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Until the last soldier or marine comes home, ORWFD 5K Run/Walk will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

You can still donate to the WWP and the Scholarship Fund at:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Donations.html

If you look hard, you will see Commissioner Rusty Senac and Old River-Winfree Councilwoman, Jackie Johnson running or walking to support our Veterans!  You will also see the Family of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs, Daniel Riggs, Vickie Riggs, and Brian Riggs.

Special thanks to Bob Botto, Race Manager, Tracie Comeaux, Shane Brand, Kiel Williams, Linda Murphy, Colleen Fontenot, among a few for organizing the race.

Thanks to the best hosts around, Barbers Hill Independent School District.

Barbers Hill Bank supports and continues to support, four years running, ORWFD, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Scholarship Fund by paying all expenses incurred with their $5000 Sponsorship!


A Tribute to those who have run and will run/walk on October 5th. 

We want you to know that every time your foot touches the ground, every time you shed a drop of sweat, every time you take a labored breath, and sometimes, every time you shed a tear, you are extending your hand to help a Wounded Warrior stand tall and honoring the one that “gave all”. God Bless you!

We Salute you! Hooah! 

Seeing the video below, have you registered to run, make a donation, or bought a t-shirt. Now’s your time. Go to the link below and scroll down. We will NEVER forget the sacrifice all of our men and women, along with their families, have made to keep us free. We will NEVER forget those that made the ultimate sacrifice. Not here in Small Towns USA! Join us!

http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Online-Payment.html


T-Shirt frontThe Official 2013 ORWFD 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs T-Shirt.

Here is the front with the George Washington quote of 1781, 232 years ago.

The T-Shirt is the Runner’s style Wicking T-Shirt which is 100% polyester wicking knit

·         Wicks moisture away from the body *

·         Color is “Barbers Hill” Blue

All American T–Shirts in Old River-Winfree is the Official Old River-Winfree Founders Day T-Shirt Vendor.

T-Shirts are $10 at City Hall and $14.95 plus $5.95 shipping online.  They are $14.95 online to defer any shopping cart charges.

Read and find out more about Pfc Wesley R. Riggs t http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Pfc-Wesley-R-Riggs.htm

To Donate in Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Name: Go to http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Online-Payment.html and donate the amount you want.

To Drop any entry off go to:  City Hall is at 4818 FM 565N.  Sign is out front.  The single glass door to the left is the City Offices open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch.

If no one is there, simply drop your entry form and payment inside the metal door to the right of the single glass door.  There is a mail slot there.

To Enter by Mail:  Go to the Events or http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Old-River-Winfree-Run-Walk-Registration.htmlpage and click on Print out the the Entry Form and mail to:\

ORWFD-WWP
City of Old River-Winfree
4818 FM 565 N
Old River-Winfree, TX  77523
 

To Pay Online:  Go to the Events page and click on Click here to Register Online http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Online-Payment.htmland follow the instructions.  You may enter 1 person or multiple person’s all in one payment.

Extend a hand to a Warrior that needs you.  Enter or Donate in Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Name today!

 


new ad fbAs President of Old River-Winfree Founders Day and the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs, I have walked in the 5K Run/Walk. I weighed 190 lbs, 62 years old, and totally out of shape.

But, I didn’t care! I knew I wanted to walk, the best I could, for our heroes coming back from the Afghanistan and Iraq Theaters of War! I knew that every time my foot hit the ground, I was extending a hand to a soldier or marine in need of support. A hand to help the Wounded Warrior Project lift them our of despair (PTSD which is very prevalent), and help them physically, mentally, and spiritually!

I walked in flip flops and had quite a hard time keeping up with the other walkers. But, I finished, I did it!

I felt so good when I saw the finish line coming up! The fastest time that day was 17 minutes; I was the very last to cross the finish line, but I was just as proud as if I had come in first!

Tears come to my eyes as I think of that day and what it meant to me and those I was helping. Those my big old feet were giving hope to.

Please join me as I participate again this year! By the way, I finished in 1 Hour and 15 minutes!! 

Beat that time! Great T-Shirts; Babies can participate in the Stroller Derby; Kid’s in the Kid’s Fun Run, too!

This is our 5th year to do this and we have made it a First Class Event for you! Party afterwards for participants!

Help me, help our warriors!

PS:  I now weigh 140 lbs and am 63 years old!


canon startOn October 5, 2013 at Barbers Hill ISD Eagles Football Stadium, the Civil War Canon will fire again telling all that hear that we support our men and women in service and start the 5th annual ORWFD “Chip Timed” 5K Run/Walk; a few minutes later, another “blast” will be heard starting the Kid’s Fun Run.  Every single dollar raised goes to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

A separate “Stroller Derby” will then start for all parents to push strollers or pull wagons with their babies and toddlers aboard showing their little hearts support our men and women in the military!

Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, is exclusively sponsoring all expenses for the 4th year in a row, so that all entries and donations go to our Warriors.

The volunteers you see at the ORWFD events give of their time and their heart to put this event on every year to make sure we provide a first class race and a lot of fun!

The official 2013 ORWFD 5K Run/Walk T-Shirt will also be on sale at the race to raise more money for our heroes.  The first 50 entries received a free T-Shirt.

  • An estimated 400,000 warriors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • An estimated 320,000 warriors suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

  • Over 51,300 warriors suffer from physical injuries.

These statistics only tell part of the story that don’t include the trauma, anxiety, and worry of the families who wait and the families who received our warriors back from the theaters of war!  

2013runHelp us help the warriors and their families by your support of the Run/Walk!

You understand the severity of veterans’ battlefield injuries — amputated arms and legs, disfiguring burns, paralysis, and invisible wounds, such as TBI’s and PTSD. The recovery from these injuries takes a lifetime of commitment.

Please stand by our nation’s wounded by participating in the 2013 Chip Timed 5K Run/Walk and the Kid’s Fun Run on October 5, 2013 which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project (90%) and the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund (10%).


The making of the 2013 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs T-Shirt:

The graphics, t-shirt material, and wording were chosen with great care this year as Old River-Winfree Founders Day is ever mindful of the sacrifice our military and their families make every day since 1776.  The following is a short history of what brought the ORWFD Team forward to the choosing of the graphics for this year’s T-Shirt that any American would be proud to wear year-round!

“When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years.

December 1776 was a desperate time for George Washington and the American Revolution. The ragtag Continental Army was encamped along the Pennsylvania shore of the Delaware River exhausted, demoralized and uncertain of its future.

800px-Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851His decision was to attack the British. The target was the Hessian-held town of Trenton just across the Delaware River.

During the night of December 25, Washington led his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware about 9 miles north of Trenton. The weather was horrendous and the river treacherous. Raging winds combined with snow, sleet and rain to produce almost impossible conditions. To add to the difficulties, a significant number of Washington’s force marched through the snow without shoes.

The next morning they attacked to the south, taking the Hessian garrison by surprise and over-running the town. After fierce fighting, and the loss of their commander, the Hessians surrendered.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. “As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.””

George Washing is quoted on many great sayings, one of the best and most thought provoking is this one from 1781.

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” 

Added to this great quote is the American Eagle, the American Flag, and the ORWFD logo.  As always, the ORWFD 5K Run/Walk is held in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs and his family that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Wesley R. Riggs was a graduate of Barbers Hill High School and accomplished that is three (3) years!  Barbers Hill Bank in Mont Belvieu, Texas a branch of Anahuac National Bank is the Exclusive Sponsor and has been for four (4) years running!

wicking t-shirtT-Shirt is the Runner’s style Wicking T-Shirt which is 100% polyester wicking knit * Wicks moisture away from the body * 

Color is “Barbers Hill” Blue

All American T–Shirts in Old River-Winfree is the Official Old River-Winfree Founders Day T-Shirt Vendor.

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?????Here is the 2013 Schedule of Events for October 5, 2013 at Barbers Hill ISD Eagles Football Stadium for the Kid’s Fun Run and the 5K Run/Walk CHIP TIMED  Event Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Also, the entry form for the October 5th event.

The 2013 ORWFD Schedule of Events on October 12, 2013 is also below.  Two days worth of Fun!

We need Veterans to mark the course with flags at the October 5th 5K Run/Walk Event at Barbers Hill Stadium.  If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran please let them know about this.  They can sit, stand, whatever with a flag.  The flag can be our American Flag, the Flag of the Military Branch of Service, Texas Flag, POW Flag.  Chairs will not be provided but are welcome if you man the course.

God Bless America!

2013 ORWFD Schedule of Events

 

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Bob Allen, Senior Vice-President, Barbers Hill Bank; Mayor Joe Landry, Mayor of Old River-Winfree;  Jane Newsom, grandmother of Scholarship Winner;  Charlie Newsom; grandfather of Scholarship Winner; Randy Oliver, Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award winner; and Karen Oliver, mother of winner.

Bob Allen, Senior Vice-President, Barbers Hill Bank; Mayor Joe Landry, Mayor of Old River-Winfree; Jane Newsom, grandmother of Scholarship Winner; Charlie Newsom; grandfather of Scholarship Winner; Randy Oliver, Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award winner; and Karen Oliver, mother of winner.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day, sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree is proud to announce Randy Oliver as the winner of the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award given to a graduating senior at Barbers Hill High School.  Sponsoring the Run/Walk for the last three years and the 2013 3K/5K Run/Walk is Barbers Hill Bank, a Branch of Anahuac National Bank represented by Bob Allen in the picture.

One of the items required in the Application for this scholarship was an Essay on the Legacy of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.

 In a “blind reading”, Old River-Winfree Founders Team Members awarded Thomas Randall Oliver (Randy) the 2012 Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship.  In a “blind reading”, participants read each essay on Pfc Wesley R. Riggs without knowing the name of the writer.  The final vote was unanimous for Randy Oliver.

Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs, 19, of Beach City, Texas died May 17 in Tikrit, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted position. Riggs was assigned to the Army’s 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.  Pfc. Riggs was known for his bravery, courage, quick smile, and encouragement to his brothers in his Battalion.

Wesley came home to rest at the National Cemetery in Houston, Texas May 25, 2005. At the Mass, Wesley’s family received Wesley’s two commendations — the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.  Our Hero was given full military honor funeral. 

Pfc Riggs graduated from Barbers Hill High School in just three years.

Mayor Landry is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Charlie Newsom is a veteran from peace time Germany a few years before the Vietnam War.

On June 7, 2005 Texas Representative Ted Poe recognized and honored Pfc Riggs’ sacrifice before the United States House of Representatives.  Flags were flown at half-mast for this Texas man.  An excerpt of that recognition follows:

Chair: Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Poe) is recognized for 5 minutes.

Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX]: “I don’t do it for the money ….. I don’t do it for the glory ….. Providing for our future is my responsibility ….. I can’t call in sick on Mondays when the weekend has been too strong. I just work straight through the holidays and sometimes all night long. You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door ….. I am solid ….. I am steady ….. I am true down to the core ….. I’m an American soldier.”

Words from Toby Keith’s “American Soldier.”

Mr. Speaker, today I rise in honor of a young American soldier, Private First Class Wesley Robert Riggs, who died serving our Nation in Iraq. Private First Class Riggs, in only 19 years, had exhibited a lifetime of dedication and duty. He was killed during a patrol on May 17, 2005, near Tikrit, Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded.

He was a native of Baytown/Beach City, Texas. Wesley graduated in 3 years from Barbers Hill High School in 2003. He was active in the Future Farmers of America. To Wesley’s Ag teachers, he was well devoted to the curriculum and is remembered for his skills in Ag Mechanics and Meats Technology. They recall his love of fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.

Before enlisting in the United States Army in 2004, Wesley spent his days like many other young Texans. He enjoyed hanging around with friends and working on cars. He liked four-wheeling and camping. He was also a member of the Houston Olympic weight lifting team.

He attended Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Mt. Belvieu, Texas. Reverend Andrew Moore, Wesley’s Pastor at Holy Trinity, recalls a dedicated young man that was extremely motivated and driven. He dreamed of a career in law enforcement after his years in the military.

All proceeds from the Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (90%) and the Memorial Scholarship Fund (10%).

In 1789, President George Washington “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

The Wounded Warrior Project does just that in ministering to the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of our military returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is among these.

 The 2013 Old River-Winfree Founders Day will be October 12, 2013.

The picture was taken at the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial at the Beach City, Texas City Hall and Fire Department Complex.  Picture is courtesy of Loxx Photography of Baytown, Texas.

For more information on Founders Day http:www.orwfoundersday.com.


5K 007Old River-Winfree Founders Day is bringing back together the Texas Wall of Heroes and Founder Carson George; Ken Pridgeon, Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery in Baytown, Texas;  Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian; and Billy Wallace, III and the Historical Reenactment Pioneers!

Along with the many contests, Carnival, and great vendors, there will be a 3K and 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.

Pfc Wesley R. Riggs has a huge place in our Old River-Winfree Founders Day events!  A little known fact is that Carson George’s son lies in rest next to Pfc. Riggs at the Houston National Memorial cemetary.  Also, Ken Pridgeon great fame and journey started at the 2010 Old River-Winfree Founders Day.  ORWFD had commissioned Ken to paint a portrait of Riggs.   Pfc Riggs was the FIRST warrior that Ken painted in what is now a nationally known Gallery of Warriors on Texas Avenue in Baytown.

The very first Portrait of a Warrior that started Ken Pridgeon on his journey is of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs

The very first Portrait of a Warrior that started Ken Pridgeon on his journey is of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs

October 12, 2013 is also a great time for the festival this year as the night before, Friday Night is Barbers Hill Independent School Districts Homecoming.  

Timing is really everything, isn’t it!

Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian

Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian

Make plans now to attend this historic event and honor our American warriors who gave all for our freedoms we enjoy today.

Visit the Old River-Winfree Founders Day website at orwfoundersday.com to find out more information.

See the photos and videos of the Texas Wall of Heroes, Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon, and more at http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Photos-and-Videos.html

Like ORWFD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ORWFD


Old River-Winfree Founders Day is a City of Old River-Winfree Event.  The 5K Run/Walk Exclusively Sponsored by Barbers Hill Bank is a run for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The following article was co-written by Kenneth Collier, Old River-Winfree Resident and Race Manager of the 2012 5K Run/Walk Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs and Colleen Fontenot, Old River-Winfree Resident and President of Old River-Winfree Founders Day.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day is backed by a host of volunteers working hard to make this event and all events at Founders Day a Day to remember!

Please take the time and read below.  Join us in the magnificent Run for this generations Warriors!


Online registrations and Mail-in Registrations are coming in, so be sure and get registered to run or walk for a deserving project, The Wounded Warrior Project!

The first 50 get a T-Shirt with their packet!

Not much time left until Race Day on October 13th!

Go to orwfoundersday.com and click on FORMS to register online or print and mail in your entry with your payment!

While you are on the website, visit the events page to see what else is going on that day.  Stay with us and experience HISTORY!

See you there!

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Again this year, we have a prestigious line up of Judges for the Old River-Winfree Founders Day Bakeoff Contest to be held October 13, 2012 at the 4th Annual Event.  This event is open to boys and girls, men and women.  The judges are:

  • Ryan Holzaepfel, Emergency Management Coordinator and County Fire Marshall;
  • Scott Peal, Chambers County Attorney;
  • Constable “Butch” Bean, Constable for Precinct 4; and
  • Mayor Billy Combs, Mayor of Beach City.

After the winners are announced, the highly anticipated and lively auction starts with 90% of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project and 20% going to the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Wes graduated from Barbers Hill High School in three years and a deserving Senior there is a recipient of the Scholarship.

New this year are cash prizes to the Overall and 1st Place Winner in each category (Cake, Pie, Cupcake).  

Also new this year, is the Mrs. Ethel P Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award  for the best Teen cook overall.  Founders Day hopes to encourage our young people to continue the art of baking and baking from scratch.

The Event is Sponsored by Carnes Engineering, Inc. and has been for four (4) years in a row!

Prizes this year are:

$200 Prize and Cup Trophy for Grand Overall Champion of Bake-Off

$100 Prize and Trophy  First Time Award:  Mrs. Ethel P. Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award 

$25 Prize for Best in Cupcakes

$50 Prize for Best in Cakes

$50 Prize for Best in Pies

1st Place Prizes in each Category

The Entry Form is below OR you may go to the Old River-Winfree Founders Day website at orwfoundersday.com and click on the “Events” or “Forms” tab at the top of the page.


Colleen Fontenot, ORWFD President; Bob Botto, 5K Run/Walk Race Manager; Mayor Joe Landry, Mayor of Old River-Winfree; Katelyn Kelly, Winner of the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award; Bob Allen, Senior Vice-President, Barbers Hill Bank a Branch of Anahuac National Bank; Madison Kelly, sister of Katelyn; Darrla Kelly, Mother of Katelyn; Tim Kelly, Father of Katelyn; and Jeanette Green, ORWFD Bakeoff Chairman.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day, sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree is proud to announce Katelyn Kelly as the winner of the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award given to a graduating senior at Barbers Hill High School.

One of the items required in the Application for this scholarship was an Essay on the Legacy of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs. Katelyn’s Essay was on “The Importance of Volunteerism”. This essay hit right on the sacrifice made by our Military and their families. Katelyn shows a maturity and understanding of our First Line of Defense Volunteers that is far beyond her years.

An excerpt from Kelly’s essay will help you understand why she was chosen.

“What if no one answered the call to protect our country and the freedom that so many people take for granted. Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs answered that call to volunteer to serve in the United States Army. I am sure it was a proud day when he joined and when he graduated boot camp. I bet there was no fanfare or recognition outside of his and his family’s pride and sense of accomplishment.

Unfortunately, it has taken an attack on American soil and two wars for Americans to appreciate this country’s first responders and our volunteer military. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Towers, when we watched the brave men and women of the NYFD rush into those towers as everyone was running away, Americans have appreciated the bravery and celebrated our first responders all across our country. After the call by our President to these attacks and to defend our way of life, thousands of young Americans bravely answered the call to volunteer and fight to defend our freedom. No one volunteers to die, whether it is fighting a fire, answering a police call or serving in the Military in a hostile country. These brave men and women, like Pfc Riggs, have all been doing a job, a job they were genuinely proud of, and doing it to the best of their ability. God has a plan for all of us and he uses our lives for a greter purpose. I am thankful that men and women like Pfc Riggs have volunteered to serve in our Military, and while far too many have died in service to our country, I believe that they all served a special purpose under God’s guidance. I am sure Pfc. Riggs’ family all understand what his purpose was, and while they miss him each and every day, they are proud of his accomplishments and his service to our country.”

Katelyn plans to attend Lee College where she will aim toward a Career in Medicine as an Emergency Room Nurse.

Katelyn was awarded $1,160 toward her tuition, books, etc. The Scholarship Award is derived from the Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Barbers Hill Bank and the Auction of Pies, Cake, and Cupcakes from the Bakeoff Contest sponsored by Carnes Engineering.


True American Patriots are known by their actions!  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has just signed on for the third year to Exclusively Sponsor the 2012 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Loving Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.  Bob Botto is back again as Race Manager.  We have added Kenneth Collier of Collier’s Barber Shop in Old River-Winfree as Assistant Race Manager.  Jerren Young is our Route Safety Chairman; a job that is a true miracle of timing and awareness of our runners and walkers.

 

A-Automotive in Mont Belvieu is sponsoring the “Rolling Thunder” Tribute (which is a jaw dropping tear jerking sight to see), and the Motorcycle Contest headed up by the Circuit Riders-Mont Belvieu Chapter.

 

The Pie, Cake, and Cupcake Bakeoff is sponsored 4 years in a row by Carnes Engineering.  Cash Awards this year along with trophies and the first time Mrs. Ethel P Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award will be given out. Jeanette Green, Chairman and team will run this event with the same care and dedication.

 

The “My Best Friend” Kid’s Dog Show is back with Sam’s Express as first time sponsor.  Colleen Fontenot will step up as Chairman of this super fun event

 

As always the City of Old River-Winfree sponsors the Founders Day.

 

I am thinking of a “Karaoke Talent Show” on Friday Night, but we will discuss this at the next meeting.

 

All forms are posted to the website with the exception of the Bakeoff.

 

With Kindest Personal regards,

 

God Bless,

 

 

Colleen Fontenot
President
Phone:  281-576-1236
Cell:  979-661-6172
website:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com
 
 

 

 


True patriots are always recognized by their actions.  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has proven this time and again.

Bob Allen at Barbers Hill Bank gave the go ahead for the 3rd year of Exclusively Sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs.  

Pfc Riggs graduated in three years from Barbers Hill High School and then felt the call to fight for America’s way of life and freedom.  He joined the Army and was eventually sent to Iraq where he gave the ultimate sacrifice in May 2005 in Tikrit, Iraq.   His story can be found at http://www.orwfoundersday.com.

Runners and Walkers come from far and wide to support this event.  The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute right before the race is made up by Christian Motorcyclists from Beaumont, Dayton, Mont Belvieu, and areas in between.

It is a truly honorable event for all concerned and seems to bring out the pride in America that patriots have.

Want to join the “Rolling Thunder” tribute or the race itself?  Just go to the website at http://www.orwfoundersday.com and click on Events.  You can see all the events of Saturday, October 13th and read what Old River-Winfree Founders Day is all about……..Family!


Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund 2012 has been submitted to Barbers Hill High School.  Contact Shari Lippe, Counselor at the High School, for more information.

This year the Scholarship is a record breaker for the Old River-Winfree Founders Day effort!  The award is in the amount of $1,160!


Colleen Fontenot, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, President; Bob Botto, Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk Race Manager and Vice President, International Runner; Bob Allen, Barbers Hill Bank, Senior Vice President; Jeanette Green, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, Chairman Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff and Vice President; Kari Hughes, Barbers Hill Bank, New Accounts Representative; Lisa Cutbirth, Barbers Hill Bank, Teller Supervisor

Courtesy of the Baytown Sun

Colleen Fontenot knew she had to do something when she heard the news that her son’s closest friend had lost his life in Tikrit, Iraq, as a member of the U.S. Army.

Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs of Baytown died May 17, 2005, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted position. Riggs, who was assigned to the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., was  19.

He received a military funeral with honors at the National Cemetery in Houston where his parents were presented with Wesley’s two commendations — the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  He also received the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Riggs graduated from Barbers Hill in three years, and is remembered as a quiet, pensive guy who loved the water and frequently went rafting with friends.

And he always had that fun loving – but mischievous – look on his face.

“It made you wonder what he was up to,” said family friend BJ McCoy.

He loved working on cars, fishing, camping and riding dirt bikes. He was a connoisseur of “southern fun,” said BJ’s husband, Gary.

Riggs and his friends would tear through the closest mud field in a big-wheeled truck. 

“They would go muddin’ or riding any kind of motorized anything that could go fast,” McCoy said. “They could make a party out of just about any day.”

Today, a memorial plaque in Beach City marks his life and his sacrifice to the country.

For Fontenot, that plaque just didn’t fill the void she felt to continue to honor the fallen hero.

Fontenot organized a 5K run in 2008, which went off during the Old River- Winfree Founders Day.

It had some success, raising just over $6,000. Fontenot said the proceeds went to the Wounded Warriors Project, a non-profit organization that provides services and works to integrate wounded soldiers back into society.

Hurricane Ike forced the cancellation of the 2009 race, but Fontenot picked back up in 2010, raising $7,000.

Enter Bob Botto, who volunteered to manage this year’s race.

“Bob really did an outstanding job,” Fontenot said. “He took this race to a whole new level.”

Fontenot said under Botto’s guidance, the race grew by 30 percent, and topped the $11,000 mark.

10 percent of those proceeds of the 5K Run/Walk and the Annual Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff go to the Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded to a deserving senior at Barbers Hill.  

This year the donation was $1,162 to the fund, with over $10,000 going to Wounded Warriors.

Barbers Hill Bank, a Branch of Anahuac National Bank, has sponsored the 5K Run/Walk for 2 years running.  

“As a branch of Anahuac National Bank, Barbers Hill Bank takes pride in supporting our military, “ Bob Allen, Senior Vice President said.

Fontenot said the event continues to grow every year, but only because of partnerships like they have with barbers Hill Bank and volunteers like Botto and Jerren Young, the route safety chairman, make it possible.

Courtesy of the Baytown Sun


Not only were the entries up this year, but everyone brought their A List recipes.  Jeanette Green of Reflection Printing in Baytown and long time Old River-Winfree resident Chaired one of the most successful events of Founders Day.

After the Bakeoff, Jeanette Green and Michael Brown of the Archangels Silsbee (Auctioneer) headed up the most successful Auction of these fine entries to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Michael Brown auctioned off these deserts for a total of $7605.  God really blessed this event!!

Thanks for all the entries even if you didn’t win a ribbon, you are a winner for the Wounded Warrior Project.

To find out how to enter next year’s event just go to http://www.orwfoundersday.com, click on FORMS and find the Bakeoff Form.  Jeanette’s contact information is there.

Thanks again, Michael Brown and the Archangels of Silsbee and all those who bid on these Fabulous entries!!!

See you next year!!!!

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AND it’s Free!!  Get the polish out and get that chrome to sparkle and the paint job shiny!  Ride with the best FOR the best.   Our Warriors serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan Theaters of was since the beginning.

The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute will herald the starting of the 3rd Annual 5K Run/Walk benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Welsey R. Riggs, a favorite son of Chambers County and Barbers Hill High School, who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice in Tikrit, Iraq May 2005.

It will be a glorious, honorable ride!

After the tribute, don’t waist all that work you put into your bike! Enter it in the 2nd annual Motorcycle Contest with Fabulous Trophies in three different categories and three deep!

Information is on the following Registration for the Motorcycle Contest.  Bike Blessing on the Contest grounds even it you don’t enter.  

Then, park the bike and come back to see the Best Vendors and Bands around.  Check out the website under EVENTS at http://www.orwfoundersday.com

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