Seats still Available for the Annual Pocket Pear Hold ‘Em Tournament and Casino Night
Keep Pearland Beautiful is hosting the Pocket Pear Hold‘Em Tournament and Casino Night on June 27th, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The event will take place at the Pearland Lions Club 3350 S. Main St., Pearland, TX 77581. The night will include dinner, poker tournament, casino games, door prizes, and raffle drawings at the end of the night. This year’s theme for the Pocket Pear is 1920’s Speak Easy. Come dressed up as a flapper, gangster or come as you are. To purchase tickets, visit www.mykpb.org or call the KPB office at 281-652-1659.
The annual Pocket Pear fundraiser benefits the Joe Miller Environmental Scholarship Fund that awards scholarships to Pearland area high school seniors who have demonstrated good stewardship of the environment and are pursuing higher education. An active community member for over 20 years, Joe Miller devoted his free time to volunteering with groups such as Keep Pearland Beautiful and the Boy Scouts of America. For fun, he was an avid poker player, going “all in” with the Lakes of Highland Glen Poker Club. KPB established this scholarship fund in 2008 in his memory.
In 7 years, a total of $35,000 has been awarded to 27 high school seniors. In 2015, the scholarship was awarded to five high school graduates from Pearland and Dawson High School, totaling $8,000. Congratulations to PHS scholarship winners Jeslyn Daigle, Cassandra Salmons, Naimah Sarwar and DHS scholarship winners Qiwei Li and Sharon Li.
Scholarship winners Vanessa Alejandro (2011), Grace Li (2013) and Sharon Li (2015), have all been instrumental in founding non-profit organizations.
While a student at University of Houston, Vanessa Alejandro cofounded Warriors of the Wild, an organization that has utilized 14 volunteers to educate over 4,000 students via field trips and skits about science and the environment.
Sharon and Grace Li co-founded the LiFT Initiative (Life for Technology Initiative) in 2008. This organization has collected over 170 electronic items and recycled over 2,800 pounds. They also take used electronics and refurbish them, donating them to students in orphanages and impoverished cities or villages. They are working with teams in Texas, New York and California to set up these programs across the nation.