During all of July, Cavender’s sold paper torches at each of its Texas stores in support for Special Olympics Texas athletes. Available in $1, $5 or $10 options, these torches were personalized with the donor’s name, or the name of the person the donor was honoring, and hung throughout the stores.

“After years of successful engagement with Cavender’s, we were beyond thrilled to team up, once again, for a 2019 initiative. We exceeded last year’s fundraising, raising a total of $28,087. The wonderful staff of Cavender’s across Texas, as well as LETR members and SOTX athletes, made this happen,” said Miguel Quezada, Chief Development Officer for Special Olympics Texas.

Dozens of SOTX athletes and LETR members joined stores across the state of Texas during a day celebrating the annual fundraiser. The cowboy boot and western wear retailer has been a generous supporter of SOTX since 2015 and has raised nearly $68,000 over four years, not counting 2019’s final fundraising numbers. Funds raised will go toward providing quality sports competition and training for more than 58,800 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in the state.

“Cavender’s is proud to support SOSTX each summer with this campaign. Hats off to our loyal customers who are incredibly generous with their donations to support these special athletes,” said Jennifer Green, Cavender’s Public Relations and Special Events manager.

Texas Silver Haired Legislature

VaLita Waits was among the sworn delegates to the Texas Silver Haired Legislature as an East Texas Representative for the East Texas Area on Aging Agency under the auspices of the East Texas Council of Governments.

After being sworn in as a legislator, she was appointed to serve on the Health and Human Services Committee and the Communications Committee and was elected as its vice chair.

Speaker Rhonda Rogers also appointed Waits as the editor of the 18th Silver Directory. She has been an attorney for more than 35 years and is a native Tylerite.

She has served on many boards of directors, including Smith County Bar Foundation, Bethesda Clinic, PATH, Justice for Our Neighbors; and as a founding board for Court Appointed Special Advocates and Tyler Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

“As a new Silver Haired Legislator, I look forward to serving as an advocate for my fellow seniors in the state of Texas regarding issues that are peculiar to seniors.”

Nanci Wright Property Merges with Patterson Commercial Property

Nanci Wright Property Management (NWP) and Patterson Commercial Property Group have merged to form a full-service residential and commercial brokerage and property management company. The new company will continue to use both names. Principals of the company are Nanci and Woody Wright, Russell Patterson and Cole Ihrig. Offices will be located at 3100 New Copeland Road in Tyler.

“We are pleased to now offer our commercial clients the convenience and expertise of a local, full-service property management company,” Russell Patterson said.

Nanci Wright added, “Our 2 companies are a perfect complement to each other and will provide Patterson Commercial clients with a full range of management, maintenance, accounting and construction services. In addition, NWP will continue to serve our multifamily and residential clients just as we have for the last 8 years.”

Patterson Commercial Property Group was established in 2010 by Tyler native Russell Patterson, SIOR. He is the only SIOR (Society of Industrial & Office Realtors) between Dallas and Shreveport, Louisiana, with office specialization.

Cole Ihrig, CCIM candidate and lifelong Tylerite, joined the company in 2017. Patterson Commercial Property Group is a full-service real estate firm specializing in brokerage and management services in the commercial and industrial real estate market.

PCPG assists clients in office, industrial and retail leasing and sales. In addition, other services provided include assistance with raw land acquisition, site selection, investment sales, 1031 exchanges and the development of land, retail and industrial properties.

Nanci Wright, Certified Property Manager (CPM), began leasing, managing and selling properties in 1984. In 2012, NWP was formed to provide full-service management and retail brokerage services. With 31 employees, services provided include maintenance, HVAC, painting maintenance, electrical, plumbing and accounting.

For more information about Nanci Wright Property Management, go to www.nwpmanagement.net and for Patterson Commercial Property Group go to www.pattersoncpg.com.

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