Category Archives: Charities

Pearland Lions Club 51-Gun Raffle June 27

This year, the Pearland Lions Club will donate $81,000 to local charities, including:

  • $38,000 in scholarships to the three local high schools
  • $25,000 to the Texas Lions Camp
  • Pearland ISD Angel Tree Program
  • Big Love
  • Vic Coppinger YMCA
  • Adult Reading Center
  • American Cancer Society
  • Brazoria County Children’s Advocacy
  • Brookside Fire Department
  • Christian Helping Hands
  • Lions Eye Bank
  • Lions World Services for the Blind
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Military Moms of Brazoria County
  • Pearland Neighborhood Center
  • Texas Sentinel’s Foundation
  • USO

Please help them in their quest to continue funding local, state, national and international charities by buying a ticket or ten for their annual 51-Gun Raffle to be held on Saturday, June 27. More information is below:

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Mental Health Matters Fundraiser to Feature Mattress Mack

1513170_747093288738363_1971978547261203301_nCounseling Connections for Change, Inc. is hosting Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski and Jim McIngvale as their featured speakers for the Mental Health Matters fundariser on May 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Reflection Bay Event Center, 12234 Shadow Creek Parkway.

For more information and tickets, click HERE.. They will share their compelling story of their family’s journey through years of battling severe mental illness, told from the viewpoints of both parent and child.

Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski, Ph.D., LMSW, was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child. In an effort to help those living with OCD and other illnesses, McIngvale-Cegelski made it her life’s mission to ensure they receive treatment and to decrease the stigma that is associated with mental illness. She has earned both a master’s degree and a PhD in social work and is a licensed therapist. She is founder and president of the Peace of Mind Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for OCD support, advocacy, and education. She has appeared nationally on “Dr. Phil,” CNN, “Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Inside Edition,” and was the first national spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation.

Jim McIngvale is a well-known Houston businessman with a Texas-style success story. He and his wife, Linda, started Gallery Furniture in 1981 with $5,000 and quickly turned it into a highly successful enterprise through innovative marketing. Three decades later, it remains one of the most iconic businesses in the Houston area. McIngvale’s strong work ethic is matched by his philanthropy and exceeded only by his commitment to his family.

Boys & Girls Harbor Announces Date for Annual Charity Golf Tournament

550c5558d30a8.imageBoys & Girls Harbor, a residential care program for at-risk children in Harris and the adjacent counties, will be holding their annual “Teeing Up FORE the Kids” Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 11, 2015 at South Shore Harbour Country Club, 4300 South Shore Boulevard, League City, TX 77573. Registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. prior to a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. The event will conclude with dinner and awards following tournament play.

After battling gale force winds in February 2013, and sub-freezing temperatures in March 2014, the Harbor’s Golf Committee checked the Farmer’s Almanac and selected Monday, May 11, 2015 as the best date for their 2015 tournament. In addition to offering significantly improved weather, the Harbor has moved this year’s event to South Shore Harbour Country Club to provide golfers with the opportunity to play at one of the five Canongate Texas private golf courses.

Tournament information is available on the Harbor’s website at Contact Richard Gruen, Director of Development & Communications, at (713) 688-6262, ext. 301 for sponsorship opportunities or to enter a team in the tournament.

Boys & Girls Harbor

Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. has been providing quality residential care for over 67 years for children five to 18 years of age who are victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or family hardship. The Harbor provides each child with a safe, loving, family environment in a home setting. In addition to providing residential care, services also include The Harbor Academy charter school, athletics and team sports, and a working farm/FFA program. The Harbor is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and a Better Business Bureau Accredited

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Pancake Day in Pearland Raises Funds for Children

Shriners Fred Lemieux (L) and Carl Ellis (R) with IHOP Area Manager Todd Chraden, who holds a proclamation from Mayor Reid.

Shriners Fred Lemieux (L) and Carl Ellis (R) with IHOP Area Manager Todd Chraden, who holds a proclamation from Mayor Reid.

IHOP restaurants celebrated a “Decade of Giving” during the 10th National Pancake Day by giving away one short stack of buttermilk pancakes per dine-in guest.

IHOP also collected donations for charities such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and locally, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Representatives from Shriners were at both Pearland IHOP locations from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to answer questions and accept donations. IHOP is located at 3110 Silverlake Village Dr. in west Pearland and at 2829 Broadway St. on the east side.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment; provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals; and conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families.

“This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay,” according to the Shiners website.

For more information about National Pancake Day, visit To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, visit

Local Resident Represents Pearland in Mrs. Texas International Pageant

PetaPearland resident Dr. Peta-Gay Chen Ledbetter was recently selected from a pool of applicants to be Mrs. Pearland International 2015.

This contest is no typical pageant, however. Dr. Ledbetter was invited to apply for the title by the current Mrs. Texas International, Whitney Montgomery. Applicants are reviewed based on their morals, values, education and other humanitarian traits.

Dr. Ledbetter will compete in the Mrs. Texas International pageant in March in Garland, Tex. Should she take the crown, she would go on to compete for the Mrs. International title.

According to the website, the “Mrs. Texas International is open to married women age 21 to 56 as of July 1st of the competition year. We uplift women who want to excel in their lives and make a difference in their communities.  We celebrate your energy, commitment to marriage and family, and your desire to challenge yourself.

Contestants compete in 3 areas of competition:

Interviews (50% of score) will be conducted between 5 judges and contestant. Each contestant will have 5 minutes with each judge. No political or religious questions allowed. Each contestant will need to have a platform for which she will speak on during her year, if selected Mrs. Texas International. Dress for interview is business attire.

Each contestant will wear her own personal choice of evening gown (25% of score). Each contestant will be judged on grace, poise and elegance in evening wear. Husbands escort their wives in this segment of competition.

Each contestant will wear the state selected fitness wear (25% of score), designed specifically for the International pageant system. Each contestant will be judged on being physically fit, energetic, and healthy.”

Ledbetter’s chosen platform is women’s empowerment through helping and educating survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The beneficiary she has chosen is the Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC).

Ledbetter is seeking sponsors, which would get ads in the Mrs. Texas International program handed out to attendees and circulated among Texas communities. All proceeds gathered from sponsorships and fundraisers go to HAWC.

Ledbetter is also making herself available for appearances at local Pearland events. Each appearance will earn her (and Pearland) “community investment points,” which will help her chances to take the crown at the Mrs. Texas competition.

Sponsorships are available in many price ranges and levels. A “Good Luck” line is a personal encouragement from an individual or business that will be printed in the program. This costs $25 per line (up to 50 characters).

Larger sponsorships range from $70 for a business card sized ad to $500 for a full-page ad.

Ledbetter’s first fundraiser will be held on Friday Jan. 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Chloe Dao Boutique located at 6127 Kirby in Houston’s Rice Village.

For more information, to purchase a sponsorship or to request Dr. Ledbetter for an event, visit her Facebook page at She may also be reached via email at

For more information on the Mrs. Texas International pageant, visit

To learn more about Ledbetter’s beneficiary, HAWC, visit

Forms are also available below:



Pearland Lions Ring Bell for Christmas Charity

The Pearland Lions are donating their time Friday and Saturday (Dec. 12 and 13) ringing the bell at Wal-Mart (1710 Broadway St. at Dixie Farm Rd.).

They will be collecting donations for The Salvation Army from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

The Salvation Army is an international movement with a Bible-based message to meet human needs without discrimination.

The Lions Club’s motto, “We Serve,” will be in action this weekend, as all donations collected will go directly to the Salvation Army.


Lions Matt Lloyd, Gary Moore and Ozzie Ramirez


Lions Greg Hill and Justin Hart

Shop for a Cause: Vic Coppinger YMCA

Memorial Hermann SE Director or Marketing and Pearland Charity supporter Corrina Abrego is hosting a Stella & Dot jewelry party, with 20% of proceeds benefiting the Vic Coppinger Family YMCA Annual Campaign.

To participate, you may contact Corrina for the address to the Sip and Sparkle party on Sunday Dec. 7 at 2pm or you may shop the online site. As long as you purchase through this link, it will also benefit the Coppinger YMCA Annual Campaign:

Any purchases made will be delivered in time for Christmas!  There are some wonderful gift ideas and they come in cute little boxes.  No wrapping needed!

Contact Corrina Abrego at 281.929.4136 (office) or if you have any questions.

T.J. Maxx Makes Opening Day Donation to Forgotten Angels

Pictured, left to right, are Store Manager Donald Gaines, District Manager Bennie Dixon, Forgotten Angels Development Director Holly McDonald, Forgotten Angels family members Ron and Jacque Attra and T.J. Maxx Regional Vice President Ned Jones.

Pictured, left to right, are Store Manager Donald Gaines, District Manager Bennie Dixon, Forgotten Angels Development Director Holly McDonald, Forgotten Angels family members Ron and Jacque Attra and T.J. Maxx Regional Vice President Ned Jones.

T.J. Maxx joined the Pearland community in November, just in time to bring plenty of Christmas bargains to town. There are more than 1,000 T.J. Maxx stores around the country, and each time they enter a new market, they select a local non-profit to honor with an opening day donation. Forgotten Angels, a non-profit serving individuals living with developmental disabilities, was chosen for the Pearland store and received a $5000.00 gift on opening day.

“T.J. Maxx is a beautiful store and a great addition to the neighborhood!” says Holly McDonald, Director of Development for Forgotten Angels. T.J. Maxx offers an ever-fresh array of fashionable, brand name family apparel, home fashions and other merchandise, such as beauty products, along with an expanded assortment of fine jewelry and other accessories.

Forgotten Angels provides quality care for developmentally and mentally challenged individuals. Based on individual assessed needs, they receive a comprehensive array of services including supervised living, foster/companion care, supported home living, transportation, in-home skills training, community integration, nursing, dietary planning and occupational and physical therapy. The Forgotten Angels Foundation assists in this effort by providing specially designed houses and facilities and by supporting enrichment opportunities, educational enhancement and opportunities for social skills development and individualized training to improve and maintain their independence, academic skills and abilities. For information on Forgotten Angels contact Holly McDonald, 281-412-6435, ext. 136 or

Abstinence Inspires Millions (A.I.M) Fundraiser Jan. 10

Abstinence Inspires Millions (AIM) is having its first fundraiser, a Fashion Show, to help establish itself as a 501(c)(3) organization on Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 10am – 7pm at the Silverlake Clubhouse, located at 2715 Southwyck Pkwy in Pearland.

content12_90steamDrexler2This Fashion Show is for girls and boys ages 6 – 19. Participants will be split into three groups based on age. The winners from each group will receive prizes. Former Houston Rocket Clyde Drexler will make an appearance and there will be plenty of food and entertainment as well!

To register, please go to The cost is $20 per child.

AIM is a Christian-based non-profit organization for youth ages 6 – 19. Individuals 20+ are welcome as long as virginity has been maintained. The mission of the organization is to encourage kids and teens to wait until marriage to have sex. AIM is committed to helping youth keep their bodies pure and to inspire youth to refrain from tainting their bodies spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally by leading as examples for present and future generations.

AIM is focused not solely on being more like Christ, but by spreading the love of Christ to others regardless of ethnicity, religious diversity and cultural backgrounds. AIM is also devoted to educating youth on the importance of knowing thyself, loving thyself, growing in Christ and learning more about God. It is also committed to helping kids and teens to stay focused on education and Christ, not on sex or drugs.

Parents or guardians are encouraged to be a part of AIM. Assistance will be provided with ways to encourage children to wait until marriage to have sex. This is a great way to get involved in kids’ lives and show them more ways to live a happy and positive life.

Find AIM on Facebook at and on Twitter @Abstinence_insp.


Erica Drexler