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Community Impact & Outreach

Bees arrive at GRB balcony
After more than half a year of planning, preparing and organizing, four colonies of honey bees arrived at the George R. Brown at the end of September. Their new home is the Rusk balcony (that's the one closest to the North end of the building). The effort is part of an ...

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MoonGARDEN grew on Avenida and Discovery Green
Avenida and Discovery Green transformed into a moonscape. An art installation called moonGARDEN featuring 22 spheres was designed by Montreal art collective Lucion. The globes were brought to life with innovative shadow theaters, dynamic lighting and interactive elements that allow visitors to become part of the experience. The moonGARDEN installation ...

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Houston First supported the US Mexico Chamber Gala
Houston First recently supported the US Mexico Chamber Gala. The gala took place at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. The keynote speaker for the evening was the 55th President of Mexico, Vicente Fox who performed the “grito” in honor of Mexican Independence Day. The United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce ...

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Theater Open House signals a new beginning for the area
Sporting a blue shirt with a "25" emblazoned on the front, Houston First President and CEO Brenda Bazan took the stage in Jones Plaza to welcome the crowd back to this year's Theater District Open House. The late August annual event marks the beginning of the fall performing arts season in ...

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Artist Work Honoring Volunteers on Display at George R. Brown
To commemorate the magnanimity of Houstonians’ resilience and altruistic response to Hurricane Harvey, I painted this monumental, human-scale, eight-panel, oil-on-canvas portrait of my fellow volunteers. This group worked together seamlessly accepting donations outside NRG Center the day after Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Baker Ripley CEO Angela Blanchard opened ...

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Houston First Board Member Wins "Women who Mean Business" Award
Each year the Houston Business Journal recognizes top women in business through its “Women Who Mean Business” Awards. The publication selects honorees based on “career achievement, contribution to company and city success, community involvement and leadership.” This year Katy Caldwell was named among a select few outstanding leaders in ...

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