Spring/Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews New Danville News Live. Learn. Work. Grow. New Danville’s Awarded $100K The Hunting Art Prize, which is sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC, is a prestigious annual competition open to established artists, talented newcomers, and promising amateurs. Its $50,000 award is historically the most generous annual award in North America for painting and drawing, and has helped to build the reputations, raise the profiles, and support the careers of distinguished artists. This prestigious Prize was established in 1981 and emerged as one of the United Kingdom’s leading art competitions before relocating to Houston in 2006. Today, the commitment upon which it was originally buil built remains as strong as ever: to provide artists the recognition they have earned, the opportuni to have their work viewed sponsorship they deserve, and the opportunity and discussed by as broad an audience as possible. during the Hunting Gala it was announced that New Danville is On April the recipient of a charitable donation as a part of the 2012 Hunting Art Prize. 28th In This Issue Hunting Art Prize 1 News 2 Donations Needed 3 Fundraising Events 4 Woodforest Donation 5 Profiles 6 Board Member Spotlight 7 Kathy’s Korner 7 Tea on the Lawn 9 New Danville Happenings 10 Meet the Director 10 5 Year Celebration 11 “We’re proud to support an organization so committed to giving adults with disabilities the resources they need to overcome challenges and live independently,” said Dennis Proctor, Chief Executive of Hunting PLC. “ New Danville is certainly championing an important cause, and we couldn’t be more pleased to contribute toward this effort.” New Danville’s mission is to develop and maintain a self-sustaining, master-planned community where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can integrate with their nondisabled peers in a town they all can Live, Learn, Work, and Grow emotionally, socially and spiritually in a safe, caring environment. Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Jazzy Junque (and Other Great Stuff) BREAKING NEWS! Mark your calendar! Shopping at Jazzy Junque & Other Great Stuff! begins August 1st, 2012, permanently seven days a week! Searching for the perfect location took a year. After extensive research at various locations it was decided to remain in The Outlets at Conroe, located at 1111 League Line Rd., Conroe, TX. Because of the success of the past four annual sales events, we felt that Jazzy Junque has established a name for itself at this facility, besides it’s easy to find and offers abundant parking. Mrs. Linda Hein, who has served as Administrative Assistant at New Danville since its inception, has agreed to spear-head this new endeavor as Store Manager. “We are very excited to have her on board bringing with her the organizational skills that are so needed to run a shop of this magnitude,” states Odette D’Agostino, New Danville Board Member and Nanci Day, co chair of previous sales, overseeing the opening of the new Jazzy Junque location. IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME! Our intent with Jazzy Junque is to make it a unique shopping experience. In addition to the many beautiful items for purchase that you have come to expect, the new store offers an opportunity to showcase and sell numerous products created by the New Danville Wranglers themselves and of course all proceeds will continue benefitting New Danville. Kathy Sanders, CEO and Founder of New Danville comments, “Having a permanent store front also allows us the opportunity to educate the public about adults with special needs and the many programs offered at New Danville to ensure that these individuals have the opportunity to reach to their full potential.” WE NEED YOU! The goal is to have volunteers helping on a daily basis. Many are needed to insure this new store is a success. Donating your time will eliminate having to hire additional employees allowing more funds to go to New Danville. D’Agostino and Day go on to say, ”Those of you that have worked at the Jazzy Junque sales events can attest to the fun that is had and friendships that are formed while working to benefit New Danville. We are hoping that many of you will volunteer. Although hours and days will be very flexible, we are looking for individuals who are interested in making firm commitments based on their schedules. If you are interested, please contact the New Danville office, 936-3446200.“ WE ARE EXCITED TO GET STARTED! The new store will be visually appealing, with many one-of-a-kind items and products for sales, but if this isn’t enough, we are featuring our very own Espresso Café. Sip a delightful Vanilla Latte or Mocha while deciding which items most appeal to you. Our success continues to depend on generous donations from the public and we still offer pickup services to anyone wanting to donate items and receive a tax write-off. Linda Hein adds, “We make a promise that whether you patronize Jazzy Junque & Other Great Stuff! or become involved by volunteering, we are aiming to make this the most exciting place to shop.“ When thinking of that special gift or new accessory for your home, put Jazzy Junque & Other Great Stuff! at the top of your list. You won't be disappointed. 2 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Donations Needed Donate Unwanted Items-Receive a Tax Write Off! After 4 successful annual sales, we are now opening a permanent location at the 100% of the proceeds from this store will benefit We are seeking donations in the following categories Furniture- Home Accessories- House wares- ArtGarden/Patio- Jewelry/Boutique-Collectibles- Antiques Please donate only items in good and working condition. Sorry….no large appliances, TVs, computers, exercise equipment or mattresses (our space is limited). As a courtesy to Outlets of Conroe retailers, we cannot accept clothing except boutique items. Contact Odette D’Agostino, 281-465-8484 Ext. 302, or [email protected] For the drop off location or to schedule a pick up of your donated items Thank you for supporting this endeavor! 3 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Crescent Moon Wine Bar Fights for New Danville! 4 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Woodforest Charitable Foundation Donation By Kim Marling and Jeremy B. Horton On behalf of Woodforest Charitable Foundation, I would like to thank you for attending the Woodforest Charitable Foundation 2012 Charity Luncheon. Our partnership makes it possible for us to make an effective and positive impact within the communities we serve. Since our inception in 2005, the Woodforest Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2.4million to a variety of not-for-profit charitable organizations in Texas and across the country where Woodforest Bank serves. Countless lives have been enriched through our support of shelters for victims of abuse and poverty, community health clinics and programs for seriously or terminally ill children, child advocacy and teen intervention programs, Habitat for Humanity and homes for disabled veterans, privately funded feeding programs through food banks as well as programs supporting the mentally and/or physically disabled. From left to right – Vicki Richmond, Secretary & Treasurer, Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Kim Marling, Executive Director & Vice President of Woodforest Charitable Foundation; Kathy Sanders, President, Texas New Community Alliance-New Danville; U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady; Dr. David Gottlieb, Board of Directors, Woodforest Charitable Foundation. Together, we are able to bring help, hope and opportunity to those faced with unfortunate challenges. We believe that "in every community there is work to be done and in every heart there is the power to do it.” As always we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with Texas New Community Alliance (New Danville). About Woodforest Charitable Foundation: The Woodforest Charitable Foundation was created by Woodforest National Bank in 2005 as a direct result of its desire to support and invest in the communities in which it serves. The Foundation is creating a legacy of commitment to those in need, enriching lives and communities through dedicated leadership and faithful administration by providing funding to qualifying 501(c)(3) charities. For additional information regarding The Woodforest Charitable Foundation, call (832) 375-CARE (2273) or visit the foundation’s website at www.woodforestcharitablefoundation.org. About Woodforest National Bank: Celebrating 33 years of service and ranked among the top earning banks in the United States, the Woodforest family of banks currently has assets of approximately $3.2 billion and services more than 1 million customers with branches in excess of 760 throughout seventeen states: Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. For information about Woodforest National Bank, please call 832-375-2000 or visit the bank’s website at www.woodforest.com Community Support 5 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Volunteer Spotlight Kathleen Pavey Ouida Savage Profiles Kathleen & Ouida’s friendship began many years ago during their freshman year in college where they both received degrees in education. They met their husbands, Steve & Chuck, and began a lifelong friendship. Kathleen & Steve have 2 grown children, Spencer & Danielle. They recently added their son-in-law, Kevin to their family. Ouida & Chuck have 2 grown children, Ryan & Jaclyn. Their family also includes their daughter-in-law, Caitlin. Staff Spotlight James Scott In 2006 New Danville wasn’t even a blip on his radar. While working in the Job Skills Training program with a special needs student at College Park High School, James Scott became aware of our unique community. “I visited New Danville and really wanted to work here.” States James. I inquired about any job opportunities with Kathy Sanders and there was a position open. I got the job!” Kathleen’s teaching career began in the Houston area. Ouida’s teaching career began in San Antonio. A job transfer for Ouida and her husband brought the two families together again in Houston where Kathleen & Ouida continued their careers in education and raised their families. James plays a very important roll at New Danville. He is an instructor and supervises the landscaping program. His areas of expertise are physical education, health, and some off site activities such as going to the library, YMCA and Bowling. On any given weekday you will find 5 or 6 Wranglers working on the grounds mowing, trimming, sweeping and general beautification of the property. “I love working with these great Wranglers and watching New Danville grow,” remarks James. “ They are so proud of their community, enjoy interacting with their peers and are truly developing independence. I plan on being here for a long, long time.” Both families made a career move in 1994. Kathleen & Steve moved to the Dallas area and Ouida & Chuck moved to Taiwan. Kathleen began her career in Plano ISD where she became the principal of an elementary school and was blessed with a wonderful community of students that included numerous programs for students with special needs. Ouida became involved in overseas endeavors including working closely with orphanages and being a host family for a child during the adoption process. Ouida returned to education as a librarian during their time in China. Thank you James for all that you do and the positive attitude you bring everyday! Continues on page 8 6 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Board Member Spotlight Kathy’s Korner Martha Haag 2012 is proving to be a very special year for New Danville. As the Life Learning Center's 5th anniversary approaches, New Danville's continuous growth is evident with the addition of new wranglers and mavericks, day program staff, and volunteers. Welcome to new staff members: Kristine Peel (Attendance Clerk), Peggy Goodwin (Documentation Specialist), Cortney Brown (Maverick Aide), Anna Brown (Wrangler sewing, assembly and cooking instructor), Virginia Mullinax (Wrangler art, photography and music instructor), Kendall Jacobson (gardening & landscaping manager), Kelly Knudsen (Accounting Clerk), Dean Randolph (Maintenance Manager and Beekeeper), and Sherry Burgess (Administrative Assistant). Martha is a born, bred, & raised native Texan. She started her life in Colorado City. She grew up there, Abilene, and Fort Worth. She attended the University of Texas where she received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a certificate in Special Education. While in transition from college to a career in teaching Special Education in Richardson, Texas, she had a blind date with a guy named Lee Haag. Her sister, Jana, set them up & said, "He's fun to date, but don't get serious!" After 36 years of marriage, 3 children (Leigh Ann, Sam, and Megan), 2 in-laws (Scott & Mallon), and the love of her life, grandson Luke, she is still not serious. After raising her children and participating in their activities, Martha was looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity. She mentioned to her good friend, Bev Earl, who at that time was a board member of New Danville, that she was interested. Days later, maybe minutes, she was invited to a start-up meeting for New Danville programs. When asked, "Who would like to be in charge of volunteers for the miniature horse program?" she slowly raised her hand. That was the beginning. I'm proud and excited to announce that the Life Learning Center's day program will be under new management as Karyn Grace officially takes over July 1st. Karyn brings a wealth of management experience, sound judgment and problem-solving skills to this flagship program. In addition to coordinating the wrangler and maverick weekly activities, supervising staff, and preparing the schedules, Karyn will be responsible for developing and promoting new products. Many of our Wrangler products will be available at Jazzy Junque. Martha showed up at New Danville Tuesday, October 3, 2007. The barn was still under construction, but there was a tent, nd port-a-potty, and approximately 10 Wranglers eager to learn. We had three Eagle Scout projects completed in the Spring of 2012: (1) a water line was laid in the cemetery pasture for our miniature horse program; completed in April by Scout Zachery E. Hall; (2) the beautiful garden bridge provides safe and easy access from the equipment barn to the greenhouse; completed in May by Scout Joshua Peterson; and (3) "Abby's Place", an enclosed yard with shade shelter and in-door/out-door access for Abby the Dog; completed in June by Scout Mattson McCrary. Continues on page 9 Continues on page 9 7 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Volunteer Spotlight Continued pg. 6 Board Member Spotlight Continue pg. 6 Kathleen Pavey Ouida Savage Martha Haag In 2007 Kathleen & Steve moved to Lake Conroe when Kathleen retired from school administration. While walking her dogs in her neighborhood she met a neighbor that was talking about a wonderful new community called New Danville. Kathleen went back to her computer, found the website, turned in an application to volunteer and the rest is history. Kathleen has volunteered at New Danville since the fall of 2007 where she has had the pleasure to assist the wonderful staff at New Danville in a variety of ways. Imagine her surprise when she realized that one of the Wranglers was her student during her first year of teaching! He has the same contagious smile that was present then! 5 years later, look where we are! We have a barn with 11 miniature horses, 1 pony, & 3 donkeys. We have a greenhouse and gardens full of beautiful plants and vegetables. There is an educational building where classes such as sewing, cooking, crafts, music, drama, woodworking, and life management are held. And we have 100 plus Wranglers. In addition to her Tuesday volunteer time with John Massey, the horses, and Wranglers, Martha serves as a Board Member in charge of volunteers, a board representative on the Meadowbrook Family Advisory Committee, and on various fund raising committees. "I love New Danville - the Wranglers, staff, and ALL the volunteers. Thank you for enriching my life." Once again, the two families were reunited when Ouida and Chuck made their move to Lake Conroe. Ouida had heard about New Danville and couldn’t wait to volunteer in this community. Kathleen & Ouida spend Wednesday afternoons at New Danville helping out in a variety of ways. They may be found on a CBI trip, riding in a golf cart, cooking, assisting in art activities or drama & music. Kathy’s Korner Continued pg. 6 All three of these projects made valuable improvements to New Danville's grounds and facilities. A very special 'thank you' to these three fine young men and the numerous donors who helped fund these wonderful projects! I'm excited about New Danville's future, and proud to have such talented staff and a supportive board of directors. I look forward to our 5th Anniversary Celebration in October. Until then, have a great summer! 8 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Fundraising Events Tea on the Lawn The fourth annual Tea on the Lawn was a spectacular event with a record attendance. This year’s event raised over $62,000 with all proceeds benefitting New Danville. Our lovely guest speaker, Mrs. Deborah Helman Co-founder of Wonderwild, a free-play party facility for children, and veteran marketing industry executive. Drawing on her experiences at Sotheby's, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and New York’s prestigious Parsons School of Design. Deborah shared ways in which each of us can grace the world with our gifts. Deborah truly inspired us! Ms. Deborah Helman Our event chairs, Tanya Urban and Natalie Noack did a fabulous job organizing and planning this wonderful event. Along with our great committee; Kristin Baadsgaard, Gay Brown, Odette D’Agostino, Nanci Day, Martha Haag, Barbara Hilton, Tricia MacDonald, Maryellyn Miller, Stephanie Milstead, Nan McShan, Sandra Novack, Patti Rivela, Beth Stewart, and Melissa Young. Of course, this event would not be possible with out the support of each sponsor RICHIE'S SPECIALTY PHARMACY Tea on the Lawn Event Underwriter THE HAUBER FOUNDATION: BETH STEWART TRUSTEE Claridges Sponsor UNIVERSAL LIFESTYLE PRODUCTS The Savoy Sponsor CRESCENT MOON Champagne Cocktail Sponsor ROBICHAU'S JEWELRY Jewelry Auction Item Donor MARY KRISTEN PHOTOGRAPHY Event Photographer RIVELA PLASTIC SURGERY Event Website Sponsor CJ HAYNES Generous China Donor SHUTTERFLY Invitation Donor DAVID WOLFE Music Director FAITH in MONTGOMERY COUNTY Tea Cup Donor Photos by Mary Kristen Photography Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed this very special event! Look for information for next year’s Tea on the Lawn! 9 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews Meet the New Staff Ka Karyn Grace has been named Program Director for the New Danville Day Habilitation Program. Karyn was one of the first families to come to New Danville. Her daughter started before the building of the barn was finished. Last year Karyn took early retirement retiremen from the French oil company Total, where she ran their Public Affairs and Crisis Communications Departments for 22 years. Prior to that Karyn was a Creative Director in a New York ad agency. Karyn Grace Sherry Burgess has accepted the position of Administrative Assistant. Sherry has over 20 years experience as an administrative assistant. She worked with Conroe ISD in the Curriculum Department for 6 years. Additionally Sherry has experience working in customer service and sales office environments. She has one daughter, a dog and two cats. “We are really excited to have Karyn and Sherry join us,” States Kathy Sanders, New Danville’s CEO. “They both bring so much energy, enthusiasm and great ideas to our program. They are a great addition to our wonderful staff.” Be Sure to Eat Your Vegetables The gardens at New Danville do so much more than grow things; it is an outdoor classroom for the Wranglers. Our gardening program gives the Wranglers an opportunity to shine and take pride in their achievements. For all the Wranglers involved in the gardening program, the gardens have become an opportunity to socially interact with their peers as well as learn about the importance of working together and taking responsibility. The Wranglers have had great success with the vegetables this season. Watermelon, cantaloupe, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and chili peppers are a plenty and taste great. “Our gardens have definitely provided the Wranglers with lifelong lessons that will not be forgotten,” says Instructor Kendall Jacobson at New Danville. “I can also see how much they enjoy growing, nurturing, and eating what we plant.” After harvesting and washing our daily crops, Wranglers enjoy learning how to cook and eating their bounty! 10 Spring / Summer 2012 N ew D anville N ews New Danville Celebrates 5 Years In 2007, New Danville began to live its vision: having a place where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live, learn, work and grow emotionally, socially, and spiritually with their non-disabled peers. Spirit Cookers The celebration took place on May 5th, 2012 at New Danville under the pavilion. Guests were treated to a magnificent hamburgers and hot dogs lunch catered by the Spirit Cookers, a volunteer group of St. Kolbe Catholic Church. Finishing off a wonderful afternoon, The Marketplace was opened to those that attended the festivities where they could browse through and purchase the many products created by the Wranglers. Products for donations included benches, mosaics, tea baskets, birdhouses, pens and crosses. Milestones that were acknowledged at the celebration: 5 Years of Service Board members: Stephanie Milstead, Nan McShan, Barbara Hilton, Brady Hull, Odette D’Agostino, Staff: Linda Hein, John Massey, Kathy Sanders Valued Employee Awards Jimmy Bounds – Mail Services Donna Crudeur – Janitorial Services Dennis Goynes – Animal Care Kris Lowe – Janitorial Golf Cart Drivers Licenses Amanda Arnett Ashley Burch Mariann Cano Adrian Cavazos Catherine Cendrick Jason Currie David Darsey John Emmons Brian Forrest Brenda Lovell Lacey McGlaun Seth Milliff Lee Moore Michael Myers Nicholus Pile Alex Ramsey Kenny Riddile Logan Sanford Kelli Santistevan Anne White La’Qicia Wilkin Life Readiness Training – Phase I Certificates Ryan Alonzo Stormy Austerman Ashley Burch Mariann Cano Adrian Cavazos Donna Credeur Rachelle Credeur David Darsey Xandria Davis Noriann Doguim Aaron Dyson Robert Egley Brian Forrest Hope Gentry David Hawkins Lisa Lindhout Brenda Lovell Alex Macareno Lacey McGlaun Lee Moore Michael Myers Cameron Pfister Nicholus Pile Terri Pruitt Alex Ramsey Stacie Reinke Kenny Riddile Logan Sanford Jennifer Springer Whitney Tholstrup Daniel Wise Elizabeth Zakes 11 Maverick Participation Ribbons Joshua Abatie John Breaux Lisa Marie Cole Regina Davidson Kelly Geohagan Jeremy Lewis O.C. Mae Lewis Rebecca Lilly Mike Newton DeWayne Parker Teri Price Ross Traylor Jamark Wilkins Evelyn Willis Vocals – Wrangler Kelli Santistevan, Accompanied by Theresa Massey “Thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating this big event with us. We are so proud of New Danville, the Wranglers, Mavericks, staff and volunteers,“ Said Kathy Sanders, CEO, New Danville. New Danville News Fall 2011 This is a New Danville publication that is provided to interested individuals free of charge. To refer someone to the New Danville mailing list, please send contact information including name, address, telephone number and email address. Have you moved or changed your e-mail address recently? If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please let us know so that we can update our records with correct information. Contact Linda Hein 936.344.6200 or [email protected] Don’t just stand there; make something happen! Texas New Community Alliance dba New Danville P.O. 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