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Choir director spells out the benefits of enrolling your child in local singing program

With the new year comes a new stack of possibilities when it comes to keeping the minds and bodies of your children active. Sherryl Pond is the director of the popular Woodlands Boys Choir. Since establishing the choir in 2015, she has reveled in teaching young men from ages 6-13 the joys of music and singing.

“A boys choir is a unique opportunity to mold the intellect, talent, and attitude of a young man,” she says. “I have been honored to help shape these local boys into significant singers, as well as assist in guiding them into becoming wonderfully productive members of society.”

Ms. Pond has opened a new round of open auditions for new members of the singing organization, with two distinct groups: the Touring Choir, and the introductory TrebleMakers. With that in mind, here are her five reasons why parents should enroll their sons into Woodlands Boys Choir:

  1. It focuses energy. Ms. Pond points out that the inherent structure that goes into nurturing a talented choir, combined with the actual mathematical aspects of music, are key in focusing young male minds. “Let’s face it; most boys are boundless bundles of energy,” she says. “While every rehearsal it can be a challenge to wrangle a dozen or two or three young men to keep them on the same page – literally and figuratively – it’s rewarding and worth the challenge.” Pond continues by stressing how learning lyrics (that include foreign languages), vocal roles, and even proper posture and body presentation all combine into positive ways for her young singers to convert their energy from mayhem to music talent.
  2. It increases social skills. Along with focusing energy of rambunctious young men, being in Woodlands Boys Choir also increases social skills that are critical to have during these formative years. “Every parent of a boy knows that, when a group of them get together, it’s easy to separate into separate packs or cliques,” she says. “At WBC, they all strive for the same goal, which is to be the best singer they can be, and to present their music to appreciative audiences.” She adds that even learning good manners and being polite are taught at each rehearsal. “From day one, they learn that it is their responsibility to present themselves in the best possible ways to the public and their parents alike.”
  3. There are no “losing teams.” Ms. Pond admits that, when it comes to choosing extracurricular activities for young boys, singing typically ranks far below youth sports. But she wants parents to know how their children can get more of a team spirit out of a choir than they would get on a soccer court or baseball field. “Innately, in sports, there are winners and losers every day; even in leagues where scores aren’t counted, you can bet the bank that the boys and their parents alike keep their own tally.” Instead, in a boys choir, she continues, the fact that they are all on the ‘same team’ with a common goal gives them a greater sense of camaraderie. “Every rehearsal, every impromptu performance, every concert, is a victory.”
  4. It’s less expensive than sports. Beyond providing a sense of belonging and teamwork, Ms. Pond points out that choir life is inherently less expensive by far than a comparable team sport. “A full semester of our TrebleMakers program for boys ages 6-8 is only $95, which includes tuition, fees, and materials.” For the older boys aged 9-13, the total cost of a full semester is only $125. “We still get all the satisfaction of wearing our ‘uniforms’ – which are either matching polo shirts or full robes for less casual concerts – without being burdened with the cost of equipment, field rental fees, or – most importantly – sports-related medical bills.”
  5. It builds character, talent, and more. “In honesty, I can’t think of too many outlets for young boys that are the social-equalizing, talent-nurturing, team-building equivalent of Woodlands Boys Choir,” says Ms. Pond. “Unlike sports where boys are separated by their talent level, we ensure that every boy is on the ‘A-Team’ with the support of his peers to make the sum of the choir even better than the parts of the whole.” While her boys have copious amounts of fun, however, she stresses that rehearsals and concerts are run like a tight ship. “We have the discipline of a military academy combined with the sense of communal spirit akin to a sports team or theatre troupe. It’s our job and our privilege to present a professional singing product to an appreciative audience, and I encourage you to add your own child’s voice to the choir.”

Ms. Pond encourages families to schedule an appointment during this audition period that is lasting for the next several weeks. “We are seeking serious talent for our Tour Choir, so for this team we are looking for boys who love to sing and take trips.” These trips include festivals, performances, concerts, and workshops, including a joint workshop with the Fort Bend Boys Choir in Missouri City coming soon. The highlight of the spring will be participation in the Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Music Festival in New Braunfels, when they will also have fun in the park and have other performing opportunities. Admittance to the introductory TrebleMakers does not require an audition.

Auditions are short, simple and unprepared. It is the intent of the organization to assure that no boy is denied the opportunity to participate due to financial consideration. Scholarships are available. For more information or to schedule an audition, visit the www.woodlandsboyschoir.org or contact Sherryl S. Pond at 401-855-3222 or sherryl@hopepointe.org.

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Choir director spells out the benefits of enrolling your child in local singing program

With the new year comes a new stack of possibilities when it comes to keeping the minds and bodies of your children active. Sherryl Pond is the director of the popular Woodlands Boys Choir. Since establishing the choir in 2015, she has reveled in teaching young men from ages 6-13 the joys of music and singing.

“A boys choir is a unique opportunity to mold the intellect, talent, and attitude of a young man,” she says. “I have been honored to help shape these local boys into significant singers, as well as assist in guiding them into becoming wonderfully productive members of society.”

Ms. Pond has opened a new round of open auditions for new members of the singing organization, with two distinct groups: the Touring Choir, and the younger-themed TrebleMakers. With that in mind, here are her five reasons why parents should enroll their sons into Woodlands Boys Choir:

  1. It focuses energy. Ms. Pond points out that the inherent structure that goes into nurturing a talented choir, combined with the actual mathematical aspects of music, are key in focusing young male minds. “Let’s face it; most boys are boundless bundles of energy,” she says. “While every rehearsal it can be a challenge to wrangle a dozen or two or three young men to keep them on the same page – literally and figuratively – it’s rewarding and worth the challenge.” Pond continues by stressing how learning lyrics (that include foreign languages), vocal roles, and even proper posture and body presentation all combine into positive ways for her young singers to convert their energy from mayhem to music talent.
  2. It increases social skills. Along with focusing energy of rambunctious young men, being in Woodlands Boys Choir also increases social skills that are critical to have during these formative years. “Every parent of a boy knows that, when a group of them get together, it’s easy to separate into separate packs or cliques,” she says. “At WBC, they all strive for the same goal, which is to be the best singer they can be, and to present their music to appreciative audiences.” She adds that even learning good manners and being polite are taught at each rehearsal. “From day one, they learn that it is their responsibility to present themselves in the best possible ways to the public and their parents alike.”
  3. There are no “losing teams.” Ms. Pond admits that, when it comes to choosing extracurricular activities for young boys, singing typically ranks far below youth sports. But she wants parents to know how their children can get more of a team spirit out of a choir than they would get on a soccer court or baseball field. “Innately, in sports, there are winners and losers every day; even in leagues where scores aren’t counted, you can bet the bank that the boys and their parents alike keep their own tally.” Instead, in a boys choir, she continues, the fact that they are all on the ‘same team’ with a common goal gives them a greater sense of camaraderie. “Every rehearsal, every impromptu performance, every concert, is a victory.”
  4. It’s less expensive than sports. Beyond providing a sense of belonging and teamwork, Ms. Pond points out that choir life is inherently less expensive by far than a comparable team sport. “A full semester of our TrebleMakers program for boys ages 6-8 is only $95, which includes all tuition, fees, materials, and clothing.” For the older boys aged 9-13, the total cost of a full semester is only $125. “We still get all the satisfaction of wearing our ‘uniforms’ – which are either matching polo shirts or full robes for less casual concerts – without being burdened with the cost of equipment, field rental fees, or – most importantly – sports-related medical bills.”
  5. It builds character, talent, and more. “In honesty, I can’t think of too many outlets for young boys that are the social-equalizing, talent-nurturing, team-building equivalent of Woodlands Boys Choir,” says Ms. Pond. “Unlike sports where boys are separated by their talent level, we ensure that every boy is on the ‘A-Team’ with the support of his peers to make the sum of the choir even better than the parts of the whole.” While her boys have copious amounts of fun, however, she stresses that rehearsals and concerts are run like a tight ship. “We have the discipline of a military academy combined with the sense of communal spirit akin to a sports team or theatre troupe. It’s our job and our privilege to present a professional singing product to an appreciative audience, and I encourage you to add your own child’s voice to the choir.”

Ms. Pond encourages families to schedule an appointment during this audition period that is lasting for the next several weeks. “We are seeking serious talent for our Tour Choir, so for this team we are looking for boys who love to sing and take trips.” These trips include festivals, performances, concerts, and workshops, including a joint workshop with the Fort Bend Boys Choir in Missouri City coming soon. The highlight of the spring will be participation in the Schlitterbahn Sound Waves Music Festival in New Braunfels, when they will also have fun in the park and have other performing opportunities. Admittance to the younger-themed TrebleMakers does not require an audition.

Auditions are short, simple and unprepared. It is the intent of the organization to assure that no boy is denied the opportunity to participate due to financial consideration. Scholarships are available. For more information or to schedule an audition, visit the www.woodlandsboyschoir.org or contact Sherryl S. Pond at 401-855-3222 or sherryl@hopepointe.org.

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Interactive visual/musical event brings Christmas tableaux to life

The Woodlands Boys Choir is proud to be singing with the Lone Star College Chorale under the direction of Dr. Mark Marotto, along with the HopePointe Choir and Chamber Orchestra, in a beautiful festival of lessons and carols in the English tradition.

The 4th annual Christmas in the Woods Lessons and Carols is occurring on Sunday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m. at HopePointe Anglican Church, 3333 S Panther Creek. The event will musically whisk enrapt audiences into English cathedrals and college chapels for traditional lessons with classical Christmas carols, but with a unique and gorgeous twist.

“The songs are paired with live tableaus lighted and behind a scrim, along with classical art representations of five traditional Christmas lessons leading to the birth of Christ,” said Sheryl Pond, executive director of The Woodlands Boys Choir. “Audiences of all ages – including many children – participate in carols and hear multiple choirs with instrumentalists singing gorgeous carol settings as well.”

The organization features two different boys choirs – preparatory and tour choirs – and both will sing a planned encore of fun, whimsical carols at the end before everyone enjoys a child-friendly cookie reception.

Pond is honored to be working with Dr. Marotto, the Lone Star College – Montgomery department chair of music, dance, and drama, and director of choral activities and professor of music. “Dr. Marotto was instrumental in helping to jump start Woodlands Boys Choir when he invited the first group to sing at the Christmas concert at Lone Star in 2015,” she said. “He is known for his inspiring initiatives of bringing together people to create community and tell stories through choral singing, breaking down barriers and perceived differences, and helping people express their greatest selves when they go beyond what they thought was possible and create something extraordinary together.”

Dr. Morotto is known locally and globally, from Houston where he brought together the Houston Cecilia Chamber Choir with local professional musicians to tell the story of Butterfly Dreams, the haunting poetry of children of the Holocaust, to his choir touring in Cuba and in Switzerland when he brought together 250 people to perform a Mozart Requiem to raise funds for the victims of the 2004 tsunami in Asia.

The Woodlands Boys Choir currently encompasses two choirs for boys ages 6 through 13. Auditions for the 2019 season are currently underway. Qualities looked for in the boys are a love of singing, a free, controlled tone that will blend well, a good sense of pitch, and self-discipline. For more information or to schedule a brief audition (no preparation required), visit the website at www.woodlandsboyschoir.org, or contact Sherryl S. Pond, Director, at 401-855-3222 or sherryl@hopepointe.org.

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Local residents are invited to bring their “furry family” members to Woodlands Eco Realty on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the inaugural “Santa Pawz” event. Santa Pawz was put together by local realtor Priyanka Johri as a way for families to include their nonhuman members to get into the Christmas spirit.

This year, the event is open to the public, and pets and their owners will be entertained with food for the humans and treats for the animals, and also have their photos taken with Santa. Woodlands Eco Realty is located at 26519 I-45 N in The Woodlands.

“For the past few years, Woodlands Eco Realty has offered this as a private event to our friends and family, but – due in no small part to numerous requests – now we’re thrilled to open it up to everyone in the area to bring cheer to all involved,” said Johri. “All we ask is that you bring a donation of dog or cat food for the California Wild Fire Animal victims – or a monetary donation towards our purchase of pet food. This year, Woodlands Eco Realty helped countless animals in Houston during Hurricane Harvey and animals in North Carolina after Hurricane Florence, and now we are looking to help out California displaced animals from the fire, so your donation will go far in helping us in our goals.”

Johri’s love for animals is evidenced by her also being the founder of Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary, a unique no-kill dog sanctuary that caters to special-needs animals, and Acorn Manor, a senior assisted living center that allows pets to live with their elderly residents.

“We look forward to sharing the holiday cheer with our local residents and visitors and their pets,” said Johri. “Our special photography staff and Santa are ready to capture the moment on film and get the photos to you in time to send out your Christmas cards.”

About Woodlands Eco Realty

Woodland s Eco Realty is owned and operated by Priyanka Johri, a broker/realtor based in The Woodlands and serving Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Johri is a member of the Houston Area Realtors and serves on the Montgomery County Leadership Team, the Houston Realtors International Advisory Board, and the Houston Realtors Technology Board. She is also part of Texas Realtors Leadership Program and the winner of prestigious Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors. Woodlands Eco Realty also received two special awards for excellent service: the City Beat Spectrum Award for Excellent Customer Service and the Broker Agent Advisor Award for Excellent Customer Service. Johri is a diplomat at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Woodlands Eco Realty is located at 26519 Interstate 45 N, The Woodlands, TX 77380. For more information, call 832-277-3577 or visit www.WoodlandsEcoRealty.com.

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Youth singing group provides fun entertainment, social skills, and music education to area boys

The Woodlands Boys Choir is currently holding open auditions for its 2019 season, and invites Montgomery County area boys between age 6 and 13 to try out for the popular choir. Auditions are being held now through December at HopePointe Anglican Church and are scheduled by appointment by calling 401-855-3222 or emailing sherryl@hopepointe.org.

“Our auditions short, simple, and convenient,” said Sherryl Pond, director of WBC. “They’re ‘unprepared’ in the sense that a young auditioner can come in and sing for us without a prepared choral piece; but we’re certainly prepared to listen to them and invite them to join the choir if they have a successful audition.”

Ms. Pond points out the tremendous bonding experience that her existing singers already enjoy as they look to build their ranks with new choir members. “The qualities we look for in the boys are a love of singing, a free, controlled tone that will blend well, a good sense of pitch, and self-discipline.”

There are opportunities for several age groups. Talented boys ages 7 through 13 audition for coveted spots in the Tour Choir, a select group of 20 to 30 boys who participate in camps, retreats, trips and tours. Additionally, boys who are still at novice level can join TrebleMakers without auditioning. TrebleMakers is a special program for boys ages 6 to 8 to discover a love of singing, fun with music, and to develop musicianship skills. Further, a new group of boys with changed voices, Timbres, has recently formed formed as WBC branches out to include others in the community while providing an ensemble for the boys to transition into as they grow older.

The Woodlands Boys Choir performs locally, regionally, nationally, and even globally. The Tour Choir is just coming off of a fabulous third season, returning from their recent Washington DC/Baltimore tour where they participated with around 200 boys in the Baltimore Boychoir Festival. This upcoming May, the Tour Choir will take a mini-tour to participate in the Schlitterbahn Choral Festival in New Braunfels in a packed weekend that involves singing and enjoying the water park.

To schedule a brief audition (no preparation required), or for more information, visit the WBC website at www.woodlandsboyschoir.org, or contact Sherryl S. Pond, Director, at (401) 855-3222 or sherryl@hopepointe.org.

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Please come celebrate with the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce at 1:00 p.m.

Local real estate company Woodlands Eco Realty is celebrating its refurbished offices with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony will take place on Friday, August 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the offices of Woodlands Eco Realty, 26519 Interstate 45 North in The Woodlands. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will also celebrate the operations of Pure Mutts Animal Sanctuary, a unique no-kill dog sanctuary that caters to special-needs animals that Johri also runs. In keeping with Johri’s love of animals, several dogs will also be at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Media and the public are invited to attend this special celebration marking the continued successes of a local businesswoman who has been nominated for several awards commemorating her continuing community spirit.

 

About Woodlands Eco Realty

Woodland s Eco Realty is owned and operated by Priyanka Johri, a broker/realtor based in The Woodlands and serving Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Johri is a member of the Houston Area Realtors and serves on the Montgomery County Leadership Team, the Houston Realtors International Advisory Board, and the Houston Realtors Technology Board. She is also part of Texas Realtors Leadership Program and the winner of prestigious Good Neighbor Award from the National Association of Realtors. Woodlands Eco Realty also received two special awards for excellent service. One was the City Beat Spectrum Award for Excellent Customer Service, and the other was the Broker Agent Advisor Award for Excellent Customer Service. Johri is a diplomat at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and helps local businesses grow and flourish in her community. Woodlands Eco Realty is located at 26519 Interstate 45 N, The Woodlands, TX 77380. For more information, call 832-277-3577 or visit www.WoodlandsEcoRealty.com.

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Program in partnership with CISD will allow 7th and 8th grade students to learn skills and credit

Parents who are wondering how to keep their 7th and 8th grade-aged children occupied during the summer break have been given a unique option by a local martial arts studio. Elite Yong-In Taekwondo is now offering special classes for Dance Demo Teams. Additionally, a class in specialized offsite physical education is offered in partnership with the Conroe Independent School District.

The classes will be held at the dojo located at 32818 Tamina in Magnolia just a few blocks off the western edge of The Woodlands. The capable, professional staff – led by Grand Master Sung Min Park – has set forth several curricula guaranteed to keep students engaged, educated, and ahead of their peers.

“Our Demo Team classes combine traditional demonstration – such as board-breaking and self-defense – with Taekwondo dance,” said Park. “Team members will be able to showcase their individual talents and group skills, and will be given the chance to compete in group forms. We want to use this unique team to build confidence and develop self-worth within our athletes.”

Park instituted the classes as an outlet for young ladies who were unable to join their schools’ cheerleading and dance squads, so that they can hone their skills for more positive results in the next school year. The classes, which will be held Mondays through Fridays, will benefit children in or going into 7th or 8th grade who are interested in dance, martial arts, self-defense, exercise, and team-building.

“We wanted to have a strong focus on providing team-building skills to the up-and-coming generation of young women,” said Park. “Our curriculum is designed to build their confidence to better equip them for life in high school and beyond.”

Park stresses that the goals in these classes are for students in an important phase of their lives to build confidence, develop performance and self-defense skills, and learn to perform under pressure and in front of large crowds. “Our teams will learn martial arts skills, flexibility, strength, grace, rhythm, precision timing, acrobatics, self-control, discipline, patience, and confidence. We will help them gain benefits from exercise, extensive stretching, team atmosphere and martial arts training.”

The Dance Demo Teams will also perform at scheduled venues, including the Trick or Treat Trail, the annual Lighting of the Doves, and a local tournament and state tournament for the USA Taekwondo Association.

Additionally, in partnership with Conroe Independent School District, Elite Yong-In is offering off-campus physical education (PE) classes. These classes will be offered Mondays through Fridays, with a time commitment – established by CISD – of five hours per week and four performances. There will be a one-week camp held August 3-7. Students in the Dance Demo Team will be released one hour early Monday through Friday for offsite PE.

“The grades earned in the offsite PE class will be determined by attendance and mastery of the curriculum and routines,” said Park. “This is an excellent opportunity for your students to keep active and learn new skills while earning a grade outside of the classroom.”

Conroe ISD has authorized an extended registration period for the offsite PE classes. Interested students and their parents can register through June 15. To register or for details, rates and class times, contact Brittany Campbell at 281-789-7114, or visit www.eliteyonginTKD.com.

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SynergenX Health doubles in size at Vintage Park location

Company announces open house celebration for its first anniversary

 

TOMBALL, TX – May 1, 2018 – Last year at this time, SynergenX Health opened its location in Vintage Park, bringing the Houston-area total count of the cutting-edge hormone replacement therapy (HRT) centers to six. Today, on the first anniversary of its Vintage Park opening, SyngergenX CEO Wayne Wilson announces that it has doubled in size and now offers even more services.

“Our increased popularity – due to the growing recognition of the safe, effective, and affordable benefits that HRT brings our clients – inspired us to open this center in this incredible neighborhood,” said Wilson. Since opening in The Woodlands in December of 2016, the company also added locations in the Galleria area, Sugar Land, Katy, and Kingwood, as well as regional and national locations in San Antonio, Dallas, and Chicago.

To mark the occasion, Wilson has announced a one-year anniversary and business expansion celebration. This open house will take place on Thursday, May 10 at 130 Vintage Park Blvd., Building C, Suite H, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony commences at 5:30 p.m. with an after-hours celebration starting at 6:00 p.m.

The hormone replacement therapy (HRT) that SynergenX provides is rapidly becoming more recognized as a proven, effective, affordable, and safe regimen designed to let men and women of all ages look and feel better with increased energy, healthier libido, and other far-ranging physiological benefits.

“Our expanded services at this location include women’s HRT, weight-loss programs, and body compositions,” said Wilson. “This allows us to provide comprehensive improvements to the greater range of clients that have been coming through our doors.”

To learn more, contact SynergenX Health at www.synergenxhealth.com or by calling 877-915-2554.

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Southwest Airlines pilot Tammie Jo Shults

Grand Master Sung Min Park trains executives and aviators in techniques of mind over matter

When a Southwest Airlines flight suffered a disastrous engine explosion, pilot Tammie Jo Shults executed a safe landing that potentially saved the lives of hundreds of people. The former naval aviator-turned-commercial pilot has been credited as maintaining a sense of professionalism and serenity in the face of an emergency that would have overwhelmed lesser people.

Sung Min Park, a tae kwon do Grand Master and holder of a Guinness World Record, isn’t surprised at Shults’ strong actions and clear thinking. As a former member of the South Korean military, he understood the need for proper training of professionals in high-stress industries when he founded the Elite Yong-In dojo in The Woodlands area.

“Martial arts such as tae kwon do, tai chi, and others can prove to be invaluable tools for aligning your mind and your body, allowing you to conduct tasks under extreme circumstances without losing your focus or panicking,” said Park, who teaches specialized training classes to executives, military personnel, law enforcement and – perhaps not surprisingly – pilots.

Park says there is no doubt that Shults’ military training was integral in her handling of the recent Southwest incident. “Many people think that you have to somehow ‘disconnect’ your mind from your body – your emotions from your actions – when you are in a high-stress environment like fighting a battle or overcoming a midair disaster. But that’s not entirely correct. Military personnel and airline pilots come to us for the same reason; not to disconnect their mind from their body, but to achieve a mental balance where the body doesn’t overcome the mind in a critical situation.”

Beyond providing training for people who find themselves in life-or-death situations every day, Park also provides classes to numerous other demographics that would benefit from lessons in tae kwon do, hapkido, tai chi, and other disciplines.

“These arts have been proven to assist elderly people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and even just generic old age,” he said. “On the other end of the spectrum, very young children through teenagers can learn how to protect themselves from a bullying environment, or even how to stop being bullies themselves.”

Park’s dojo at 32818 Tamina Road in Magnolia on the western edge of The Woodlands is open to individuals aged 4 through 100, families, organizations, and business teams to provide lessons in personal growth, inner peace, self-defense, military-style training, character development, and corporate and executive security.

To learn more about Park and how his training can help you keep a level – and perhaps life-saving – head in times of crisis, or how any of his disciplines can benefit your life, visit www.eliteyongin.com or call 281-789-7114.

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Emergency Chaplain Group

April 27 event will bring much-needed assistance to First Responders in crisis

Blackwood Gun Club is hosting a special clay-shooting tournament to raise funds for Emergency Chaplain Group, a nonprofit organization that provides counseling services for First Responders. The “Shoot Clays – Save Lives Clay-Shooting Tournament” will take place on Friday, April 27 at 1400 FM 2854 in Conroe.

J.C. “Skip” Straus, BCC and Chaplain Emeritus of Emergency Chaplain Group, has extended an invitation to local and regional businesses to provide sponsorships for the event.

“Emergency Chaplain Group is grateful for the communities’ ongoing support. It is with your generous donations that lives are changed forever, and we hope your generosity will extend into this event,” said Straus. “Our chaplains serve EMTs, firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, and dispatchers and their families. We work closely with First Responders at the scene of an accident and afterwards to cope with the horrific events they witness, such as child fatalities, teenage suicide, or the deadly effects of drunk driving.”

The chaplains understand that it is difficult for First Responders to separate themselves from their feelings and “turn it off” at the end of the shift for a good reason; all of ECG’s chaplains are or have been First Responders themselves. In dealing with post-traumatic stress, their chaplains continue to assist the First Responders and their families in dealing with critical incident stress, ongoing stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.

More information on sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.emergencychaplain.org or by calling 855-4-EM-CHAP (855-436-2427).

 

About Emergency Chaplain Group

Emergency Chaplain Group, founded in 1998, is a group of specially trained chaplains who respond to the needs of the first responder community both on-scene and “behind-scene,” with an emphasis on Critical Incident Stress and Post Traumatic Stress services. The services offered by the group are without regard to religious affiliation (or lack thereof). For more information, visit www.emchap.org or call 855.4EM.CHAP (855.436.2427).