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September 9, 2021
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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 —

Horizon Awards Celebrate 21 under 21 in 2021


On March 23, 2021, 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 young people who were recognized for their contributions to our community.  Everything from becoming a pilot and licensed driver in the same day to working hard with a school principal to ensure an event is Covid-safe, the young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs were lauded at a dinner attended by close to 200 family, friends and business leaders at Stillwater Meadows in Aledo.


The list of winners includes:


  • Kate Thomas - Brock Intermediate School

  • Annabelle Ladouceur – Trinity Christian Academy

  • Lyla Pearl McIntosh - Victory Baptist Academy

  • Jarrett Foland- Weatherford Christian School

  •  Dane Noble - Millsap High School

  • Grayson McClure - Covenant Classical School

  • Lexie Cheek – Millsap High School

  • Irelynd Jamison Miller - Trinity Christian Academy

  • Italee Sheldon Miller - Trinity Christian Academy

  • Maddie Brenner - Millsap High School 

  • Luke Shelton - Aledo High School 

  • Emily Tanner - Weatherford Christian School 

  • Erin Tanner - Weatherford Christian School 

  • Paul Wolf - Millsap High School

  • Kayden Honeycutt - Trinity Christian Academy

  • Blair Bagley – All Saints Episcopal School

  • Jaden Blanchard- Millsap High School, Weatherford College

  • Caleb Bowman - Brock High School

  • Andrew Rotzoll – EMT Harris Methodist Hospital

  • Landrie Austin – Trinity Christian Academy

  • Carver Rosenburg – Peaster High School

  • Rebecca Lu – Baylor University



The guests at the event dined on delicious food from Baker’s

Ribs and dessert from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  Sponsors for the

evening included Texas Bank Financial, Brook Worthington-

Ladouceur Worthington Realty & Investments, Inc., Tara Stark

Real Estate Group, Keller Williams DFW Metro SW; RotoRooter

Fort Worth; State Farm Mader-Bagley Agency; First Bank Texas;

Stephen Reich Group Williams Trew Real Estate; North American

Paving/Ranch & Lake Tiny Homes & Cottages; Hutton Financial

Advisors; Peerless Production Group/Texas Beef Company;

Goodson Sales & Leasing; Trinity Christian Academy; Weatherford

Christian School; Maddie’s Paw Spa; Parker County Hospital District; Peach Family Dentistry; Pulliam Pools; Texas Coalition for Animal Protection; Texas Tire Sales; Trophy Insurance; Springer Financial Services; Baker’s Ribs; Nothing Bundt Cakes and Stillwater Meadows.


“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 21 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.  One of its executive board members, Jeff Swain, Parker County’s District Attorney as well as one of its forensic interviewers Brittany Lain, were on hand to share with the group some of the reasons that the advocacy center is so important to the children of Parker County.  They also shared information about the CAC’s new center opening soon in Springtown. The attendees were also entertained and enlightened by some encouraging words from keynote speaker Tara Stark speaking about their bright futures.


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


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.


Record Setting Year at the 8th Annual Event - Parker County Today Magazine’s Masked Ball


Careity Foundation’s Bachelorette Alyssa Hughes and Bachelor Zackary Rendon Are Big Winners

Chef winner is Paxton Lanning of the Downtown Cantina

WEATHERFORD, TX – Raising a record breaking $286,373 for Careity Foundation, bachelorette Alyssa Hughes and Bachelor Zackary Rendon won as Parker County’s Bachelor and Bachelorette of the year at the 8th Annual event celebrating hard working singles.  The event was a combination of the annual Boots, BBQ and Bachelors and the Sweet Charity and Bachelorettes events held by the magazine for the past seven years.  The singles were paired up and given a charity to assist utilizing their talented restaurant partner.  The Masked Ball was held October 29 at Diamond H3 Ranch in Weatherford.  A whopping $768,374.73 was raised by the five teams participating in the competition.  The other big winner for the night was Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning who won for his delicious pork tacos and his deliciously decadent dessert.

The teams of bachelorettes, bachelors, charities and restaurants who participated in this year’s competition included:

Aledo AdvoCats
James Watson, bachelor
Melissa Whiteman, bachelorette
Hooker’s Grill, Ruth Hooker, owner/chef

Careity Foundation
Zackary Rendon, bachelor
Alyssa Hughes, bachelorette
Mamma Monica’s, Monica Russo, owner/chef

Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County
C.J. Minor, bachelor
Taylor Dickinson, bachelorette
Baker’s Ribs, DeeAnna and Brian Krier, owners/chefs

Stars and Strides Equine Therapy
Larry Walden, bachelor
Gloria Barron, bachelorette
Downtown Cantina, Paxton Lanning, owner/chef

Weatherford-Parker County Animal Shelter
Matthew Scurry, bachelor
Cyndi Pham, bachelorette
Parker County Brewing, Ryan Stewart & Joshua Tarbay owners

Awarded for their hard were also the team working for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Parker County who raised $ 219,372.75 thus earning C.J. Minor, bachelor and Taylor Dickinson, bachelorette the titles of Benevolent Bachelor and Bachelorette for the year. 

Along with all of the food items, dessert was presented by The Double Oven Bakery.  Other sweet treats were served by Sweet Emilia’s of Weatherford.  Musical entertainment was also a part of the night’s activities and the guests enjoyed the talents of Brandon Garrett who entertained before and after the program. 

“None of this would happen without our group of great community-minded chefs.  In addition to Paxton Lanning who was our big winner, we would also like to thank Ruth Hooker of Hooker’s Grill, Monica Russo of Mamma Monica’s, DeeAnna and Brian Krier of Baker’s Ribs, and Ryan Stewart & Joshua Tarbay of the Parker County Brewing Company.  All of their offerings to our guests were delicious,” said Marsha Brown, Publisher of Parker County Today Magazine. 

The event was held at Diamond H3 Ranch on Old Brock Road just west of Weatherford.   “We were so happy to return to Diamond H3 Ranch for this year’s combined event.  It’s a beautiful venue and with this being such a challenging year, I’m thrilled that we broke our own record for raising money for these great charities.  In fact, it pushed us over the $5 million dollar mark in just eight years of hosting these events.  I couldn’t be prouder,” Brown said.

Red Dirt Country recording artist Brandon Garrett, who is a Parker County native provided the musical entertainment for the evening, which included his current hit, This Way of Life.

Other event sponsors included Honda of Weatherford, Tara Stark Real Estate Group, Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, GLOLED and Virus Armor, Ironworks Coffee and Sweet Emilia’s, Springer Financial Services, Kenmark Homes, David’s Western Wear, Peacock’s Feed Boutique & Gifts, Big Pantry, Franklin Landscape & Pressure Wash, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Double Oven Bakery and Diamond H3 Ranch.  Stunning centerpieces were prepared by S.R.M. Events and beverages were provided by Rahr & Sons Brewing Company and poured by the fantastic bartenders from Antebellum Ale House.


The Big Winners - Careity Foundation with over $280,000 raised in just ten weeks!


The winning Careity Team - Monica Russo, Chef Momma Monicas; Bachelorette Alyssa Hughes; Bachelor Zackary Rendon and Careity Founders Lyn Walsh and Beverly Branch.

Red Dirt Country recording artist Brandon Garrett, who is a Parker County native provided the musical entertainment for the evening, which included his current hit, This Way of Life.


The other big winner for the night was Downtown Cantina’s Paxton Lanning who won for his delicious pork tacos and his deliciously decadent dessert.