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Ligia De Uriarte Crowned Miss Houston 2014

The Miss Houston/Miss Houston Teen 2014 Pageant was held April 18-19 at
the Hilton Houston Post Oak Hotel. Contestants from all over the Greater Houston Gulf Coast Area competed for an estimated $20,000 in prizes. Stars of the show were the reigning Miss Houston Teen 2013, Katherine Harclerode, and Miss Houston 2013, Kourtney Magnes, with a special appearance by the reigning MISS TEXAS TEEN USA® 2014, Kellie Stewart from Dallas.

Ligia De Uriarte was crowned Miss Houston 2014 and also named as Most Photogenic. The daughter of Ligia and Hector De Uriarte, she was thrilled to share the excitement of the evening with both sets of grandparents and her greatest fans, older brothers Hector and Carlos. The bilingual 22-year-old beauty is on the Dean’s List at the University of St. Thomas, majoring in communications with a focus on radio and television broadcasting. She has several impressive credits to her resume including being an anchor for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and  hosting the live broadcast of the 14th Annual Latin Grammys. Ligia was a finalist in Nuestra Belleza Latina 2012, a beauty pageant and reality television show produced by Univision.

Ligia is an active volunteer with Latin American Children’s Extraordinary Support, a nonprofit organization created to support the reunification of Latin American children who are in state custody while their families are in their native country. She is looking forward to the year ahead and participating in the many community service opportunities available with the title as well as working with her numerous sponsors.

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Women of Achievement honorees and Miss Texas contestants.

Women of Achievement honorees and Miss Texas contestants.

Sheridan Donevant, Dr. Shirley Cochran Barret, and Ivana Hall.

Sheridan Donevant, Dr. Shirley Cochran Barret, and Ivana Hall.

Miss America 1975 Honored

The Miss Texas Organization held the  3rd Annual Women of Achieve­ment Luncheon on April 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Richardson. Among the speakers and honorees was Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret for whom the Miss Texas Organization announced its Women of Achieve­ment Award would henceforth be named.

The award is given to women recognized by the titleholders as those of influence and achievement who have impacted their lives. Ivana Hall, the reigning Miss Texas, and Sheridan Donevant, Miss Texas Outstanding Teen,  presented the Dr. Shirley Cothran Barret Award to 63 honorees.

Dr. Barret was the last Miss Texas to win the Miss America title in 1975. Dr. Barret was awarded scholarships through the Miss Texas and Miss America Organizations which fully funded her undergraduate degree, master’s degree in counseling and her doctorate in early childhood education and family counseling. Active in her community and church, she has served in several volunteer capacities, including her local school board, Texas Speedway Children’s Charity and various other charity boards

Richardson’s Mayor Laura Maczka was on hand to welcome the Miss Texas titleholders to Richardson and their home for the 2014 Miss Texas Pageant, Richardson’s Eisemann Center. This year’s Miss Texas competition will be held June 28-July 5.

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Handbag & Shoe Designer Elaine Turner (left) with YoungLives friends.

Handbag & Shoe Designer Elaine Turner (left) with YoungLives friends.

Elaine Turner Supports Teen Moms At Luncheon & Auction

The First Annual Walking In Her Shoes Luncheon and Shoe Auction benefitting YoungLives of Houston Metro was held May 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street. Local handbag and shoe designer Elaine Turner was the special honoree.

“Supporting YoungLives is extremely fulfilling both spiritually and emotionally. Having the opportunity to support these young women, children and families at such a formative time is crucial to their future success. I’m grateful to be apart of this organization,” said Turner

YoungLives is a mentoring organization for pregnant and parenting teenagers in local high schools. YoungLives meets a huge need because Texas has the highest rate of repeat births to teen moms in the nation. “Our volunteer mentors meet these girls in their world and walk alongside them, developing friendships, providing additional support and assistance with parenting, school and the life skills that they need to be successful,” said Board Chair Melaney Derden.

For more information, go to houstonmetroylvs.younglife.org.

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(L-R) Jack Emmott; Rocky McAshan, president of the Texas Polio Survivors’ Association; Dr. Carlos Vallbona; and Carl Josehart, chief executive officer of TIRR Memorial Hermann.

(L-R) Jack Emmott; Rocky McAshan, president of the Texas Polio Survivors’ Association; Dr. Carlos Vallbona; and Carl Josehart, chief executive officer of TIRR Memorial Hermann.

Texas Polio Survivors’ Association Donates To
Tirr Memorial Hermann

The Texas Polio Survivors’ Association presented $80,000 to the Memorial Hermann Foundation at a special recognition event at TIRR Memorial Hermann on April 28 in the second floor conference room of the new Rehabilitation Research Center. The contribution will establish a fund to benefit polio patients.

The fund, named in honor of Dr. Carlos Vallbona and in memory of Nita Weil, will provide assistance to polio patients treated at TIRR Memorial Hermann in need of financial aid for essential items such as medication and equipment. Additional purposes will include support for continuing education and training for staff working with polio patients and others with mobility challenges.

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(L-R) Randy Barnes, MHA director of development; Cynthia Adkins, Theta Show co-chair; Traci Patterson, MHA director of communications; Vicki Lange, Theta; Susan Fordice, MHA president and CEO; Anne Frischkorn, MHA Board of Directors and Theta; and Liz Rigney, Theta Show co-chair.

(L-R) Randy Barnes, MHA director of development; Cynthia Adkins, Theta Show co-chair; Traci Patterson, MHA director of communications; Vicki Lange, Theta; Susan Fordice, MHA president and CEO; Anne Frischkorn, MHA Board of Directors and Theta; and Liz Rigney, Theta Show co-chair.

Theta Charity Antiques Show Benefits Mental Health

The Theta Charity Antiques Show, sponsored by the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, is considered one of the top three antiques shows in the country. Since its inception in 1952, the Theta Charity Antiques Show has donated more than $6.5 million to medical research, cultural arts and educational endeavors in the Houston area.

As a beneficiary of the 2013 show, Mental Health America of Greater Houston received a grant from the Thetas in support of its education and outreach efforts that include a focus on youth and school behavioral health.

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Thousands Of Houston Marchers Fight For Healthy Babies By Raising Money

It was the best feel-good moment when approximately 40,000 residents joined together in support of the smallest citizens of Houston — babies — by participating in the 2014 March for Babies, presented by Reliant to benefit the March of Dimes. University of Houston was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised more than $3 million to help babies be born healthy.

Special guests at the April 27 event included 2014 March for Babies Chair Elizabeth Killinger, President of NRG Texas Retail and Reliant, and the McGaughy Family from Perryton, Texas, who served as the 2014 National Family Teams Ambassadors.

“Healthy moms and babies are so important to our great city of Houston,” said Killinger. “I’m so thankful to be part of a community where people unite to prevent prematurity. Helping our babies get every chance they can to be the future of Houston is a top priority, and NRG and Reliant are excited about what we’ve accomplished here today.”

“It was a memorable and rewarding day for all of us,” said Jenny McGaughy. “Our twins Justin and Jake were born at 24 weeks, and unfortunately Jake did not survive. It was then we decided we wanted to do everything possible to help spare other families from the trauma we experienced. We’re honored to represent the March of Dimes in return for all the support they’ve given us and our family.”

Money raised by the event funds research, education and local community grants for programs such as Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, a program that seeks to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks of pregnancy where there isn’t a medical need. Companies and individuals will continue to fundraise through June to reach the goal of $3.5 million. The public can help by texting the word “BABY” to 41444 to make a donation.

For more information on raising funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects, go to marchforbabies.org.

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Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School Places In Highland Games Competitions

The five-time world champion pipe band and highland dancers from Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School (STE) placed in multiple events at the Houston Celtic Festival and Highland Games.

Out of the 39 highland dancers that competed, 37 placed. Katelyn Herbold, Paige Braden, Islobel Lyttle, Jian Liang, Islay Lyttle and alumni Carla Gardner took first-place overall in their age groups.

Eight drummers and four pipers from STE competed in the solo events. Luke Bowers won Grade III Best Overall Drummer; Lucas Clavijo won Grade IV Junior Best Overall Drummer; Kevin Darmadi won Grade IV Junior Best Piper; James Lyttle placed first in the Strathspey/Reel event and second in the Grade II March Competition; and Emily Smith took first place in Strathspey/Reel, second place in Piobaireachd and third place in 2/4 March.

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Servicemaster Southwest Announces Expansion
Of Services

ServiceMaster Southwest announced an expansion of its disaster restoration business to include specialized hoarding and estate cleanup services. The ServiceMaster SouthWest team completed specialized education and training to serve this growing need in Houston and surrounding areas. The company has joined forces with Matt Paxton, Hoarders TV personality and author of The Secret Lives of Hoarders. “We are excited to expand our service offerings to include specialized hoarding and estate cleanup,” said Jerry Janak, co-owner of ServiceMaster Southwest. “Clutter created by hoarding can result in serious threats to the health and safety of both hoarders and those who live with them.”

 


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