Friday, May 21, 2010


Young professionals partied with the big cats at Houston Zoo // by Shelby Hodge
May 21, 2010

It was a sellout at Houston Zoo Thursday night when 250 eager supporters, members of the young professionals group Flock, poured through the gates for an evening of animal encounters, light bites and DJ spins.

Official greeters were a North American porcupine, who could be coaxed into waving if offered the right treat, and a majestic bald eagle. It was a rare and wondrous opportunity to see one of the grand birds up-close-and-personal.

Katherine Chambers, Flock's conservation committee chair, officially welcomed guests and spoke briefly on the Zoo's numerous conservation programs. The education component taken care of, Flock-sters moved on to the jaguar exhibition for a special feeding — "bone-in" meat. Yum.

Just like the bone-in ribeye at Tony's. Not.

In any case, the crowd loved watching the sleek cats feed and romp in their new exhibit space.

Sipping brewskies from Saint Arnold Brewing Co., sampling tasty burritos from Freebirds and grooving to sounds of DJ Dave Wrangler were uninhibited guests who went so far as to done animal noses and snouts for party pix.

In the mix were Gloria Luna, Jared Lang, Liz Gorman and Stephen Jones, Michael Mandola, Andrea Pro, Jesse Bounds, Katherine Orellana, Jennifer LeGrand and Brent Howard, Adam Gibson, Sanford Steinberg, Vernon Caldera, Payman Khania and Farrah Akhtar.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just Sayin'......

To My Fellow Mayors and Council Members:

In Plano, Texas we have recently welcomed our first Freeb!rds restaurant into our city. Already their business is booming, and with each meal at Freeb!rds you get great food, accompanied by a huge serving of fun and enthusiasm.

But with Freeb!rds, you also get something that is not common in corporate America. You get a significant commitment from the entire organization to being a part of the “serving others” culture in each community.

Their civic involvement is legendary, and they have already demonstrated this by their generous support of the North Texas Food Bank (feeding the hungry) in our region. In addition they have given support to our local group, Plano Fire Rescue Associates, which is a very active local organization that supports our Plano Fire Department by promoting education and awareness of fire safety in our city.

I have no doubt that I will have many more terrific stories of Freeb!rds’ involvement in our community. They are a great example of corporate citizenship at its best. I encourage you to welcome Freeb!rds into your city. They really do “walk the talk”.

Very truly yours,

Phil Dyer


City of Plano

Monday, May 3, 2010