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AGU RAMEN MAKES ITS MAINLAND DEBUT WITH THREE HOUSTON LOCATIONS, CREATING A NEW HUB FOR CHEF HISASHI UEHARA’S PLANS FOR NATIONAL EXPANSION

Agu Savory Parmesan Ramen

After three years of international accolades and serving as a Hawaiian haven for Japanese comfort food with five Oahu locations spanning from Honolulu to Aiea, AGU Ramen is ending 2016 by making its mainland debut in Houston. Taken by the city’s central location, ethnic and cultural diversity and current culinary renaissance, acclaimed chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara is moving his central operations to the Bayou City as he embarks on a national expansion for his authentic and traditional Japanese ramen eateries. That endeavor begins with three debuts by end of year, including just opened 1809 Eldridge Parkway in the Energy Corridor, a location at 9310 Westheimer in the Westchase District and a third at 7340 Washington near Memorial Park slated for a late December unveiling.

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Uehara, who estimates he’s visited more than 600 ramen restaurants throughout the world to refine AGU, plans to launch at least four more outposts throughout central and suburban Houston at the start of 2017 and is also scouting sites around Texas. What makes Uehara’s pace unusual, even in Houston’s fast moving commercial retail/restaurant market, is his team’s ability to transform second generation spaces for operation in less than a month from lease to opening. In addition to the city’s pro-business climate and affinity for dining out, Houston has long been on Uehara’s radar given its palate for a wide array of cuisine. According to Uehara, “I chose this city because I love Houston. I have come here many, many times, and my experience has been that the people here are welcoming and accepting. I wanted to open a restaurant where guests have an appreciation of food, and Houstonians know quality food.” His approach to making ramen, the restaurant’s signature, relies on time-honored and time-intensive mastery rarely utilized in the current wave of ramen fast casual restaurants. "My ramen is very simple, and my technique is very old school. There is no shortcut; the key is to use the best product and to not rush the preparation or cooking process. It’s truly a science"


 

Houston Philanthrophy

Golfers Score Big for The Immunization Partnership

Julie Comiskey, with the John R. Boettinger, Jr. Award recipient Susie Distefano

TopGolf was abuzz with golfers and gamers at the annual Golf, Glamour and Games of Chance event hosted by The Immunization Partnership (TIP). Over 100 supporters filled the golf bays at TopGolf to raise funds to help ensure Texans are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. Julie Comiskey, Chief Development Officer of The Immunization Partnership, presented Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership, for its generous and ongoing support of TIP's programs and mission. Susie Distefano, CEO of Children's Memorial Hermann, expressed her gratitude for the recognition.

Selby DeVault, Beth Colle, Patricia Fausto

Guests enjoyed golfing, casino games and playing games of chance. One of the contests was a raffle to win a painting by local artist Darlene Abdouch. Jim Zucker was the lucky winner of the painting. Another hit was the Golf Ball Pull, a game of chance where guests paid to choose a golf ball which featured a corresponding prize. Towards the end of the night, a live auction ensued to win a “live painting,” by local artist Taft McWhorter. Thanks to the generosity of Taft, three paintings were purchased by April and Wells McGee, Beth Colle, and Lauren and Ken Burke. Others spotted in the crowd included Dr. Lindy and Tom McGee, Christina and Blair Frederick, Mitra Woody, Amy Dunn, Selby and Brad DeVault, and Stacy and Jason Johnson.

Photography by: www.AlexandersPortraits.com



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Congratulations to SBEF!
Spring Branch Education Foundation
ranked in top 10 in national survey

Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) was ranked in the nation’s top 10 among education foundations with $1 million to $1,999,999 in revenues by “Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2016,” the nation’s only annual study that ranks K-12 foundations. It ranked 42nd in the country, among 188 education foundations, the second consecutive year to be included in the top 50. In the last school year, SBEF awarded more than $1 million to SBISD for education-enhancing projects and scholarships for its students and teachers. The Stepping Up study includes education foundations in the top 200 largest school districts by student population, as well as other top-performing foundations in smaller districts. The study looks at eight key performance categories to determine the ranking: annual revenues, revenues per student, total assets, assets per student, investment income, total program expenses, expenses per student and volunteers. The purpose of the study, conducted by Caruthers Institute, is to advocate the importance of K-12 education foundations while recognizing those that do it best. The report describes K-12 education foundations as “a vital, and mostly unrecognized, enhancer of public education—providing programs and scholarships that otherwise would not exist.”



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Spring Branch Education Foundation Announces
Fall Grants $49,746 Awarded to Projects for SBISD students

At its December Board meeting, Spring Branch Education Foundation (SBEF) approved $49,746 in grants to fund diverse education-enhancing projects throughout Spring Branch Independent School District. Twice each year, the Foundation calls for grant applications, up to $5,000 each, from any of its 46 school campuses. District-wide projects are eligible for larger grants. Both faculty members and volunteers are encouraged to apply. For a detailed list of grant recipients, go to sbef@springbranchisd.com



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Kelly Krohn,Troy Aikman,Susan Sarofim, Dave Rossman

High wattage energy and a sold-out crowd for the 4th annual Touchdown for TEACH event made for an entertaining evening as over 480 guests packed into the ballroom at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday, November 15. Chairs and tables were wall to wall in the ballroom. Special Guest Troy Aikman, interviewed by Spencer Tillman, had supporters applauding as he remarked on his 3 time Super Bowl winning football career and his transition to Emmy nominated broadcaster for Fox Sports. Questions ranged from the importance of education and a good teacher to his most memorable moment in the NFL.

Co-founders Susan D. Sarofim and Mary Yenik were cheering the huge success which raised a record breaking $700,000 for the program that works to give educators in low-income schools strategies in de-escalation and conflict resolution. The organization will net the entire amount raised thanks to Fayez Sarofim who underwrote the entire event. Educators that work with TEACH have fewer disciplinary referrals, calmer and more productive classrooms, and improved student achievement. A special award was given to long time supporter Tracy Krohn. Principal Bertie Simmons spoke about the impact TEACH has in the school. Simmons has led the efforts at Furr High School to turn the school around and change the lives of hundreds of students, leading to Furr receiving a $10 million grant through a new national contest sponsored by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Simmons said TEACH’s approach to coaching educators has transformed how her educators interact with students, ultimately allowing the school to achieve better results and win the grant. Event Chairmen for the third year in a row Carol and Mike Linn and Honorary Chairmen for the fourth year in a row DeeDee and Wallis Marsh were thrilled with the evening and at the number of HISD schools that will benefit from guests’ generosity. Executive Director Kelly Krohn said, "We feel like we just went to the Super Bowl—thank you to everyone who made this event a success. TEACH already reaches over 8,000 students, and thanks to everyone’s help tonight, we can expand that impact.”

 

 


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January

Check out Central Market’s cooking classes

January 14

Moonlight Serenade
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Marriott Marquis Chairmen: Trini Mendenhall, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Ileana Treviño
Honoree: Raye White
Events: Reception, auction, dinner, dancing to The Big Beyond
Attire: Cocktail Tariff: Tables of 10 starting at $5,000
Contact: Bee Dickson, 281.501.1298, bdickson@cristoreyjesuit.org
Benefiting: Cristo Rey Jesuit

February 11

The Diamond Ball 30th Anniversary 2017 Winter Ball
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Americas-Houston
Chairman: Franelle Rogers
Honorary Chairman: Margaret Alkek Williams
Honorees: 2017 Women of Distinction: Jo Furr, Dr. Sippi Khurana, Alissa Maples, Shawntell McWilliams, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Jessica Rossman, Susan Sarofim, Kim Tutcher, Kelli Weinzierl, Vivian Wise; Ambassador Judi McGee
Tariff: Tables of 10 are $75,000, $50,000, $25,000, $15,000, $10,000, $5,000
Contact: 713.572.2232 or lstein@ccfa.org
Benefiting: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) which helps more than 66,000 South Texas children and adults who suffer from debilitating digestive diseases.

February 16

Get In the Game Young Life Gala
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Houstonian Hotel
Chairmen: Patti and Vince Elliott
Honorary Chairmen: Doris and Terry Looper, Sherry and Jim Smith, Kim and Chuck Watson
Guest Speaker: Lance Berkman
Attire: Cocktail
Tariff: Tables of 10 starting at $5,000
Contact: 713-464-8117 or cwisdomyl@gmail.com
Benefiting: Young Life Multicultural Ministry

February 18

Heart Ball

Hilton Americas For tickets: https://ahahouston.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/20162017HoustonHeartBall/tabid/774217/Default.aspx

February 20

Sporting Clay Shooters Pull for Spring Branch Education Foundation

Doug Goodson and Rob Stewart

Doug Goodson (left) and Rob Stewart, co-chairs of the Spring Branch Education Foundation’s fifth annual Sporting Clay Tournament, are set to challenge more than 60 teams to win top prizes on Monday, February 20 at the Greater Houston Gun Club. Besides bragging rights and prizes, the men are promising great weather, good food and fun fellowship. Visit https://sbef,ejoinme.org/sportingclay to register your team of four or get on board as a sponsor. The event, a favorite for Memorial residents, raises funds for grants and scholarships for Spring Branch ISD’s 35,000 students.

March 2

Recipe for Success
6:30pm
Where: Neiman Marcus Galleria
Chairs-Tammie Johnson & Brittney Randolph

An exciting evening of fashion, food and fun benefiting Recipe for Success Foundation, featuring a cocktail reception and fashion show with a personal appearance by one of the nation's hottest designers followed by a VIP dinner with the designer in the Mariposa, which has been crafted by one of Houston's most renowned Chefs. On Auction will be “Homage to Manolo” and original work of art created by Bennie Ansell for the Foundation’s Dinner at Eight series. Also, a drawing for Turn Up the Heat raffle offering an array of delicious prizes. Attire: Dress for Dinner Prices: $150-General Admission, $199-reserved fashion show seats, $500 for VIP front row fashion show seating and dinner; $75 Special fashion show general admission price for patrons under 30 years old. Raffle tickets $25 or 5 for $100. Sponsorships begin at $5,000+
Contact: Stephanie Hill at Events@recipe4success.org, 713-520-0443

March 3

CHILDREN AT RISK Spring Party 2017
6:30 pm
Where: Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston (MATCH), 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 Details: CHILDREN AT RISK and Main Street Theater are partnering to kick off the start of spring, and to launch an exciting new event: Spring Party! Guests will enter another world with great music and flowing drinks, as they taste delights prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs. During this epic seafood throw-down, attendees will mingle in the incredible outdoor atmosphere of the beautiful new MATCH in Midtown, and enjoy a celebrity-studded custom performance by Main Street Theater. We invite everyone to join Main Street Theater and CHILDREN AT RISK as we work together to give a brighter future to the greatest treasure in Texas: children! Prices: Individual tickets: $350, $500, and $1,000 Sponsorships: $3,500 to $25,000 Contact: Charlotte Fostey | cfostey@childrenatrisk.org | 713.869.7740

April 5

For tickets: http://www.yahouston.org/gala






For Sale-a ticket to the 2017 Texas State Society of Washington, D.C Black Tie & Boots Presidential Ball January 19, 2017 Gaylord Hotel

This is the ticket to have to kick off
the Inaugural festivities in Washington.


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