Horizon Awards Celebrates 15 under 21 in 2022

On February 1, 2022, Parker County Today magazine 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.

The awardees were Parker County students who were recognized for their contributions to our community.  Everything from beginning a tennis program at his high school to taking items to make senior citizens’ holidays brighter, the young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs were lauded at a dinner attended by close to 200 family, friends and business leaders at The Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford.

The list of winners include:

  • Madelyn Tipton – Weatherford High School

  • Ryder Mae Kemp – Brock Intermediate School

  • Jimma Marlar – Founders Fine Arts Academy

  • Maxwell Johnson – Trinity Christian Academy

  • Madeline Hinckley – Aledo High School

  • Wes Roddie – Trinity Christian Academy

  • Rainie Ingersoll – Millsap High School

  • Stormie Ingersoll – Millsap High School

  • Camden McKeown – Weatherford Christian School

  • Kamden Hutton - Peaster High School 

  • Luke Klappenbach – Brock Intermediate School 

  • Jacob Shorter – Tison Middle School 

  • Charlsi Bedinger – All Saints Episcopal School 

  • Ben Morrison – Weatherford Christian School

  • Kinley Petzold – Online school

The guests at the event dined on delicious food from

Baker’s Ribs and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Sponsors for the evening included Hutton Financial,

O’Neil Wysocki, Ram Insurance, Tara Stark Real Estate

Group, Lazy J Ranchwear, Beacon Dentistry, Lynch

Legacy Realty, Weatherford College, First Bank Texas,

Texas Door and Window, Texas Neighborhood,

The Swim Lesson People, Railhead Realty, Trinity Christian Academy, Weatherford Christian School, Radiance at the Ranch/Texas Beef Company, Sheriff Russ Authier, Dr. Glenn Rogers, Dr. Thomas Moorman, Kirk Martin, Kit Marshall, Dusty Vinton, Baker’s Ribs, Nothing Bundt Cakes and The Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

“This is one of my favorite nights of the year,” said Marsha Brown, editorial director 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 15 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. Parker County’s District Attorney Jeff Swain was the keynote speaker. In his remarks, he quizzed attendees while sharing amazing stories of other amazing young people through history. Interim Director Alex Vazquez spoke on behalf of the Child Advocacy Center of Parker County. He shared the importance of the CAC to the young people of our community.

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

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2022 Horizon Award Winners


2022 Horizon Award Winners not pictured above:

Left - Kamden Hutton, Peaster High School

Right - Wes Roddie, Trinity Christian Academy

Record Setting Year at the 9th Annual 
Parker County Today Magazine Sweet Charity and Bachelorettes Event:

Freedom House Bachelorette Heylee Sears is the Bachelorette of the Year

Dessert Chef winner is Paxton Lanning of Downtown Cantina 

Bachelorette Winner Heylee Sears
Freedom House board members celebrate their win

WEATHERFORD, TX – Raising a record breaking $479,906.52 for Freedom House, bachelorette Heylee Sears was feted as the Bachelorette of the Year at Parker County Today’s 9th Annual Sweet Charity and Bachelorette Event held November 11 at The Springs Event Venue in Weatherford. A competition was also held for area chefs who were part of each of six bachelorettes teams and the Dessert Chef who gets to claim bragging rights for the next year is Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning.

A staggering $851,411.89 was raised collectively for six local charities by the six bachelorettes who included Emma Bradford, Jeannine Kuhnell, Sidnee McDonald, Emma Moorman, Heylee Sears and Rachel Arellano. Other charities who benefited from the event were the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, Careity Foundation, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Freedom House, A Wish with Wings, and Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding Stables. A Wish with Wings bachelorette Rachel Arellano raised the second largest amount of money for her charity, bringing them home a check for $268,734.92.

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 Sonny Burgess and Jolie Holliday who entertained while guests were dining. “None of this would happen without our group of great community-minded chefs. All of the desserts were divine,” said Marsha Brown, Editorial Director 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.

Sponsors for the event included:

Tara Stark, Ram Insurance Services, First Bank Texas, Texas Lighting, Comfort Experts, Texas Neighborhood Services,
Texas Beef Company/Radiance at the Ranch, Lazy J Ranch Wear, The Design Center and Western Heritage Furniture & Accessories, Russ Authier for Sheriff, Kit Marshall for State Representative, Springer Financial Services, Dr. Glenn Rogers for State Representative, The UPS Store of Weatherford, Troy Vinson Jewelers, Girl Fish by the Sea, Peacock Feed Boutique and Gifts, Flames, Mamma Monica’s, Boo Rays of New Orleans, CiBi Italian Restaurant, Downtown Cantina, Ironworks Coffee & Sweet Emilias, Antebellum Ale House, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company.

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 9th annual fundraising event hosted by Parker County Today Magazine.
In total, the Bachelor and Bachelorette event participants have raised over $9 million dollars for their Parker County charity partner

"Bachelor of the Year" Zeno Wins for
Careity Foundation


In a stunning victory for those in our community who are battling cancer, Zeno Russo was named this year’s Bachelor of the Year by raising $224,522 for Careity Foundation at the 9th Annual Boots, Bar-B-Que and Bachelors event held at The Brooks at Weatherford.

Careity founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch spoke on behalf of the foundation and shared how the money raised will benefit cancer patients and their families.

Other winners for the night were Chef of The Year Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning for his delicious offering of pork belly tacos. Gunner Penney was also honored for his hard work on behalf of Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding $102,813 for children and adults who benefit from learning to care for and learn from horses. A Critic’s Choice award was also given to Zeno’s on the Square for its sous vide steak and mushrooms.

All together the bachelors raised $418,605.61 for the five charities which included the Weatherford/Parker County Animal Shelter, Careity Foundation, the Parker County Committee on Aging, Stars and Strides Therapeutic Riding Stable and the Doss Heritage and Culture Center.

The other hardworking bachelors were Logan Guest, Paul Casey and Tim Tillapaugh.

The guests at the event dined on delicious food from local restaurants including the aforementioned Downtown Cantina, as well as Boo Rays of New Orleans, Hooker’s Grill, Fire Oak Grill and Zeno’s on the Square. Dessert was provided by Nothing Bundt Cakes and VIP appetizers by Ate1Seven.

“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 of the year were chosen by raising the most dollars during the time period beginning in early July at a kickoff event held at Baker’s Ribs. The restaurant was chosen by ballots cast by event attendees.

Sponsors for the event included:

Williams Trew Real Estate

Tara Stark Real Estate Group – Keller Williams

RAM Insurance

Lazy J Ranch Wear

Trinity Roofing

Springer Financial Services

ARCPoint Labs


The Design Center and Western Heritage Furniture

Molley Michel/Goosehead Insurance

The Brooks at Weatherford

Nothing Bundt Cakes


TX Whiskey

Baker’s Ribs

Rahr & Sons Brewery


Antebellum Alehouse


Bachelor of the Year Zeno Russo with Careity founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch along with Zeno's sister Monica Russo.


Gunner Penney, Benevolent Bachelor winner along with Chef of the Year Downtown Cantina.


The Zeno's team, Critic's Choice Award Winner

Community and Business Leaders Celebrated at 8th Annual Parker County Today Magazine’s ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’

At an event held last on May 20, 2021, twenty community and business leaders were given fanciful shoe trophies and celebrated for their accomplishments at the 8th annual ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?’ Event held by Parker County Today Magazine. The location was Dove Ridge Vineyard, where nominees were sometimes introduced by the namesake of the awards they received. A list of the winners and award names is:

·                Jim Martin Dynamic Developer Award — Darryn McClure

·                Jim Duncan Regal Realtor Award — Wendy Hooten

·                Shelley Mowery Courageous Cowgirl Award — Kiana Rae Wilson

·                Mac Smith Extraordinary Attorney Award — Nikki Grote

·                Roger Grizzard Innovative Educator Award — Dave Marcath

·                Patsy Hooks Pet Rescue Award — Michelle Ventress

·                Dr. Noel Bryan Veterinarian Science Award — Dr. Darryl McEndree

·                Walter Worthington Benevolent Banker Award — Amber Allen

·                Jamie Bodiford Benevolent Powerhouse Award — Kali Jones

·                Philip Hobson Innovative Entrepreneur Award — Justin Bradley

·                Larry Fowler Law Enforcement Hero Award — Makyla Crosley

·                Dr. Ray Page Inspiring Physician Award — Dr. Aaron Laine

·                Tom B. Saunders Cattleman of the Year Award — David Rose

·                Dr. Stephen Newman Moving Cardiology Forward Award — Dr. Cyril Varughese

·                Jean Bryan Magnificent Marketer Award — Hunter Greenwood

·                Mary Kemp Historical Preservation Award — Rylee V. White

·                Drew Springer Wealth Manager Award — Waylon Widler

·                Ric Williamson Energizing Parker County Award — L.P. Ladouceur

·                Jerry Durant Driving Parker County Forward Award — Stephen Gilchrist

·                Zan Prince Community Leader Award — Catherine Talbot

Attendees enjoyed delicious food provided by Flames Restaurant. Entertainment was provided by The Continental Cowboys. Sponsors for the event included:

·                JAG Metals

·                Dillard’s Feed & Seed

·                Heart Center of North Texas

·                Southwest Auto Group

·                Comfort Experts

·                First Bank Texas

·                Parker County Automotive

·                Parker County Veterinary Hospital

·                Palo Pinto Veterinary Clinic

·                Gursky Performance Equine Vet

·                Saunders Ranch

·                Nikki Grote

·                Western Heritage & The Design Center

·                Tanco Jewelry

·                Clearfork Materials

·                Texas Bank

·                Tri-Cities Urgent Care

·                First Financial Bank

·                Trophy Insurance

·                Nothing Bundt Cakes

·                Dove Ridge Winery

·                Railhead Realty

·                Flames Restaurant 

·                Pulliam Pools

·                Springer Financial

·                Antebellum Ale House

·                Parker County Brewing Co.


— Shoe trophies were designed by Emma Moorman —

Magnificent Seven Honored for Bravery Under Fire

WEATHERFORD – In an inaugural event titled “Magnificent Seven,” Parker County Today Magazine shared the brave story of a multi-organization shootout that occurred in July 2020 in Reno, Texas, and endangered the lives of a seven-member Parker County SWAT team. All of the members, including one shot multiple times, survived the incident and were thanked by a group of citizens and local business leaders.

The event took place Thursday, January 21, at the Doss Heritage and Culture Center in Weatherford and was conducted in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. It was a long-time plan coming to fruition for PCT Publisher Marsha Brown. She had discussed the event with Parker County attorney Earl King, who passed away in 2020. Appropriately, the keynote speaker for the evening was Parker County District Attorney Jeff Swain, who echoed the feelings of the other guests in thanking Parker County’s law enforcement professionals for their service to the citizens of Parker County.

The awardees included Sgt. Ben Overholt, SWAT team commander with the Parker County Sheriff’s office who told the audience about the incident involving his team. Other team members receiving commendations were PCSO Deputy Jarrett Turner, PCSP Deputy Thomas Wolf, PCSO CID Investigator Ethan Stark, PCSO Deputy Caleb Brazeal and Weatherford Police officers Cpl. Christen Beniak and Travis McClure. 

The “Magnificent Seven” would not have been possible without the help of some local businesses including Trophy Insurance Solutions, Nikki Grote–O’Neil Wysocki Law, Tara Stark Real Estate Group Keller Williams Realty, First National Bank, Hutton Wealth Management, Surepoint ER, Texas Spine Associates, Dr. Christopher Happ, The Doss Heritage and Culture Center, Springer Financial and a group of other sponsors made sure the guests enjoyed their evening by providing delicious food and beverages.  These included Bistro Box by Joe Lane, Bull Lion Vineyard, Eventide Waters and Rahr Brewery.

“It was a wonderful night to be in Parker County taking time out to appreciate those who put their lives on the line for all of us every day,” said Brown. “I shared a quote from John F. Kennedy during the event, which said, ‘Great crisis produces great men and great deeds of courage.’ This is exactly what this group of brave and courageous peace officers did. We were so pleased to share their story tonight, and in our magazine in the upcoming issue.”



The seven members of the Parker County combined SWAT team honored Thursday evening are Sgt. Ben Overholt, SWAT team commander, PCSO Deputy Jarrett Turner, PCSP Deputy Thomas Wolf, PCSO CID Investigator Ethan Stark, PCSO Deputy Caleb Brazeal and Weatherford Police officers Cpl. Christen Beniak and Travis McClure.