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O U R C O M M U N I T Y ’ S M O V E R S & S H A K E R S by Lee Virden Geurkink

photo courtesy of Academy 4 Academy 4 provides a mentor for every 4th grader in the schools we serve. Many of our 4th graders and their families are hardest hit by the impacts of this pandemic. We believe connecting students to their mentors and the leadership traits in our evidence-based curriculum is critical to meeting the urgent needs of many of our fourth graders and their families. Academy 4’s Executive Director John Shearer said, “More than ever, the relationships built through Academy 4 are giving fourth graders the resilience to respond to the trauma and stress brought into their daily lives by the pandemic and racial inequity and tension in our world.”

Licensed Veterinary Technician Alexa Rauls is thrilled to announce the launch of her new business, Alexa’s Vet Tech Services. Pets are most comfortable at home; a car ride to the vet’s office can cause stress and anxiety. Alexa will come to your home to help with medications, nail trimmings, and other services. Additionally, she will educate you on how to perform these services! She follows all safety protocols to ensure that you remain safe and secure.

Fort Worth children’s author Allison Davis has published a children’s book inspired by her dog Hope. Hope the Dog tells the story of Hope the Goldendoodle and her person Joycelyn. It reminds readers of all ages that hope is always there, no matter the circumstances. Advanced readers love Hope the Dog, calling it “the book 2020 needs.” In a year marked by adversity and conflict, Davis’ book is “a message of hope and encouragement for children and adults alike.”

photo by Canon Elizabeth Photography

photo courtesy of Camp Bowie District Inc. Founded by Tanglewood mom Angie Herdman, Intentional Itineraries focuses on creating intentional and memorable travel experiences. Angie understands how important each detail of a travel itinerary is to a successful and memorable trip. Intentional Itineraries provides personal, completely customized service before, during, and after every trip. They even create children’s activity kits for road trips, flights, and vacation stays, ensuring your youngest travelers are engaged throughout your travels! Angie promises that when you travel with Intentional Itineraries, you will experience a holistic and worry-free travel experience, uniquely tailored to you.

Celebrating 20 years in 2020, Camp Bowie District Inc. has launched a new website and logo. The logo better represents the six-mile Camp Bowie corridor and reflects the historic preservation that Camp Bowie District represents and promotes. As well as better functionality and resources for business, the new website offers consumers a business directory and one-stop information related to the area. Director Wade G. Chappell said, “Our new website stands as a marker for what Camp Bowie can offer both consumers and businesses.”

Debuting in the US in 2017 with its premier 2014 vintage, PINEA, owned by local Hugo Del Pozzo announces the release of their long-awaited 2017 vintage. Made with 100% Tempranillo grapes from old vine stock, this wine is elegant and perfectly balanced and shows the remarkable complexity and lifted aromatics that have become the hallmark of the winery. When Sergio Garcia served the 2014 vintage at his 2018 Masters Champions dinner, it became one of the most sought-after wines in the world. The 2017 vintage is ready to pour now or can be cellared for many years to come.

photo courtesy of Fort Worth Country Day Thirteen seniors at Fort Worth Country Day have been recognized for their scholarship, including seven National Merit Semifinalists, two National Merit Commended Students, and five National Hispanic Scholars. “National Merit and College Board recognitions speak not only to this group’s aptitude but also to their efforts,” said Eric Lombardi, FWCD’s Head of School. “We are proud of them for their hard work, and we are grateful to their teachers at FWCD over the years who have helped them take advantage of their abilities.”

Renee Gunn is a certified Pet CPR and First Aid instructor, Certified Professional Pet Sitter, a former Veterinary Technician, and a co-owner of The Pet Porters. She is proud to announce the publication of Pets 101: Caring for Dogs and Cats. Gunn was inspired by the reasons pet owner surrender their pets to animal shelters. She wrote the book to answer questions about pet ownership and care in hopes of keeping pets with their families, ultimately reducing the number of pets in animal shelters.

Hustle & Hart Handmade Designs comes from a place of servitude and gratitude. Kristin Hart started it in hopes of spreading love and brightening her customers’ day with natural body products. These products not only make you feel good, they benefit the planet with 100% organic ingredients. Kristin hopes she can reduce her products’ carbon footprint and hopes to offer refill services when her customers run out. She is enthusiastic about spreading the word on sustainable products and their impact on the planet.

After surviving a health crisis with a high mortality rate, entrepreneur Sheila Jackson left a profitable yet highly stressful business, reprioritizing everything in her life in order to heal. After a three-year journey of self-reclamation that resulted in the reversal of Addison’s disease, Sheila founded emergewell+co to guide and teach women to become the healthiest, happiest, and highest functioning people they can be through nutrition protocols that draw on science and sound wellness principles. 18

A couple of Tanglewood dads were fed up with trying to carry their 30-ounce tumblers along with their phones and Bluetooth speakers while playing with their families. To counter this admittedly-first-world problem, they came up with the NARWHAL 30oz Speaker Lid! It replaces the standard lid that comes with your stainless steel 30-ounce cup (most have the same size opening) and integrates a waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that is capable of communicating with your device for making and taking calls and roaming through your playlist! You can also pair two lids for stereo sound.

photo courtesy of YLK Photography

Today’s college students feel more isolated than ever, even without the impact of a global pandemic, racial injustice, and the economic downturn. Fort Worth-based TimelyMD is a telehealth company that is working to help these young adults. TimelyMD is the only student-first telehealth provider than offers a complete care solution for campus health. In addition to medical advice, they offer mental health counseling, psychiatric support, and health coaching programs that allow college students to have free, 24/7 access to licensed physicians and counselors in the United States.