Third annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue to honor all area first responders
Four to six feet of water wiped out businesses, restaurants and retailers at Kings Harbor as a consequence of Hurricane Harvey.
Included among those was the building housing Joseph Chris Partners. Associates have been working out of the house of president and CEO Veronica Ramirez since the flooding occurred.
JCP has hosted the annual Turn Kings Harbor Blue event for the past two years as a way to honor and support local law enforcement. In past years, the event has served as a fundraiser for the 100 Club.
After Harvey, the fate of many Kingwood traditions were up in the air as the community strove to recover from the flood devastation.
This year, Joseph Chris Partners is joining forces with several local agencies, organizations and businesses to host a special Turn Kings Harbor Blue event on Nov. 10 from 6-9 p.m.
The event will not be a fundraiser this year due to the overwhelming financial losses incurred by many Kingwood area residents. However, the night will serve to honor all emergency responders who helped save lives throughout Harvey, as well as the Kingwood community that banded together during a time of hardship.
“It’s going to be an event for all ages,” Ramirez said. “Especially families.”
Kids can enjoy a number of different entertainment opportunities including face painting, free books and balloons.
Police officers will bring their K-9 dogs, and a variety of emergency vehicles will be present for people to tour and learn about.
There will also be a car show featuring Mustangs as a shout-out to the Kingwood High School Mustangs.
H-E-B has donated 1,000 meals and will be serving people at the event.
Additionally, the event will feature some amazing visual and emotional experiences including helicopters scheduled to fly over Kings Harbor during the National Anthem. During a moment of silence, the crowd will snap glow sticks, creating a dazzling display of blue, green, yellow, and white lights in honor of all first responders.
Ramirez feels it’s important to recognize that even through Harvey and its aftermath, love did win. It is through that expression of love, she said, that Kingwood will continue to be a collaborative, cooperative community.
“Honoring that is important,” Ramirez said. “And honoring the act of kindness and support is important - letting people know Harvey’s not going to tear us down.”
This year’s Turn Kings Harbor Blue has expanded to include honoring all first responders - police, firefighters, military personnel - who came to support the area, save lives, and rescue people and animals.
It’s really focused on the community, explained Ramirez - being thankful and letting people know that Kingwood and Kings Harbor is coming back.
Kings Harbor is at 1600 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Kingwood.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TurnKingsHarborBlue/.