Around Town May 2016
MCYS ANNOUNCES BRIDGE BUILDER AWARDS
Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS) recently honored community and MCYS leaders with the presentation of the 2015 Bridge Builder Awards at their annual meeting. MCYS executive director John Bracken named Adriana Richey as MCYS Staff Bridge Builder, while Scott Haney and The Church at Creek’s End were named MCYS Volunteer Bridge Builder and Waste Connections as Community Partner Bridge Builder. The recognition was given for their exceptional service to MCYS and the community.
Michelle O’Rourke, MCYS chief development officer, nominated Adriana Richey, MCYS development coordinator of events and communication, saying “Adriana has an inventive way of storytelling that speaks of how a client was helped, why someone volunteers or why someone is committed to be a part of the MCYS staff.”
Scott Haney and members of The Church at Creek’s End youth group volunteer for the MCYS BridgeWay Youth Shelter, a co-ed, short term shelter program for youth ages 10 – 17 in need of a temporary place to stay. The group was nominated by O’Rourke due to their efforts helping out at the shelter two Saturdays a month.
Waste Connections’ Keith Gordon, director of information services, accepted the Community Partner Bridge Builder Award. Waste Connections has been a regular sponsor of the MCYS annual golf tournament and gala as well as a participant of the MCYS annual holiday project via their annual Bike Build. In addition to their volunteer efforts, the group has donated more than $100,000 to MCYS from the Waste Connections’ annual Golf Classic for Kids.
The Bridge Builder Award recognizes those who contribute their time, talent and/or treasure to MCYS during the nomination year in a way that supports and reflects the vision of being “A Child’s Bridge from Challenges Today to Achievements Tomorrow.”
TOWNSHIP GREENUP EVENT ATTRACTS 900 VOLUNTEERS
On April 9, The Woodlands Township Environmental Services Department hosted its annual GreenUp event to join the statewide effort to keep Texas beautiful in the Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. Almost 900 volunteers joined together at various parks throughout The Woodlands to help keep the community free of litter. The Township provided gloves, trashbags and grabbers for the cleanup effort.
“It always amazes me how the residents of this community come together to help make The Woodlands such a special place,” said Kathie Herrick, environmental services coordinator for The Woodlands Township. “Each year, the participation grows and the event becomes more popular. We are so thankful to all those who volunteer their time to such a worthy cause.”
The annual GreenUp celebration concluded at Northshore Park with entertainment that included a presentation by Jack Golden, the comical performing arts personality who helps children learn the importance of the environment. Juggling clowns on stilts also added to the festivities.
CWJF AND CANCER FIGHTERS OF HOUSTON “PETTICOATS AND PARASOLS” FUNDRAISER
It was a winning day in the fight for funding cancer research and the volunteers of Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum (CWJF). Cancer Fighters of Houston’s annual fundraising luncheon was held at the Houston Racquet Club and featured the CWJF vintage style show “Petticoats and Parasols” highlighting women’s fashion and American history. The performance provided an entertaining and informative program for Cancer Fighter members. This CWJF Community Outreach program is available to community groups and can be scheduled by calling 281-379-1391.
Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum is a nonprofit assistance organization and recognized chapter of Junior Forum, Inc. This growing women’s group is dedicated to providing volunteer services to the communities in North Harris and South Montgomery counties. For more information on joining or donating to CWJF, visit cwjuniorforum.org.
MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH SUPPORTS LOCAL WOMEN’S HEALTH INITIATIVES
Memorial Hermann’s In The Pink of Health, established to raise funds to reduce the incidence of breast and ovarian cancer and assist survivors in their journey, has announced 2015 net proceeds.
“We are thrilled to have raised a record-setting $675,000, which will provide resources, treatment and support to overcome breast and ovarian cancer in our community, and support all survivors along their journey through Canopy, a Cancer Survivorship Center at Memorial Herman The Woodlands Hospital scheduled to open this spring,” said In the Pink of Health co-chairs Andrea Alexander and Karey Miller Bancroft.
The funds will directly support local organizations that are dedicated to cancer survivorship and women’s health issues including breast and ovarian cancer. The major beneficiaries of the 2015 funds include: Cancer Survivorship – $400,000 to support Canopy, a cancer survivorship center affiliated with Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital that offers a variety of classes and support groups for all cancer survivors; Interfaith Community Clinic – $55,000 to fund underserved women and support education and outreach; Judy’s Mission Ovarian Cancer Foundation – $11,000 to assist in their mission to increase awareness of ovarian cancer in Montgomery County; The Rose – $50,000 to provide access to screening, diagnostics and treatment services to any woman regardless of her ability to pay; The Breast Center at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands – $40,000 to support educational services provided to newly diagnosed patients and radiant wraps for women who are undergoing treatment, among other things.
Founded in 2001, In the Pink of Health has raised over $4 million. The 16th annual In the Pink of Health Luncheon is scheduled to take place on Oct. 14 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott & Convention Center.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY FOOD BANK HOSTS FOOD FAIRS
As part of Montgomery County Food Bank’s (MCFB) mission to provide nutritious meals to hungry children, adults and senior citizens of Montgomery County, the group hosted a food fair at Woodforest Stadium in the Tamina community on Saturday, April 2. The event was open to any member of the community who does not have regular access to nutritional assistance.
Like a market on wheels, MCFB’s food fair program is a traveling pantry that delivers nutritious food, including fresh produce and non-perishable items, provided by the food bank with the generous support of sponsors. This food fair served approximately 550 families, or about 1,100 individuals.
“Being able to volunteer our time and efforts with the Montgomery County Food Bank to sponsor a food fair is an amazing opportunity to help families in need in our community,” said Jeannie Crowell, CEO of Cimarron and this food fair’s sponsor. “The food fairs couldn’t happen without the generous groups of volunteers, like Student Community Ambassadors, The John Cooper School, The Woodlands Christian Academy, The Woodlands Girls Lacrosse Team, Interact and student council groups from schools in our community. Along with many more groups they all contribute to the success of each food fair.”
Interested volunteers can call Nicole at 936-539-6686. MCFB is also in need of sponsors for future food fairs. Interested sponsors can call Jada at 936-271-8822.
March’s food fair at Woodforest Stadium, MCFB served 2,153 individuals and 608 families. Of those served, 1,061 children went to bed with full stomachs due to the efforts of MCFB and FaithsTogether teams.
MCFB’s next food fair will be on May 14 from 9:30 a.m.- noon at Ed Rinehart Park, 21845 Leonard St., New Caney
For more information, to book a tour or volunteer at the MCFB facility, visit mcfoodbank.org.