Houston City Scope December 2015
K9S4COPS UNLEASHED GALA
The 4th annual Unleashed Fast Dog/Hard Dog Gala on Oct. 27 at The Bayou Events Center honoring Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman was a huge success. More than 350 people attended the event that raised more than $330,000.
K9s4COPS is a nonprofit committed to placing K9’s with law enforcement agencies and school campuses. In four years, K9s4Cops has unleashed approximately 108 K9s to 68 agencies and 12 schools in 28 states.
The group honored Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman for his contributions to the community. In addition, K9s4COPS board members Phil Houston, New York Times best-selling author “Spy the Lie” and 25-year veteran of the CIA, and Marisa Randazzo, Ph.D. who served 10 years as the former chief research psychologist for the U.S. Secret Service were the featured speakers.
An action-packed evening was delivered with the Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition, silent and live auctions and food stations provided by Caswell Catering. Attendees rocked the night away with AC/DC tribute band Back in Black.
The Raffle for the 2015 Dyna Switchback Harley-Davison donated by Preston Douglass and Corpus Christi Harley- Davison broke records. When the raffle winner Dave and Ann Dunlap were announced, they turned the bike back in for auction where the bike was sold to John Isham for $16,500. He, too, turned it back for auction block where it was finally sold for $16,000 to Chief Jasen Rabalais.
The new K9s4Cops license plate, designed by award-winning graphic artist Desiree Lonsway, was also unveiled and is now available for purchase.
MD ANDERSON CANCER CENTER BOARD OF VISITORS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, an appointed board of volunteers charged with advancing MD Anderson’s goal to end cancer, welcomed 13 new members at its annual meeting Oct. 28-29 in Houston. The incoming group reflects the board’s national and international presence. The new members represent five states across the nation and as far away as Spain:
Andrew M. Baker, Houston, managing partner, Baker Botts LLP; J. Robert Brown, El Paso, owner and president, Brownco Capital LLC; Anthony Ray Chase, Houston,chairman and CEO, ChaseSourse LP; Diane Dilworth Gates, Corpus Christi, retired teacher/ counselor, Laredo private school administrator; Robert (Bob) G. Gwin, The Woodlands, executive vice president finance and CFO, Anadarko Petroleum; Wyck A. Knox Jr., Augusta, Ga., counsel, retired partner and former chairman of the law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; Andrew D. McCullough, Houston, self-employed private investor, Ashe Family Interests; Charles D. McVean, Memphis, Tenn., founder, chairman and CEO,McVean Trading & Investments LLC; George E. Norcross III, Cherry Hill, N.J., executive chairman, Conner Strong & Buckelew; Ana Palacio, Madrid, Spain, international lawyer and member of the Council of State of Spain; Donald R. Sinclair, Houston, president, CEO and a director of Western Gas Partners LP and Western Gas Equity Partners LP; Glenn A. Stearns, Wilson, Wyo.,founder, Stearns Lending; S. Wil VanLoh Jr., Houston, co-founder, president and CEO, Quantum Energy Partners.
“It is an honor to welcome each of these outstanding men and women to the Board of Visitors,” said Mel Klein, BOV chair, of Corpus Christi.
Since the board’s inception in 1957, it has played a crucial role in advancing the world’s leading cancer treatment and research center.
“Our Board of Visitors members dedicate their time, wisdom, influence and resources to our shared goal to end cancer here at home and globally,” said Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson.
ANTHONY & SYLVAN POOLS EXPANDS TEXAS TEAM
Anthony & Sylvan Pools announced that Daniel Hake recently joined the team as sales manager of the Houston region. In his new role, Hake will manage the sales team in one of Anthony & Sylvan’s fastest growing markets.
“Dan’s extensive management experience will be a great asset to us as we continue our broad expansion into Texas,” said Tom Casey, vice president of sales at Anthony & Sylvan Pools. “We recently opened a new location in Katy and plan to expand further during our 70th year in business. We’re confident that Dan will help us continue making homeowners’ backyard dreams a reality.”
Hake brings more than 20 years of management experience to his new position. Prior to joining Anthony & Sylvan, he served as senior executive of customer and business development at Iron Mountain.
He earned a bachelor’s degree of science from Colorado State University and an MBA from Regis University in Denver.
REMODELERS COUNCIL AT GHBA WINS NATIONAL AWARDS
The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) Remodelers Council was honored with a national award, the Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence (CADREs), in two categories from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Remodelers.
The awards – known in the housing industry as the CADREs – were announced during NAHB Remodelers annual awards presentation at the 2015 Remodeling Show in Chicago on Oct. 1. NAHB Remodelers and Professional Remodeler magazine presented the national awards for outstanding service and performance by a remodelers council.
Lisa Pepitone, director of membership at the GHBA, was honored as the Outstanding Council Coordinator for advising and guiding the remodelers council leadership. Pepitone is key to the health of the group’s finances and membership, organizing programs that make the remodelers council one of the largest in the nation.
In the public relations category of the CADREs, the Remodelers Council of the GHBA took home the honors for their work to combat remodeling scams and educate home owners following the floods that devastated Houston in 2015. Accepting the award for the Houston Remodelers Council was its public relations chairman, Amy Ahlbrand Robinson with the Fort Bend Publishing Group.
The CADRE is the NAHB Remodelers’ highest national award for work at the local level. The awards, judged by members of NAHB Remodelers’ leadership, are presented each year to local remodelers councils and individuals whose work at a local remodelers council exemplifies the best practices of the remodeling industry.
For more information about remodeling, visit, ghba.org or nahb.org/remodel.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON COMMUNITY SERVICE
The Junior League of Houston has been busy with multiple noteworthy community outreach events. The annual Food Drive, in partnership with Houston Food Bank, collected over 1,200 pounds of food this year. Members were encouraged to bring donations to general meetings throughout September and October. The donations directly benefited Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program, which provides child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food to children who do not have access to these resources during the weekend.
Also in October, the League hosted the 12th Annual Blood & Bone Marrow Registry Drive with another community-driven organization, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. League members lined up to provide up to 60 new donations and register 19 new donors to the Be The Match Registry. The Junior League has partnered with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for 12 years and the donation numbers continue to grow each year, helping the center save lives every day.
The Junior League continues its community outreach into 2016 with the Bon Temps Ball set for Feb. 5 and 6, with a preview evening on Feb. 4. The 68th Annual Charity Ball is a longstanding tradition and integral source of funding that helps further the Junior League’s mission of community outreach and volunteer initiatives.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON RAISES $1.1 MILLION IN ’80S INSPIRED EVENING Gala
The Children’s Museum of Houston experienced a blast from the past for this year’s “Back to the 80’s – 35th Anniversary Celebration” 2015 Gala presented by BB&T and Phillips 66, raising $1.1 million despite the “time warp” type of weather conditions.
This rockin’ event, inspired by the year the museum came to be, transported the spirit and essence of the 1980s into Silver Street Studios on Oct. 24.
Event chairs Carmen and Butch Mach and Courtney and Bill Toomey played host to a totally rad gala in hopes of further developing the museum’s educational and outreach programs.
About 500 of the most generous community leaders and local supporters braved the stormy weather to dress up in glam 80s attire and head back in time to become enthralled by Darryl & Co.’s stellar décor, stimulating sights and sounds, including a righteous PAC-MAN dance floor, a montage of ’80s MTV music videos, and rockin’ the night away to outrageous jams by 1980s cover band The Spazmatics presented by J&D Entertainment.
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SELECTED TO HOST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
The University of Houston has been selected by NBC News and Telemundo to host a Republican presidential candidates’ debate on the UH campuson Friday, Feb. 26.
The debate, sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, is slated to be the final GOP debate before the crucial “Super Tuesday” primary contests in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia on March 1. Alaska, Minnesota and Wyoming also will award delegates on that same day. All candidates who qualify are expected to participate in the debate, which will be presented in partnership with National Review.
“Diversity is more than our demographics at the University of Houston –– it’s our commitment to expression, varied viewpoints, and the belief that challenging the status quo produces the strongest innovation,” said University of Houston System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator. “This debate comes at a pivotal moment in the election cycle. We’re delighted to host a national conversation with real-life impact on our community and country, and welcome an evening of engaging discourse to our campus.”
Along with the primetime nationwide broadcast by NBC News and Telemundo, there will be extensive pre- and post-debate coverage originating from the UH campus, along with live digital coverage across nbcnews.com and telemundo.com.
Additional event details including location, campus programming, activities and logistics will be announced at a later date. Visit uh.edu/debate for information.
CHRISTUS NUN RUN
The CHRISTUS 11th Annual Nun Run took place on Oct. 17 with a 40-mile charity motorcycle ride from Houston to San Leon to raise money for the organization’s children’s’ charities.
Les Cave, president of CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare along with event emcee Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale welcomed participants to the event. Sister Rosanne Popp and Chick-fil-a cows livened up the crowd before the ride began. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza was on hand to bless the bikes before they revved their engines and took to the streets.
The 40-mile Blue Knights police-escorted motorcycle ride benefitted the organization’s school-based clinics, which provide healthcare to children on campus in 17 low-income neighborhood schools.