Chamber members, teachers, parents, students, members of the military and others assembled in the Sheraton Houston Brookhollow Hotel on May 21 for the Chamber’s annual Education Luncheon held on behalf of the Community Fund. It was an inspirational event that featured former Olympic Gymnastic Medal Winner Jonathan Horton as the keynote speaker. He related his trials and tribulations in training, competition, and his intense desire to become an Olympic Champion. His enthusiastic presentation stressed dedication, commitment and a “sometimes you have to get back up off the canvas and back into the gym” (or life), to achieve your goals.
Members of the military were recognized by Chamber member Naro Mak representing American Legion Garden Oaks Post 560. He encouraged students to take pride in serving their country in all of the service branches they will be entering. Students entering the military were honored with a gift.
Teachers of the Year and outstanding educators were honored and represented more than 15 local schools. They were given certificates and a stipend. Many local students were active participants in the program such as the Color Guard, pledge of allegiance, invocation, and the national anthem. Musical entertainment was provided by the AIM Percussionists Tour of Rhythm and the Garden Oaks Montessori Singers. Special thanks to the many members who aided in providing the items contained in the educator and student bags and the drawings.
Rounding out the program was the awarding of scholarships to students representing numerous area high schools. Cindy Reibenstein, Chair of the Chamber’s Education Committee, identified each student, their school and their field of study or college selection. President Jacob Millwee presented the scholarship certificates.
The Chamber expresses its sincere appreciation and gratitude to our members and friends whose donations and generosity helped to make these scholarships possible. To date, the Chamber has awarded over $450,000 in scholarships to deserving and needy future leaders.