Tri-Con, Inc. owner Elias Sarkis, Gift of Life Founder and Chair Regina Rogers,

Tri-Con Inc. (dba Exxpress Mart stores) and owners Imad and Elias Sarkis recently presented a contribution of $25,000 to the Gift of Life for its free healthcare services for medically underserved men and women in Southeast Texas.

Joining in the check presentation were Exxpress Mart staff James Buchanan, district manager; Dana Dougherty, district manager; owners Elias and Imad Sarkis; Dee Shelton, manager Exxpress Mart Store No. 14; and Susan Soileau, manager, Exxpress Mart Store No. 19.

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The Some-Bunnies Miracle special needs beauty pageant at West Brook High School on Saturday, April 1, brought contestants from all over Southeast Texas and beyond.

“One of our contestants travels six hours just to get here,” said LaRanda Pippin, who started the We are Miracles Pageants in 2013. “They’ve been in it every year. We’ve got one from Louisiana that came this year.”

We are Miracles has held a total of four annual pageants.

Her daughter, Paris Pippin, has special needs, she explained.

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The Betty Greenberg Center for Performing Arts is in the midst of hosting “Steel Magnolias” for three shows this weekend beginning Friday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. and two on Saturday, April 15, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Written by Robert Harling as a play, “Steel Magnolias” made its Off-Broadway debut in 1987 then was adapted as a big screen release in 1989 starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirly MacLaine, Julia Roberts and Daryl Hannah. It finally made its Broadway debut in 2005 at the Lyceum Theatre.

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There’s still time to purchase tickets to the Champagne & Ribs “Wide World of Sports” themed event on Thursday, April 20, and help the Gift of Life win the monumental battle with prostate cancer. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Ford Park (5115 Interstate 10 South) in Beaumont.

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Boudin Jalapeno pizza

The MCM Eleganté Hotel is hoping a new concept will entice guests to order pizza in-house and also capitalize on sales opportunities outside the hotel.

Itza Pizza, which opened Saturday, April 1, is serving hotel guests, dine-in customers, and delivering to a whole new market through the Waitr app.

Located inside Hemmingway’s Café, Itza Pizza sold over 300 pizzas in its first week, said Matt Peterson, food and beverage director at the MCM Eleganté.

The concept is the brainchild of hotel GM Steve McGaha.

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