Children’s Museum to Hold Annual Silent Auction & Market

Children’s Museum to Hold  Annual Silent Auction & Market
Children's Museum to hold Silent Auction
The SRSC ballroom came alive at the 2015 Silent Auction & Market, benefiting the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum. More than 275 attendees bid for the 300-plus auction items. (Credit: Wyman Williams)

More than 300 Items Were Available for Bid Last Year!

The Board of Directors of the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum is pleased to announce the third annual Silent Auction & Market, to be held Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. The bidding will begin at 6:00 pm and close at 8:00 pm.

Guests at the auction will find all kinds of items for bidding, while enjoying a fun and festive evening out with friends and neighbors.  Items will include floral arrangements, furniture, home accents, original paintings and artwork, collector’s items, holiday décor, and jewelry as well as unique experience packages, and much, much more. At the 2015 event, more than 300 items were available for bid.

In addition, an assortment of baked goods and other culinary delights will be available for purchase at the Market. Checks, cash and credit cards will all be accepted.

“Our most ambitious fundraiser to date, the Silent Auction & Market generates monies that directly impact the children of our region by supporting one of our community’s greatest treasures. In 2016, more than 30,000 people, from all over Texas and beyond, visited the Museum,” said Board President Donna Tavener.

Tickets are available now for just a $5 donation and can be purchased at the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum, Commerce Chamber of Commerce, from any board member or at the door.  Children are welcome, and those 12 years old or younger will be admitted free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

Raffle tickets are also on sale for $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00.  This year’s prizes are sponsored by Alliance Bank, Cypress Bank, Guaranty Bank & Trust and Inwood National Bank and consist of a $500 Visa Gift Card, $300 Visa Gift Card and $200 Visa Gift Card.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Museum and will directly impact the lives of its young visitors.  Each day at the Museum, hands-on, creative play inspires our youth to discover their place in the world in which they live. Because of the generosity of our community, even more innovative experiences to foster curiosity and ingenuity can be provided.

Call 903.886.6055 for more information, or if you would like to donate an item for the auction

Honorees Announced for 2017 ATHENA Awards

Honorees Announced for 2017 ATHENA Awards

 

Athena Awards

Austin College | Sherman Texas | April 2, 2017

Austin College and its Texoma Women Get Connected program will award two exemplary leaders from the Texoma region with the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award at a noon luncheon on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

The event will be held in Mabee Hall of Wright Campus Center at Austin College. The luncheon follows a morning Board Leadership Symposium co-sponsored by United Way of Grayson County and the Austin College Center for Community & Regional Development. Tickets to the ATHENA Awards luncheon are $25 each, while the morning symposium is free and open to the public. Registration for both events is available on the Austin College website at https://www.picatic.com/athena2017, or by calling 903-813-2041. Deadline to register is April 30.

At the luncheon, three finalists will be recognized as honorees for the ATHENA Award distinction and two for the Young Professional Award, with the recipients of each award being announced at the luncheon’s conclusion. Local honorees may represent either the profit or not-for-profit sector and must work and reside in Fannin, Cooke, or Grayson counties.

Honorees for this year’s ATHENA Award are Michelle Castle, branch manager of Guild Mortgage Company; Janis Fletcher, certified court clerk II with the Sherman Police Department; and Leigh Ann Sims, commercial loan officer at Legend Bank.

For the Young Professional Award, two outstanding young leaders will be recognized: Trish Bridges, director of critical care services at WNJ Regional Medical Center, and Mikayla Stocks, volunteer coordinator/case worker/grant writer for Grayson County Shelter.

Keynote speaker for the luncheon is Kourtny Garrett, president and CEO of Downtown Dallas Inc. Her career spans 15 years in the development of livable communities and building public-private partnerships. She also leads the Downtown Dallas 360 plan and DDI’s education agenda. A graduate of Austin College, Ms. Garrett holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented to individuals who have attained and embody the highest level of professional excellence in their business or profession, devote time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

ATHENA Young Professional Leadership nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession; provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community; and clearly serve as role models for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Leadership Award Program is administered by ATHENA International, a non-profit women’s leadership organization, along with licensed host organizations and sponsors. Over 6,000 awards have been presented in the U.S. and around the world since the program’s inception in 1982. Recent recipients include Condoleezza Rice, Billie Jean King, Pat Summit, and Gabby Giffords.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

 

The Texas Sandbox

The Texas Sandbox
Texas Sandbox
David Shows a Guest the Ropes

Have you heard about Extreme Sandbox’s Texas Sandbox in Pottsboro, Texas? It is the place where almost anyone can operate heavy equipment for fun.

Chances are that you have heard about it from TV shows like Shark Tank and the The Texas Bucket List. Extreme Sandbox boasts two locations with one in Texoma and one in Minnesota. David Beardsley, the General Manager of The Texas Sandbox in Pottsboro, is the local Texoma boy who helped make The Texas Sandbox a reality.

Guests Play Dueling Machines

Extreme Sandbox owner Randy Stenger opened his Minnesota location in 2012. He made the decision to open a north Texas location because Texas actually chose Extreme Sandbox. Texans were the company’s number one out-of-state market.  In 2016, The Texas Sandbox was born and it began offering heavy equipment experiences to Texomaland tourists and locals alike.

When Randy began negotiations to acquire the Texas location, David Beardsley was there David had worked as a golf cart specialist at Tanglewood Resort for two years when Randy offered him the GM position at The Texas Sandbox. After meeting David, it is easy for people to see why he made such an impressive impression on Randy and The Extreme Sandbox. David is also retired U.S. Military. He began his career with 14 years active duty for the U.S. Navy and then went on to finish it with the U.S. Air Force National Guard.

David excels at public relations, event management, employee training, and customer safety. He does it all. First, David and his staff give their guests a short but comprehensive training session. Then David and his team will lead you out into the sandbox to your Komatsu heavy equipment machine of choice with two-way headsets to guide your progress before they tell you that you are on your own and to have fun! They make it super easy and comfortable even though you may be scared stiff (literally) inside the cab of your machine.

Texas Training Session
Texas Training Session

While David is carrying out those complex maneuvers, he is also capturing numerous photos with a high-quality camera because The Extreme Sandbox knows that you and your group are creating a legendary, lifetime memory. Your pictures show up in a shared Dropbox file shortly after your visit.

Extreme Sandbox advertises on the national and local levels, but Randy does not spend much on advertising because his company lets their products speak for themselves. Extreme Sandbox is one of the top ranked attractions on tripadvisor.com.

Extreme Sandbox primarily uses Facebook to engage people with their extreme experiences on their distinctive choice of heavy equipment machines.  You can also find Extreme Sandbox on most social media platforms.

David stresses that safety is paramount and customer experience is Extreme Sandbox’s number one objective when people visit the highly energetic and exciting entertainment attraction.

Extreme Sandbox likes to say that it is not the cheapest entertainment option but that it will definitely be the most unique experience of your life. The company can accommodate most group sizes and budgets.  Extreme Sandbox specializes in family outings, parties, corporate gatherings, and team building events.

Texomans may have adopted the notion that The Texas Sandbox in Pottsboro is too expensive for them. This is only a matter of comparison. Texomans who play golf, boat for fun or to fish, and enjoy many of Lake Texoma’s nighttime entertainment spots will spend about the same amount per person at the Texas Sandbox.

Call or visit  the north Texas Extreme Sandbox at 855-DIG-4-FUN or find them online at ExtremeSandbox.com

Kendall DavisAuthor

Kendall Davis is a regular contributor to LakeTexoma.com/news. She has accumulated over 25 years of experience as a writer, published author, copy editor, and content marketer. You can contact her at: luminiservices@gmail.com and http://kdavis1836.wixsite.com/luminiwrites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Award-Winning Psychiatrist to Speak at Austin College

Vikram PatelAustin College will host internationally recognized psychiatrist and professor Vikram Patel on campus as the 2017 recipient of the Austin College Posey Leadership Award on Tuesday, March 28. Patel will present “People’s Health in People’s Hands,” at 11 a.m. in Wynne Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

The College’s Posey Leadership Award recognizes Patel’s work addressing mental health problems globally, particularly as a champion of the underserved. He works to create justice for all by creating access to quality mental health care for the socially disadvantaged or those living in low-resource settings worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people will be affected by a mental health issue in a lifetime. Patel is working to provide innovative ways to extend mental health solutions and to develop and evaluate psychological treatments that can be delivered by non-specialized health workers in routine health care or educational settings. He also seeks to teach ordinary people to deliver front-line mental health care to make up for the lack of care in many situations.

Patel was born in Mumbai, India, and graduated from medical school at the University of Bombay and completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He describes psychiatry as a medical field with the perfect mix of society and science. Timemagazine recognized Patel on its 2015 list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. He also received the 2016 Pardes Humanitarian Prize in Mental Health and was recognized at the Asian Awards in London as 2016 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Patel is co-director for the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi. He also co-founded Sangath, a research NGO in Goa, India, that focuses on child development, adolescent health, and mental health, He also is co-founder of the Center for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research has been supported since 1995 by the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health through the support of bright minds.

An accomplished writer, Patel has written more than 250 articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and is the author of several books including Where There is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual (2003). The manual has been translated into a dozen languages and is used by community healthcare workers worldwide.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. Patel will deliver his lecture at the Austin College Global Outreach (GO!) Forum at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Tickets to the event start at $50 and are available at www.austincollege.edu/goforum.

The Austin College Leadership Award was created in March 2008 through the generosity of Sally and Lee Posey, founder of Palm Harbor Homes; the Posey name was added to the award upon Lee Posey’s death in 2008. The award honors outstanding individuals who, through their work, have demonstrated the principles of servant leadership. Previous recipients include Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, founders of Half the Sky Movement and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists; Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Band; Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy; Dr. Nathan Wolfe, epidemiologist and author of the “The Viral Storm”; and Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize laureate and founder of the Voluntary Architects’ Network.

Sponsors for this year’s events include Bank of Texas and Sherman Economic Development Corporation, as well as Texas Health Resources of Fort Worth; Goldman, Sachs & Co., headquartered in Dallas; UT Southwestern/Southwestern Medical Foundation; Bank of Texas;  Dr. and Mrs. Henry Estess of Dallas; Hersh Foundation of Irving; Abigail and Todd Williams of Dallas; Stan and Judy Woodward of Dallas; John and Anne Andersen of Dallas; Children’s Health of Dallas; Brent Christopher of Dallas; Emily and David Corrigan of Dallas; Rebecca and Ron Gafford of Dallas; San Angelo physician Fazlur Rahman, M.D. and Jahanara Rahman; Ann Ross of Dallas; Sherman Economic Development Corporation; Becky and Larry Sykes of Dallas; DHD Films of Dallas; and Mental Health America (MHA) of Greater Dallas.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.

Children Invited to Explore Music and Dance at Austin College Program

Children Invited to Explore Music and Dance at Austin College Program

Roo BoundArea children are invited to participate in Austin College’s ’Roo Bound program Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., coordinated by the College’s Service Station. This free Saturday morning program is an opportunity for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to spend fun, learning time with members of the Austin College community. This month’s program is titled “Musical March” and students will learn about various musical instruments in the morning and learn some fun dance routines with members of the Austin College Aussies Dance Team and ACtivators after having lunch in the Austin College dining hall in Wright Campus Center, courtesy of the Service Station and Aramark Food Service.

The day of the program, students should arrive between 10:45 and 11 a.m. at the Wright Campus Center entrance off Brockett Street.

Advance registration is requested so that sufficient volunteers and materials will be available and only 50 slots are available. To register or for more information, contact the Austin College Service Station at 903.813.2333 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays or email servicestation@austincollege.edu. To register by email, include the child’s name and grade level, along with the parents’ phone number.

In addition to the special learning opportunity for children, ’Roo Bound, coordinated by Service Station and involving many campus student groups, is designed to expose children to the idea of college in a safe, fun environment. The organizers hope that the program makes college attendance seem accessible to children, particularly those who might be the first in their families to consider college.

The Austin College Service Station is a student-run organization that connects Austin College students available for service with local agencies and groups needing volunteers. Many students do individual service projects in the community; campus organizations often do group projects; others take part in projects such as ’Roo Bound or the College’s annual Great Day of Service, when several hundred students volunteer at more than 40 agencies in the north Texas region.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, Austin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 40 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of approximately 1,275 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.