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19th Annual Katy Triathlon Set for Sunday, Oct. 30

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Katy/Fulshear, TX – Aug. 18, 2011 . . .

Swimmers take to the lake at the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

Swimmers take to the lake at the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne

“We are pleased to welcome back the Katy Triathlon for the third consecutive year,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Organizers expect approximately 900 participants from throughout the Houston metropolitan area and across the state.

The Katy Triathlon at Firethorne encompasses a 16-mile bike race, a three-mile run and a 500-meter swim in Lake Firethorne. Rotary Club of Katy has sponsored the Katy race for more than 10 years, according to President-Elect Dr. Ralph Brock. The Club organizes more than 40 of its own member-volunteers, in addition to helpers from Cinco Ranch High School FBLA, Rotary Interact Club and Boy Scouts to orchestrate the Katy Triathlon.

The cycling route for adults will include sections of FM 1463 and US Hwy. 90 within the Katy city limits.

“Firethorne opened a six-lane, 25-yard-long competitive lap pool earlier this summer that is an ideal place for residents to train,” noted veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.

Katy Triathlon registration is open and continues through October 25. The complete fee structure and deadlines are posted on the event website, www.katytriathlon.com.

The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in Katy ISD. In July, the Rotary Fund awarded $21,000 in scholarships, $1,500 each to 14 graduating seniors from the district’s six high schools. Race sponsorships, underwriters and in-kind underwriters are available. For information, call Vicki Rao, 281-391-3655.

Firethorne, located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, blends the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, tennis courts, Fitness Center, resort-style swimming pool, competitive swim center, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Served by highly acclaimed schools, Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info. # # #

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Sun & Ski, TOMS Back-To-School Shoe Drive Benefits Children Locally and Globally

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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One for One X 2

Sun & Ski Sports Celebrates Sale of 50,000 TOMS Shoes
with Star of Hope Shoe Drive & TOMS Shoes Custom Paint Event

Houston – July 22, 2011. . . . Houston-based Sun & Ski Sports will mark the sale of its 50,000th pair of TOMS shoes next month with a two-week Back To School Shoe Drive to benefit children at Star of Hope

For every new pair of TOMS shoes sold, a new pair is given to a needy child in a developing country.

For every new pair of TOMS shoes sold, a new pair is given to a needy child in a developing country.

topped off by an August 13 TOMS Shoes Custom Paint Event. Shoe painting commissions will support promising young artists. The local August 1-14 shoe drive complements the global TOMS One for One Movement matching shoe purchases with new shoes for children in developing countries.

“This milestone sale directly correlates to 50,000 pairs of TOMS shoes given to children globally through Sun & Ski since the company began carrying the TOMS brand two years ago,” said Barry Goldware, CEO of Sun & Ski Sports, TOMS #1 seller in Texas.

“During the shoe drive, every customer who brings in a pair of gently worn shoes will receive a Sun & Ski Sports certificate for $5 off a new pair of TOMS shoes. Shoes will be donated to needy children both locally and globally through the efforts of Sun & Ski and TOMS — it’s one for one X (times) two, when donors buy a new pair of TOMS as well,” he explained.

“If the solid-color fabric slip-on TOMS aren’t your signature style, you may customize newly purchased TOMS (with Sun & Ski Sports receipt) on Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 6100 Westheimer, Katy Mills, Memorial City and Webster stores, thanks to the talents of budding artists,” said Goldware.

For $10 per pair, an artist will paint a custom design for the customer. The artists, who will receive 100 percent of their painting fees, can paint commissions on the shoe canvas. The paints are water resistant.

Additionally, collection boxes for pre-owned (or new) shoes appropriate for children to wear to school will be at all five Houston-area Sun & Ski Sports stores: 6100 Westheimer, Memorial City Mall, Katy Mills Mall, 5503 FM 1960 West and 1355 Bay Area Boulevard.

TOMS was founded in 2006 when American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, which stands for Tomorrows. Mycoskie returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. Today the company has donated more than one million shoes to barefoot children to help prevent soil-transmitted diseases and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause; prevent feet from getting cuts and sores that are dangerous if they become infected; and allow children to attend school because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don’t go to school, they don’t receive an education and don’t have the opportunity to realize their potential.

Sun & Ski Sports has a longstanding relationship with Star of Hope, having collected more than over 10 tons of clothing in 20+ years to provide warmth to Houston’s homeless, according to Marilyn Fountain, Star of Hope Community Relations. Through Emergency Shelters and Transitional Living Centers, Star of Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 different homeless people each year, including more than 1,600 children. Star of Hope ministers to approximately 1,000 men, women and children every day with food, clothing, shelter, Christian care and structured recovery programs. Sun & Ski Sports outfits enthusiasts who ski, run, hike and bike around the world. The store’s e-commerce and store addresses are available at www.sunandski.com.

For further information on the Back-To-School Shoe Drive & TOMS Shoes Custom Paint Event, call 281-340-5000, ext. 145.
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Tomorrow’s an early morning for PR Fairy

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Sunday will be an early morning for the PR Fairy. It’s the Katy Triathlon at Firethorne and Susan Farb Public Relations will be out there in Katy/Fulshear at 7 a.m. (before the roads are closed off!) to handle media relations and capture the 1,000-person competition with her digital camera. Here’s what to expect:

What: – 18th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne: THIRD largest co-ed triathlon in Texas

Sanctioned by: USA Triathlon; Houston City Triathlon Championship venue

When: Sunday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Where: Firethorne — on FM 1463, near the crossroads of I-10 West corridor, Westpark Tollway and Grand Parkway. The race is in and around the 1,400-acre Katy/Fulshear community. Streets into Firethorne will be closed off at 7 a.m. on Race Day.

Who: Individual athletes as well as relay teams will compete; 1,000 athletes projected, according to veteran Race Director Dave Rainey.

Check List:

Volunteer Hours: 1,780 volunteer hours (sum of all volunteer hours,
includes meetings, packet stuffing, packet pickup and triathlon)
Police officers: 12
Road Cones: 450
Volunteers: 125
Rotarians: 40
Motorcycles for bike rte.: 8
Water Stations: 3
Bottles of water: 2,500
Sag Wagons: 2
Ambulances: 2
Golf Carts: 4
Port-A Pots: 15
Canoes: 2
DJ: 1
Coordinator: 1
Pace Car: 1
Pasta Salad: 1,200 servings
Bananas: 1,200
T-shirts: 1,200
Timing chips: 1,200
Bagels: 750
Pizzas: 125
Sandwiches: 750
Ice: 2,800 pounds
Cups: 7,200
Michelob Ultra: 20 cases

Race: 500 meter swim around the 12-acre Lake Firethorne; 16-mile bike race and 3-mile run through Firethorne. The cycling route will include sections of FM 1463, US Hwy. 90, Pederson Road and the I-10 Frontage Road

Sponsor: The Rotary Club of Katy donates event proceeds to the Katy Rotary Fund, which supports local charities for their work in providing essential health, recreation and educational services to children in the Katy ISD attendance area. The goal is to raise monies for 16 $1,500 college scholarships for Katy ISD graduating seniors.

Host: Firethorne, located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor, blends the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Served by the award-winning Katy I.S.D., Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info.

Good luck to all the triathletes and thanks to all of the volunteers who make this race such a success to raise money for Katy I.S.D. scholarships!

Positive Real Estate News from Houston-Area Residential Home Front: Firethorne Celebrates Third Anniversary with 772 Home Sales to Date

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Katy/Fulshear – June 11, 2009. . . . With 772 home sales in its first three years, including 92 in 2009 (to date), celebrated its third anniversary in May with some positive residential real estate news from the Houston-area home front. The 1,400-acre master-designed community is located in Katy/Fulshear, 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor.

“Firethorne has been holding its own in today’s real estate market thanks to continued growth in the Katy and Fulshear areas and for being part of one of the greatest school districts in the state. There are three major Houston hospitals expanding in this area — two under construction and one on the drawing board — plus BP America and Conoco/Phillips relocating employees here,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.

Thanks to this business activity, Firethorne continues to lay the infrastructure for new home sections and has begun work on the North Firethorne Road extension. In addition, Firethorne builders Perry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Coventry Homes and Partners In Building are building a total of four new homes for the new Model Park I set to open in September 2009. Highland Homes currently has a model in Model Park I.

“The Katy area in general is running counter to what the rest of the city and nation is doing (in home sales),” observed Partners In Building-Firethorne Sales Consultant Scott Wilson, based at Firethorne since June 2007. “While one may think the (sales) numbers should be down, the reality is, we’re picking up a larger portion of the market share compared to other areas of town because of what value Firethorne offers.  This year Partners In Building came out of January with a bang at Firethorne,” he said. He notes an influx of relocation buyers, from out-of-town and from more seasoned Katy area residents looking to escape the traffic congestion of Mason and Fry Roads.  “Interest rates will never be as low as they are now and homebuyers are finding their monthly house payments won’t go up that much,” he explained.

Firethorne sold 204 homes in 2008 and 218 homes in 2007. According to Plantation Homes-Firethorne sales consultant Charlie Russo, his office is on pace to meet or exceed 2008 sales. “Business has been brisk this spring,” said Russo, who has sold 17 homes this year. The homes, priced from the $170,000s to the $270,000s, are attracting more first-time homebuyers thanks to the tax credits available, he said.

“I believe Firethorne is just now coming of age,” said David Weekley Homes-Firethorne Sales Consultant Sandee Horton, awarded David Weekley Homes Sales Consultant of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Horton also is seeing activity from top oil company executives relocating to the area.  “I have clients who have referred me to friends and family, which speaks volumes about Firethorne,” she said, noting one David Weekley Homes homeowner who transferred here from Brazil, referred her two other Brazilian families who bought homes in Firethorne.

Firethorne blends with the best nature has to offer: 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat. Firethorne combines the vibrancy of West Houston with the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. Served by the award-winning Katy Independent School District, the community is strategically located on FM 1463 near the crossroads of the 1-10 West corridor, the Westpark Tollway and the Grand Parkway. To tour Firethorne, take I-10 West and exit Pin Oak to FM 1463, call 281-395-1440 or visit www.firethorne.info.

Two Local Families Touched by Autoimmune Disease That Causes Severe Hair Loss. Katy Residents Head Up “Tortoise & Hair” 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk Benefiting National Alopecia Areata Foundation

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Katy, TX – June 2, 2009. . . .Two Katy families touched by an autoimmune disease that causes severe hair loss have teamed up to chair Houston’s first-ever “Tortoise & Hair” 5K & 1 Mile Run/Walk benefiting the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF.)  Set for Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m., for the one-mile walk and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K, the event will begin at Wortham Center’s Ray C. Fish Plaza, 500 Texas Avenue, downtown.

Alopecia areata is a poorly understood autoimmune disease that affects more than five million Americans with the severe loss of hair on one’s head, as well as facial and body hair,” said Beverly Tucker, event co-chair with her husband, Jonathan, and Jennifer and Jeff Magee. “It occurs in both sexes and all races and ages, but children are most commonly affected. Currently there is no cure,” Tucker explained. The Tucker’s 9-year-old son, Jonathan, Jr., was diagnosed with alopecia areata at age 7 and the Magee’s daughter, Elizabeth, 10, was diagnosed at age 4. Jonathan, Jr. and his father plan to run the 5K together. Younger brother, Christopher, 8, will walk the one-mile race with his grandfather, Dr. Garrett Tucker.

The “Tortoise & Hair” coincides with the 24th Annual National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) International Conference in Houston. Race proceeds will benefit the NAAF, a 501c(3) organization, to fund research to help find a cure or effective treatment for the unpredictable, emotionally disabling disease. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston serves as a national registry for alopecia areata patients in its support of research.“As parents, we find ourselves challenged daily with helping our children maintain their dignity and self-confidence,” explained Jeff Magee. While we cannot grow hair for Elizabeth or Jonathan, we can raise funds to foster research needed.”

The “Tortoise & Hair” is 100 percent produced by volunteers, noted Tucker, whose family lives in Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master designed community in Katy/Fulshear. Firethorne, and Infinity Investments are lead sponsors of “Tortoise & Hair.” To register for the “Tortoise & Hair,” visit www.houstonaaf5k.org and www.active.com. The pre-registration fee, $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, ($25 for Race Day registration), includes a T-shirt and post-race refreshments. There will be overall awards to the first male and female race winners and top three per age group, make and female. For off-line registration, checks should be made out to National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) and mailed with entry forms to: “Tortoise & Hair” ™, 1422 Three Forks Drive, Katy, TX  77450. For further information, contact jjmagee@earthlink.net or 281-395-9064.

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