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April 2011
ARTreach Fort Bend Top Volunteer 


Volunteer Fort Bend names top five volunteers

(as published in the Fort Bend Independent and Fort Bend Star) After a county-wide search for the top volunteers in Fort Bend County, five have been selected by a panel of judges from 24 nominations received.

These five individuals-Dave Kiger, Carol Manby, Susan Papa, Christine Smith, and Nolan Stilwell-have exhibited exemplary service to the organizations for which they volunteer and have made a significant impact in the lives they touch.

The five honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments by Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert at a celebratory breakfast on Thursday, April 28, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond.

The panel of judges included Stafford pharmacist Gene Woo; community volunteer Shirley Clark; Suzanne Hinds with United Way of Greater Houston; Fred Arnold with Minute Maid; Kelly Matte with H-E-B at Sienna Market; and Linda Cahue with Hyatt Sugar Land.

Minute Maid is the presenting sponsor of the awards ceremony, for the third year in a row.

The ARTreach honoree is a student at Katy High School - Nolan Stilwell.

At 21 years of age, Stilwell is already making a name for himself in the Fort Bend ARTreach community as a gifted culinary artist and budding entrepreneur. ARTreach is a non-profit organization that uses the arts to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children, special-needs groups, the elderly, and neglected populations.

Stilwell has been involved with the organization for the past two years.

Through his participation in ARTreach, Stilwell discovered a passion for gardening and cooking, and now he is realizing his dream of becoming a culinary artist with a business.

"Sweet Heat" The jalapeno jelly that Stilwell has become known for is sold at ARTreach events to help raise money for the organization's outreach programs. The fact that Stilwell has Down's syndrome has not slowed him down or deterred him from pursuing his goals.

Through his own example, he is paving the way for other students with special needs who want to transition from high school into "real life" and working in the Fort Bend community.

In a way, Stilwell is acting as an ambassador representing young adults with special needs. He is helping to build awareness in mainstream society that people with Down's syndrome are real people with hopes for a happy and meaningful life, just like everyone else.

"Nolan's optimism is contagious," says Terri Bieber, who nominated Stilwell for the award. "When parents of other special-needs children see him at our events, they see an exciting and creative future for their children as well.

According to Bieber, Stilwell's creativity, initiatives and abilities have enabled ARTreach to find new ways of helping at-risk and special-needs students achieve success.

"As a child with Down's syndrome, Nolan was always described as 'different,'" says Bieber, "but today he is recognized for the difference he is creating for the future of other students like him."

Join in applauding the amazing accomplishments of Nolan and the other honorees at the 2011 County Judge's Volunteer Fort Bend Awards Ceremony on April 28.

Individual tickets and corporate sponsorships are still available.

For information, call Kathy Renfrow, Director of Volunteer Fort Bend, at 281-340-1919, or email her at kathyr@VolunteerHouston.org.



Art on the Lake!

Thank you Firethorne for hosting ARTreach Art on the Lake on April 9th! Art activities were sponsored by Perry Homes, Ashton Woods Homes and David Weekly Homes. Cultural arts presentations and live performances were made possible by Young Audience of Houston, KVPAC and Main Street Theater. Artists in the community were well represented by Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music, Michael Guevara, guitarist Frank Matta, artists Eva Carrie Currie, Varsha Tyagi, James Phillips, Carolina Dalmas, Erin Fry, Crystal Andres, Marissa Vitolo, Danny Russo, photographer Deb Beauregard and many more!  Thank you to ARTreach Friends and National Charity League Volunteers. 

ART on the Lake


In This Issue
ART on the Lake
Texas Music Project
Ice House Boys 

Music and Art brings the night to life! 

Texas Music Project in April- Performance by The Ice House Boys

Katy Art Supporters came out for ARTreach and the Texas Music Project on Friday April 8th to enjoy the Ice House Boys performing live at the Villagio Town Center. This was the final concert of series of eight Texas Music events held in Katy and made possible by ARTreach Community Art Partners and Texas Commission on the Arts. The ARTS are making living in Katy great! Thank you to Firethorne, Remedy Roofing, Don McGill Toyota and Scion of Katy, Cinco Ranch and Newland Communities, Consolidated Communications, Amegy Bank and Villagio Town Center.


Thank you Artist Erin Fry of KVPAC and Eva Currie of the Katy Area Artists- painting live at this unique ARTreach event. Click here to see great photos by Photographer- Sundaresh Ramanathan

 Gallery Night

Next Art event is ARTreach Gallery Night at Villagio on April 15th featuring an exhibition of gifted and talented students in Katy, and the unveiling of the Cardiff Junior High Library mural project. Family reception 6-8 PM. The Katy ISD ARTreach Scholarship winner will be announced!  Gallery Night is made possible by Consolidated Communications and our Katy Art Supporters.

ARTreach Gallery Night at the "V" Gallery in 

Villgio Town Center

22756  Westheimer Parkway 

Ste 180 



Katy, TX 77450