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Houston City Scope December 2016

Cricket, the Young Professionals After-Party chair, and Daniel De Walch, winners of the Young Professionals Costume Contest.

Cricket, the Young Professionals After-Party chair, and Daniel De Walch, winners of the Young Professionals Costume Contest.


On Saturday, Oct. 29, Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Houston held its one-of-a-kind Halloween-inspired biennial gala, “BOO BALL, The Lost Lagoon,” inviting over 1,200 guests to dress in costume or don black tie attire for a frighteningly fun night at Hilton Americas-Houston. This year’s event honored long-time House supporters Joelle and Mitch Derrick and Derrick Equipment Company. All proceeds from the gala benefit the thousands of families that call RMH Houston their home away from home. Highlights from the eerie evening include:

  • Raising approximately $1.27 million for the children and families of Ronald McDonald House Houston, which offers a safe, affordable and comfortable place to stay to families with seriously ill children being treated in Texas Medical Center member institutions.
  • Notable live auction items: Tickets to the 2017 Superbowl in Houston (sold for $20,000), Seabourn Mediterranean Cruise, trip to Italy; commissioned art piece by artist Carlos Ortiz to be created during art day with RMH Houston children (two sold for total of $20,000).
  • Nearly 100 Young Professionals joined an After-Party and costume contest, sponsored by Lexus.

For more information visit rmhhouston.org/booball



Coventry Homes received two awards in the recent Houston’s Best PRISM Awards hosted by the Greater Houston Builders Association.

The Houston-based builder won Volume Builder Townhome Product Design for its Versailles floor plan offered in Somerset Green. Coventry’s Design 8264 in Avalon at Spring Green took home the award for Volume Builder “Specialty Home” Front Elevation up to $750k.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized among such an elite group of residential real estate professionals in one of the nation’s top housing markets,” said Paul Blackburn, division president for McGuyer Homebuilders, Inc., (MHI), parent company of Coventry Homes.

The builder’s four-story model home at 709 Somerset Green Drive boasts expansive outdoor living areas including two balconies and a roof-top deck with an outdoor kitchen. Floors are accessible by an oval, spiral staircase and an optional elevator. The third floor is completely devoted to the master suite, which includes a deluxe bath, walk-in closet, laundry facilities, a private elevator and a balcony overlooking the community lake.

The award-winning elevation of Coventry’s Design 8264 in Avalon at Spring Green features a courtyard entrance behind private wrought-iron gates, as well as a stucco-and-stone façade with turrets. The varying heights of the stone-and-stucco transitions add dimension, while massing brings height to the front elevation of the 5,107-square-foot home. The model is located at 2611 Hollingsworth Pine Lane on the lakefront of the gated Katy community.

Coventry Homes builds throughout the Houston region, with homes priced from the $300,000s to more than $1 million in 31 planned developments.

For more information, visit coventryhomes.com.


(L-R): Sal Alfano; Hanley Wood; RMC President Stephen McNiel; Sherry Pruitt, WhoDid It Design; and Tim Shigley, Chairman of NAHB Remodelers.

(L-R): Sal Alfano; Hanley Wood; RMC President Stephen McNiel; Sherry Pruitt, WhoDid It Design; and Tim Shigley, Chairman of NAHB Remodelers.


The Greater Houston Builders Association-Remodelers Council (RMC) was honored with the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) 2016 Council Award for Demonstrating Remodeling Excellence for Community Service. The awards — known as the CADREs — were announced during NAHB Remodelers All Stars Party during the 2016 Remodelers Show in Baltimore in October. The CADREs are judged by members of NAHB Remodelers’ Board of Trustees and are presented each year to local remodelers councils and individuals whose work at the local council level exemplifies the best practices of the remodeling industry.

The project was led by Sherry Pruitt, CGR, CAPS, with Whodid It Design at Casa de Esperanza – Mary Scalise home. The RMC team made much-needed updates and improved the functionality, safety and beauty of this foster mother’s home. Mary is an employee of Casa de Esperanza who has adopted four Casa children. The youngest, Luke, has significant disabilities (cerebral palsy) and is wheelchair bound. The project added wheelchair accessibility to the home, as well as a much-needed first-floor bathroom with a roll-in shower. Additionally, the crew updated the kitchen with new cabinets, countertops and appliances and painted and replaced flooring on the first floor.

BMC was the lead sponsor and many additional companies donated to the project including Christian Fitsch-Mouras, CAPS with 101 Mobility who donated and installed a ceiling transfer lift that will allow the safe and easy transfer of Luke.

Vendors who also donated materials and services included, Linda Stewart and Ivan Madrigal and Builder’s Choice, Inc., Traditional Designs, Surface Systems of Texas, Builders Post-Tension, BlueWave Plumbing, Hazeal Becerra Painting, Colony Flooring, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Sherwin-Williams Paint Company and Al’s Electrical Service.

“The CADRE award is a huge recognition for the dedicated men and woman who generously give of themselves for our annual charity project,” said Stephen McNiel, CR CGR, with Creative Property Restoration and president of the RMC. “The Houston RMC is a passionate and committed group of remodelers and businesses who love to give back to our community. In the fall our charity garage sale held at the Texas Home & Garden Show at NRG Center, involves almost 100 volunteers who donate thousands of hours to raise funds for the spring charity project. This year’s project was so special as we were really able to change the lives of a mom, her son and their family by making their home more wheelchair accessible.”


Kenyan girl, Muzni, receives new heart via HeartGift.

Kenyan girl, Muzni, receives new heart via HeartGift.


On Oct. 26 Muzni, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl from Kenya, Africa, underwent a lifesaving heart procedure at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. This procedure corrected the congenital heart defect she was born with, Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA.)

Muzni was able to travel from her home in Kenya to Houston via the HeartGift program. HeartGift provides lifesaving heart surgery to children from around the world where specialized medical treatment is either scarce or nonexistent.

Muzni stayed in Houston recovering before traveling home on Nov. 7. Her stay and medical care was made possible because of volunteers and donors in the community. Muzni and her father, Issack, were hosted by the Tepikian family of Houston.

“The generosity of the Houston community to provide the partnerships necessary to make this a reality for Muzni is truly a blessing,” said Rachael Wright, executive director.


Gwen Emmett, honorary luncheon chair; Jenna Bush Hager, keynote speaker; Susan Fordice, president and CEO at MHA of Greater Houston; and Heather Simpson, luncheon chair.

Gwen Emmett, honorary luncheon chair; Jenna Bush Hager, keynote speaker; Susan Fordice, president and CEO at MHA of Greater Houston; and Heather Simpson, luncheon chair.


“We’ll meet teachers and people who will pass on pearls of wisdom unknowingly for the rest of our lives,” said America’s former first daughter and NBC Today show contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager who brought focus to the importance of family to the mental and emotional health of children at the Pearls of Wisdom Luncheon on Sept. 14.

At a time when children’s mental wellness is at the forefront of so many issues, Heather Simpson, event chair; Gwen Emmett, honorary chair and host committee members Debbie Dalton, Julia DeWalch, Patty Domínguez, Emily Emmett, Ann Friedman, Anne Frisch­korn, Fiona Guinn, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Molly Hackett LaFauci, Donna Perillo, Esther Perrine, Mary Eliza Shaper, Diane Scardino, Limor Smith, Adrienne Vanderbloemen and Barby Weiner supported fundraising efforts for programs at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. These programs include those that are child and family centered.

The Pearls of Wisdom Luncheon is the organization’s only major event held to raise funds in support of its programs and initiatives. Top supporters included presenting sponsor Texas Children’s Hospital and long-time supporters, Joan and Stanford Alexander, The Burguières Family, The McIngvale Family, The Hackett Family, and Connie and Eric Estopinal.

The afternoon concluded with a raffle of a classic pearl necklace provided by J. Landa. The winning ticket was drawn by luncheon emcee, Deb­orah Duncan, host of Great Day Houston and won by Ken Janda.



Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. (CRR) recently received a $50,000 grant from the Episcopal Health Foundation. The grant will help further CRR’s mission to help people identify and overcome barriers to employment by offering services to low-income individuals with concerns such as substance abuse, ex-offenders status, deaf and hard of hearing, and veterans and their families needing support.

Email Elischa.campbell@careerandrecovery.org for more information.

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