Pasadena Chamber surprises Richey Elementary with $10,000 check

Pasadena Chamber surprises Richey Elementary with $10,000 check
Posted on 05/25/2017
Pasadena Chamber surprises Richey Elementary with $10,000 check

Richey receives check on behalf of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce surprised Richey Elementary students and staff with a $10,000 check. Pictured )from left to right): Cindy Parmer, Pasadena ISD director of Community Relations; Pam Tevis, Health and PE instructional specialist; Denise Jennings, community relations rep. with LyondellBasell; Kenny Fernandez, PISD school board secretary; Cristina Womack, Pasadena Chamber president and CEO; Cheryl Willis, marketing director for CHI St. Luke; Kasie Fernandez, Rugged Race founder; Belinda Ellis, Chick-fil-A marketing coordinator; Andrea Zapata, Richey principal; Dr. Steve Fullen, associate superintendent of campus development; Suzette McDowell, Pasadena Chamber marketing and events coordinator; Fabien Lopez and Carolina Turrubiates of ABC Dental; Areli Cardenas, youth leadership coordinator at Communities in Schools; Elisabeth Vela, PE paraprofessional; Kelli Gregory, HR at Dixie Chemical; Javier Barahona, PE coach; Chris Wagner, PE coach and Dr. Troy McCarley, associate superintendent of communication and special projects.


By Reesha Brown
PISD Communications

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce recently surprised Richey Elementary with a $10,000 check for their successful participation in the annual 5K Rugged Race.

Founded by Pasadena Memorial volleyball coach Kasie Fernandez, the annual event provides funding for schools without a playground or track equipment. 

Rugged Race sponsors and volunteers, district administrators and a Pasadena ISD school board member presented the check to Andrea Zapata, school principal, in the gym. After the presentation, the group marched down the hallways to the sound of applause as they showcased the check to students and staff.

“Richey is blessed to receive so much support from our partner Lyondell, the Rugged Race organization, staff and community,” Andrea Zapata, Richey principal said. “We are $10,000 closer to fulfilling our dream of a playground for our students. We want to thank everyone involved for their support.”

Out of seven schools, Richey was selected as the grant recipient for earning the most sponsorships from local businesses and for the highest student participation at the event. 

“Their enthusiasm in promoting healthy lifestyles at their campus is such an inspiration,” Cristina Womack said. “We applaud Richey for creating a culture of health for their students throughout the school year.”

Richey check presentation

Richey check presentation

Richey check presentation