TriFitness Gym – A Great Place To Be

February 27th, 2020

By Alisa Star

As we reach a certain age our body and metabolism change. It becomes harder to shed those unwanted pounds, and movement becomes more challenging. TriFitness will help you go through your fitness journey by creating your own personal workout program that is targeted for your needs. It is based on the mobility of your body. Their team of experts are there to help you achieve your goals in a safe and successful manner.

TriFitness gym is a functional aging specialist fitness center that specializes in small group programs that targets fifty plus years of age and older. The gym is an education based facility and provides training to increase balance, flexibility, endurance, strength and in other areas that focus on natural movement. This helps seniors live a more functional daily life. Age doesn’t define our capabilities, and everyone’s body ages differently. With the right instructor and proper health program, you can help your body slow down the rate at which we lose our functional capacity.

TriFitness is one of a kind gym that has a dynamic set of instructors that are there to cater to your personal workout needs. Jake Trione, co-owner, is a functional aging specialist. Trione loves connecting with people and inspires his clients to meet their goals through his aging fitness and health programs. Trione is dedicated to his clients and makes them feel encouraged that they are working out in a safe way according to their body’s needs. Co-owner John Adelletta, loves his community and wants all the people who enter TriFitness doors to feel comfortable.

Some of TriFitness clients were eager to share their stories. Jerrye, who has been going for two months now said, “I come twice a week, I’m here to save my life”. And Brenda who’s been going faithfully says, she feels great when she arrives, and even better when she leaves. One of their daily highlights is seeing the trainers, feeling important, working out in a safe way and reaching their daily goals.

With the right fitness and nutrition program you can live a longer healthier life. TriFitness gym specializes in caring, connecting, and coaching. They are here to give you the right information, walk you through your personal training program, and get you started to a happier, healthier, better you! “TriFitness gym is buying into you, you’re not buying into us” stated Trione.

TriFitness Gym is located at 2417 Bay Area Blvd in Clear Lake. Visit www.trifitnessgym.com or call (281) 786-1189 for more information.

Food and wine pairing: Swiss Steak

February 27th, 2020

By Alisa Star

What says comfort food like Swiss Steak. This recipe is great for the month of March. It’s easy, delicious, and will put a smile on your face and bring you right back to being in your mother’s kitchen for some good old home cooking.

This savory dish pairs perfectly with red or white wine. Either one will complement the flavors of round steak, sauteed onions and bell peppers. For the white wine I would pair a partially oaked dry Chardonnay, such as Kendall Jackson, or Dönnhoff riesling would go well also. If you’re a red wine drinker you want something earthy and acidic. A good Barbaresco will pair excellent with this dish such as Rabaja, or Bruno Giacosa. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 pounds bottom round steak
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
¾ cup flour
¼ cup bacon drippings
1 large onion thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1 bell pepper thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon Worcestershire
1 1/2 cup beef broth

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Cut meat to ½ inch slices and salt and pepper both sides. Tenderize the meat with a mallet, until each slice is ¼ in thick. Place flour into a pie pan. Dredge both sides of the meat with the flour mixture.

Add the bacon drippings to just cover the bottom of 4-5 qt dutch oven, place over medium-high heat. Once oil begins to shimmer, add the steaks to the pan, cook until golden brown. Continue to do this until all pieces are browned.

After removing all steaks, add to drippings the sliced onions, bell peppers, and celery. Saute 3 minutes, add garlic and tomato paste, stir well together to combine mixture. Next add the tomatoes, paprika, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and beef broth. Stir to combine. Return the meat to the pan, submerge the meat slices down in the mixture. Cover the pot with the lid and place in the oven and cook for 2 hrs, or until meat is tender to fork.

Texas Artisan; Your One Stop Shop

February 1st, 2020

Terrie Ward

BY ALISA STAR

Texas Artisan in League City’s South Shore Harbour is truly your one stop and shop destination. There is no reason to look any further for what you need.

This eclectic little shop at 2800 Marina Bay Drive E-1 is sure to have what you’re looking for and more. It’s the mecca of fine jewelry, pearls and diamonds, as well as practical indulgent offerings that are perfect for the discriminating shopper.

They offer a plethora of quality products. Among the more admired items in the store are Malicious Women candles along with lovely, food safe artisan bowls. They also carry Frey laundry soap, and Myra bags — a cowhide, leather and canvas collection that ranges in size from small messenger to large duffle. Texas Artisan is truly a shopper’s paradise.

Wendy Collard

TALENT GALORE
Terrie Ward and Wendy Collard are the creators of this gem of a shop. Wendy is a licensed Realtor, Appraiser, Gemologist and Jeweler of 38 years. She has been married for 22 years to Anthony Collard. Wendy was an owner operator of two high end jewelry stores and co-owner of a busy OB-GYN medical practice. Being responsible for all aspects of a small business, taking care of patients and clients with jewelry of importance and precious heirlooms has set a solid foundation for real estate. She is trustworthy, honest and always puts the clients first and foremost.

Some of Ms. Collard’s distinctions and prestigious awards include being honored by the St. George, Utah Chamber of Commerce as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and later with its “Milestone Award.” The American Cancer Society honored her in its Recognition for Donations, and Red Rocky Rotary in St. George presented her with Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and made her a “Paul Harris Fellow.” She is also the author of “Missing OB-GYN.”

Collard has over 38 years of experience in the jewelry and gem industry and does custom creations and designs individual pieces specifically for her clients. Her experience and education make her the top person for your jewelry appraisals and certified jewelry repair.

MULTIFACETED
Terrie Ward, co-owner of Texas Artisan, is married to Kelly Ward and lives in the South Shore Harbour area. This isn’t Terrie’s first rodeo in retail. She has had four successful retail stores in the area, and she also has a successful booth in Canton, Texas at the famous First Monday Trade Days for 23 years.

Terrie has a serious knack for accessorizing, interior decorating, cooking and gardening. Her love for art, color, texture and beautiful things is on full display every day at Texas Artisan. She is a multifaceted creative source and has, with the help of her business partner, Wendy, put together a unique and must-see shopping destination.

The Texas Artisan owners purchase all of the high quality diamonds for their designs and one-of-a-kind pieces from Antwerp, Belgium. You will be amazed by the quality and bright luster of these stones. Almost all of their pieces are made in America and Spain, including right here in League City.

“Our focus is custom pieces, not promotional quality from China,” Wendy said. “You will be amazed by the beauty and luster that these bright clear stones have. Why should people buy from us? Our sales are based on integrity and trust. My clients have been trusting me with their treasures for over 38 years,” she added as they both nodded in agreement.

EXCITING EVENTS
Some exciting events to come this month at Texas Artisan are the Dian Malouf Trunk Show on Feb. 11 – 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day shopping. Dian Malouf is a very popular brand, and she carries great statement pieces, they explained. They also will be holding the “The Salvage Show” with Mel King on April 16 -18. Mel King is a historian, numismatist specializing in the Spanish Colonial era and a maritime artifact expert. He is the owner of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, plus he is a diver. He has been involved in commercial shipwreck salvage operations in Florida, Caribbean, and South America. Recent endeavors include management and recovery efforts of the Spanish 1715 Fleet project off the east coast of Florida. Mel will be bringing a rare find of Atocha coins from the shipwreck, and many more exciting finds. On April 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mel will be explaining how to find sunken treasures. “Be sure to come in for a visit and see what treasures are awaiting you,” Terrie says.

Texas Artisan carries one-of-a-kind pieces you won’t find anywhere else. I was in awe as I walked through the shop; every corner had something pleasing to the eye. And ladies, it’s almost rodeo time, so be sure to come in and look for those big chunky silver and turquoise pieces to wear. This shop has an abundance of choices. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You will look like a million bucks for under a hundred.

Together this creative dynamic duo has made shopping a fun and exciting experience. So begin your shopping extravaganza at this unique one stop boutique, Texas Artisan, and tell them we sent you. For information, call them at 832-385-6246 or visit their website, www.Texas-artisan.com. Or stop by the shop in League City at 2800 Marina Bay Drive.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

February 1st, 2020

By Alisa Star

AMORE… love is in the air! It’s a day where people all over the world celebrate love. It’s a day to show affection and friendship and celebrate over a romantic dinner together. We often splurge over that expensive meal with the one we love, making reservations at the most romantic restaurant around the town.

This Valentine’s Day treat you and your loved one to the perfect romantic candlelight dinner for two at home, with this mouthwatering recipe and decadent wine pairing meal. With a few key ingredients and some simple steps, you will be finding yourself creating the perfect Valentine dinner.

Nothing says LOVE like homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Everything about it is romantic, even where the recipe originated — Italy. To make this decadent rich sauce is a bit time consuming, to slow simmer it for hours is the key to a delicious mouthwatering sauce, the longer it simmers, the more the flavors bloom into pure bliss.

INGREDIENTS
For the meatballs:
1/2 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 egg
Salt and pepper
Olive oil

For the sauce:
1 tbsp good olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
2 cans plum tomato puree
1/2 cup good red wine such as Chianti
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp chopped basil
1 tsp fresh thyme
Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS
1 — Combine ground meats, bread crumbs, parsley, parmesan, garlic, salt and pepper, and egg in a bowel. Combine lightly with a fork, make sure to mix all the ingredients together well. Using your hands form the fixture into 2-3 inch meatballs. You should have enough for 12-14 meatballs.
2 — Pour vegetable oil into skillet to a depth of about 1/4 inch deep, heat oil to a medium heat. Place meatballs in batches and brown on all sides, turning carefully with a fork. This should take about 10 minutes for each batch. (If you don’t want to fry the meatballs, you can bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes). Set aside. Discard oil, but don’t clean pan.
3 — For the sauce, heat olive oil in the same pan. Add onions and saute over medium heat until they are translucent, 5-10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the wine and cook on high heat, stir and scrape bottom of pan until the liquid evaporates; this takes about 3 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, and the puree, and simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Add parsley, basil, and thyme salt and pepper. Simmer for another hour.
4- Return meatballs to sauce, cover on low heat, simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over cooked spaghetti, grate fresh parmesan over top. Place basil leaves over top of meatballs for garnish.

WINE PAIRING
South American and Californian wines like cabernet Sauvigon, merlot and malbec all go well with spaghetti and meatballs. Tomato based sauces have high acidity, and need wines with equal or higher acidity levels to match them. If you like a sweeter wine I would go with a malbec, Kaiken Ultra Malbec is a great choice. If you like a bolder flavor with more tannins, go with a good Cabernet, Caymus cab is good, or 2018 Prisoner cab will pair just as equal. If you’re a merlot lover, try Duckhorn Vineyard Merlot, it’s quite popular, and will pair great with red sauce.

Steak au Poivre with Sauteed Asparagus

December 31st, 2019

 By Alisa Star

Classic steak au Poivre is a simple dish of seared peppercorn-crusted steaks with a creamy butter pan sauce. The secret is to start by encrusting  the steak on only one side. Pre-salting the steaks will allow the surface of the meat to dry out allowing the peppercorns to stick.

Pairing this easy elegant meal with a rich full bodied red is a given. Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet 2015. It has an exciting nose of maraschino cherries, blackberry bramble and brisket with notes of clove and star anise. This wine has a fruity mid-palate of current with toasted vanilla and roasted brown sugar from American oak barrels. (Bonanza Cabernet is a great substitute. It mirrors Caymus).

  • 4 (6-8 oz) boneless steak medallions, such as filet mignon
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or cognac
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Salt steaks first, let dry for 15 minutes. Meanwhile crack peppercorns into rough halves with a pepper grinder, or a mortar and pestle. Spread peppercorns evenly over only one side  top of each steak.press firmly so the peppercorn imbeds the medallion.In a large cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add steaks, peppercorn side down, and cook until peppercorns are well toasted, about 3 minutes. Carefully turn steaks, trying not to break the crust. Add butter thyme and garlic and cook, coating the steaks with a spoon as they cook in the sauce, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, and check the internal temperature of the steaks. Medium rare will be 125F; if you want your steak medium you can continue to cook to 145F. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the skillet, discard the thyme and garlic, add shallots and more crushed peppercorn, continue cooking over medium heat, until shallots are tender. Add brandy, cook until the smell of the alcohol goes away, add chicken stock and simmer, about 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream until sauce has reduced enough to glaze a spoon. Add mustard, and season with salt. Pour sauce over the tops of the steaks.  Coat asparagus with olive oil, lemon, salt and crushed garlic. Saute in pan for 8 minutes.

Family Promise: An Opportunity of Hope

October 1st, 2019

Ryan Kirksey, board chair, Jessica Lira, case manager and Gayle Nelson executive director of Family Promise

By Alisa Star

Family Promise was founded by Karen Olson in 1986 with the mission of helping homeless and low income families to achieve sustainable independence. It also allows communities to develop comprehensive, holistic solutions for families facing homelessness.

Many of the homeless are invisible and are professional. They have come upon hard times due to many legitimate reasons such as divorce, death, illness or medical reasons, just to name a few.

Families that are in crisis come to Family Promise for help, food , shelter, and support. They also provide counseling to families for prevention. Usually the time for most families that are placed in the program is three to six months. The ultimate goal is for the families to graduate the program, and to transition into their new life and home.

Statistics show that 60% of the homeless are women with children, and 40% are men with children. There were over 2,000 homeless children for the year 2018-2019 in the Clear Creek community. Not having a place to call home is probably the toughest for children, besides the feeling of uncertainty and shame of living in shelters. Homelessness also affects children’s learning and disrupts their entire life.

Family promise has a full library, as well as children’s books and videos, and it also offers a martial arts program for the children. This program teaches children to focus, and become more disciplined, which consequently helps the child to develop solid self-esteem.

There is a three step process for receiving help from Family Promise. Telephone screening and intake interview and paperwork “background check, and drug screening.” Families that are accepted into the program must have a job, and take the classes for the 5 step program, which consists of Shelter and Wheels, Life Skills, Ride to Success, Graduate Program and Prevention and Diverse Program. This allows families to successfully prepare to graduate from the program for success.

Out of 28 families in the program 12 of them have graduated the program since March 2017 and still remain independent.

There are five Family Promises located in the Houston vicinity, with one being in the Clear Creek area at 1101 Egret Bay Blvd. in League City. Clear Creek Family Promise opened its doors in March of 2017.

There are 19 churches and 13 host churches involved in the Family Promise network. The churches prepare home cooked meals every night and help host families. There are over 700 volunteers in the Clear Creek area program. Family Promise is 100% funded by the community. They rely solely on annual fundraising events.

Bay Area Houston Magazine Is proud to sponsor the Reach for the Stars Fundraising Gala on Oct. 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Bay Oaks Country Club in Clear Lake. Tickets are $75.

The event will consist of live entertainment, cash bar, silent and live auction. Bay Area Houston Magazine President and CEO Rick Clapp will be the auctioneer for the evening.

For more information on Family promise or events, contact Gayle Nelson at 832-932-3963, or e-mail at www.ccfamilypromise.org

Bullying: The effects and the outcomes

October 1st, 2019

By Alisa Star

Bullying can affect everyone – those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicides. It is very important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying or something else is a cause of mood changes.

Bullying can happen at school, at home or online. It is often a deliberate misuse of power in a relationship through repeated verbal, physical or social and psychological harm, and makes the bullied feel superior to the person being mistreated. This is never okay, and is not a normal part of growing up.

One of the most severe outcomes of bullying today is suicide with children who are bullied. Some people often say that kids who are bullied need to toughen up. But that’s not true. It would happen no matter how thick skinned kids are. Some people think that bullying is “just a part of life.” Well that’s not true either, and they don’t take it seriously until someone they know has committed suicide over it.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,000 deaths per year. For every suicide among young people, there are about 100 suicide attempts. Over 17% of high school students have considered suicide due to bullying, and 8 percent have attempted it. Bully-related suicide can be connected to many types of bullying, physical, emotional, cyber, and texting. The link between bullying and suicides in schools are on the rise, and causing more awareness to teachers and parents to learn about the signs and dangers associated with bullying.

Bullying can create high levels of social anxiety and a sense of a loss of dignity, and so many children show these signs and go unnoticed, or think it’s just a phase. Feeling unsafe can also have a huge negative impact on learning and participation in school functions. Over 4 million students skip school to avoid bullying.

Students who witness bullying happen can also experience negative impacts. Students can feel stressed, not knowing what to do, or if they should tell someone, in fear of getting someone in trouble, or the loss of social status. They may be afraid of becoming bullied themselves if they say something.

Research shows that bystanders are key to stopping bullying, but these students are part of peer groups and there may well be issues for them if they speak up. Students weigh the factors for them if they intervene, including their relationship with those involved, the apparent seriousness and impact, whether they think someone else would intervene, and their opinion of the person being bullied

Why do people bully others? In some cases it may be to improve social status, having low self-esteem, feeling angry or frustrated, having lack of remorse or failing to recognize their behavior as a problem, or maybe being a victim of bullying themselves. Some people who bully are tough and strong. While other bullies are popular but thoughtless. Bullies are usually likely to have lifelong issues, such as depression, aggression, or maybe from abuse themselves from a family member, or friend. Children who bully enjoy getting their way, or may like conflict, and the feeling of aggression that makes them feel like the cream of the crop.

Le Pere Goriot once said “Perhaps it is only human nature to inflict suffering on anything that will endure suffering, whether by reason of its genuine humility, or indifference, or sheer helplessness.” While so many people would think this statement could hold a lot of trueness, it’s not acceptable. Throwing your weight around on people who are defenseless against your meanness is the worst form of cowardice imaginable. The desperate need to intimidate and control others in order to feel good about oneself is the most pathetic way to let out emotional and psychological steam. Everyone has some sort of problems in his or her life but resorting to bullying is the lowest form of handling the situation, in fact bullies tend to lose a lot of their friends. People don’t want to be associated with bullies, in fear they will be titled a bullier, too.

If you suspect a child or your child is being bullied, do what you can to get more information to take the first necessary steps to intervene. Bullying most often happens when adults are not around. Encourage open and honest relationships with your child, and don’t rush to judgement until you have had time to learn about the situation. Also you can educate your child on what bullying looks like. Teach them to recognize it when they see it, and to not be afraid to help or tell someone. This could save a life.

The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are the majority. No one heals themselves by wounding another person. And you never make yourself look good by making others feel bad.

Teach your child to value themselves by showing them how much you love them. Tell them every day that they are strong and that they have power over their own lives. Teach them to talk to you, by talking to them. Above all…Let them know how much they are loved, and how important they are in this world we live in.

Here’s to Living the Best You.

Why Friendship Is A Lost Treasure

September 3rd, 2019

By Alisa Star

A true friend is the rarest thing to come by in today’s world. Love gets all the headlines, but friendship is where all the action is; after all, a friendship develop before love comes. Friends can challenge us, confuse us, and sometimes we might wonder why we bother. But friendship is as important to our well being like the air we breathe, the food we eat, or the shelter we live in. What’s more friendship helps us grow, learn, and make life long relationships. The people we bring into our lives as friends will help us learn how to forgive, laugh, listen, and love. Friends help push us out of our comfort zones, help motivate us while still providing a safe emotional space for us to be completely ourselves.

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. The great Muhammad Ali once said “Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning, then you really haven’t learned anything.”

A true friend will completely have your back, through the good and the bad. They will always stand up for you if you’re not there to defend yourself. They will always be there for you, no matter what time of day or night. They will listen to all your worries with an open mind, and give you good advice. Most of us only have a few good friends at a time. Friends are becoming extinct, really… You may only have 2-3 in your whole lifetime that will remain with you, and if you have that you are blessed. Cherish friendship close to your heart and treasure it like its gold.

Most of us wonder what the real meaning of the saying “A Friend In Need Is A Friend Indeed” The trust between best friends is such that if one friend is in trouble, the other will not think twice to help. If the bond between two friends is strong, two friends can endure even long distances, which so many relationships can’t even do that. It would not affect their relationship. True friendship does not fade away. In fact it grows stronger with time.

True friendship thrives on trust, inspiration, and comfort. A true friend you can tell your secrets to, and you know they’re kept a secret. A true friend inspires you to excel, and helps you go above and beyond your own expectations, admires your success and is not jealous of it.

What keeps the fabric of friendship solid and so colorful is a touch is spirituality. Friendship cannot become permanent unless it becomes a spiritual experience. It does not have to be defended or explained. It is only with the heart that we can understand what it means to be a friend or to have a friend.

It was God who said in the beginning, that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18); then at the fullness of time God sent his own son into the word, not only to be a friend, but to make and have friends (John 15:13).

Friendships are great investments. Friends can be influential concerning our jobs/ or career as they become a part of the network that we use to find our way through life. Friends can introduce us to new friends and expand our life experiences. It can enhance the quality in our lives, and help us produce better in a working environment. And a friend usually won’t let a mutual acquaintance steer you wrong, and will always try and lead you in the right direction. After all a true friend only wants the best for you.

Life is like a party, you invite a lot of people, some leave early and some leave late, some laugh with you, some laugh at you. But at the end, when all the fun is over, it’s usually your friends who stay or show up the next morning to help you clean up the mess. This is what a friend does. So support your friends, listen to their ideas, go to their events, share their posts, celebrate their victories, and remind them of their importance after their failures. A little support can go a long way in your friend’s life.

Friends are like your backbone they are always there when you need support, so be there for each other, remember friendship is a two way street. It takes two people to make a friendship.

I love and cherish my friends; there have been times I didn’t have the words that could make a bad thing go away, but I had the arms to embrace them and comfort them, and to cry with them. Sometime between friends there doesn’t need to be words, just be present. I thank God for the friends in my life. I don’t know what I would do without them, and I’m grateful that my children are also my best friends. I feel blessed to have such wonderful people in my circle to be a part of my life, and to go through my years developing such great, fun memories with.

There are some people in your life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little longer and just live a little bit better…….A Friend.

Here’s To Living The Best You!

Grand Opening Night At Cut Foil Benefits Longhorn Project

August 1st, 2019

By Alisa Star

Cut Foil wine and Piano Bar held several great and exciting events this past month. On Saturday July 6, a benefit for the Longhorn project was held and featured music by Jason Allcorn, who rocked the house with country music.

The Longhorn Project is committed to agricultural education. It is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on educational project. The Longhorn Project is a well known center of agriculture, science and engineering. It is located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center on a 53 acre tract of land for grazing, complete with an 11 acre feeding lot and 7 acre garden area. The area consists of garden plots, a greenhouse, orchards, compost containers, aquaculture ponds and paver patio with a beautiful waterfall. The Western Heritage Pavilion was built and donated by the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.

Under the direction of project manager, Henry Wilson, a select team of FFA students learn and care for the trophy steer herd, raising and exhibiting 25 longhorns at numerous shows across the state of Texas. The project is challenging and is a major responsibility for all the students involved. They are all proud to be a part of this unique opportunity.
Cut Foil hosted a silent and live auction to help raise money for the Longhorn Project. Chairperson Andrea Wilson kicked off the event. There was a lot of excitement and bidding wars.

Rick Clapp conducted the live auction and the passing of the cowboy hat to help raise funds for this worthwhile cause. Over $3,000 dollars was raised for the Longhorn Project. There was fun and exciting bidding on all the auction items. Some of the items included a BBQ dinner for eight, a photo of the longhorns, and a case of wine donated by Derek and Robin Holk. A tour of rocket park and lunch with retired Johnson Space Center Director George Abby was a hotly bidded item. A horse painting, a nice dinner gift card package and bottle of wine with glasses for two was donated by Bay Area Houston Magazine. Some of the auction winners included Tom Herman, Alisa Star and Rick Clapp to name a few. A special thanks goes to Derek and Robin Holk, and a great time was enjoyed by all.

Cut Foil is located at 20801 Gulf Fwy, Webster, TX 77598 next to the Fitness Connection. For information on live music and upcoming events, visit online at www.cutfoil.com or like them on Facebook.