Community Listings: Week of November 16

Caelan Carr, Curtis Jackson, Cindy Rodriguez, Stefhani Herrate, Benjamin Harris

Ozen forms Rotary Interact Club

Clifton J. Ozen Magnet High School students and officers were installed into the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club on Nov. 9, 2017. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Ozen’s club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Beaumont and is recognized by Rotary International as a new charter club.

“The installation ceremony of 69 members was significant and historic because these students are the founding members of this global youth organization,” said Sean Perrodin, Rotary member and Ozen Interact sponsor. “There are nearly 159 countries with Interact clubs. Ozen is now one of approximately 20,340 Interact clubs with close to 470,000 ‘Interactors.’” Although the Rotary Club of Beaumont provides support and guidance, the club is self-governing and self-supporting.

Rotary President Tim Sudela, Past President Ted Moor, and Youth Chair Jim Baxter attended the ceremony, along with Sponsor Rotarians Sean Perrodin and Karyn Husbands, and Beaumont Rotarians John Rollins, Brenda Gray and Michael Perez. Kelvin Cormier serves as the faculty adviser. Ozen Interact President is Ben Harris.

Exxpress Mart raises $10,000 for Girls’ Haven

Girls’ Haven Inc. has partnered with local Exxpress Mart convenience stores on its very first logo campaign. Exxpress Mart employees asked customers for a $1 or more donation at the register, and in only a few days they had raised $10,000, plus collected much-needed items for girls. This first-ever campaign ended early due to Hurricane Harvey.

“We are thrilled to partner with Exxpress Mart on this exciting new fundraising campaign for Girls’ Haven,” said Alice Teeler, executive director of Girls’ Haven Inc. “Their passion for Girls’ Haven and wanting to turn tragedy to triumph for girls in need has been made apparent during this phenomenal fundraising campaign. Asking customers and vendors to donate at the register has made a huge impact on our girls’ lives.”

All funds raised during the Exxpress Mart campaign will stay here in Southeast Texas to help young girls most at-risk. Girls’ Haven will continue providing positive guidance and a loving home for up to 24 girls at a time ranging from 6-22 years of age with length of stays ranging from a few weeks to a several years due to homelessness, physical and sexual abuse neglect, or severe family dysfunction.

Kelly Drama places Third in TAPPS One Act Play Competition

The Kelly High School Drama Club placed third in the TAPPS District One Act Play competition at San Jacinto College in Pasadena on Oct. 28. The group received accolades for their performance in “Booby Trap,” and several students were acknowledged with individual awards. Sophomore Keith Nelson and freshman Corinne Renick were named to the All-Star Cast while freshman Cecily Shield, sophomore Kelly Moncla and sophomore Sumone Adolph received Honorable Mentions. Senior Taylor Roy and junior Jude Fuselier received All-Star Tech awards.

100 Club honors Broussard’s Mortuary

The 100 Club honored Broussard’s Mortuary for covering 100 percent of funeral expenses for all eight emergency responder deaths that the organization has assisted with since 1988. Secretary Beverly Hatcher said that the Broussard brothers have donated over $80,000, including burials and funding, according to the organization’s minutes.