This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Burberry and The Fennick Foundation Hosts Back-to-School Fundraiser and More!

Burberry and The Fennick Foundation Hosts Back-to-School Fundraiser

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Burberry provided guests with champagne and hors d’oeuvres on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, at the Burberry store located in Houston’s Galleria Mall as they hosted a Back-to-School Fundraiser with The Fennick Foundation. The atmosphere was absolutely fantastic and guests were able to shop and hear a presentation from Burberry’s General Manager, Charles Hough, and The Fennick Foundation’s co-founders, Mr. Luther Fennick, Jr. and Dr. Michelle Fennick, regarding the significance and impact of their collaboration.

Some of the amazing guests in attendance included Dr. Albert L. Lemons, Willie Mae Evans, Brenda Griggs, Jakki Jones Wiley, Ruqayyah Davis, Wanna Brooks, Everett A. Hare Sr., Monay Braden, Phyllis Thomas, Ameerah Saine, Deborah Jones, Sandra Black, NaKedra Campbell, Courtney McVea, and Dr. Kimberlin Sturgis. Mr. Luther Fennick, Jr. and Dr. Michelle Fennick are the co-founders of The Fennick Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Mr. Fennick has an extensive background of over 18 years in a technological field. Dr. Michelle Fennick has over 25 years as a proven and successful educator and administrator and is currently working in higher education at Houston Baptist University.

The Fennick Foundation provides youth with meaningful experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.), mentoring and coaching. The Fennick Foundation raises funds to support elementary-aged students in attending S.T.E.A.M.-based summer camps and for high-school seniors to attend college and pursue studies in S.T.E.A.M. The Fennick Foundation also offers training for adults interested in securing CISCO certification. For more information, please contact them at

                            Dr. Michelle Fennick and Mr. Luther Fennick

       Mr. Luther Fennick, Dr. Albert L. Lemons, and Dr. Michelle Fennick

                                Dr. Michelle Fennick and Jakki Jones Wiley

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H-E-B- Celebrates 5th Year of Quest for Texas Best, Names Top 25 Contenders to Compete for $70,000 in Winnings

                                               Chef Reynold Darthard

H-E-B has windswept the Lone Star State in search of the most delectable culinary creations from talented Texans with a flair for food. After tasty deliberations, 25 finalists were selected from more than 700 entrepreneurs from nearly 140 cities and towns across the state. The finalists will go head-to-head in the fifth annual Quest for Texas Best competition August 9-10 at the Central Texas Food Bank in Austin. The top 25 finalists will present their creations to a panel of expert judges, who will select four winners based on quality, marketability, and product readiness. Winners will receive a combined $70,000 in cash prizes and sought-after space on H-E-B shelves. H-E-B will award the Grand Prize winner $25,000, the coveted title of “Texas Best” Primo Pick, and placement on store shelves. To celebrate the fifth anniversary, in addition to the $25,000, this year’s Grand Prize winner will also get the keys to a brand-new Toyota Tundra.

The 2018 Quest for Texas Best finalists are: 1885 Coffee Co., 38 Pecans, Afia Foods, Barbecue Wife, Bellefontaine, Bellville Meat Market, Bernard’s Gourmet Foods, BIG Little Fudge, Cappadona Ranch, Chef Rey Inc., Collin Street Bakery, Deanan Gourmet Popcorn, Deep River Specialty Foods, Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation, Mad Hectic Oatmeal, Maika Foods, Mirth Soup, mmmpanadas, Nuts and Cows, Pennymade, Pretty Thai, Sing and Shout Foods, Texas Black Gold Garlic, Tiny House Coffee, Tio Pelon’s Salsita LLC. This year’s competition generated a delicious mix of brews, breads, falafel, fudge, sauces, soups, sausage and sweets. Throughout two qualifying rounds, H-E-B Business Development Managers selected submissions on taste and flavor, customer appeal, value, uniqueness, market potential, and differentiation from products already available at most H-E-B stores.

The Quest for Texas Best is a signature program for H-E-B’s Primo Picks brand, which labels best-in-store products that are all unique, delicious, and new. As part of H-E-B’s commitment to providing local product options, H-E-B is the single largest retailer of the GO Texan program with close to 1,000 Own Brand items with the GO TEXAN watermark in stores throughout the Lone Star State. H-E-B, with sales of $25 billion, operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 113th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 109,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit