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Until the last soldier or marine comes home, ORWFD 5K Run/Walk will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

You can still donate to the WWP and the Scholarship Fund at:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Donations.html

If you look hard, you will see Commissioner Rusty Senac and Old River-Winfree Councilwoman, Jackie Johnson running or walking to support our Veterans!  You will also see the Family of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs, Daniel Riggs, Vickie Riggs, and Brian Riggs.

Special thanks to Bob Botto, Race Manager, Tracie Comeaux, Shane Brand, Kiel Williams, Linda Murphy, Colleen Fontenot, among a few for organizing the race.

Thanks to the best hosts around, Barbers Hill Independent School District.

Barbers Hill Bank supports and continues to support, four years running, ORWFD, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Scholarship Fund by paying all expenses incurred with their $5000 Sponsorship!

T-Shirt frontThe Official 2013 ORWFD 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs T-Shirt.

Here is the front with the George Washington quote of 1781, 232 years ago.

The T-Shirt is the Runner’s style Wicking T-Shirt which is 100% polyester wicking knit

·         Wicks moisture away from the body *

·         Color is “Barbers Hill” Blue

All American T–Shirts in Old River-Winfree is the Official Old River-Winfree Founders Day T-Shirt Vendor.

T-Shirts are $10 at City Hall and $14.95 plus $5.95 shipping online.  They are $14.95 online to defer any shopping cart charges.

Read and find out more about Pfc Wesley R. Riggs t http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Pfc-Wesley-R-Riggs.htm

To Donate in Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Name: Go to http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Online-Payment.html and donate the amount you want.

To Drop any entry off go to:  City Hall is at 4818 FM 565N.  Sign is out front.  The single glass door to the left is the City Offices open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for lunch.

If no one is there, simply drop your entry form and payment inside the metal door to the right of the single glass door.  There is a mail slot there.

To Enter by Mail:  Go to the Events or http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Old-River-Winfree-Run-Walk-Registration.htmlpage and click on Print out the the Entry Form and mail to:\

City of Old River-Winfree
4818 FM 565 N
Old River-Winfree, TX  77523

To Pay Online:  Go to the Events page and click on Click here to Register Online http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Online-Payment.htmland follow the instructions.  You may enter 1 person or multiple person’s all in one payment.

Extend a hand to a Warrior that needs you.  Enter or Donate in Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Name today!


canon startOn October 5, 2013 at Barbers Hill ISD Eagles Football Stadium, the Civil War Canon will fire again telling all that hear that we support our men and women in service and start the 5th annual ORWFD “Chip Timed” 5K Run/Walk; a few minutes later, another “blast” will be heard starting the Kid’s Fun Run.  Every single dollar raised goes to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

A separate “Stroller Derby” will then start for all parents to push strollers or pull wagons with their babies and toddlers aboard showing their little hearts support our men and women in the military!

Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, is exclusively sponsoring all expenses for the 4th year in a row, so that all entries and donations go to our Warriors.

The volunteers you see at the ORWFD events give of their time and their heart to put this event on every year to make sure we provide a first class race and a lot of fun!

The official 2013 ORWFD 5K Run/Walk T-Shirt will also be on sale at the race to raise more money for our heroes.  The first 50 entries received a free T-Shirt.

  • An estimated 400,000 warriors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • An estimated 320,000 warriors suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

  • Over 51,300 warriors suffer from physical injuries.

These statistics only tell part of the story that don’t include the trauma, anxiety, and worry of the families who wait and the families who received our warriors back from the theaters of war!  

2013runHelp us help the warriors and their families by your support of the Run/Walk!

You understand the severity of veterans’ battlefield injuries — amputated arms and legs, disfiguring burns, paralysis, and invisible wounds, such as TBI’s and PTSD. The recovery from these injuries takes a lifetime of commitment.

Please stand by our nation’s wounded by participating in the 2013 Chip Timed 5K Run/Walk and the Kid’s Fun Run on October 5, 2013 which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project (90%) and the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund (10%).

The making of the 2013 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs T-Shirt:

The graphics, t-shirt material, and wording were chosen with great care this year as Old River-Winfree Founders Day is ever mindful of the sacrifice our military and their families make every day since 1776.  The following is a short history of what brought the ORWFD Team forward to the choosing of the graphics for this year’s T-Shirt that any American would be proud to wear year-round!

“When the Second Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia in May 1775, Washington, one of the Virginia delegates, was elected Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. On July 3, 1775, at Cambridge, Massachusetts, he took command of his ill-trained troops and embarked upon a war that was to last six grueling years.

December 1776 was a desperate time for George Washington and the American Revolution. The ragtag Continental Army was encamped along the Pennsylvania shore of the Delaware River exhausted, demoralized and uncertain of its future.

800px-Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware_by_Emanuel_Leutze,_MMA-NYC,_1851His decision was to attack the British. The target was the Hessian-held town of Trenton just across the Delaware River.

During the night of December 25, Washington led his troops across the ice-swollen Delaware about 9 miles north of Trenton. The weather was horrendous and the river treacherous. Raging winds combined with snow, sleet and rain to produce almost impossible conditions. To add to the difficulties, a significant number of Washington’s force marched through the snow without shoes.

The next morning they attacked to the south, taking the Hessian garrison by surprise and over-running the town. After fierce fighting, and the loss of their commander, the Hessians surrendered.

On April 30, 1789, George Washington, standing on the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York, took his oath of office as the first President of the United States. “As the first of every thing, in our situation will serve to establish a Precedent,” he wrote James Madison, “it is devoutly wished on my part, that these precedents may be fixed on true principles.””

George Washing is quoted on many great sayings, one of the best and most thought provoking is this one from 1781.

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” 

Added to this great quote is the American Eagle, the American Flag, and the ORWFD logo.  As always, the ORWFD 5K Run/Walk is held in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs and his family that paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Wesley R. Riggs was a graduate of Barbers Hill High School and accomplished that is three (3) years!  Barbers Hill Bank in Mont Belvieu, Texas a branch of Anahuac National Bank is the Exclusive Sponsor and has been for four (4) years running!

wicking t-shirtT-Shirt is the Runner’s style Wicking T-Shirt which is 100% polyester wicking knit * Wicks moisture away from the body * 

Color is “Barbers Hill” Blue

All American T–Shirts in Old River-Winfree is the Official Old River-Winfree Founders Day T-Shirt Vendor.

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All over America High School Seniors are graduating.  They are embarking on a new phase of their life; another “Right of Passage”.

444.mediumThis Editor drove by our Community School, Barbers Hill IDS, and watched as 100’s, maybe even thousands, of family and loved ones left their parked cars to file into the Stadium.

Old River-Winfree Community News wishes them well;  prays, as they start on their new adventure of adulthood, that their decision will be sure and just.  We all pray that these decisions keep them safe and on a focused course for the rest of their lives.  We pray that they will be the right decisions.

Congratulations graduates!  Remember who you are and what your parents and teachers taught you and have a great, clean life!

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5K 007Old River-Winfree Founders Day is bringing back together the Texas Wall of Heroes and Founder Carson George; Ken Pridgeon, Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Art Gallery in Baytown, Texas;  Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian; and Billy Wallace, III and the Historical Reenactment Pioneers!

Along with the many contests, Carnival, and great vendors, there will be a 3K and 5K Run/Walk benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.

Pfc Wesley R. Riggs has a huge place in our Old River-Winfree Founders Day events!  A little known fact is that Carson George’s son lies in rest next to Pfc. Riggs at the Houston National Memorial cemetary.  Also, Ken Pridgeon great fame and journey started at the 2010 Old River-Winfree Founders Day.  ORWFD had commissioned Ken to paint a portrait of Riggs.   Pfc Riggs was the FIRST warrior that Ken painted in what is now a nationally known Gallery of Warriors on Texas Avenue in Baytown.

The very first Portrait of a Warrior that started Ken Pridgeon on his journey is of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs

The very first Portrait of a Warrior that started Ken Pridgeon on his journey is of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs

October 12, 2013 is also a great time for the festival this year as the night before, Friday Night is Barbers Hill Independent School Districts Homecoming.  

Timing is really everything, isn’t it!

Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian

Boyce Morris, Old River-Winfree Founders Day Historian

Make plans now to attend this historic event and honor our American warriors who gave all for our freedoms we enjoy today.

Visit the Old River-Winfree Founders Day website at orwfoundersday.com to find out more information.

See the photos and videos of the Texas Wall of Heroes, Ken “The Dauber” Pridgeon, and more at http://www.orwfoundersday.com/Photos-and-Videos.html

Like ORWFD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ORWFD

Free Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Rock Wall, Mechanical Bull, Mini-Carousel!  “Rolling Thunder” Tribute!!  Vendors such as Avon, Scentsy, Tupperware, Studio Bobbie, Martin Birdhouses, Custom Walking Canes, Coffee Bar, Mary Kay.  Food Vendors from fried fish to Boudain Tamales, Frito Pies to Barbque!

See Ken Pridgeon of “Portrait of a Warrior”, Author Jean L. Epperson, Historical Artifacts of Old River-Winfree and a Historical Reenactment!

Enter the Bakeoff (cash prizes), “My Best Friend” Dog Contest (lots of fun), 5K Run/Walk, Motorcycle Contest, Old River Country Natural Beauty Pageant and have an all around great time.

Something for everyone this year.  

Visit www.orwfoundersday.com and find out what all the talk is about!

Old River-Winfree Founders Day is a City of Old River-Winfree Event.  The 5K Run/Walk Exclusively Sponsored by Barbers Hill Bank is a run for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The following article was co-written by Kenneth Collier, Old River-Winfree Resident and Race Manager of the 2012 5K Run/Walk Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs and Colleen Fontenot, Old River-Winfree Resident and President of Old River-Winfree Founders Day.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day is backed by a host of volunteers working hard to make this event and all events at Founders Day a Day to remember!

Please take the time and read below.  Join us in the magnificent Run for this generations Warriors!

Online registrations and Mail-in Registrations are coming in, so be sure and get registered to run or walk for a deserving project, The Wounded Warrior Project!

The first 50 get a T-Shirt with their packet!

Not much time left until Race Day on October 13th!

Go to orwfoundersday.com and click on FORMS to register online or print and mail in your entry with your payment!

While you are on the website, visit the events page to see what else is going on that day.  Stay with us and experience HISTORY!

See you there!

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Colleen Fontenot, ORWFD President; Bob Botto, 5K Run/Walk Race Manager; Mayor Joe Landry, Mayor of Old River-Winfree; Katelyn Kelly, Winner of the Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award; Bob Allen, Senior Vice-President, Barbers Hill Bank a Branch of Anahuac National Bank; Madison Kelly, sister of Katelyn; Darrla Kelly, Mother of Katelyn; Tim Kelly, Father of Katelyn; and Jeanette Green, ORWFD Bakeoff Chairman.

Old River-Winfree Founders Day, sponsored by the City of Old River-Winfree is proud to announce Katelyn Kelly as the winner of the Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Award given to a graduating senior at Barbers Hill High School.

One of the items required in the Application for this scholarship was an Essay on the Legacy of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs. Katelyn’s Essay was on “The Importance of Volunteerism”. This essay hit right on the sacrifice made by our Military and their families. Katelyn shows a maturity and understanding of our First Line of Defense Volunteers that is far beyond her years.

An excerpt from Kelly’s essay will help you understand why she was chosen.

“What if no one answered the call to protect our country and the freedom that so many people take for granted. Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs answered that call to volunteer to serve in the United States Army. I am sure it was a proud day when he joined and when he graduated boot camp. I bet there was no fanfare or recognition outside of his and his family’s pride and sense of accomplishment.

Unfortunately, it has taken an attack on American soil and two wars for Americans to appreciate this country’s first responders and our volunteer military. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Towers, when we watched the brave men and women of the NYFD rush into those towers as everyone was running away, Americans have appreciated the bravery and celebrated our first responders all across our country. After the call by our President to these attacks and to defend our way of life, thousands of young Americans bravely answered the call to volunteer and fight to defend our freedom. No one volunteers to die, whether it is fighting a fire, answering a police call or serving in the Military in a hostile country. These brave men and women, like Pfc Riggs, have all been doing a job, a job they were genuinely proud of, and doing it to the best of their ability. God has a plan for all of us and he uses our lives for a greter purpose. I am thankful that men and women like Pfc Riggs have volunteered to serve in our Military, and while far too many have died in service to our country, I believe that they all served a special purpose under God’s guidance. I am sure Pfc. Riggs’ family all understand what his purpose was, and while they miss him each and every day, they are proud of his accomplishments and his service to our country.”

Katelyn plans to attend Lee College where she will aim toward a Career in Medicine as an Emergency Room Nurse.

Katelyn was awarded $1,160 toward her tuition, books, etc. The Scholarship Award is derived from the Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by Barbers Hill Bank and the Auction of Pies, Cake, and Cupcakes from the Bakeoff Contest sponsored by Carnes Engineering.

True American Patriots are known by their actions!  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has just signed on for the third year to Exclusively Sponsor the 2012 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Loving Memory of Pfc Wesley R. Riggs.  Bob Botto is back again as Race Manager.  We have added Kenneth Collier of Collier’s Barber Shop in Old River-Winfree as Assistant Race Manager.  Jerren Young is our Route Safety Chairman; a job that is a true miracle of timing and awareness of our runners and walkers.


A-Automotive in Mont Belvieu is sponsoring the “Rolling Thunder” Tribute (which is a jaw dropping tear jerking sight to see), and the Motorcycle Contest headed up by the Circuit Riders-Mont Belvieu Chapter.


The Pie, Cake, and Cupcake Bakeoff is sponsored 4 years in a row by Carnes Engineering.  Cash Awards this year along with trophies and the first time Mrs. Ethel P Ramsey Teen Excellence in Baking Award will be given out. Jeanette Green, Chairman and team will run this event with the same care and dedication.


The “My Best Friend” Kid’s Dog Show is back with Sam’s Express as first time sponsor.  Colleen Fontenot will step up as Chairman of this super fun event


As always the City of Old River-Winfree sponsors the Founders Day.


I am thinking of a “Karaoke Talent Show” on Friday Night, but we will discuss this at the next meeting.


All forms are posted to the website with the exception of the Bakeoff.


With Kindest Personal regards,


God Bless,



Colleen Fontenot
Phone:  281-576-1236
Cell:  979-661-6172
website:  http://www.orwfoundersday.com



True patriots are always recognized by their actions.  Barbers Hill Bank, a branch of Anahuac National Bank, has proven this time and again.

Bob Allen at Barbers Hill Bank gave the go ahead for the 3rd year of Exclusively Sponsoring the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs.  

Pfc Riggs graduated in three years from Barbers Hill High School and then felt the call to fight for America’s way of life and freedom.  He joined the Army and was eventually sent to Iraq where he gave the ultimate sacrifice in May 2005 in Tikrit, Iraq.   His story can be found at http://www.orwfoundersday.com.

Runners and Walkers come from far and wide to support this event.  The “Rolling Thunder” Tribute right before the race is made up by Christian Motorcyclists from Beaumont, Dayton, Mont Belvieu, and areas in between.

It is a truly honorable event for all concerned and seems to bring out the pride in America that patriots have.

Want to join the “Rolling Thunder” tribute or the race itself?  Just go to the website at http://www.orwfoundersday.com and click on Events.  You can see all the events of Saturday, October 13th and read what Old River-Winfree Founders Day is all about……..Family!

Pfc Wesley R. Riggs Memorial Scholarship Fund 2012 has been submitted to Barbers Hill High School.  Contact Shari Lippe, Counselor at the High School, for more information.

This year the Scholarship is a record breaker for the Old River-Winfree Founders Day effort!  The award is in the amount of $1,160!

Colleen Fontenot, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, President; Bob Botto, Old River-Winfree Founders Day 5K Run/Walk Race Manager and Vice President, International Runner; Bob Allen, Barbers Hill Bank, Senior Vice President; Jeanette Green, Old River-Winfree Founders Day, Chairman Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff and Vice President; Kari Hughes, Barbers Hill Bank, New Accounts Representative; Lisa Cutbirth, Barbers Hill Bank, Teller Supervisor

On second weekend in October, the annual Old River-Winfree Founders Day hosts the 5K Run/Walk Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project in Memory of Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs.  Pfc. Wesley R. Riggs, 19, of Chambers County, Texas, died May 17 in Tikrit, Iraq, from injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted position. Riggs was assigned to the Army’s 2d Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

10% of the proceeds of the 5K Run/Walk and the Annual Cupcake, Pie, Cake Bakeoff go to the Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded to a deserving Senior at Barbers Hill High School.  This year the Fund has $1,162 waiting on that Senior.

Barbers Hill Bank, a Branch of Anahuac National Bank, has sponsored the 5K Run/Walk for 2 years running.  When Bob Allen, Senior Vice President, was asked what this event means to the bank, Mr. Allen simply stated, ““As a branch of Anahuac National Bank, Barbers Hill Bank takes pride in supporting our military”.   Bob Allen, accepted for the bank, the Old River-Winfree Founders Day Texas Appreciation Award shown in this picture.

Simply put, this event grows and grows every year through businesses, like Barbers Hill Bank, and Volunteers like Bob Botto, Race Manager; Jerren Young (not shown), Route Safety Chairman and Vice President; and all the runners that come from as far as Florida to pay tribute to our Wounded Warrior that keep us free to run races like this all over America.

The symbolic check shown represents the $10,466.67 the check that was sent to the Wounded Warrior Project after the ceremonial signing in a presentation to the Old River-Winfree City Council by the Founders Day in October 2011.  To this day, the Old River-Winfree Mayor, Joe Landry, and City Council have hanging the Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project banner in the Council meeting room.  The Mayor is a veteran himself.

Lots of proud Americans make this event a growing success, but with sponsors like Barbers Hill Bank absorbing all the expenses of putting on the race, 100% of entries and donations go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Scholarship Fund.

Thanks for another successful year, Barbers Hill Bank from a grateful, small town like Old River-Winfree.

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