Houston City Scope Aug 2013
Matt Schaub Donates To Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and his wife Laurie presented a $250,000 check to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The donation is part of a $1 million pledge, raised through the Schaubs GR8 Hope Foundation, which will be used to expand the David and Mary Wolff Emergency Center at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. The Schaubs presented the gift to Mark A. Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.
With the goal of providing resources, support, hope and happiness for children with medical needs and their families, Matt and Laurie, through their GR8 Hope Foundation, recognized the need for a larger space that will allow the emergency center staff to treat more children who require immediate medical attention. Following the presentation, they toured the emergency center and visited with patient families.
Tiger Girls Bring Home Dance Camp Awards
The new officers of the St. Agnes Academy Tiger Girls Dance Team brought home two distinguished awards from the Trendsetters Officer Camp. The girls received a Platinum Award for their high scoring evaluations in jazz, modern, choreography, and hip-hop, and were awarded the Artistic Award for excellence in choreography for their dance project.
Dancers in the 2013-14 Officer Line are Danielle Fortune, major; Regina Ochoa, major; Sarah Staerker, captain; Dominique Angibeau, lieutenant; Ariana Caranto, lieutenant; Kaitlin Karcher, colonel; and Emma Carlson, lt. colonel. This was the first of four camps of the summer for the SAA Tiger Girls led by Coaches Julie Chilton and Christy Holecek.
The Tiger Girls Dance Team is a precision dance group that promotes school spirit for St. Agnes Academy. The Tiger Girls study and practice various levels of dance technique and styles while developing physical strength, flexibility, stamina, and coordination. They perform at pep rallies, basketball games, two local competitions, and dance concerts.
Martha Turner Properties Announces Ground-Breaking Inner Loop Development
Martha Turner Properties will oversee the marketing of yet another prime residential development with Pelican Builders’ Bancroft Place, located on Bancroft Lane just south of San Felipe near Highland Village in the planned River Oaks District. Bancroft Place comes on the heels of the recently completed and 100 percent sold Chateau Ten — another luxury River Oaks development marketed by Martha Turner Properties — which sold all 10 units in 90 days.
The luxury gated community that makes up Bancroft Place is designed by New Orleans architect George Hopkins and will offer 18 free standing homes with three different floor plans, all of which will surround a park-like setting and include three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, a guest suite, elevator and a double garage with some homes accommodating three cars. The pre-selling price is $1.3 million with an anticipated delivery date of December 2013.
Bancroft Place will complete the residential development block assembled by Pelican Builders. The completely-sold Briarglen was the first project and offered 68 residences in an eight-story, mid-rise condominium, followed by Highland Tower, a 17-story high-rise offering 24-hour concierge service and is currently 90 percent sold. In addition to Bancroft Place, Pelican Builders recently broke ground on Briarglen Commons, a gated 24-townhome community that has pre-sold 18 homes.
Houston Restaurateur Honored At Wine & Food Week
The 9th Annual Wine & Food Week, presented by H-E-B, honored Chef Michael Cordúa as the first inductee into the Wine & Food Week Chef of Chefs Hall of Fame for his contribution to culinary excellence and innovation. The ceremony took place at the kick off to Wine & Food Week’s Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott with an estimated 2,500 attendees.
Michael Cordúa, one of Texas’ most respected and celebrated restaurateurs, is owner and executive chef at seven award-winning Houston-area restaurants including Amazon Grill, Américas River Oaks, Américas Woodlands, Artista, Churrascos River Oaks, Churrascos Westchase and Churrascos Sugar Land. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Cordúa holds numerous honors and is widely credited with leading the Latin American culinary movement in American restaurants.
photo – ROY KRISANTO
Friends For Life Throws Bark-Worthy Birthday Bash
Friends For Life supporters gathered at the Don Sanders Adoption Center to celebrate the one year mark of the shelter being the only No Kill, green facility in Houston. The soiree, titled “11 Years of Saving Animals, 1 Year Under Our Own Roof,” celebrated pets, people and planet.
A year since moving from 19th street, the organization accrued notable stats including the distribution of over 1 ton of dry dog food to pet owners in need, 15,090 logged volunteer hours and a 43 percent increase in adoptions. Executive Director Salise Shuttlesworth shared these stats and more before passing the microphone to special guest Sen. John Whitmire. Responsible for the building’s moniker and construction, Don Sanders gave a speech citing some of the past year’s accomplishments followed by a VIP tour of the spacious, cageless cat living spaces.
With Saint Arnold’s brew and Whole Food appetizers in hand, guests partied the night away amongst the shelter’s live-in adoptables. Guitarist Dy’Lan Williams played a mashup of tunes from ’70s classics to Outkast’s Hey Ya and current radio favorite Thrift Shop. A photo booth was a hit with guests donning silly garb from sombreros to mustaches.
At the party, Friends For Life launched two new giving opportunities — the 365 Challenge, a monthly giving campaign to strengthen life-saving programs in the next 365 days at the shelter; and a donor wall to forever honor two and four-legged friends in the halls of the shelter. Each time a guest signed up for the new programs, an animal ears-sporting volunteer rang a cowbell as the crowd cheered.
Richard D. Kinder Named Mfah Board Chair
After six years of leadership as Chairman of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Board of Trustees, Cornelia Cullen Long announced the Board’s unanimous selection of Richard D. Kinder as her successor. The vote took place at the annual meeting of the board. Long will continue in her capacity as a life trustee, and will move into a new role as head of the future capital and endowment campaign for the Museum’s planned campus redevelopment.
Kinder, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Kinder Morgan, is a life trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has been chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and served on the Executive and Finance committees since becoming a trustee of the MFAH in 1988; and he chaired the search committee that recruited Director Gary Tinterow in 2011.
He and his wife, Nancy, are known for their philanthropic roles across a broad spectrum of areas, including urban greenspace, education and quality of life issues. The Kinder Foundation Education Center at the MFAH, which provides resources for and outreach to educators and the public, was established through their generosity.
During Long’s six years as chairman, she led the Museum through transformative changes, including the transition following the death of longtime director Peter Marzio. During more than 30 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, Long has served on every committee of the Board. She and her husband Meredith have supported nearly every Museum fundraising initiative, including capital projects and operations and acquisitions endowments. In recognizing her tenure, the Board passed a resolution appointing Long chairman emeritus.
James Rowland Named Roco Executive Director
James Rowland has joined River Oaks Chamber Orchestra as executive director effective July 1. Rowland brings to ROCO more than 20 years of for-profit and nonprofit leadership experience, including seven years as president of the Board and executive director of the Plainfield Symphony in Plainfield, N.J. In addition, he has held executive positions with marketing agencies, The Buntin Group, Hill Holliday, mcgarrybowen and J. Walter Thompson.
Rowland replaces Terri Golas, who has been instrumental in ROCO’s growth and success over the past five seasons. Golas left ROCO at the end of June to focus on her consulting business and will continue to work with ROCO on specific projects.
Memorial Hermann Launches Sports Medicine App
Memorial Herman is the first health system in Houston to launch a sports medicine mobile application (app) targeted at coaches, trainers, athletes and parents. Available to download for free on any iPhone, the new app is a guide to the most common sports-related injuries and treatments, as well as related tips and information from Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute experts.
“As athletic trainers, we talk to coaches, trainers, athletes and parents daily,” said Kevin Bastin, director of athletic outreach services at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. “During our ongoing interactions with these folks, we came to realize we needed a more effective and convenient way to share basic information. A mobile phone app, working in conjunction with our Web site and continued one-on-one communication, was the best solution.”
Features of the mobile app include information on sports injuries, concussion and heat stroke; what to do when a player is injured; weather updates; sports medicine tips; and a directory of athletic trainers, and map of locations. Using the directory, app users can call or email questions or concerns to Memorial Hermann athletic trainers who support athletes around the greater Houston area. They also can find Memorial Hermann ERs, physical therapy clinics, and Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations.
The mobile phone app will be available on Android systems later this summer.
(L-R) Kayla Lemann, executive director, Nora’s Home; Shelly Patton, Enterprise Products; and Mark Bardwell, DCP Midstream.
IRWA Chapter 8 Raises $40,000 For Nora’s Home
The International Right of Way Association’s Chapter 8 in Houston, Texas held the 21st Annual Dan Ewing Memorial Golf Tournament at Gleannloch Pines Golf Course and raised $40,000 for Nora’s Home.
Nora’s Home provides affordable lodging for transplant patients and their families at a new, free-standing facility located in Houston. Built with the specific needs of transplant patients in mind, the home sits on three acres near the Texas Medical Center and features 16 private bedrooms and baths, a fully equipped kitchen, a Great Room, chapel, community room and an education center. Nora’s Home offers patients and their families an affordable place to stay where they can find support and share experiences with others in the comfort of a home-like environment.