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A Successful Kickoff for Inspiring HANDS

February 2015 Tomball / Houston, TX – Inspiring HANDS, Inc., a new Texas nonprofit organization, held their Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Vintage Wine Styles at 10300 Louetta Road in Houston. Individual and business members of the community were welcome and present.

Inspiring HANDS’s mission is to motivate partnerships within our community to extend a hand, directly, to others who are in need. Programs such as volunteer opportunities, immediate needs assistance, Inspiring Youth events and Campership Awards – each benefiting those with financial and special needs – are the main focus of the organization.

“Inspiring HANDS is you. It is your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and employers and places that you do business with. Without you, the Inspiring HANDS vision is not possible. It is about partnerships and helping those in need at whatever level of participation you are able to give,” said Susan Lutz, President of the organization. “We refer to the famous quote by Paul Shane Spear: ‘I cannot change the world; but I can change the world of one person.’”

The vision of building partnerships has already become reality through the launch of the Inspiring YOUth Prom ’15 Program, which has bridged the gap between those in need to those with means. Inspiring HANDS is offering juniors and seniors within the Tomball Independent School District, who have financial and special needs, an opportunity to win one of ten complete Prom packages that include a complimentary gown/tuxedo, flowers, manicure and pedicure, hair cut/style and tickets to the Prom and after-Prom events. Inspiring YOUth Prom sponsors include Al’s Formal Wear- Willowbrook, Bloomers Florist, Flamingo Nails, Trendsetters Hair Care Studio of Tomball and The Giving Gown Foundation of Houston, Texas.

Campership Awards provide individuals with financial and special needs within our community the opportunity to attend summer camp; an opportunity that they may otherwise not have. The 2015 camp partners are Camp Blessing and Camp Bethesda, both of Tomball, Texas.

Inspiring HANDS will be holding their first Annual Golf Tournament, Dinner and Auction on Thursday, April 2nd at Houston National Golf Course. Your support of a donation, sponsorship, team registration, items for the auction or attendance of the event will provide the funds needed to support these programs.

Further information on the organization including Inspiring YOUth Prom Entry forms, Campership Award forms, and a complete list of program rules are available on their website at

Article by Jeffrey H Lutz / Photograph by Austin Hardee

Names for Photograph (L to R):
Inspiring HANDS Directors and Partners Melissa Kenney, Lisa Will, Valerie Thurston, Debbie Wiedemann, Joyce Butler (Trendsetters Hair Salon), Shelbi Hadley, Melisa May (Camp Bethesda), Susan Lutz, Rev. David Cecil (Camp Bethesda), Leigh Ann Sharp (Giving Gowns Foundation), Lloyd Arnold, Kathy Arnold, Laura Elder (Camp Blessing) and Glenn Elder (Camp Blessing).



CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: 2015 Inspiring HANDS Charity Event Donation Request Form

1st Annual Golf Tournament

Inspiring HANDS will be hosting their first annual Charity Golf Tournament and Auction on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at Houston National Golf Course and Sterling Country Club in Houston, Texas. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Inspiring HANDS programs including providing those with financial and special needs an opportunity to attend Summer Camp through our Campership Awards program. Additional programs include the Inspiring YOUth Prom Event, Immediate Needs and Volunteer opportunities.

The mission of Inspiring HANDS is to motivate partnerships between individuals and businesses within our community and to extend a hand, directly, to others who are in need. Through your participating, sponsorship or donation you are directly helping another.

For further information, to register a foursome or to make a donation please click on the downloadable tournament brochure and registration form.

We thank you in advance for your donation. Together we can do so much more!

Inspiring Hands Golf Trifold Brochure

Inspiring Hands Golf Registration Form

2015 Inspiring HANDS Charity Event Donation Request Form


Please Join Us and Help Make a Difference!

Inspiring HANDS, a Texas nonprofit organization, invites you to join them for their annual Kickoff Event on Saturday January 31, 2015 at the Vintage Wine Styles at 10300 Louetta Road in Houston.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include a brief and informative presentation on the 2015 plan of events including a Charity Golf Tournament, dinner and auction to be held in early April. Proceeds will benefit individuals with financial and special needs with Campership Awards which allow them to attend Summer Camp at either Camp Blessing or Camp Bethesda both of Tomball, Texas at little or no cost to them. In addition to our Campership Award(s) proceeds from our events benefit the Immediate Needs fund which has assisted some of the children of the DePlechin Children’s Center of Houston, the Montgomery County Woman’s Shelter, the Inspiring YOUth program, and more.

Following the presentation you are invited to stay and enjoy the soothing jazz performance of Grammy performing artist Chris Mitchell. Presentation begins promptly at 6:00 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your 2015 Inspiring HANDS Board of Directors:

Kathy Arnold, Lloyd Arnold, Lori Cross, Shelbi Hadley, Melissa Kenney,
Susan Lutz, Valerie Thurston, Debbie Wiedemann and Lisa Will

2015 Inspiring HANDS Campership Enrollment is now open

January 1, 2015, Harris County, TX – Enrollment for Inspiring HANDS 2015 Campership program is currently open. Applications are accepted between January 1, 2015 and March 1, 2015 only. The Campership Application form is available on our website or you may request that one be sent to you by contacting the Scholarship department at

Completed application forms must be received no later than March 1, 2015. Recipients will be notified by May 1, 2015.

Camper Eligibility Requirement Considerations

  • Must have applied to attend an approved Camp of the Inspiring HANDS Scholarship Fund
  • Must meet the approved Camp’s enrollment requirements
  • Must indicate a need for a scholarship Camper must complete a short questionnaire including a brief explanation as to why they should be chosen. If camper is unable to do so themselves than a parent, guardian, school representative or counselor my do so on their behalf.
  • Mail completed form to: Inspiring HANDS Scholarship Dept. P.O. Box 1823 Tomball TX 77377-1823
  • Application for scholarships must be received no later than March 1st

Welcome Camp Blessing Texas as an Inspiring HANDS Partner Camp

January 8, 2015, Tomball, TX – Inspiring HANDS welcomes Camp Blessing Texas of Tomball as an approved partner camp. Camp Blessing is open to individuals of seven years and older with a primary diagnosis of a physical or intellectual disability. Campers are encouraged to enjoy typical camping events such as swimming, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, arts and crafts, music, and much more.

Additionally, Camp Blessing Texas invites all siblings, ages 7-13 years of age, of campers to attend camp as well. If siblings are age 14 or older they may apply for the opportunity to volunteer at camp during their sibling’s session.


The 2015 Camp locations will be:


Two sessions at Hill Top Camp in Garrison, TX.  217 Hilltop Rd, Garrison, TX 75946

Six sessions at Camp Holy Wild in New, Caney TX.


For the past nine years Camp Blessing Texas has rented camp facilities. Recently they have been gifted title to 72 acres NW of Tomball, Texas. It is just a short drive from the greater Houston area. This is a great endeavor and much needed resources will be required. Currently the Master Planning and Land Clearing are underway. Their hopes are to open the new camp facility in 2016-2017. If you or anyone you know are interested in lending a hand or resource please contact Camp Blessing Texas directly at


Further information including enrollment information on Camp Blessings Texas is available at  Information on the Inspiring HANDS Campership is available at