Sharon Begnaud named as 2017 Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year

Sharon Begnaud named as 2017 Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year

The 2017 Citizen Of The Year for Beaumont's 69th annual Neches River Festival was announced to the public at 10 a.m. on March 30 at the Elegante Hotel.

The recipient of the 2017 Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year Award is someone who took the vision she shared with her friend Mary Mahlie for a Community Garden and turned it into a reality.

Father Manger and the Board and Congregation of St. Anne Catholic Church provided the land and embraced this vision. Under the leadership of our honoree, the Giving Field was created as a donation garden to provide fresh food for the hungry.

It has done that with the production, to date, of over 29,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables which has been used to feed hungry people coming to Some Other Place in Beaumont and the Hospitality Room in Port Arthur.

The process of growing those fresh fruits and vegetables along with her leadership has provided tremendous educational opportunities for hundreds of people of all ages. One of the most notable opportunities is that provided in the Garden Classroom for the St. Anne School students and hundreds of other students all over the area.

People of all ages, religions, and races working together in the dirt and experiencing the exhilaration of seeing seeds grow into plants that produce such extraordinary bounty create a community of understanding, respect, and appreciation for each other.

Our recipient is a 1990 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Marketing. She is the mother of two wonderful children, Raymond who is a junior at Texas A&M University, and Macie a junior at Monsignor Kelly High School.

Ladies and Gentlemen, our 2017 Neches River Festival Citizen of the Year, Sharon Begnaud.

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