“Better Tomorrows” Hope for LGBT Youth Event Organizer Adrian Orta presents Community Projects Specialist Meleah Jones with a $1,000 donation for HATCH. The event, which was held at TC’s Showbar, is the first of many Orta plans to hold in support of our youth program. Magnolia Party President Sandra Dee Reyna (center) presents a $1,026 donation for HATCH to Community Projects Specialist Meleah Jones and Associate Executive Director Eric Carrera. The annual party, which was held on December 3, has been raising money for local charities for the past 20 years and is a long-time supporter of HATCH. Community Projects Specialist Meleah Jones, Robison, Volunteer of the Year Paul Allen, and Robertson celebrate Allen’s award, which was given to him for his leadership in and dedication to our volunteer program. Executive Director Ann J. Robison, PhD, Student of the Year Paul LePhuoc, and Board President Chris Robertson smile for the camera. LePhuoc received this award because of his excellent skills working with our LIFE and Chemical Dependency clients, as well as his help with our Coming Out and Long-Term Survivors of HIV Support Groups. At MCC’s staff Holiday Party on December 17, awards were presented to MCC’s Employee, Student, and Volunteer of the Year. (Above: Left to Right) Colleagues of Youth Program Specialist Deb Murphy congratulate her on the Employee of the Year Award. Murphy received the honor by a staff vote because of her ceaseless dedication to the HATCH program. Each included a turkey and all the fixings to make a nutritious holiday meal. Thanks to the generous support of local community members and H-E-B, we were able to give out 41 Holiday Baskets to our HIV case management clients in need, which fed more than 78 adults and 53 children. (Above: Left to Right): ERSICSS Emperor 13 Jerel McNeil, Anti-Violence Program Specialist Allison Vogt, Criminal Justice Liaison Francis Bueno, Community Projects Specialist Meleah Jones, Case Manager Shelly Zepeda, and ERSICSS Empress XI Rusty a.k.a. Crystal Rae Lee Love gathered on December 9 to put together the baskets.