Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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:

Fresh Air Friday
April 16, 2010

I will be emceeing Fresh Air Friday (TODAY) at Jones Plaza from 11am – 1pm. I hope to see you there!!

For more info :


FRESH AIR FRIDAY: Jones Plaza, Downtown

Jennifer Reyna and Harris County, Judge Ed Emmett

Stephen Richard Trio: Jazz Band

Avance Gala 2010
February 16, 2010

Last Friday, I emceed the Avance 2010 Gala at the Hilton (Post Oak) – which turned out to be an evening to celebrate! A record number of tables/tickets were sold all to support a VERY IMPORTANT cause. AVANCE, which has been around 22 years in Houston…is focused on proactive work. Just take a look at their mission statement: “Unlocking America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs….” AVANCE serves primarily Hispanic families in low-income, at-risk communities with a research-proven program model that is preventative, community-based, two-generation focused and comprehensive in scope.

Over the years, AVANCE has helped thousands of families. They’ve changed the odds for children at risk here in Houston. During my tour of their site a few weeks ago, I had the chance to hear from some of the parents. They were in the middle of crafting handmade gifts to give to their children. They were all very happy with the programs and one parent even pulled me aside and said, “really, AVANCE has helped my family a great deal.” He implied that the organization was ‘the real deal.’ Here are pictures from the night of the gala-where money was raised to help families just like the one mentioned above.

Jack Wootton, Jennifer and Gail Wootton

Jennifer and Mayor Annise Parker

Jennifer, Rick Noriega and guests

Jennifer, Michael Cordua and Thu Nguyen

Jennifer and Pete Garcia

Acceptance of appreciation; Hou Exec. Dir., Jose Villarreal.

PHOTO CREDIT FOR ” Acceptance of appreciation”: Watch Me Grow Portrait Studio Photographer: Martin Diaz

Prior to the gala:Lindsey K. creating the curls and updo...while I read my script.

Career Day: Dulles Middle School
January 28, 2010

Last Friday, I participated in Dulles Middle School’s Career Day. It wasn’t just ANY career day. These children were pretty fortunate! A room FULL of forty professionals went to speak to the children. The students rotated classrooms….listening to what each career was about and also asked questions. Most students were pretty quiet, some already “knew” what they were going to do and others had a blank stare. Hopefully, our visit gave inspiration to a future generation.

Dulles Middle School Career Day (2010)

All of the professionals gearing up for Career Day.

Traffic Anchor/Reporter and Traffic Engineer

Festival of Lights 2009
November 15, 2009

Right before Santa Claus parachuted from a plane…Frank and I were hanging out reading over scripts and saying hello to everyone. By the way, if you took a picture with Frank or me, you will be able to find those pictures on by the end of this week. I’ll post the link here.


festival of lights

Frank Billingsley and Jennifer Reyna

Jen and Louis Lochte(field producer) working in the live truck.

Frank Billingsley and Jen Reyna at Festival of Lights
November 13, 2009

This Saturday will mark my first visit to The Festival Of Lights. It sounds awesome! I’ll be in the middle of Moody Gardens as Santa Claus makes an early visit to flip the switch…ta-da…ONE MILLION LIGHTS! May the holiday season begin.

There’s ice skating, ballet/performances and holiday films. It sounds like there’s a little something for everyone. To find out about pricing, directions and other info head to :


JUST FOR FUN: To shed more light on your Channel 2, Traffic Anchor’s background try taking a shot at this quiz question. The answer will be posted here on Monday.

ANSWER: B – Dad would take me ice skating on a regular basis.

Helping Children With Cancer
October 25, 2009

I was very pleased when asked to host the 2nd Annual Country Ball(2009) benefiting Houston’s Ronald McDonald House. Since 1981, The Ronald McDonald House has offered a home away from home to the families of children undergoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. At least $33,000 has been raised this year. Here are some of the pictures of Saturday night’s event. If you’d like to make a contribution, here’s their link:

Firehouse Saloon

Firehouse Saloon

Crowd At The Firehouse Saloon

Crowd At The Firehouse Saloon

Hot Auction Items: Guitar Played/Signed By Roger Creagar And Signed Yao Ming Jersey

Hot Auction Items: Guitar Played/Signed By Roger Creagar And Signed Yao Ming Jersey

Autographed Guitar Sold For $475

Autographed Guitar Sold For $475

Jennifer Reyna and (Co-Chair of Event), Brett Walker.

Upcoming Event: Anti-Gang Career Day
August 3, 2009

Moderated by Jennifer Reyna of KPRC TV

The City of Houston Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office will host a youth career day on Thursday, August 6 from 10 am until 12 noon at Ripley House, 4410 Navigation. As part of the Anti-Gang Office’s summer youth enrichment program, this is the second year the event has been held.  About 50 youth participants from all over the city will hear from ten panelists that include Hilton Koch of Hilton Furniture, professional boxer Juan Diaz, Houston City Council Member Wanda Adams, and Peter Difilippantonio, CEO of

“Each of our panelists has a unique story, so we encourage them to share the life experiences they faced – good or bad – that got them where they are today,” said Patricia Harrington, Director of the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office.  “It reinforces to young people that any obstacle can be faced.”

In addition to learning about the various professions of the panelists, participants will also receive information on the types of jobs that will be most in demand within the next five to ten years and how to plan for education and training for those positions.

The Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office provides delinquency prevention and gang intervention services for youth and families in Houston, Harris and surrounding counties.

I’m excited to be a part of the Anti-Gang Career Day for the 2nd year in a row. If you search my blog entries you can find pictures from last year. I hope to follow up with some of the children and bring you results of the impact our day had on them. For this year, our focus is to answer questions and talk with troubled teens about their future. I love working in this area because it is such a crucial time in people’s lives…it gives us the ability to really change one’s journey. It’s never too late to reach out. -Jen

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.

Cinco De Mayo Parade
May 3, 2009

LULAC put on the 17th Annual Cinco de Mayo Parade which took place near Minute Maid Park, Saturday morning (5/2/09). 

This year they had Glenn Martinez, a newly signed Wide Receiver for the Houston Texans, and Hometown Featherweight Boxer Ricardo “ Rocky” Juarez as Grand Marshals. KPRC was near the front of the parade. Here are some of the pictures that I snapped…


Gary Wann (KPRC-Promotions) and Jen


Kim Davis, Mariza Reyes, Jen(front) and Robert Arnold (back)




Precinct 2 Commissioner, Sylvia Garcia

Rodeo (CONT.)
April 10, 2009

A few days ago, I put a couple of Rodeo pictures up, but didnt have time to write anything. Here’s my continuation of that posting.

I had a great time at this year’s Rodeo! I went on 3 different nights and each day had its own special moment. As you have probably gathered from reading my blog in general…I love animals, so the the petting area (Reliant Park) had to be my favorite. I already posted pictures – where I am up close with all of the farm animals.

Here are pictures from another awesome day. I co-hosted The Salute To Our Troops celebration with Outlaw Dave. Wayne Newton, who has an incredible relationship with the USO (United Service Organizations) made an appearance, as you can see.  


Jen, Wayne, Outlaw Dave

Trivia: The USO is not a part of the US Govt.; they rely on donations from individuals to support uniformed military personnel and their families.  


 Keni Thomas (in picture above) performed for the crowd, has served in the US Army and is best known for his country music. Trivia: He was a consultant for the movie Black Hawk Down and a survivor. 


There’s Wayne talking to my dad on my cell phone. Quick snap shot! What a great guy…everyone had great things to say about him.


A week later Robin (who coordinated the entire Salute To Our Troops celebration) treated us to dinner. The eight in our party had a nice time. I tried to convince Dave to get on Facebook…I think he’s considering it. But, for now you can contact him on his website

And I can’t write about the Rodeo without mentioning the hottest segment of all!!! Mutton Bustin’. The video speaks for itself.