Archive for the ‘Charity’ Category

2011 Operation: Stocking Stuffer
December 2, 2011

2011 Operation:Stocking Stuffer

All Houston Fire Stations Accepting Toys for Annual Toy Drive

Today, the Houston Fire Department and KPRC Local 2 kicked off the annual “Operation: Stocking Stuffer” Toy Drive.

Citizens may help bring the joy of the holidays to children by dropping off a new or gently used toy at any HFD Station, December 2 – 20.  A complete list of stations and addresses may be found by visiting :

Toys may also be dropped off at all Firehouse Sub locations and Los Cucos Restaurants.

Last year, more than 15 thousand toys were collected and given to several thousand families during the Outreach, Inc.  Give-away. This year, the give-away will be held on December 22, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. until all toys have been distributed. The giveaway will take place at the New Light Christian Center located at 7317 E. Houston Road, 77028 near Ley Road in northeast Houston.

Citizens should be aware that toys will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis so there is not a waiting list. Citizens may call 832.394.6632 for this information in English and Spanish.


I had a great time meeting everyone who stopped by today to make a donation! A special thanks to the guys/gals at Station 2 for all of your help, Los Cucos for the great tasting flautas and to Blue Bell, always a treat! Chief Garrison and Assistant Chief Campbell, thank you for your time and for being such great partners with us. May you all have a blessed holiday season!

Sharathon Success!
July 1, 2011

As many of you already know, I report traffic on 89.3 KSBJ in addition to Local 2.  Every year, a very special event comes around whereby listeners and generous donors help to meet the station’s financial goals. This three-day fund-raising event is called Sharathon which I’ve been a part of – ever since I started with the team back in 2008. The goals ensure the continuation of the ministry and all that it offers for the next year. Great news…goals were met, so a huge thanks to those who helped guarantee that lives would be positively affected. To donate anytime throughout the year:

Jen and Susan, KSBJ Sharathon 2011

Jen and Pam, KSBJ Sharathon 2011

Susan, Britt, Sara, Jennifer and Tamara

NGEN, Sharathon 2011

Decorating a Cake for Charity
June 26, 2010

Bringing Hope to the Table : 3…2…1 CAKE OFF!!!

Every year, Kroger and The Houston Food Bank work together to raise money to feed those in need. They put on a fun event; pairing up local “celebrities” with Kroger pastry chef’s to decorate cakes. This year (June 8th) there were 8 participants.

Brian Greene, Tom Zizka, Sibila Vargas, Jen Reyna, Mariana Pineda

We were given cake decorating supplies, a thick white sheet cake, an apron and gloves. We had thirty minutes to decorate with a Hope and Happiness theme or a Houston Food Bank theme.

My pastry chef is holding the cake steady for me.

A $1000 check was awarded – Here’s the winning cake

First Place

The $1000 was donated to The Houston Food Bank as well as money made from marked items in Kroger stores, bought by everyone during the month.

Sibila Vargas (FOX), pastry chef, Jen Reyna (NBC), Mariana Pineda (Univision)

As you can see I’m still working on my cake decorating skills…but I did win. First place for “best use of spacial relations.” At least the judges had a great sense of humor.

Decorating a cake for a GREAT cause...

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Gala
May 12, 2010

As many of you all know, I support efforts that try and make a difference in the lives of children. This past Friday, I along with my colleagues attended the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Gala at the Corinthian in Downtown Houston. Gorgeous venue which interestingly was the first steel-framed structure in Houston. But the important aspect of the night was Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission: to mentor children so that they have a better chance at reaching their potential. To read more about their vision:

Big Brothers Big Sisters 2010 Gala

You can see more pictures on my Facebook Page:

P'nina Mossman, Jennifer Reyna

Kristin Kruse, Jennifer Reyna, Emily Herbster

That evening…I thought about the people who took me under their wing and I also thought about the children that I have tried to positively impact. A balance of love, discipline and education all come to mind when I think of what was important to pass along to them.

Jen with her Little at KPRC

My “little” in the picture above is not with Big Brothers Big Sisters, but we are in line with their cause. We recently spent an afternoon together; one that we will both cherish for years to come. I surprised her with a trip to the Local 2 Studios. She was amazed to see hundreds of buttons, lights galore, the set, my office-everything! We still had some time to spare, so I thought she’s be thrilled to go to Chocolate Bar in the Village. Funny thing is…when we pulled up she read “Bar” and another sign that said, “Happy Hour.”  So, she adamantly explained how she couldn’t go in with me. I started laughing because it was so cute and innocent. I explained that it was just a play-on-words and that it was only a dessert shop. Here, she is trying her first white-chocolate covered strawberry and in the next photo she’s ordering a chocolate bar filled with skittles, gummy worms and walnuts. I know….interesting combo for sure.

Tasting her first white-chocolate covered strawberry!

Ordering a giant sized chocolate bar.

April 22, 2010

I emceed a spring luncheon for The Gathering Place yesterday…which is an organization that helps adults with mental illness. They’re funded by private donations – from contributions given by people like you and me. Money given goes to help in so many ways…to shuttle their patients around the city, to put together activities and other day-to-day expenses that help the mentally ill feel less alone in life. If this is a cause that you’d like to give to :

The Houston Country Club

Mental illness is a difficult thing for “others” to understand or even recognize. But, can you imagine knowing that you are different inside…with your thinking or brain activity, but not be able to control it or know what to do? There are people that feel “trapped” everyday within their own skin – a very tough thing to deal with in life. And this is why I fully support causes/organizations which fund research and help those suffering. -Jennifer

You can find more pictures of community events that I support on MY NEW FACEBOOK PAGE:

Golfing For Charity
July 19, 2009

Follow up posting to the entry: Jen To Attend Golf Tournament

I had a great time last week out at The Blackhorse Golf Course for the Sports Radio 610 Golf Classic.  I enjoyed the heat, but forgot SPF…so I was trying to catch as much shade as possible. It was all for a nice cause…to raise money for a children’s charity called The First Tee Of Houston. If you have a little one, take a quick glance at the link posted on previous posting to see if its something that could help your friends and family.

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Jen’s Team: Brian, “Coach” Brian from Cleveland, Texas, Joey and Rene.We did get a traffic warning for driving on the green.

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Ran into some friends: Joel, Clyde Drexler, Jeff  and Jonathon

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Here we are under the shade of the clubhouse…We had just finished a live segment and then Adam Clanton began reading material for the Sports Radio 610 break. He’s concentrating, isn’t he?

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Adam Clanton and me. Hurry…smile…”click”…then Jonathon, the intern carted me over to the golf game that was already in progress.

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Rene spotted this hawk which had just descended from the tree. It captured a “birdie.”

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Thanks everyone for the observant and funny comments made on my Facebook page. I was really surprised that you all could even SEE the type of shoes that I was wearing! 🙂 I look forward to reading more of your thoughts….

Sports Radio 610: On Air This Wednesday
July 14, 2009

It is Adam Clanton’s, Ladies Of Local 2 Week

I will be joining AC on his show tomorrow for another “J Rey Day” at 9:30am until I have to hit the golf course for the Sports Radio 610 Golf Tournament to help raise money for a children’s charity.


Jen To Attend Golf Tournament
July 14, 2009

It’s time for the Sports Radio 610 All Star Golf Classic! Proceeds are going to The First Tee of Houston.  They are “dedicated to impacting the lives of young people in the Greater Houston area by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” Children ages 7-18 years old are provided with equipment and lessons are free. For more information on how the organization helps our youth :

When: Wednesday, July 15th at 10am

Where: BlackHorse Golf Club

Who: I will attend, along with others you might recognize….

Houston Texans
Eric Winston

Former Astro
Shane Reynolds

Starlight Gala
May 19, 2009

Jennifer Reyna, Mistress of Ceremonies for The 2009 Starlight Gala

Here’s the news clip that ran Friday night as I emceed the 14th Annual Starlight Gala. The black-tie event took place at the beautiful Rice Hotel overlooking downtown.

I had a pleasant evening…meeting wonderful people who’s lives will forever be altered due to their illnesses. I met a father who had survived two different types of cancer. I couldn’t imagine what it had been like to hear the diagnoses and go through treatments – twice! He looked great though. I met a best friend who knew what it was like to have her friend go through treatment at a hospital. She shared a beautiful slide show and story with us. There were family members and supporters in attendance as well.

The goal of Starlight Gala Houston is to cultivate the next generation of Houston community leaders while raising money for the American Cancer Society. This year, Starlight Gala broke records bringing in more than $125,000 for a grand total of over $1.4 million since its inception! But, more research is needed. To make a donation and to help find a cure please visit:

It was a great honor for me to host such an important event. I hope that one day, we conquer cancer.

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Jennifer Walker (ACS), Jen and Kristen Belote (Event Chair)

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The Jennifers…enjoying dessert, of course!

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Jennifer Walker (ACS), Jhonathan Shaikh (cancer survivor & scholarship recipient) and Jen

Jen Will Emcee …
May 11, 2009

This Friday, I have the pleasure of being a part of the 14th Annual Starlight Gala. The event raises money for the American Cancer Society. Tickets are still available…and you can always make a donation. Head to: entry for more information.

Keep an eye on my blog and Facebook page for a write-up and pictures.

MDA-“Cookie Throw Down”
November 20, 2008

Firefighters and the MDA go together like milk and cookies….perfectly! Monday (11/17), I emceed the 1st Annual “Cookie Throw Down.” The MDA staff baked cookies and firefighters from around our area donated their time to come and judge the baked goodies.  







Pictures – Strides Against Breast Cancer
November 4, 2007

Photos thanks to: Shelly Porsch Chetty

Jennifer Walker is the community manager of The American Cancer Society for the Gulf Coast Region who invited me to emcee their Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. It was held on Saturday, October 20th at Sam Houston Park, downtown. I rolled out of bed at 7am and arrived around 8am. They had about 3,000 people show up to walk the 5K, donating money for the great cause. I was impressed by the attitude of the survivors and of a surprise guest who made an appearance….a 90 year old breast cancer survivor!

I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan O’Donnell, of KSBJ Radio, who is a riot. She’s a stand-up comedian which made hosting the event that much more fun! You can read more about her by heading to this link –