West U Recognizes Friends Board Members as ‘Star Citizens’
The West U City Council today recognized several Friends of West U Parks board members as “star citizens” for the work they’ve done for the city’s parks.
Mayor Bob Fry presented the chairs of Fathers and Flashlights 2011 and the chairs of Park Lovers’ Ball 2012 with “West University Place Star Citizen Awards” at a luncheon held at Collina’s Italian Café.
Star Citizen Awards recognize efforts by residents whose volunteer efforts improve the overall quality of life in the West U community. The city has recognized 25 Friends members since the program’s inception in 2007.
“Giving these awards is special to me,” Fry said, adding that it is the fun part of his job.
Fry said that West U is a neighborhood of families and Fathers and Flashlights exemplifies that.
Fathers and Flashlights chairs Sara and Chip Edgecomb, Maggie and Dax Garza and Amanda and J.R. McGee were presented with Star Citizen Awards.
Fathers and Flashlights were initiated in October 2007 by Daryl and Aaron Hoover as a way for dads to interact with their children. The overnight campout has grown in popularity each year since 2007.
The chairs of Fathers and Flashlights helped raise more than $53,000 for Friends, which will go towards renovating the city’s parks and playgrounds.
Fry also presented Park Lovers’ Ball chairs Courtney and Scott Archer and Anne and John Freeman with Star Citizen Awards.
“This thing is phenomenal,” he said, adding that it’s the central social event of the community and the glue that keeps the community together.
Friends recently celebrated its 21st anniversary of Park Lovers’ Ball, which is the Friends largest annual fundraising event. The event was held in February at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Friends raised more than $320,000 under Archer and Freeman’s leadership. The money will be used for further park improvements in West U.
Since its inception in 1987, Friends have raised nearly $5 million for West U parks.