87R29459 JGH-D
  By: Dutton H.R. No. 1745
         WHEREAS, Mary D. Fontenot has been named the Outstanding
  Texan for House District 142 by the Texas Legislative Black Caucus
  at its 2021 summit; and
         WHEREAS, A lifelong Houstonian, Mary Fontenot received her
  education at the University of Houston, and she began her career
  with the COMPAQ computer company before working with Humana and the
  Memorial Healthcare System, managing community initiatives in
  partnership with the City of Houston, the State of Texas, and other
  local agencies; she has earned a sterling reputation for her
  successful coordination of marketing projects for corporate and
  nonprofit clients, reaching local, national, and international
  audiences; and
         WHEREAS, Several Houston mayors, including Lee P. Brown, Bill
  White, and Bob Lanier, have relied on Ms. Fontenot's skill and work
  ethic for fundraising initiatives, business conferences, and
  international festivals; she also played a vital role in the public
  relations team of the late Joe Sample, the Grammy Award-winning
  pianist and Houston native; and
         WHEREAS, In addition to her professional accomplishments,
  Ms. Fontenot has demonstrated her commitment to the community
  through her efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, when she
  partnered with several organizations to arrange for the repair of
  more than 100 homes; during the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped
  organize the grassroots distribution of food and supplies to
  thousands of senior citizens and other vulnerable residents in the
  northeast and southeast parts of Houston; moreover, she is an
  active member of Preserving Communities of Color, working to
  document and preserve the heritage of Houston's Pleasantville
  neighborhood; and
         WHEREAS, Over the course of her life, Mary Fontenot has
  tirelessly dedicated herself to improving the lives of her fellow
  citizens, and this prestigious honor from the Texas Legislative
  Black Caucus is a fitting tribute to her long record of achievement;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 87th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Mary Fontenot for being named the
  Outstanding Texan for House District 142 by the Texas Legislative
  Black Caucus and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued
  success and happiness; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Ms. Fontenot as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.