. At face value, The Foundry appears to the general public as a trendy and unique new downtown space where you can find an amazing cup of coffee, free Wi-Fi and plenty of room to work, meet, or create. Open mic nights are every Monday, and live music on Thursdays make it a desired venue for local musicians. The large meeting rooms are free to rent for community events. The art on the walls is on display from local artists, and the baristas are skilled in the slow-brewing techniques that produce something that is akin to the worship experience you’ll find on

the upper floors of the refurbished building where the downtown campus of Bethel Bible Church meets. What may not be so obvious to everyone who passes through The Foundry, to grab a cup of coffee or perfectly brewed loose-leaf tea, is that every aspect of this venue has been carefully orchestrated and created to produce more than just excellence in coffee, but also a unique experience in the practice of human connectivity. Eric Barton, pastor of the downtown campus of Bethel Bible Church, shares the church’s original vision for the downtown coffee house as a place that would create community expansion in the center of the city.

“We wanted to create, in a lot of ways, an old world watering hole. A place where people come for refreshment, and they look up from taking respite and realize that there’s other people like them. but that come from different paths, and they begin to strike up conversations, building a real, legitimate sense of community in the center of the city.” While observation has proven that the goal of creating a venue that will draw people to keep coming back again and again has definitely been achieved, it is hard to pin down the greatest contributing factor for the addictive environment The Foundry offers. The aesthetics alone are worth stopping by for. From the upscale, rustic interior design to the abundance of local art displayed throughout, the importance of creating a beautiful environment that entices people to return time and time again is almost in equilibrium


to providing the best cup of coffee in town for The Foundry. As Barton passionately explains, “We’re trying to create a greatest common denominator. Not for the purpose of snobbery, but to say, ‘hey, look, every human life has dignity and we want to serve you the best cup of coffee we could possibly produce because we believe that you matter, and the people around you matter.' And we want to create conversations, and we want to create great spaces for those conversations [to occur]. Great coffee, excellent pastries and compelling aesthetic are all environments in which people come alive and flourish.” Another driving principle behind everything The Foundry is and does is an idea that Barton describes as “redemptive re-creation,” or the concept of taking something old and breathing new life into it. From the building itself to the entirety of the coffee house experience, this concept is fundamental to the way that The Foundry is designed. In a society, and even more specifically an industry, that is submerged in a to-go culture, The Foundry serves all its beverages in real cups. There are no drive- thru windows or premade carafes flanked by styrofoam cups and mini creamers. The baristas encourage you to find a place to sit and relax while they take the time to make a quality beverage. The emphasis and design are centered on creating a quality experience rather than a volume of transactions. Long community tables, plush couches, and cozy chairs are designed to encourage people to sit and stay rather than for quick turnover. The abundance of space enables people the freedom to relax and engage each other for as long as they’d like without the pressure of other patrons waiting in the wings to swoop in and take the table as soon as it’s cleared. The refurbished location gives a fresh face to a previously run-down and devalued building, and while the rush of Broadway and downtown traffic pulses through the front windows, the atmosphere invites people to come in, slow down and find rest in the company of other weary travelers of the road of life. While The Foundry has definitely been a unique and much needed addition to the coffee and art culture in Tyler, there is still the underlying question of why a church would want to open a public coffee house on

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the ground floor of its building. The leadership has a strong answer for this particular curiosity explaining that Bethel desires to serve the needs of people. “We are not in this to make profit; we are in this because we love the city of Tyler," Barton shares.

"We love the people of the city of Tyler and we want nothing more than to bring them together… This is a neutral ground in the center of the city that is not only appealing, but it’s accepting." Matt Magill, a local musician, worship leader and developer of art and beauty initiatives for The Foundry, spoke to the hurdle we all face in combatting an isolationist culture in our country that has driven people to become more self-involved and less community focused. “We drive around in our own cars, listening to our own radios. We go home and pull in to our own garages, and go sit in our own backyards. TV is advancing to such a degree that we really don’t even have to go to the movies anymore. We don’t do things together anymore and there is something beautiful about coming together and that being an end in and of itself,” Magill says. This desire for the formation of community runs so deep at The Foundry, you can find it in every aspect of the business. Even the name itself, defined as a workshop or factory where metal is forged and cast, helps to reiterate the over arching theme of the coffee house’s principles. “The Foundry is about forging conversation and community, and it’s right there in the ethos of the space. There are rough-hewn tables and heavy wood and stark metal,” Barton explains. “And baristas that look like lumberjacks,” Magill interjects. “And yet they are kind, gentle and approachable … It takes effort, but yet there is something lasting and productive about that.” History has added another component of certainty to the destiny of The B SC EN EM A G.COM


Foundry’s existence near downtown. Barton explains that after naming the coffee house, historical records revealed that in 1886, on the very same spot where The Foundry now stands, there was a wagon wheel repair shop, Blacksmith and Foundry. “We didn’t know that until after we named the place The Foundry. So, over 115 years ago, that’s what this place actually was,” Barton shares. While some may chalk this up to a great, cosmic coincidence, the leadership at Bethel views it as further confirmation of a perfectly orchestrated plan by an all-knowing creator who knew long before the 19th century that, someday, what downtown Tyler would need was a safe place to gather and connect in a different way than was offered anywhere else in town. Yet Barton feels that even the word “community” in and of itself doesn’t do enough to convey the true desire for what they hope to see happen in this space. “Persistently, intentionally saying, 'hey, we’re about community.' Community is a buzzword. Providing an environment for small togetherness, with people

that you would ordinarily not have that with [is more accurate],” Barton explains while pointing out a 75-year-old and 38-year-old men, who would ordinarily have nothing in common, were sitting on a couch across the room, discussing the heat of a latte. But even above and beyond the need for interaction with other people, at The Foundry they have adopted another core value that is so desperately missing from most of society. Here, you don’t have to work at being important, you just are. Regardless of your age, social standing, income bracket or even frequent customer status, The Foundry strives to demonstrate that all people are important. With a ministry focus at the heart of their operation, they explain that creating a space where all people from all walks of life matter equally is essential to the message of the church and the message of the gospel. The Foundry and the people behind it have adopted the attitude that all people matter to us because all people matter to God.


This is conveyed by offering the absolute best service to every person who walks through the door, without exception. Whether that is serving them the best cup of locally sourced Porch Culture coffee in town or the perfect slice of Emporium Pie on Pie Day Friday, the desire is that you would feel like you matter without having to earn it, and that the environment that has been created will be a safe sanctuary where people do not have to achieve their significance. Although the gospel of Jesus Christ is at the core of everything Bethel Bible Church and The Foundry does, you won’t see a plan of salvation brochure on your table or be confronted by a pastor about your church membership status while you sit and sip your latte. Bethel’s hope is that people will be moved by the unique level of hospitality that is being demonstrated here, and that they will become involved in a community of people that may or may not be like-minded in their ideas on politics, religion, philosophy and theology. They believe that by creating a space that exudes beauty and excellence in service, people will come together in a way that wouldn’t naturally happen anywhere else. Of course, there is also an underlying hope that all people who find rest and refreshment from a great cup of coffee would also find a greater rest and renewal in the ultimate conduit of “restored-re-creation,” Jesus Christ. As a church, the downtown campus was very intentionally designed to convey this message, even with the building process and structure serving as an analogy to Bethel’s theology of the gospel message of Jesus. “This was dead, discarded space that nobody wanted. But someone with means, someone with willingness, declared that it had value … So the story of The Foundry is the story of Eric Barton. "I was hopeless, worthless, unless someone with means and willingness and authority declared value," Barton says. Magill went on to explain that from day one, people were flooding the doors of The Foundry, anxious to see the transformation that they had watched slowly progress finally come to fruition. Barton explains this by saying,

"It’s a scandal of grace when something that is worthless is declared worthy and then is made available to the world around it. People want to hear that story." The building itself is a reflection of the over arching mission of the church. With The Foundry as the foundation, or the starting point of relationships, Bethel’s vision is that people would be brought in with an agenda-free invitation. “You don’t have to come in and take a knee, or say anything special to get a great cup of coffee, a coffee we think the best cup of coffee in town. And should you linger, we are always going to invite you to instruction. The second floor of our building is all about instruction … coaching in God’s word. The third floor is about exaltation, where people come together and, as a proclamation of the gospel, sing the same songs, to the same rhythms, with the same words. We hear the same word taught and then we go out. So, we bring people in, we move up, then we send out. The building is a physical manifestation of the vision of the church, but, we don’t hit people in the face with the fact, The Foundry is really just the first step in the vision of the church.” Barton explains that many who come into The Foundry don’t even realize it’s a church or even make the comment, ‘wow, it’s really nice of you (The Foundry) to let a church meet here’. Barton chuckles at this notion and even expresses love in that public perception. “Look, we love that, we’re not hiding. There’s a sign on the building that says Bethel Bible Church. The baristas are employees of the church. We are not overt about it because we don’t want to push people away,” Barton explains.

While many who grace the doors of The Foundry may never attend a Bethel worship service, they are likely to come back for one of the many art shows, concerts or special initiatives targeted at celebrating beauty in multiple ways across our city. Musicians and booking agents across the country who have utilized one of The Foundry’s three concert spaces have expressed that their musicians have been not only well-received, but valued for what they have to bring to East Texas. The perception of the East Texas music spot has changed from more than just a pit-stop on the way to Austin or Dallas, into something that is, in some cases, a better environment than they are finding in some of the larger communities. “It’s such a good space for artists because they are finding inspiration. They are finding encouragement. The church is not saying ‘we don’t understand you. We don’t know what to do with you … you’re too messy.’ But in contrast, we are hoping to provide an opportunity, and I think we’re doing that by providing a space for local artists to hang their work here, by hosting an open mic night for young songwriters, doing the tribute shows where we’re bringing musicians from all over the city together to honor groups like Bob Dylan, The Eagles, The Beatles…they’ve just been tremendous nights of community gathering around beauty and the expression thereof,” Magill explains of some of the initiatives the Foundry has put in place to cultivate an atmosphere that celebrates beauty and artistry of many varieties. From The Foundry Director and Master Barista Josh Modisette’s perfection of the infamous Kalita Wave (which is, quite possibly, the perfect cup of coffee), to tribute concerts and Friday Pie Day, there is a little taste of heaven waiting for every person who walks through the doors of The Foundry. Whether you are searching for a community of artists, a place to connect with people and share ideas, or simply a moment of rest and refreshment in the middle of a busy work week, The Foundry can uniquely fill all of these cravings and more. It is a selfproclaiming oasis of shalom, or peace, right in the middle of the city.


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SIP in the CITY The worlds of wine and charities continue to entwine. It seems like a marriage made in heaven. Since the days of the wedding at Cana of Galilee, good wine has topped off worthy celebrations far and wide. This long tradition was taken to a new level, on a cold and rainy Saturday night, right here in Tyler, Texas. Two hundred and forty-four East Texans showed up at the Dixie Paper Event Center for the first ever SIP in the CITY. It was a beautiful bash and blew the top out of the fun meter. Upon entry, guests were greeted and ushered to the BSCENE step and repeat banner to be photographed by Terrie Mutchnik’s, Tap-Snap for an interactive social media blast to their FB friends—too cool. The place was creatively decorated from the special lighting, tall tables with numbered brown bags of wine for the Blind Tasting.

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But wait. Before we go any further, here’s how it works: Teams of 1, 2 or 3 people bring 3 matching bottles of the selected varietal, merlot wine. Two of the bottles are brown-bagged and numbered for the blind wine tasting, and one is set aside to the winner’s prize lot. From 7:00 – 9:00 pm, attendees tasted wine brought by other participants, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Near the close of the event, participants voted on their favorite and least favorite bottle of wine, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were announced (who all went home with bottles and bottles of wine). Oh, and the loser ... well, they were given wine to take home too. The wine they brought was sent home with them. It was dress to impress business and cocktail attire and tickets were $25 each, or $150 table of 4 or $250 table of 6. That’s it in a nutshell. It went splendidly. There were 78 teams with a total of 244

bottles of wine. The winners were officially announced on FB at 8:30 am the following Monday morning. So, how does this all help charity? This is the creative part. Four charities were selected to “compete” for the entire donation. They were to enlist their boards, volunteers and donors to participate in the event. At the bottom of the tasting ballot were the names of the charities and you voted for your one favorite. Our charities for the night were: Azelway, East Texas Food Bank, Pets Fur People and Mercy Ships. The winner was Pets Fur People! The winners for the wine tasting were: 1st place: Cellar Dwellers Team with 2010 St Clement Vineyards Merlot, Napa Valley, California; 2nd place: East Texas Food Bank Team with 2011 Red Diamond Merlot, Washington State; 3rd place: Steak and Shake B SC EN EM A G.COM


Team with 2012 Paso Creek Merlot, Paso Robles, California. The beautiful brains behind this spectacular event was Paige Horn, COO of Dixie Paper Company. She and her parents, Andy and Donna Horn, owners of the company, were our wonderful hosts for the night. What a special family. By the way, they are all super fun, too.

Three Z Asian Cuisine, Stanley’s Famous Bar-B-Que and Chez Bazan. They kept the food a-comin,’ and with 244 bottles of wine, everyone was happy. The live entertainment was the Thaddeus Ford Band and they are remarkable. Thaddeus, a six generation New Orleans trumpeter, who now lives and performs in Dallas, even writes his own music. These musicians are a cut above and so interactive with the crowd.

Dace Kidd was there in full force with a showing of her “one of a kind” art. She donated the proceeds of her sales to the event. We are so fortunate to have her in Tyler. The delightful hors d’oeuvres were provided by

The “Man” was lucky to be joined by Dr. David Flynn, his wife Baylee and three of her best girlfriends. David and I were in hog's heaven. We held our own, but these gals are a hoot! I was clearly honored to be a spectator in

a most fun “girls night out.” I was priviledged to learn everything beautiful girls talk about when they get together. SIP in the CITY is a definite encore! Plan to attend the next one May 14, when the Wine will be Chardonnay. Well, the time goes so quickly when you’re having fun. So, we braved the rain and went to Cork. Food & Drink for a night cap and still got home at a sensible hour. So, if you’re out and about look for us, we’ll be about town.


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When you think of the holidays, everyone thinks of their friends and families gathering around the table, ready to enjoy a delicious meal. However, for more than 250,000 children, families and seniors in East Texas, it is not just the holidays that can be tough to put a meal on the table. That’s why they turn to the East Texas Food Bank and their network of partner agencies to help fill that need. According to the Feeding America Hunger in America 2014 study, 75% of food pantry clients surveyed in East Texas said they have had to make a difficult choice between purchasing food or paying utilities. It’s not just the rising utilities bills that are affecting those in need. Health problems can also make a huge impact.

Sheila, a single mother whose husband passed away last year, says she buys what she can from the grocery store but it is just not enough. That’s where the food pantry helps fill the gap for her family. “The food from the pantry helps make up the difference and I’m thankful it’s here to help,” she said. Sheila has two daughters, ages 11 and 14. The loss of their father has been tough on the entire family. “I have to keep the girls focused, eating right and going to school,” she said. “I’m trying to keep myself on a road where I can take care of our family.”

Teena moved in with her daughter after losing her job. It was then when she noticed her eyesight was also being affected. “I can’t read or use the computer anymore and that’s what I used to do,” Teena said. Upon visiting a food pantry to receive assistance, she noticed they were short some volunteers. “I asked to help and they put me to work. I’ve been working here ever since,” she said. “I can see the good they’re doing.” “Without the help I get here, we would have gone hungry at times,” Teena said.

“A few days of food can make a world of difference in a family’s life,” Sheila said. “To the people that support the East Texas Food Bank, I want to say thank you.”

“Stories like these from Sheila, Victoria and Teena are just a sample of what we hear each day,” said Dennis Cullinane, Chief Executive Officer of the East Texas Food Bank. “There are a lot of families struggling, because of factors that may or may not be within their control.” Cullinane adds that since 2010, the number of those served by the East Texas Food Bank and their partner agencies has

grown about 38%. “That number actually represents a little more than half of our neighbors who are actually in need,” he said, adding that some choose not to seek assistance. If you would like more information about giving food, giving time or giving money to the East Texas Food Bank, visit EastTexasFoodBank.org or call 903.597.3663.

Victoria and her family are having to make tough decisions. “It’s been hard to pay our rent and utility bills,” she said. “My husband usually has enough work installing electrical cables, but when the weather gets bad, obviously he can’t work.” Victoria has a full house with three children. Her friend told her about an East Texas Food Bank partner food pantry that could help her. “I’m so glad I came today,” she said, adding that the food she was able to receive will help so much. “They give us an opportunity to have food in our house,” Victoria said. “This will help us be able to feed our children and I’m grateful for that.”


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HOLIDAY DECADENCE Let the parties, family gatherings and impromptu nights out begin‌ because you’ll be ready for all the events the holiday season brings with it by adding just a few key pieces added to your already-fabulous wardrobe. Written and Styled by: Editor-In-Chic Veronica Terres Photos by: David C. Allen


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Don’t let that red dress stop you! Go with the innately, festive color for Christmas cocktails or any holiday bash. Choosing a piece with interesting cutouts and a simple silhouette adds more interest and edgy statementmaking appeal. For a more casual event, add booties to the look. For a fancier fete, throw on some black tights and heels!

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Freezing temperatures and casual family gatherings shouldn’t sideline your style. Invest in a pair of denim that will work just as nicely with a button down plaid. A dark brown or black wool coat will top off the look, not only bundling you up, but also knocking the look out of the park!

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Let’s not forget that we are in East Texas…and when in East Texas, every girl needs a bit of Western wear in their wardrobe! Where better to wear it, than at the next Christmas GNO or White Elephant party? Remember, just because it’s western, doesn’t mean it has to be denim. To showcase the look, find a short, solid-colored, tunic dress that can pair easily with your favorite knee-high cowgirl boots. Then top it off with a casual coat that speaks of our area’s beloved rustic appeal and southwestern flair.

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THE FIREWORKS ARE EXPLODING, THE CHAMPAGNE CORKS ARE POPPING, BUT UNTIL THAT FINAL CHIME SOUNDS AS THE CLOCK STRIKES MIDNIGHT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE, THERE’S STILL TIME TO MAKE ONE LAST CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTION FOR THE YEAR 2015.

‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE GENEROUS Well, that might be cutting it a bit close, but the fact of the matter is that any charitable contribution made on or before Dec. 31, 2015, benefits not only a nonprofit, but also the donor themselves.

Last year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation received a large gift at 4:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve, from a generous donor making their contribution just under the wire.

Traditionally, 31 percent of December giving occurs in the last two days of the calendar year for her organization, Vel Williamson, development director for the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, says.

Don’t forget to get your check in the mail, recommends Leslie Watson, executive director of MADD East Texas.

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Making a List As the end of the year approaches, many families and individuals evaluate their giving strategy. According to a study conducted by Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy, 25 percent of household giving is done between Thanksgiving and New Year, McFarlin shares. Not only is a charitable gift a tax write off, but it’s naturally the time of year to think about giving in general. “One thing I like about end-of-year giving is that parents can use it to teach their children about philanthropy,” Deanna Harrison, director of development for Habitat for Humanity Smith County, explains. “We have donors who bring their children with them when they bring their donation in person. In the midst of a season where so much emphasis is put on getting gifts, donors can use the season to teach their children about giving back to their community and helping people in need.” At a recent meeting of the East Texas chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals, panelist Deanna Sims, vice president of development for The Mentoring Alliance / Boys & Girls Club, recommended that donors think about what non profits are most important to them, and then make those agencies one of their top three philanthropic targets. Williamson echoed that strategy. “As you consider end of year giving, think of the philanthropic organizations that are most important to you,” Williamson says. “All non profits appreciate any and all gifts, so please give according to what is meaningful to you.” However, be sure to give to an organization that has proof of nonprofit or tax exempt status, Watson adds. "This can be especially true with newer non profits as their paperwork may be in progress. It doesn’t mean they are not worthy of a donation, but it’s good to make sure ahead of time so it counts as a deduction for the donor." Watson also recommends checking the Better Business Bureau to make sure the charity is accredited and in good standing. “I personally look for nonprofit organizations who are providing actual services and programs locally,” Watson claims. “Not every national charity may have local programs or services in our area. Knowing that a charity is assisting fellow East Texans is important to me.”

Checking it Twice Any charitable contribution made before midnight on Dec. 31 is tax deductible for the donor, providing they follow a few guidelines established by the IRS. That means you can write off your contribution come tax time in April. The IRS requires that you follow several rules when you give. These include: Make sure the agency you’re giving to is a qualified charity. You can deduct contributions to nonprofit organizations, including churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and government agencies. Get a receipt. You are required to have a bank record or written statement from your charity to deduct any gift of money on your taxes, no matter if you donate $10 or $10,000. A gift of money can be made in cash or by check, by electronic transfer, credit card payment or payroll deduction. A receipt or statement should show the name of the charity, the date and the amount of the contribution. If you gave by payroll deduction, you should be able to present a pay stub, showing the total amount withheld for the charity. Household goods must be in good condition. Household items include furniture, furnishing, electronics, appliances, clothing and linens. You should get a receipt and know approximate fair market value (the price it would sell for in used condition) of the items you’ve donated. Your charity or nonprofit should send you a receipt for tax records for any donation of $250 or more. If they don’t, make sure to ask for one. Year end gifts count until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31. If your card is charged before that time, even if you haven’t paid the bill, then it is still a valid contribution for 2015.

So Be Good for Goodness Sakes Not every charitable gift has to be in the form of cold, hard cash. If you’re interested in helping a nonprofit, give them a call and see what they might need.

Volunteers – You can’t attach a fair market value to your time, but many agencies need volunteers this time of year and all year through. If you can’t write a check, consider committing to volunteering 10 hours a month, or whatever you can manage. See if the agency needs a storage room organized, envelopes addressed, a building painted or weeds pulled. Organizations like the Salvation Army need volunteer bell ringers for their red kettle drive. Goods – Some organizations may ask for donations of items. Pets Fur People may need blankets for their animals during the winter months. Ragan’s Hope might need plastic tubs to stuff full of nonperishable foods and gifts. The East Texas Food Bank might be in need of canned goods or other non perishables. CASA might need stuffed toys for frightened children, and the Children’s Advocacy Center might need toys, games and clothing items. (Note: These are examples, call each nonprofit for specific needs). Services – You never know what a nonprofit might need, but you can always count on the fact nonprofits need all kinds of things without spending much at all. If you have a special talent or skill set, call and offer it to an organization. Odds are they will be thrilled at being able to use your time and talent.


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Christian Homes & Family Services held their annual fall benefit the Champion for Children Dinner with special guest Leigh Anne Tuohy, at Green Acres Baptist Church, on November 17. Leigh Anne, and her story of helping Michael Oher become a professional football player, inspired the major motion picture SHARLA BUNDY, MELANIE WALLACE, “The Blind Side.” AMY MUNOZ, VALERIE AWTREY

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FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS CONCERT, NOVEMBER 15

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The Boot Campaign held their second annual “Friends with Benefits Concert” in support of those who defend our freedom, at Dawn and Harry Leatherwood’s Rio Neches Ranch, on November 15. Guests enjoyed an acoustic performance from Joe Nichols, as well as food, drinks, silent auctions and a performance by ANGELA MOSS, COURTNEY LOWERY, Charles Esten of ABC’s “Nashville.” CARLEEN DARK

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Guests came out to jingle and mingle at this year’s Mistletoe & Magic Preview Party, themed Jingle Bell Rock, held at the Harvey Convention Center, on November 4. Delightful and impressive packages were put together for the silent and live auctions, and party RHONDA WEATHERS, GRACE WEATHERS guests were treated to some rocking tunes by Austin’s The Grooves, as well as food crafted by Traditions.

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PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY while shopping online this Christmas DECK YOUR HALLS WITH JONATHAN ADLER

The Christmas season is upon us, and with it comes the frantic search for the perfect gifts for friends and family. As the weather outside turns frightful, many of us turn to online shopping for a more delightful experience. However, online shopping comes with a variety of risks, such as the potential for security breaches and identity theft. Texas Bank and Trust looks to counter many cyber threats by educating customers on the steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information while conducting business online. Our “Don’t Get Caught In A Cyber P.L.O.T.” campaign brings critical attention to four key areas of cyber vulnerability: Passwords, Links, Open Wi-Fi, and Targeted Attacks. PASSWORDS – MAKE THEM LONG AND STRONG Whether logging into social media or viewing confidential bank account information, having strong password is vital to personal security and privacy online. Consider the following tips when establishing online passwords:

• Make passwords 8-15 characters long with a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters

• Do NOT share passwords or use the same password for social media and bank account logins

LINKS – USE CAUTION WHEN CLICKING ATTACHMENTS Sharing files, videos, and photographs through e-mail attachments or website links allows people to stay connected no matter where they are. However, be aware that malicious files can be embedded as a link.

• Do NOT trust links advertising free gift cards or special offers that appear to be “too good to be true”

• If an e-mail appears to be coming from a friend, contact them to ensure they sent the file and their e-mail account was not hacked

OPEN WI-FI CONNECTIONS – PEOPLE ARE WATCHING Open Internet connections are a prime target of cyber criminals who can view the activity of anyone connected to the network. • Criminals can monitor and record activity in the network, including bank websites and account login credentials

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• Disable file-sharing settings on computers and mobile devices while on a public network

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DEDICATED TO YOUR SATISFACTION, WE GO BEYOND THE SALE! 6719 Speedway Ct., Tyler, TX

HOLLYTREE WEST Spectacular Hollytree Home with an abundance of style! 4/3/1/3 on .48 acre including a very large back yard! Lots of windows for natural light, professional landscaping completes the grounds, this unique design has a hearth room plus study & game room! 3 living areas! Hardwood floors & custom faux paint & upgraded lighting fixtures are just a few of the many finishes you will enjoy! Large Master Suite with incredible walk-in shower and his/hers closets. Living Room features lovely slate fireplace. The Kitchen is so beautiful with Stainless Steel Kitchen Aid Refrigerator, Gas Cooktop, Warming Drawer and more. Upstairs includes 3 Guest Rooms and 2 Baths and a large Game Room. Absolutely fabulous Home, tastefully appointed, and inviting! Welcome Home! Call today to see this very special home!

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