MAW recipient-Emily-Lauren Neild meeting the cast of "The Nutcracker."

Wednesday, Jan. 4, Emily-Lauren Neild of Beaumont received her wish from The Make-A-Wish Foundation. She was taken by limo to the Houston Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” where, after the performance, she got to have a personal meet-and-greet with the cast.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit that arranges experiences described as “wishes” for children with life-threatening medical conditions.


The Nederland Heritage Festival Foundation Board has made a statement regarding a substantial theft from the nonprofit last year, purportedly by former festival executive director Wanda Hollier, as previously reported in The Examiner.


Four cadets training as first responders received recognition and tuition scholarships from the Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Foundation for their education at the Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) Regional Police Academy.

Scholarships are awarded to qualified candidates seeking a career in law enforcement.

The Officer Bryan Hebert Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of Beaumont Police Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, who was killed in the line of duty on Friday, July 8, 2011.

John Pat and Anya Parsons

The Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Foundation kicked off La Soirée in grand style at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Pat Parsons Jr. on Oct. 4.