Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 fulfills its promise to the Boys & Girls Club of Red River Valley

Thought and Theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory-William Wordsworth.

A promise is being fulfilled.

It is a promise that the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 had made to the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley a year back. The Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 had committed to the Boys and Girls Club that theywill generate enough funds to remodel their building.

For this purpose, this year, on June 16th 2012, the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 arranged for the grand dancing with the stars event called ‘Stars of Today, Stars of Tomorrow” at the Love Civic Center.  This event pulled a crowd of over 700 people within our community. The dancing with the Stars event, which was carefully thought through by the LLC class of 2011-2012 generated around $108,000 for this purpose.

This summer, minus the expenditures incurred in organizing dancing with the stars event, all generated funds by the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 have been utilized in the remodeling of the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley.

Bobby Smallwood Construction was awarded the remodeling contract and was assigned with the task to renovate the Boys and Girls Club.

A Fresh breath of air has since then embraced the Boys and Girls Club Building. Energy efficient windows have been installed throughout the place. Countertops in the Boys and Girls Club Game room have been replaced. The Game room has been remodeled with new cabinets behind the counter top as well. Ten individual Computer Stations have been added and the remaining 10 existing computer stations have been remodeled in the Computer Lab. All interior painting is complete inside the building. Tile floors in the entrance, game room and conference room have been replaced. New kitchen cabinets have been installed and the kitchen has been remodeled .The Bathrooms have been updated.  Two toilets, two urinals and two new sinks have been installed.

In order to cut back further on the cost of remodeling of the Boys and Girls Club, the Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 even helped with the demolition process before the actual remodeling started.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated “ Boys and Girls Club” is expected to be in October or November this year. A lot of local contractors and businesses have helped in this remodeling process by volunteering their time and labor.

Existence is given to us for action. As humans our worth is determined by the good deeds we do rather than the fine emotions we feel for a great cause. The Leadership Lamar County Class of 2011-2012 has proved its worth to the community by its actions. A commitment is being fulfilled and the worth of individuals is being recognized through their work and their promise of renovating the Boys and Girls Club of the Red River Valley.

Together we can make a positive difference in our Community. The Boys and Girls Club renovation will serve as a shining example of community service for years to come, amplifying the fulfillment of a promise by dedicated community leaders.

Ayesha Shafiq, Director of Paris Cardiology Center.  Wife of Khalid Shafiq M.D. and mother of their 2 children. Director of Paris Cardiology Center for 11 years.  Masters in International Relations.  Runs management with the help of 22 employees.

Northeast Texas Linen Service makes big linen donation to New Hope Center of Paris

The New Hope Center of Paris, formerly Models of the Maker, was visited this week by Northeast Texas Linen Service with a large donation of bags full of linens.

Northeast Texas Linen Service brought towels, thermal blankets, bath blankets, sheets, spreads, and washcloths.  The linen service specializes in the cleaning and delivery of all linens and textiles, as well as provide custom rugs with a company’s design request.

The donation was to provide linen needs to the Hope Center and its occupants, as winter soon approaches.

The New Hope Center is a women’s shelter that houses approximately 20 women and 14 children.  Their facility on Bonham Street is not in good condition and they are currently searching for a new home.  However, there is a chance of moving to the DHS building on Sherman Street, splitting it with the Lamar County Health Department.

The Hope Center is currently raffling off an amazing motorcycle to raise funds for their cause.  You can purchase tickets by calling (903) 785-2777 or by visiting the New Hope Center’s website — www.NewHopeCenterParis.org.

Tickets are also available at the following locations:

Paris Honda Yamaha Harley-Davidson      2875 NE Loop 286    Paris, TX

Paris Suzuki Kawasaki       2710 NE Loop 286     Paris, TX

Colortyme    2060 Lamar Avenue     Paris, TX

The Custom Harley Screaming Eagle (pictured) was a ‘gift of love’ donated by New Hope board member, Kimberly Fasken.

Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the New Hope Center of Paris.

New Hope Center’s mission is to provide a home of hope and direction to those that find themselves in life altering circumstances due to life situations that are out of control or poor choices.  The goal is to instill self-respect and dignity by emotionally, physically and spiritually ministering to those in need.

Connection Church hosts Pink Hair Party on October 1st

Come to Connection Church on Monday, October 1, and get hot pink hair extensions for a good cause.

All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Fund.

Chili’s benefits St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital

On Sunday, September 23, Chili’s in Paris, TX held their annual benefit, with all profits and proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

There was a bounce house for the children and live music, amongst other fun things to attract business.

For a $25 donation, people were able to purchase a pie to throw in manager, Roger Courson’s face — all in fun, of course.  Needless to say, there were quite a few takers and a lot of whipped cream on Roger’s face.

There was live music provided by some of Paris’ favorites.  Many musicians came and performed acoustic, such as, Ryan Booth, Justin Rosson, Carl & Tom, and many others.  To end the night, two favorite local bands, Alex Addy & the Tambourine Machine and the Billion Dollar Blues Band, performed with amazing sound and excitement.

Below are a few photos from Sunday.  The benefit was a success and a substantial amount of money was raised for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, thanks to Paris’ Chili’s.

Dylan’s Drivers’ 1st annual Rides for a Reason has great turnout

Dylan’s Drivers had their first annual fundraiser Saturday, September 22 — Rides for a Reason 2012.

From the early AM until the afternoon hours, the Love Civic Center was full of activities and fun.  There were bounce houses, beer goggle golf cart obstacle courses, live bands, a softball tournament, a car show, memorial motorcycle ride, a hamburger cook-off, tailgate party, raffle drawings, and a 5K Run and Fun Run/Walk, plus much more.

“We’ve now given over 800 rides,”  said Dylan’s Drivers cofounder, Ronnie Ballard.  “We are so thankful to Paris and Lamar County for all the support that they’ve shown with Dylan’s Drivers and our first benefit.”

There were many very appreciated volunteers and community businesses that stepped up to help this fundraiser.

Paris Firemen took pictures with children and their firetrucks, while entertaining them with a remote controlled ‘fire dog’ named Sparky, and Paris Police officers manned the Beer Goggle Golf Cart course.

All the proceeds and donations at Saturday’s (September 22) benefit go to Dylan’s Drivers and their cause of delivering safely and freely home those that have consumed alcoholic beverages and rightfully choose not to take the wheel.

Below is a small photo gallery of some of the day’s happenings.  Thank you to all of those that came out to support this wonderful organization in Lamar County.

On behalf of eParisExtra.com, thank you, Dylan’s Drivers.

Photography by Jeff Parish and Josh Allen.