150 guests gathered at The Club at Falcon Point on October 15th to celebrate the first Ballard House Legacy Luncheon. "Mattress Mack" Jim McIngvale, the keynote speaker inspired the crowd with his heartwarming and funny life stories. A huge thank you to our event sponsors:
Gayle and Phil Huffman
Grace Care Center Katy
Network Funding - June Blanchard
Startex Title, Stewart Title, Cinco Ranch, Suzanne Brown Insurance, B Connected Technologies
The generosity of our guests was overwhelming. The event raised over $65,000 which will help fund the daily operations of The Ballard House. Together we are "leaving a legacy".
VIP VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
Our canine friends Wyatt and Wrigley bring their master, Denise Einkauf to The Ballard House each week to spread cheer as they freely give smooches to the guests, volunteers, and staff. They trained their friend Molly to follow in their paw prints and now she leads her master, Georgia Dworshak, to The Ballard House as well. Research has shown that therapy dogs can have measurable health benefits in patients. The Ballard House family looks forward to their doggy kisses and waggin' tails every week. Thank you Denise for your generous hospitality to Ballard House guest pets at Waggin' Tails Pet Ranch.
Carmen and Chris Welch (BH Guest)
Mariott - Dave Brown & Staff
NCL Katy Chapter
Autumn Care Hospice
Katy Funeral Home
NCL Ladybird Chapter
West Katy Net Weavers
Grace Community Church
Fort Bend Fellowship
NCL Star Chapter
Grace Fellowship UMC
St. Peters UMC
Thanksgiving....the season when we pause to give thanks for the many blessings we have received throughout the year. We, at The Ballard House are thankful for each and everyone of you who have shared your time, talents, and special family recipes with our guests. Because of your generosity, The Ballard House has been a "home away from home" for hundreds of families from near and far. Our table has been the gathering place for fellowship where strangers have embraced one another, shared their trials and triumphs over home cooked meals, and experienced first hand Ballard House Hospitality. Thanks to you, our Dinner Angels.
TWO EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT THE BALLARD HOUSE
Creative Fundraising Trailblazers...
WINNERS # 1!! Susan Hendrix, BNI Katy President, spearheaded a dinner catered by Bullritos for Ballard House Guests enhanced by a Premier Jewelry Party hosted by Nancy Ehlinger, Independent Distributer who raised $360 for the charity and donated several gorgeous pieces of equal value for the charity's next silent auction.
WINNERS # 2!! Faculty and staff at Cardiff Ranch Junior High cut a deal with their Principal to donate $50 to charity if they would be allowed to wear jeans to school on Fridays. Thanks to their creativity and generosity The Ballard House has deposited $700.
CHALLENGE!! The challenge ison.... what can your group do to support your favorite charity this year??? We would love to hear from you.
CHALLENGE!! I am challenging our Katy Youth and College Buddies to check out The Souper Bowl of Caring website and make Cinco Charities Ballard House your "Souper BowlChampion."
Ballard House Honored With Eagle
Ryan Phelps, a junior at Cinco Ranch High School completed his Eagle Scout project and delivered it to the Ballard House October 16th. Ryan has been a scout since the sixth grade and currently enjoys playing on the Cinco Ranch Varsity Golf Team. Ryan worked on the project for several months. The requirements included meetings with the recipient, plans on how to finance, who would be involved in executing the project and a commitment to complete it in a manner that displayed leadership. Ryan’s project was to design and construct two five foot cedar benches enhanced with a prominent B carved in the back for Ballard House. He had trouble finding someone to carve the B the way he envisioned it should look, so his Dad Eddie and he tackled a new skill, wood carving. The result is outstanding! When ask why he chose the Ballard House and this particular project, Ryan said, “I wanted to do something that would have a long lasting effect and something that people would use every day.”