First Lady Blog
Heart disease, which includes strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, is the number one cause of death in our nation, yet many of us do not know the significant risk heart disease poses. That is why February has been proclaimed Heart Health Awareness Month in Texas, in order to inform Texans of the substantial threat heart disease poses and the importance of knowing personal risk factors and effective prevention strategies.
The 2017 Governor’s Volunteer Award Winner for Corporate Community Impact by a Small Business is Granite Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate development and investment firm. This award recognizes a small business that has made community engagement a priority, whether it is through employee volunteer programs, making community service as a core value and business strategy, or other ways. Founded in Dallas and later expanding to Houston and across the nation, since 1991 Granite Properties has had growing servant leaders as an integral part of its corporate fabric.
The Texas Governor’s Commission for Women announced last week that it is now accepting nominations for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Established in 1984 by the Texas Governor’s Commission for Women, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame includes former First Ladies, astronauts, Grammy-award-winning musicians, entrepreneurs and Olympic athletes. A permanent exhibit is housed at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. Nominations are open to any native or current residents of Texas, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the State of Texas.
Last month Greg released his second “Report to the People of Texas,” which offers a look back at the triumphs and challenges of 2017, and provides Texans greater insight into important programs and policies being implemented and other actions taken by the Governor’s Office to move Texas forward.
Another week, another 2017 GVA winner! Today’s Texanthropy Spotlight is Tony Smith, the Service to Veteran’s Award winner. This award recognizes an individual or organization that focuses on providing needed programs or services to meet the needs of military-connected families or individuals.
On Monday I had the pleasure of joining Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, in Killeen for the Texas Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference, hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Following the conference, we visited Fort Hood to learn more about their Art Therapy program.
Today marks the last day of January, which Greg declared as Mentoring Month in Texas. Many of you may have had a mentor growing up – a trusted adult who provided a caring, consistent presence and helped you discover personal strength and achieve your potential. The positive effects that a mentor can have on a young person’s life cannot be overstated, and particularly when it comes to the youth in our state’s child welfare system. Many of these young Texans don’t have a family member to turn to, a void that can be filled by a mentor who can offer advice, encourage positive choices, promote self-esteem, and support academic achievement.
Earlier this week I traveled to Beaumont to attend the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Summit. Hosted by OneStar Foundation and the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, the Summit brought together industry leaders, business executives, government officials, nonprofit organizations, volunteers and other interested Southeast Texans for a full day of networking, professional and personal growth, and seminars all in an effort to find ways to work together to solve problems and strengthen communities.