Good day from the team at WWBF and the entire group from the Rotary Club of Katy!
As you know, we believe in keeping those who help us make this event happen updated on the capital deployments throughout the year. If it were not for you and your commitment to the WWBF, we would not be able to give back to many different organizations to help those in need. Over the years, over $800,000 has been given back, with your help we hope to cross the 1 million mark in 2020!
The first wave of distributions is being sent, with more to come. As an update to you, the following charities will be assisted from the WWBF along with your efforts.
Buddy Bench $1000 – The Buddy Bench is a Friendship bench primarily placed at elementary school playgrounds to encourage young students to sit with one another while also helping develop lifelong friendships. As you know bullying has been an issue in many schools, there are many instances where The Buddy Bench has helped stop this awful act of aggression.
Christ Clinic $2000 – Christ Clinic was awarded the 2019 platinum Guidestar Seal of Transparency, and with The Rotary Club of Katy having a long-standing relationship with this organization, it is only fitting to assist in this worthy cause. Christ Clinic provides healthcare for those 18 years and older who have not private insurance, Medical or VA benefits. Most of their clients are in the low-income bracket and simply cannot afford healthcare. We have supported this organization for many years as it is in line with our mission of helping those that need by taking the financial obstacles away.
Clothed by Faith $2500 – Clothed By Faith is an organization which started in Katy to provide gently used clothing to those in need. They operate on 100% donations along with many volunteers. 1 in 4 children in Harris county are below the poverty line (more than 300,000 children) and Clothed By Faith helps many of these. We are proud to help such an organization and happy to partner with them on various items.
Come Ride with Us $1000 – This is an organization was created out of the desire to raise money to provide bikes to Katy area children at Christmas. In the past, they have participated with other organizations in donating bikes but felt lead to help children in Katy. With the assistance of local school counselors, Katy Christian Ministries, and local businesses that dream became a reality.
Elijah Rising $2500 – Elijah Rising’s mission is to end sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration. Elijah Rising was founded in 2012 as a prayer gathering that focused on ending sex trafficking in Houston. Across Houston women and girls were being sold for sex, but there was little outcry, so Elijah Rising began hosting Van Tours and showing the public that sex trafficking is happening across our city.
Katy Cares $2500 – Katy Cares hits home at the root of why WWBF was formed Their mission is to help residents excel in personal growth, spiritual growth, educational accomplishments, professional partnerships while helping them engage in their communities. Their core values are: accountability, dignity, compassion, excellence and integrity, the WWBF believes strongly in these values and proud to support such a cause.
Lunches of Love $1500 -Lunches of Love (LOL), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that is committed to helping end childhood hunger in Fort Bend County by providing a free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays and weekends. The goal of LOL’s vision for the future is to sustain our current program while expanding to include additional Title 1 schools. We are committed to helping end childhood hunger among these innocent children.
Raise up Families $2000 – For more than 24 years, RaiseUp Families has made the goal of uninterrupted education in a child’s learning the focus of its mission to strengthen families. We believe that equipped with the right tools, guidance, and resources, families are empowered to overcome obstacles and discover their potential for a future that might not otherwise be possible.
Stuff the Sleigh $1500 – Stuff the Sleigh is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization, dedicated to helping children and their families experience, for a moment in time, the joy and spirit of Christmas through year-round giving to those children who are affected by cancer and hematological conditions.
Teddy COP Program $1000 – Officer Luis Santiago founded the Teddy Cop program in Katy ISD in 2016 and runs the program. The bears (buddies) are purchased from Build-a-Bear with their unique outfit matching our local Katy ISD Police’s uniform. Katy ISD has 36 elementary schools with a special needs program totaling over 1,000 students.
Thank you for continuing to support us, I have said many times that the WWBF would be nothing without you, our brewers and our patrons – however, you and your efforts help us do the above. There will be additional funding items coming next Quarter and we will be equally as excited to share those with you as well!
As for 2020 – We will be hosting you and your team at WWBF starting Thursday 4/16 with our first ever K-Town Throw-down, a free event with food trucks, music, casino night (small buy-in) and $5 beers, will prove to be a great time! 4/17 will be our Launch party and 4/18/2020 will be the 9th annual WWBF!
I look forward to the next update, until then, cheers!