Thanks to Bank of America, Jesse Medina receives debt-free home

Thanks to Bank of America, Jesse Medina receives debt-free home

IMG_0099Marine Lance Corporal Jesse Medina and his family were surprised today by Bank of America and the Texas Sentinels Foundation with the keys to a debt-free, mortgage-free home in the Northcrest Village subdivision in Spring, Texas.

They thought they were going to a Texas Sentinels Foundation Christmas luncheon. They were — lunch was served — but they didn’t know friends, family and local media would be there to congratulate them on their new home.

The Marine and his wife, Megan, and son, Aidan, received the keys to their new 2,348-square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-1/2-bath home and saw it for the first time after a brief key presentation ceremony. 

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IMG_9982And employees from Hercules Offshore, Inc. made the season even brighter by adopting the Medina family for Christmas; representatives from the offshore drilling services provider surrounded the family’s new Christmas tree with donated wrapped presents.

As part of Bank of America’s efforts to help revitalize communities and support the housing needs of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation and communities, the company has pledged to make up to 1,000 homes available nationwide through property donations to military veteran-support charities and other non-profit, community-based organizations. This donation is made possible through a partnership with Texas Sentinels Foundation, created to give back to the military men and women of our Armed Forces who have served our country.

Local media outlets Fox 26 (see online story), Univision 45 (w/video) and Houston Community Newspaper’s The Woodlands Villager covered the event, and we have linked to their stories above.

Here are more photos from the event:

TSF participates in Houston Holiday Parade

TSF participates in Houston Holiday Parade

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Houston’s beloved Holiday spectacular, the 63rd Annual Holiday Parade presented by H-E-B, will return to the city on Thanksgiving Day from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m to celebrate the start of the Holiday season.

Texas Sentinels Foundation has been graciously invited to participate in the “America’s Pride” float sponsored by Jack in the Box.

“We are excited to participate and wish to express a heartfelt thank-you to Atour Eyvazian, his family and Jack in the Box for extending this invitation,” said Susan Barlow, Executive Officer of Texas Sentinels Foundation.  “We’re grateful for the opportunity to honor our Wounded Warriors and to give thanks for their sacrifice on this special holiday.”

The 2012 Holiday Parade will begin its march on Crawford St., turning onto Congress St., then will travel down Congress St. and turn once again into San Jacinto to come to an end on Walker St.  The best viewing areas are along Congress and San Jacinto Street.  Be sure to wave hello to the Texas Sentinels Foundation’s honored guests as they pass by on the “America’s Pride” float!

Read more about the Houston Holiday Parade.

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Update, Nov. 27

Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susie Barlow and Staff SGT Chris Maust appeared on Fox 26 News during its pre-parade coverage. Video embedded below:

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Update, Nov. 28

Texas Sentinels Foundation Executive Officer Susie Barlow and volunteer Laura Cook took the following photos during the parade:

Lock-N-Load Fall Invitational Tournament is a success

Lock-N-Load Fall Invitational Tournament is a success

On Nov. 16, the Texas Sentinels Foundation gathered with supporters at Rio Brazos Hunting Preserve in Simonton, Texas for its Lock-N-Load Fall Invitational Tournament. The event was the second sporting clays tournament befitting the nonprofit foundation focused on supporting Wounded Warriors in Texas.

Wounded Warriors and U.S. veterans were paired with Texas Sentinels Foundation supporters and sponsors during the team shooting event, and awards for performance were announced once the results were tabulated.

Tournament Winners

Operation Lock-N-Load Fall Invitational coordinator Corby Callaway, Highest Overall Award tournament winner Rick Storey and Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founder Richard Filip

Operation Lock-N-Load Fall Invitational coordinator Corby Callaway, Highest Overall Award tournament winner Rick Storey and Texas Sentinels Foundation co-founder Richard Filip

Rick Storey, who participated on the Hercules Offshore Inc. team, shot a perfect 100, winning the tournament’s top individual Highest Overall Award.

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Callaway, U.S. Coast Guard veteran Todd McKenna who won the Highest Overall Award for military participant and Filip

Callaway, U.S. Coast Guard veteran Todd McKenna who won the Highest Overall Award for military participant and Filip

Todd McKenna, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who participated on the Loma Linda Ranch team, scored 76 and won the tournament’s individual Military Highest Overall Award.

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Shannon Fish won the Highest Overall Award for female participant at the Fall Invitational tournament.

Shannon Fish won the Highest Overall Award for female participant at the Fall Invitational tournament.

Shannon Fish, who participated on the Operations Excellence Group LLC team, scored 77 and won the tournament’s individual Female Highest Overall Award. Her score was higher than most of the men who participated.

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Tactical Firearms team

Tactical Firearms team

Tactical Firearms won first place for a combined team score of 399, topping the best of the Class AA. Second place in the Class AA went to Hercules Offshore Inc. who had a combined team score of 389 and third place in the Class AA went to the H.L. Flake Security Hardware company team.

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Boots & Coots team

Boots & Coots team

Boots and Coots won first place for Class A with a combined team score of 339. Second place in Class A went to MW Cox Consultants with a combined teams score of 320 and Loma Linda Ranch Team 2 won third place in the Class A with a score of 312.

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Heineken USA team

Heineken USA team

Heineken USA won first place for Class B with a combined team score of 237. Second place in Class B went to Wings Over Houston who scored 232 and third place went to the Rice Owls football team who scored 230.

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Sponsors

 

Supporters of the Texas Sentinels Foundation made this tournament a success.

Official tournament sponsors were: RE/MAX of Texas, Spirit of Texas BankHercules Offshore, Boots & Coots, Apache, H.L. Flake Security HardwareWings Over Houston AirshowNorthwest Chrysler Jeep Dodge RamLoma Linda Ranch, Tactical Firearms, The Operations Excellence Group, RE/MAX Real Estate AssociatesCrown Trophy, MW Cox Consultants, Finance Home AmericaDr. Pepper, Monster Energy, Dos Equis, HeinekenTexas RoadhousePitt’s and Spitt’s, Rebecca Creek, Enchanted Rock, Steel Horse Cookers Sterling McCall Toyota and NBD Graphics Inc.

Sterling McCall Toyota was the Cowboy Breakfast sponsor.

Volunteers

Many individuals from sponsorship organizations and the general public came out to the event to help support Wounded Warriors.

Texas Rolling Thunder, an organization that escorts the bodies of fallen soldiers in Texas, was there with a motorcycle display and American flags. Gary Peterson and Pat Thompson served as the organization’s key leaders during the event.

Carson George brought the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall Scholarship Fund display to the Texas Sentinels Foundation event. The Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall, supported by the Texas Rolling Thunder organization, is a mobile tribute to the men and women from Texas who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001.

Volunteers at the event included:

Al Leissner RE/MAX of Texas
Al Menconi Spirit of Texas Bank
April Rasco RE/MAX of Texas
Bill Roach Wings Over Houston
Brandon Moeller RE/MAX of Texas
Brandon Vos RE/MAX of Texas
Brian Miller RE/MAX of Texas
Brian Parker RE/MAX of Texas
Carson George The Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall
Casey Kruse RE/MAX of Texas
Celia Lozenski RE/MAX of Texas
Charles El-Moussa RE/MAX of Texas
Chuck Becker Black Elk Energy
Cliff Brothers  
Corby Callaway RE/MAX Grand
Dana Tuggle RE/MAX of Texas
Danna Furnace-Grimes RE/MAX of Texas
David Morales StarTex
Denise Moore RE/MAX Fine Properties
Ed O’Neal LTC Ed O’Neal – Purple Heart Club
Ellen Fendley RE/MAX of Texas
Erica Menconi Spirit of Texas Bank
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Frank Gray RE/MAX of Texas
Gary Peterson Texas Rolling Thunder
Grace Harris RE/MAX Grand
Isaac Gonzales Infinity Commercial Lock Service
Jacob Furnace RE/MAX of Texas
Janis Roach Wings Over Houston
Jayson Rasco NOV
Jeanne Filip RE/MAX of Texas
Kathy Edwards Perry Homes
Krista Boehm Independence Title
Laura Cook RE/MAX of Texas
Laura Kroon StarTex
Lynette Barnett RE/MAX of Texas
Lynn Connell  
Mike Sumerlin RE/MAX of Texas
Mohsin Syed RE/MAX of Texas
Nancy Dalton Spirit of Texas Bank
Pat Thompson Texas Rolling Thunder
Paul King Texas Land & Development Co.
Philip Leung RE/MAX of Texas
Priscilla Reynolds StarTex
Rebecca Hafner Independence Title
Richard Filip RE/MAX of Texas
Rick Henderson RE/MAX Grand
Sabrina Morales StarTex
Sonya Meshell Spirit of Texas Bank
Stacie Callaway RE/MAX Grand
Steve Lombardi RE/MAX of Texas
Susie Barlow Texas Sentinel’s Foundation
Tamara Johnson RE/MAX of Texas
Tanya Gonzales Infinity Commercial Lock Service
Tim Ross RE/MAX of Texas
Yvonne Grayson StarTex

Photos

Photos taken by Brandon Vos and Philip Leung, volunteers with RE/MAX of Texas.

Texas Roadhouse-Pearland honors vets, supports TSF

Texas Roadhouse-Pearland honors vets, supports TSF

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Texas Roadhouse-Pearland is offering a free lunch to active, former or retired military on Monday, November 12 from 11 am to 2 pm.   As the military support organization of choice, the restaurant has invited Texas Sentinels Foundation to set up display tables in order to share information about our mission to help the wounded warriors in Texas.

Texas Rolling Thunder will present a motorcycle parade and the Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall, a mobile memorial including the names of the Texas service members who lost their lives in the line of duty, which will be on display at Texas Roadhouse-Pearland from 11 am to 2 pm.

Texas Roadhouse-Pearland is located at 2526 Smith Ranch Rd., Pearland, TX 77584.  Call-ahead seating is available by calling 713-436-8444.
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See photos from the event below:

TSF supports annual Salute to Veterans event

TSF supports annual Salute to Veterans event

Texas Sentinels Foundation was a major sponsor of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s annual Salute to Veterans luncheon on Friday, November 2, 2012.

The event, held at the Omni Houston Westside, included keynote speaker Dr. Robert Ivany, Retired Major General of the United States Army and President of the University of St. Thomas, and a flyover by the Commemorative Air Force – Houston Wing.  This is the second year TSF has been a proud sponsor of the event.

Update: Nov. 8, 2012

The event was covered by reporter Rusty Graham for The Memorial Examiner newspaper and appeared on its website with the headline: Humility underscores pride at Salute to Veterans.

See more photos from the event:

Gallery Furniture donates to Sentinel home

Gallery Furniture donates to Sentinel home

The Woodlands, TX – January 10, 2012 – Gallery Furniture, a Houston-based furniture store, recently donated a house full of brand new home furnishings to wounded vet Chris Sanford’s new home, which is being provided debt-free via the Texas Sentinels Foundation

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, founder of Gallery Furniture, is well-known for his charitable contributions to the Houston community as well as his support of our troops.

The Gallery Furniture team brought piece after piece of beautiful new furniture into the home, filling the living room, dining room, bedroom, and study.

Sanford, a Houston native who was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device in Iraq, will receive the keys to his new, fully-furnished home in The Woodlands on Saturday, January 14th, 2012.

The dedication ceremony will begin with a parade at 10 a.m., originating at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center, making its way down Creekside Forest Drive and leading to the home site at 114 Deer Plain in The Woodlands.  Following the parade will be a short program of area dignitaries, key sponsors, and representatives from the Texas Sentinels Foundation.

View photos of the furniture delivery below: