Parker County Horizon Awards Celebrate 20 Under 20

At the Doss Heritage and Culture Center on February 27, Parker County Today turned the tide of and chose to celebrate the young people in Parker County who are doing great things to make Parker County a wonderful place to live.

Twenty young people were recognized for their contributions. Everything from keeping Parker County’s ranching and rodeo roots strong to dedicated volunteers were lauded at a dinner attended by the over 200 family, friends and business leaders.

The list of winners includes:

· Rayell Allen- Springtown High School

· Madison Reich- Peaster High School

· Hayden Head- Trinity Christian Academy

· Jarrett Foland- Weatherford Christian School

· Emily Hand- Peaster High School

· Carter Moxley- Brock High School

· Grant Mills- Weatherford College

· Addison Russ- McAnally Intermediate, Aledo ISD

· Cayden Clark- Millsap High School

· Keaton Martin- Weatherford High School 

· Cara Yeates- Pre-School 

· David Oseni- Southwest Christian School 

· Zaine Mansell- Poolville High School

· Coleman Berry- Peaster Elementary

· Payton McFadden- Millsap High School

· Jake Turner- Aledo High School

· Stormi Branch- Brock Junior High School

· Addison Roberts- Brock High School

· Sierra Cherryhomes- Weatherford High School

· Octavia Hestand- Victory Baptist Academy

The guests at the event dined on delicious food from Baker’s Ribs and dessert from Back Home Bakery. Sponsors for the evening included Texas Bank, Tara Stark Real Estate Company, AlphaCare Wellness Center, Weatherford College, Trinity Christian Academy, Weatherford Christian School, Campbell Clinic/Hospital District, Swim Lesson People, Sheriff Larry Fowler, Stephen Reich – Clark Real Estate Group, Christopher Happ, D.O. – Texas Spine Associates, Springer Financial Services, The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Baker’s Ribs, Back Home Bakery, The Little Extras – Special Event Rentals & Styling, Big Pantry, Greenwood Baptist Church, Gibson’s Discount Center, Law Office of Diondra Lindquist, and Salon 76082.

“This is one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Marsha Brown, publisher of Parker County Today Magazine, the presenter of the event. “We hear all the negatives in our news everyday about young people making the wrong choices. We wanted to take this opportunity to share 20 of the stories of young adults who are making the right choices that benefit us all,” she continued. The beneficiary of last night’s event was the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County. Its executive director, Cheryl Bullock was on hand to share with the group some of the reasons that the advocacy center is so important to the children of Parker County.

The attendees were also entertained and enlightened by some encouraging words from Parker County Attorney John Forrest who shared his thoughts on the important work being undertaken by the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County, where he is a board member.

Successful realtor and cutting horsewoman Tara Stark delivered an inspiring keynote address with the theme of Follow Your Dreams to Success.

This was the fourth annual Horizon Awards hosted by Parker County Today Magazine. Photographs and the stories of each of the recipients can be found in the March issue of the magazine available at area newsstands and businesses or online at

Record Setting Year at the 7th Annual

Parker County Today Magazine Sweet Charity and Bachelorette Event

Careity Foundation: Bachelorette Charity of the Year

Careity Foundation’s Bachelorette: Nicole Wright

Dessert Chef winner: Paxton Lanning of Whistle Hill’s Downtown Café

Critics’ Choice winner: Max Zubboli of Zeno’s on the Square

WEATHERFORD, TX – Raising a record-breaking $221,269 for Careity Foundation, bachelorette Nicole Wright was feted as the Bachelorette of the Year at Parker County Today’s 7th Annual Sweet Charity and Bachelorette Event held October 17 at The Springs Event Venue in Weatherford.  A competition was also held for area chefs who were part of each of five bachelorettes team and the Dessert Chef who gets to claim bragging rights for the next year is repeat winner Paxton Lanning of Whistle Hill’s Downtown Café who fed guests his delicious seasonal pumpkin pudding parfait. 

A staggering $565,564.09 was raised collectively for five local charities by the five bachelorettes who included Jordan Haynes, Courtney Miller, Kristen Pegues, Leslie Ann Saunders, and Nicole Wright.  Other charities who benefited from the event were the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, Civic Development’s Education Initiative for the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Court Appointed Special Advocates, and Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding Stables.  Stars and Strides’ bachelorette Courtney Miller raised the second largest amount of money for her charity, bringing them home a check for $125,964.70.

Along with all of the delectable desserts, savory dishes were provided by Flames Seafood Grill & Bar.  Musical entertainment was also a part of the night’s activities and the guests enjoyed the talents of Simple Gifts – the Sawyer Family Band featuring Kathy, David, Leah, and David, Jr. who entertained before and during the program. 

“None of this would happen without our group of great community-minded chefs.  In addition to Paxton who was our big winner, we would also like to thank Joe Lyles from Drake’s Yoke; Sylvia Bram from Tequila Bar Y Grill; Max Zubboli from Zeno’s on the Square; and Grant Lambdin from Fire Oak Grill. All of the desserts were divine,” said Marsha Brown, Publisher of Parker County Today Magazine.  “We also want to thank Flames for providing our savory offerings because everyone knows that we can’t live on dessert alone, although we would all like to,” she continued.

The event was held at The Springs Event Venue just west of Tin Top Road in Weatherford.  “We were so happy to return to The Springs for this year’s Sweet Charity and Bachelorette Event.  It was great to be celebrating raising so much money for our wonderful charities with our friends at the Springs,” said Brown.

This year’s Sweet Charity and Bachelorette is the 7th annual fundraising event hosted by Parker County Today Magazine.  In total the Bachelorette event participants have raised over $4.5 million dollars for their Parker County charity partners.

To see photos from the Bachelorette Event, click here

Bachelorette Winner 2019 Nicole Wright

Benevolent Bachelorette Winner 2019 Courtney Miller

Tumlin Wins for the W/PC Animal Shelter

In a stunning victory for Parker County's furry friends Matt Tumlin was named 2019 Bachelor of the Year by raising $57,273 for the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter at the 7th Annual Boots, Bar-B-Que and Bachelors event held at the Diamond H3 Ranch in Brock.  Dustin Deel spoke on behalf of the animal shelter and thanked everyone who makes room in their heart and life for animals.  The shelter is in the midst of a capital campaign with a fundraising goal of over $2 million to build a new surgical medical suite and an isolation intake building.  The facility has a live release rate of over 95%.


Other winners for the night were Chef of The Year Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning for his delicious offering of pork tacos.  Zach Bellenger was also honored for his hard work on behalf of Careity Foundation as he raised $39,947 for those in Parker County diagnosed and battling cancer.


All together the bachelors raised $169,585.53 for the fourcharities which included the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, Careity Foundation, the Parker County Committee on Aging, and Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding Stable.  The other hardworking bachelors were Garrett Norton and Tim Tillapaugh .


The guests at the event dined on delicious food from local restaurants including the aforementioned Downtown Cantina, as well as Fish Creek, Drake’s Yoke, Railhead Barbeque and Grill and Vintage Grill and Car Museum.  Dessert was provided by Back Home Bakery and VIP appetizers by Parker County Brewing Company.


“So many sponsors and businesses contributed to tonight’s successful evening,” said Marsha Brown, publisher of Parker County Today Magazine, the presenter of the event.   “We applaud tonight’s winners, but everyone wins as the dollars raised help people throughout the county through our great nonprofit partners,” she continued.


The bachelor and charity were chosen by raising the most dollars during the time period beginning in May at a kickoff event held at Baker’s Ribs until July 18, 2018. The restaurant was chosen by ballots cast by event attendees.  A full list of the sponsors and contributing businesses can be seen below.

Community and Business Leaders Celebrated at 6th Annual
Parker County Today Magazine’s Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes

Community and Business Leaders Celebrated at 6th Annual

Parker County Today Magazine’s Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes


WEATHERFORD, TX – At an event held on April 25, 2019, eighteen community and business leaders were given fanciful shoe trophies and celebrated for their accomplishments at the 6th Annual Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes? Event held by Parker County Today magazine and benefiting Careity Foundation.  The location was The Brooks at Weatherford where nominees were introduced by the namesake of awards they received.  A list of the winners and the award names is:

  • Jerry Durant Driving Parker County Forward Award – Penny Shelton

  • Earl King Legal Genius Award – Ryan & Matthew Towson

  • Jim Duncan Regal Realtor Award – Taylor Young

  • Shelly Mowery Courageous Cowgirl Award – Hailey Gill

  • Mac Smith Extraordinary Attorney Award – Wendi E. Andino

  • Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award – Meagen Loveland

  • Jim Martin Dynamic Developer Award – Kyle Wilks

  • Patsy Hooks Pet Rescue Award – Kay Wloderak

  • Dr. Noel Bryan Veterinarian Science Award – Dr. Ryan Cate

  • Mary Kemp Historical Preservation Award – Richard Bettinger

  • Jerry Blaisdell City Management Award – Chris Accardo

  • Jamie Bodiford Benevolent Powerhouse Award – Lisa Catlin

  • Philip Hobson Innovative Entrepreneur Award – Paxton Lanning

  • Larry Fowler Law Enforcement Hero Award – Deputy Kat Buononato

  • Tom B. Saunders IV Cattleman of the Year Award – Ty Brown

  • Dr. Jack Eidson Physician Excellence Award – Dr. Erin Happ

  • Jack Borden Legal Eagle Award – Nick Harper

  • Zan Prince Community Leader Award – Rachael Watson


Attendees enjoyed delicious food provided by Fish Creek, Aarons Catering and Back Home Bakery.  Entertainment was provided by Ryan Wilcox and Finn McCool.  Sponsors for the event included Williams Trew, Tara Stark Real Estate Group, Harris Finley Bogle, Hooks Lincoln, The Law Firm of King & King, Springer Financial Services, October Hill Farm, Comfort Experts, First National Bank, Railhead Realty, Worthington Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, Alamo Title Michelle Worthington, Ernie’s Tire & Automotive, DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, One Oak Exteriors, Kyle Wilks, The Brooks at Weatherford, Flora Decora, Bobby Clark Sound Company, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Antebellum Ale House and Ape’s Liquor.  Shoe trophies were designed by Denise Brown.

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