I was excited to present the keys to the winners of the brand new BMW X1 at the BMW Dealership of West Houston. The luxury vehicle was raffled at the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball on October 24, 2015 for $100.00 per ticket with only 600 tickets available for purchase. Steven Gee and his wife, Suzanne, are the proud owners of this beautiful SUV.
The Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball is now an annual event that I host. It has taken the place of my charity golf tournament and benefits Fort Bend Charities; a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which supports Katy Christian Ministries, Lone Star Veterans Association, Simonton Christian Academy, Fort Bend Fair Association, Katy FFA and others. These organizations help families in need in Fort Bend County. I was thrilled when the event sold out two months in advance with the help of my amazing committee and the many generous people throughout the community.
Vehicle presentation to the Gee family
Left to right: Commissioner Andy Meyers, Suzanne Gee, Steven Gee, New Car Sales Associate Jacob Garza, Walt Sass of Weisser Engineering & Surveying, Maria Moncada Alaoui, General Manager of BMW of West Houston, Jay Morris of TEDSI Infrastructure Group and Jon Strange of JNS Engineers, LLC.
Photo Courtesy of Jay Morris
Simonton Christian Academy and Katy Christian Ministries
I changed things up a bit this year by hosting the inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball in October, which proved to be a huge hit and raised by far more money for Fort Bend Charities, Inc. than in previous years. In 2003 I founded Fort Bend Charities, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization which supports other non-profits such as Simonton Christian Academy, Katy Christian Ministries, Lone Star Veterans Association, Katy FFA and others. With the help of a dedicated committee and the generous support from many businesses and individuals, the gross amount for the sold-out Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball was $250,000. In comparison to the average gross amount of $85,000 over the past three years from my annual golf tournament, I believe we are onto something quite special. Among my first stops for the Christmas season were Simonton Christian Academy and Katy Christian Ministries. Both organizations were very pleased to receive a donation of $35,000 each. This is a $10,000 increase from last year for both very worthy ministries.
Simonton Christian Academy Check Presentation
Featured from left to right: Commissioner Andy Meyers, SCA Administrator Amy Oglesby, Trent Oglesby, and Fort Bend Charities Board President Jeff Cannon
Katy Christian Ministries Check Presentation
Featured from left to right: KCM Board Member Nancy Rourke, KCM Board President Patti Lacy, KCM Board Vice President George Puig, Fort Bend Charities Board Secretary Jay Morris, KCM Board Member Fred Hightower, Commissioner Andy Meyers, Fort Bend Charities Board President Jeff Cannon, KCM Executive Director Deysi Crespo, Fort Bend Charities Vice President Walt Sass and KCM Board Member Thomas Larvin
Check presentation to Lone Star Veterans Association
I added Lone Star Veterans Association to the list of charitable organizations I support through Fort Bend Charities, Inc. I had the opportunity to thank them for their service to our country and for their support of other brave veterans who need assistance in successfully transitioning back into civilian life. Chuck Bagnato, Executive Director of Lone Star Veterans Association said, “This is one of our biggest donations of the year. We will be able to fund our Veteran Career Transition Program for all of 2016. This program will give over 400 veterans the opportunity for employment and complete their transition to the civilian workforce.
Photo of Lone Star Veterans Association Check Presentation
Featured from left to right: LSVA Executive Director Chuck Bagnato, Executive Assistant to Commissioner Meyers – Robert Pechukas, Fort Bend County Pct. 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, Chairman of LSVA Jonathan Havens, Vice Chairman of LSVA Matt Frederick, Fort Bend Charities Board Secretary Jay Morris, Assistant Treasurer of Fort Bend Charities – Lila Smith and Fort Bend Charities Vice President Walt Sass
Images from the Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball 2015
Had a Great Time at the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball benefiting Fort Bend Charities. Raised over $250,000 for many worthwhile Charities in Fort Bend County.
Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball Host Committee Co-Chair Synda Frost being taken to “Jail” after Commissioner Andy Meyers, in background had her “Arrested”