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East Aldine honors Strategic Partners at Awards Dinner

East Aldine District held their 6th Annual Strategic Awards dinner last Wednesday evening, at the Greer & Lowdermilk Conference Center in Interwood.

Recognition was given to eight strategic partners that work with the district to achieve their goal of improving the quality of life for residents of the district.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Lone Star College’s Bennie Lambert, assisted by East Aldine’s chairman, Gerald Overturff, and president David Hawes. Hawes gave a brief history of the district in his remarks, noting the success of income increasing 20% each year since its beginnings in 2001. He noted the help from officials such as State Representative Armando Walle and Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman. He said that the district has achieved many of its goals, and “made a change” in Aldine. He said this was because the community works as a team, and so the awards recognize the partners.

Awards as follows:

Volunteer of the year, Cervando Castro;

Community, Pilgrim Place, Ms. Demetria Wallace accepting;

Public Safety, HCSO Deputy David Peterson;

Governmental, Congressman Gene Green, Jorge Maldonado accepting;

Public Health, SNAP, Kate Smargiasso;

Education, Stephens Elementary, Principal Maggie Doran accepting;

Business, Prosperity Bank Eastex, Carmen Bernal accepting;

Board Choice, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., Jose Rivera accepting.