The Devasation of Hurricane Harvey

As the devastation of Hurricane Harvey impacts many in and around the Houston area, we are reminded that Service Above Self rings true in all aspects of our lives. I know many of you have been personally impacted by this devastating act of nature and our prayers, thoughts and well wishes go to you and your entire families. You are a part of our family and should you need help, please let us know.

I had an update letter ready for all of our sponsors before Hurricane Harvey, but with the recent happenings I did not send it. As we continue to help those in need, our club stands by you and others in an effort to get back to “normalcy”. There are many needs in and around our community. Like you, our club of 70 volunteers continues to help others – clearing out homes, cutting sheetrock, discarding trash, distributing supplies and food, and feeding our troops at Katy High School. We truly live in a great community and country, and seeing everyone coming together to help one another is an awesome sight.

The Wild West Brewfest (WWBF) is the furthest thing from our minds at this time, however we know that this current crisis with Hurricane Harvey will indeed pass with time. As always, the Rotary Club of Katy will be here helping others no matter what the circumstance might be. Therefore, we want to update you on some allocations and the addition of $10,000 which is allocated out of new funds for flood victims over the last week.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey our club had allocated the following (of course, we will support all these great causes and many more):

Camp Hope $5000
Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment. We are excited to help this worthy cause, as so many of our military come back with much more than just exterior scars.

West Side Homeless, $3000
Westside Homeless Prevention has been providing hope and the opportunity for a better future for homeless children and their families on the West Side of Houston. Our club strives to help those in need that fall onto hard times. We proudly support this organization where studies indicate that $20 of long-term value is created for each $1 invested in the program.

Taylor High School – KISD $500
We are proud to continue to support our local High School Band organizations. These funds will support young students to increase participation and access to certain off campus functions not available without outside funding sources.

Katy Christian Ministries $2000
KCM continues to help many families in and around Katy through God’s grace and the generosity of the community. WWBF and the Rotary Club of Katy are committed to the donation of several thousand pounds of meat to KCM upon completion of the FFA Auction. KCM offers several programs such as Social Services, Food Pantry, Crisis Management and counseling services.

Armor of Hope $3000
Armor of Hope is a Katy Non-Profit that touches many lives by serving the community while focusing on families and children. We are excited to support this great organization

Thank you once again for your support, we truly owe you our gratitude as you make our event and our club special. We know you have several opportunities to donate your capital throughout the year and we are grateful that you have chosen the WWBF and the Rotary Club of Katy – thank you!

God Speed for a rapid recovery from this devastating storm.

David Loesch

As We Move into the School Year

As we move into the school year while wrapping up our summer, the Rotary Club of Katy and the team at the Wild West Brewfest have been planning for the 2018 event. For over 25 years the Rotary Club of Katy has given back to our young Texans in the form of scholarships from our annual Triathlon held in the Fall of each year. Together with the Wild West Brewfest and the Triathlon during the 2016/2017 fiscal term, our club gave back well over $200,000 to various causes and we are anticipating equally to greater than that for the 2017/2018 year.

As you could imagine, our events would in no way be successful without the help and financial support of you and your company. With the 6th Brewfest in the “books”, we knew from the first one that sponsors will make the event work, without the commitment from our sponsors this event would be in no way as successful as we are today. We are grateful to you and your teams for trusting us to put on this event.

With your help, we have been able to fund several programs thus far and with more to come. Our latest endeavor was helping the Firefighters home in the Medical Center for all first responders to stay while undergoing cancer treatments. We as a group feel that these first responders are here for us and now it is time for us to be there for them, Over half of all firefighters suffer from some form of cancer, with your help donating money to this home was the right thing to do. As you might know, our Annual Flights and Bites also help support this cause being held October 14th. As with any WWBF or Rotary events, 100% of the net profits are donated back to our community. Should your schedule allow, please log onto the Wild West Brewfest website to purchase your tickets.

We are excited to announce to you additional projects that we are helping:

Camp Hope $5000

Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment. We are excited to help this worthy cause, as so many of our military come back with much more than just exterior scars.

West Side Homeless, $3000

Westside Homeless Prevention has been providing hope and the opportunity for a better future for homeless children and their families on the West Side of Houston. Helping those in need that fall into hard times is something that our club strives to do. We are proud to give to this organization where studies indicate that $20 of long term value created for each $1 in program investment.

Taylor High School – KISD $500

We are proud to continue to support our local High School Band organizations, with this money young students that cannot attend certain off campus functions will have the opportunity to.

Katy Christian Ministries $2000

KCM continues to help many families in and all around Katy through Gods Grace and the Generosity of the community. WWBF and the Rotary Club of Katy also will commit to several thousand pounds of meat being donated to KCM once the FFA Auction is completed. KCM offers several programs such as Social Services, Food Pantry, Crisis Management and counseling services.

Armor of Hope $3000

Armor of Hope is a Katy Non-Profit that touches many lives, serving the community while focusing on families and children is one of the reasons among many why we are excited to support this great organization

Thank you once again for your support, we truly owe you our gratitude, as it is you who make our event special. We know you have several opportunities to donate your capital throughout the year, we are grateful that you chose the Brewfest – thank you.

David Loesch

As We Get Closer to the School Year

As we get closer to the school year our club enjoyed giving away multiple $2500 scholarships to well deserving seniors that are getting ready to head off to college. These funds were generated from our annual Triathlon held each year in the Fall. As you know, we continue to be committed to the Youth of Texas!

The Rotary Club of Katy is alive and strong thanks to you and your support. As we have said on many occasions the sponsorships in which we receive from companies and individuals such as yourself continue to fuel our giving to various organizations.

Coming off another record-breaking year, the Wild West Brewfest continues to be the number one event in the city of Houston and consistently ranked number one in the country by BeerYeti.com. Every year we embark upon the WWBF we look back at the previous year and wonder how can we top that!? Knowing that we are only doing this out of love and passion while taking no fee helps us stay focused on the true meaning of the event, giving back to others while having fun in the process.

As you know from our first update from the 2017 event, the WWBF netted over $150,000; this could not have been achieved without you. We are excited to share with you the first round of allocations to various organizations in which you helped us be a part of.

  • $15,000 will be donated to KISD Fine Arts – specifically, this money will be put towards students that wish to join band however due to financial reasons they are unable to purchase an instrument. This will mark the 5th year this program is in existence, each year we continue to build the inventory of instruments for children who wish to be a part of something but need the help to do so.
  • $14,000 will be donated to KISD FFA – this marks the 6th year the WWBF has given back to this worthy program. Like the band instruments, these funds will assist those in financial need who wish to participate in a project through their AG Class.
  • $10,000 will also be donated to purchase barn animals at the FFA auction. As many of you know, students who raise a project will not necessarily gain entry into the auction. For those who do not qualify for the Auction, our club is there to help by adding monies for their animals. To top it off, we process these animals once purchased and donate the meat to local food pantry’s, from the 2016 event we were able to donate over 3 tons of meat and we are expecting the same from the 2017 event.
  • $4,000 will be donated to the KISD special rodeo an amazing program to give our challenged students a great time during the KISD Livestock Show by working with real life “cowboys” and riding animals. The joy and memories made from this program with your help are beyond words could describe.
  • $1000 for the Katy Gardening Project – helping elementary students learn about the values of cultivating the land while learning about healthy living and eating
  • $1000 for “Take me Fishing” – similar to the gardening project this project teaches elementary students how to fish and the importance of respecting Mother Nature.
  • $5000 for Christ Clinic – a community outreach program formulated to assist those without healthcare for their medical needs.
  • $3000 for Children of the Dump – an international project based in Chinandega, Nicaragua. This is a terrific international project to assist children and their displaced families to help find food, shelter, and education. This project continues the mission of WWBF to reach far beyond our borders to assist children in need. This project was started in 1997 by a group of Rotarians and with your help, is still going strong today.
  • $3000 for Child Advocates of Fort Bend County, an organization assisting in breaking the cycle of child abuse in Fort Bend County.
  • $3000 for Fort Bend Library and Fine Arts Festival – many scholarships recognizes sports, band, and FFA, we also believe in supporting the Fine Arts by giving scholarships to those who wish to study the arts. Supporting all types of talents is what the WWBF is about.
  • $3000 towards Casa De Esparza – a protective home for abused loved ones coming from broken homes.

The above are some of the highlights with much more to come during the year. We are excited to continue to share with you the “good news and results” from the WWBF and how you are impacting others through your donations. We know you have many options to donate your capital to many charities, we are honored that you have chosen us. As in years past, I will continue to update you on our progress and programs, it is our joy to share our progress and our continuing commitment to the Youth of Texas.

Thank you for your support, more to come soon!
Cheers,

David Loesch

As We Competed the 6th WWBF

As we completed the 6th Wild West Brewfest wrap up meeting, there were several topics that were covered. One common topic was how our sponsors are the critical component in this event. Over the years we continue to attempt to make the event the best it can be and 2017 was no exception, with 21 states and one foreign country represented while boasting close to 8000 visitors we continue to be the largest event of its kind. As you might know, our main mission of the Wild West Brewfest is to give back to many, we as a club and organizers take no fee as we believe in “service above self” which is part of Rotary. Our club started this magnificent event 6 years ago with a dream to enlarge the footprint of the Rotary Club of Katy while giving back to many. Over the years we have given back over $500,000 with the results of this past Brewfest. This accomplishment could not happen without your support.

We realize that you support the Wild West Brewfest for many reasons, we want to express our commitment to you form both marketing and doing our best to let others know about you and your company and stewardship with the funds we earn from the event. The core team of the event are all business people like you therefore we also know that you have many options for organizations to support, thank you for choosing us.

The results from the 2017 event again exceeded our expectations from both money raised and attendance. We were again blessed with great weather both Friday and Saturday, our hotels were full while the City of Katy continues to welcome us while also helping supporting the event. With each event we send a survey out to our patrons, over 96% indicated that they will be back for the 2018 event, 97% felt the event was extremely organized and finally 97.8% felt the beer at the event was the best to date. In addition to all of this, you are affiliated with an event that continues to accumulate accolades such as the “The number one event in the country who gives back – BeerYeti.com” and the “Number one event to visit in May of 2017” by HopCulture.com. With the the attendance, weather, your support and the support of our patrons, we are pleased to announce we will have over $140,000 to donate back to charities and put towards great causes. The main mission of the Wild West Brewfest is to support children, we could not do this without your help and commitment. We are excited about what the future holds for not only the event but also for the hundreds and perhaps thousands we support….giving back is why we started the event and you can rest assured that this is our mission. Our header above contains 4 important keys for our leadership team and our club. We are committed to all 4, with this commitment along with yours there is nothing we cannot achieve. Thank you for your time, your efforts, your friendship, and your patronage towards the WWBF, we truly are grateful and we would in no way be anywhere as successful as we are without you and your teams.

In step with tradition, I will report back to you as monies are allocated to worthy causes, in addition we are working on several things for 2017/2018 in which we hope you can join. One in particular will be a “high end” beer dinner otherwise known as “Flights and Bites” we are currently targeting October 14th 2017. You will receive more information as we secure the details.

Thank you once again, we look forward to sharing the allocations with you, until then…
Cheers,

David Loesch