Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner feeding a Galapagos Tortoise

In 2022, the Houston Zoo will celebrate its 100th anniversary by completing the most dramatic transformation in its history. April 5, 2018,the zoo launched its $150 million centennial fundraising campaign and unveiled plans for several new multi-species habitats during an event at the zoo’s historic Reflection Pool.

Shanda Guidry, fundraiser organizer, and Katheryn Littles, office manager

For over 70 years and under various names, the Shorkey Center has offered educational and therapeutic services for children with special needs.

This year marks their 25th annual holiday card campaign, which executive director Araina Daniels said is one of the organization’s largest fundraisers.

“Profits from our … sales are used to offset the cost of high quality therapy services [given] to deserving students who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” Daniels said.

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Did you know that local chefs provided tens of thousands of meals during the worst days of Hurricane Harvey? Slow Food Beaumont would like to thank our local restaurants for their heroic efforts during the storm while providing a little relief and good cheer to those who suffered damage.

Kristin Stanley, Niket Parikh, Fred Tally-Foos, Arin Madera, and Jose Talavera

For the next three months, three teams of bike riders from the University of Texas are taking their mission on the road, cycling from Austin to Alaska in hopes of raising awareness (and funds) for cancer research and treatment.

Along the way, 22 of the riders made a pit stop in Beaumont to get some much needed R&R, as well as food and water, at the home of Beaumont attorney and philanthropist Hubert Oxford III. Oxford’s daughter, Gabe, is also riding for the cause, taking an alternate route to the northern destination more than 4,000 miles away.