The Houston Council of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority announced a successful service year supporting The Arc of Katy at its Founder’s Day luncheon April 30
PHOTO: Ann Ferner, representing The Arc of Katy, receives check representing Houston Council of Beta Sigma Phi’s donation total prior to funds raised at luncheon, from Kerry Bost, 2015-2016 Council President
Celebrating 85 years, the international social and cultural sorority’s Houston Council held its Founder’s Day luncheon April 30 at Braeburn Country Club in Houston.
The fourteen Beta Sigma Phi chapters in the Houston Council supported The Arc of Katy by giving of their time to help with Arc socials and craft projects, donating needed supplies and equipment for its Day and Summer Camps and raising needed funds.
Prior to the luncheon the council had raised $11,114 and generous members raised the total to $12,000 for the year. The Houston Council also announced at the luncheon that The Arc of Katy was again selected by its members as the council service project for the 2016-2017 sorority year.
Beta Sigma Phi Sorority is an international women’s social and cultural organization open to women of all ages. Sorority members enjoy the opportunity to make friends, attend socials and cultural programs and serving their community. For membership opportunities, visit www.betasigmaphihouston.org.
James E. Taylor James E. Taylor High School student organizations host Color for a Cause 5k fun run and raise $10,000 for The Arc of Katy
Taylor’s National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America give back to the Katy community.
PHOTO: Back row from left: Mohammed Saad – NHS President; MinSe Cha – FBLA President; Cheryl Li – FBLA Executive Vice President.
Front row from left: Representing The Arc of Katy, Lauren Hall – day program participant; Carolyn Kares – board member; Brandon Sepeda – day program participant
Color stations were put in place, vendors would soon be there to set up their areas, registration tables were set up, and volunteers were given instructions and then sent to staff their posts all along the track. Walkers and runners donated money to participate in the fun event with proceeds going to The Arc of Katy, a non-profit organization that provides programs for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
The air was cool and crisp, and the morning was still dark at 5:30 a.m. on a Saturday when students from James E. Taylor High School’s National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America met in the school’s parking lot. They were there to set up the track, that later that morning, would be filled with runners registered for the school’s second annual Color for a Cause 5K Fun Run.
When the race started at 8:00 a.m., a burst of colors flew into the air as several hundred runners and walkers took off to conquer the 5k distance. As they progressed through the 5k loop, they passed through several color stations where they were met by volunteers ready to douse them with bright colors of non-toxic corn starch which brightened up their white Color for a Cause t-shirts.
According to Carolyn Kares, Chairperson of the Program Committee for The Arc of Katy, “Fun was had by all, and The Arc of Katy was awarded a $10,000 check from funds raised through the event. The Arc of Katy thanks these high school students, their teachers, and the participants of the fun run for giving their time and financial contribution in this great cause.”
Kares said The Arc of Katy will use the funds to support its summer day camp for adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
For more information about Taylor High School’s National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America, please go to www.taylorhs.org and click on Students, then Clubs and Organizations.
The Arc of Katy is accepting applications for a part-time day program instructor and a part-time admin assistant. The Day Program provides organized activity to these community members who are unable to secure a job or have other meaningful activities.
On May 12 at the Annual General Membership Meeting of The Arc of Katy, the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors will present a slate of candidates from the community for election to three-year terms as members of the Board.
The Triumph Gala is The Arc of Katy’s largest fundraiser and bridges the gap between day camp expenses not covered by tuition, and supports other social programs for participants. It is a celebration of the triumphs of our client population and our supporters, themed around the historic arches erected throughout the world as monuments to great accomplishments. In addition to the recognition of our Gala honorees, Suzanne and Gary Winkler, the special evening offered fine dining, a silent auction and a spirited live auction.
The Arc of Katy is accepting applications for two positions: a full-time day program director and a part-time day program instructor. The Day Program provides organized activity to these community members who are unable to secure a job or have other meaningful activities.
We are also looking for a communications intern to write articles, assist with website content management, update Facebook page, develop and distribute news releases and assist with events.
We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.