This is the twelfth year that the Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas Foundation has been actively providing financial assistance for college scholarships and women’s and children’s healthcare.
We again have made a major contribution to Texas Children’s Hospital – this time at The Woodlands, Texas, where the groundbreaking and construction will take place in early spring 2014. This will be another facility of exceptional care for women, their newborn, and children. We also began a financial relationship with Mission Hospital – Transylvania County Hospital in Brevard, North Carolina, in the neo-natal units.
Our belief in providing educational opportunities to young women about to enter college continues. We will award six scholarships this year, making a total of 58 scholarships we have now awarded to young women attending various colleges and universities across the country.
We discussed in earlier letters our partnership with the City of Houston in developing Market Square Park, which is in the historical Theater District of Houston. Lauren’s Garden at Market Square continues to be a major addition to the landscape of downtown Houston. Not only has the Garden been the focus of 9/11 memorial events, but throughout the year as visitors visit the Park to sit, dine and relax. The Garden and Park was gifted by the Foundation to the City, and they have done a wonderful job in maintaining it.
We also added a new board member, Diane Kalmonson, Lauren’s aunt who resides in Laguna Niguel, California. Diane has volunteered the past two years interviewing scholarship candidates in Southern California.
People continue to write in from all over the country to thank us for Lauren’s book, “You Can Do It”, for the young and young at heart. A number of clubs have been started using the book as a syllabus.
Again, thanks to Andrews Kurth LLP and the Bank of Texas, our legal counsel and trustee bank, respectively, and to all of our friends for your continued interest and support of the Foundation and its activities.