Fort Bend Focus Magazine, the county’s premier magazine showcasing people, places and happenings, is pleased to announce their fourth annual event honoring five extraordinary women whose contributions to our community make them real gems.
Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2011 with a premier Luncheon and Style Show honoring this year’s Fort Bend JEWELS – five Joyous, Extraordinary Women Enriching Lives. Fort Bend Focus Magazine is pleased to introduce the five JEWELS selected for 2011: Doris Gurecky, Pat Hebert, Cari Middaugh, Judy Schmid and Lucia Street.
From the Fort Bend Junior Service League to the Literacy Council of Fort Bend to the Richmond State School, these women are all committed to making our community the best place to live, work and raise our families. Fort Bend Focus Magazine is pleased to recognize their efforts while doing something that they all feel passionate about: supporting our community.
Proceeds from Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend will be invested back into our community by supporting a vital organization: The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. This non-profit organization’s mission is to end inter-generational cycles of illiteracy in Fort Bend County by improving adult literacy skills and generating community-wide literacy awareness. Formed in 1987, the Literacy Council serves adults who have made the commitment to help themselves change their lives. Well-trained and supported volunteers work one-on-one with adults needing help in basic literacy and on a small group basis in English language skills. Since 1987, the Literacy Council has served over 23,000 adults and has donated 591,000 tutoring and learning lab hours to assist with decreasing the 24% rate of individuals lacking basic literacy skills in Fort Bend County. (National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); January 2009)
“As a publisher, literacy is vital to success of not only our business, but to the success of our community as a whole. With the illiteracy rate of Fort Bend County exceeding 20%, the valuable work of the Literacy Council is making a difference in our work force,” said Lisa Fredrickson, publisher of Fort Bend Focus Magazine. Since 1987, the Literacy Council has returned approximately $15,000,000 to the community in tutoring hours alone. “This year, the Literacy Council will spend approximately 22,000 hours tutoring citizens, and we are honored to assist with this much-needed and worthwhile program.”
While the event will be the highlight of Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend, the September magazine will feature a beautiful spread showcasing photos and biographies of the five JEWELS along with sponsors of the event. Distributed directly to Fort Bend homes each month, as well as in rack distribution at businesses and retailers throughout the county, the special Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend section will pay homage to these special women and their community service.
“Because of the efforts of the wonderful, caring individuals who devote so much of their time and talent to our philanthropies, especially these five women – Doris, Pat, Cari, Judy and Lucia – our community is a better place,” said Fredrickson. “Fort Bend Focus Magazine is proud to honor their commitment to Fort Bend County and be able to give back to the community that has so graciously supported us.”
This year, Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend will include a raffle to further benefit the Literacy Council of Fort Bend. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit the non-profit agency. Tickets for the raffle are $25 each or 5 for $100 and are available for pre-purchase or for purchase at the event.
Fort Bend Focus Honors the JEWELS of Fort Bend is open to the public and will be held at Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 22nd. In addition to the Luncheon and Style Show, event sponsors will be treated to a private Champagne Reception with the JEWELS prior to the event. Sponsors to date include Emerald Sponsor Safari Texas Ranch; Ruby Sponsors Alisa Murray Photography, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Dr. Shel Wellness and Med Spa, Hardee Investment Group, J Loggins Jewelers, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Pamela Printing, Salon Eben and Day Spa and TexasDirectAuto.com; Corporate Gems Neil & Carolyn Banfield, Robert C. III & Carole D. Brown, Gurecky Manufacturing Services, Inc., County Judge Bob & Pat Hebert, Johnson Development, May W. Tape, DDS and Null-Lairson, PC, OakBend Medical Center and Larry & Lucia Street; Sapphire Sponsor Sandra Templeton, M.D. Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $7,500 and include advertising. Individual tickets are available for $65. For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets, contact Fort Bend Focus Magazine at 281-690-4242 or visit www.FortBendFocus.com.