Salute to Heroes to Aid Wounded Warriors

February 1st, 2020

One of the Bay Area’s most popular events – Salute to Heroes V – is coming up Friday, April 3, from 7 to 11 p.m., in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom in League City.

The patriot dinner-dance honoring both our warriors and our veterans will feature an open bar, a four-course dinner served at 7:30 p.m., and then a concert by Gary Puckett and the pop rock band, the Union Gap, one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties, followed by dancing. Gary’s powerful and unmistakable signature voice earned him six consecutive Gold Records and Top 10 Billboard hits!

Proceeds from the event, which is held every other year, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that changes the lives of injured warriors, caregivers and family members as it brings independence to the nation’s most severely wounded veterans.

South Shore Harbour Resort staffers, who are coordinating the event, said UTMB Health is the presenting sponsor, adding that many local businesses have already signed up as sponsors and there are still opportunities available.

The original “Salute to Heroes” was started to honor the memory of SPC Ray Joseph Hutchinson and to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by all who wear a uniform and serve our great country. The Ray Joseph Hutchinson Foundation has raised more than $400,000 in scholarships for Clear Creek Independent School District students and honored many service men and women within our community in its 10 years of operation.

The proud parents of Ray Joseph say they are pleased to see the community continue the “Salute to Heroes” tradition of honoring our local heroes and veterans and raising funds to benefit local organizations that serve our community.

Past recipients include:

2014: Operation Finally Home, 2015: BAHEP Cares and Sentinels of Freedom,  2016: Bay Area Alliance and Military Veteran Peer Network, 2018: League City First Responders

For sponsorship and ticket information, contact Bridget Bear at 281-334-1000, ext. 2028

Bellamy Brothers add pizazz to Salute to Heroes evening

June 1st, 2018

By Rick Clapp

Houston Methodist St. John Hospital’s annual Salute to Heroes Patriot Dinner and Concert was quite touching.  The evening’s theme was casual but smart western chic.  It was all red, white and blue as guests celebrated our country and League City’s First Responders while benefitting Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

South Shore Harbour Resort General Manager Roy Green hosted an evening of live music and revelry with great food and drinks, bringing big smiles to the faces of State Sen. Larry Taylor and his wife, Kerri, Jim and Jane Sweeny, Bob Mitchell and Joan McKinney, Galen and Carla Medlenka and Henry and Andrea Wilson.

The totally awesome dinner included a delicious tenderloin with Jack Daniel sauce with large delightful stuffed gulf shrimp.  The special dessert was to die for — a large serving of dulce la leche cheesecake with a mango tequila couli. C’est tres bon!

Carla and Galen Medlenka with Rick Clapp.

Just ask Ange Mertens, Brenda Keithley, Larry Moser, Debbie Salisbury, Robyn Weigelt or Bo Brinkman, who were among the many who would agree.

Highlight of the evening was a private concert by the famous Bellamy Brothers, followed by disco music and dancing. What a blast! I was digging it.  The live auction was conducted by Senator Taylor and featured a four-day home stay on the Guadalupe River and a sail on the Star Cruiser for 40 guests.

T.J. Aulds, who came with his wife, Beth Lewis, was the evening’s emcee with the invocation by Living Words Church Pastor Brad Heintz. Major sponsors included City of Nassau Bay, Moody National Bank, Norman Frede Chevrolet, South Shore Harbor Resort, Bay Area Houston Magazine, Amoco, City of Webster and Faust Distributing.

The original Salute to Heroes was started to honor local fallen hero SPC Ray Joseph Hutchinson by his parents. The fund raised close to a half million dollars over its 10-year duration. Thanks to the Hutchinsons, their son’s memory will remain in our hearts forever.  God Bless America — in God We Trust.

Free ‘Planning for Baby’ event slated

January 16th, 2018

Are you planning your pregnancy or expecting a baby in 2018? If so, you don’t want to miss the free pregnancy event — Planning for Baby – presented by Houston Methodist St. John Hospital on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City.

This informative event gives moms-to-be, and couples planning their pregnancy, the opportunity to talk with a wide range of experts from Houston Methodist Childbirth Center at St. John including:

  • Fertility specialists
  • Obstetrician-gynecologists
  • Maternal-fetal medicine specialists
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses and support staff
  • Pediatricians
  • Pregnancy physical therapists

“Pregnancy is a challenging time for many women, and it’s a great benefit to talk with someone who can answer questions, provide knowledgeable feedback and ease your mind about the weeks and months ahead,” said Dr. Elizabeth Cloninger, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and medical director of Women’s Services at Houston Methodist St. John Hospital.

“This event will provide a relaxed environment where women can learn about comprehensive obstetrics care – from planning their pregnancy to a healthy delivery and postpartum care.”

In addition to health experts, a local infant photographer, newborn and children’s clothing and accessories boutique and other vendors will also be present. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served, and every guest will receive a special gift.

The event takes place in the Harbourview Room on the ninth floor of South Shore Harbour Resort. To register, go to or call 281.333.8899.

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