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Karina Ramírez: Pair of companies recognized for helping local nonprofit groups

A couple of companies have been recognized for giving to local nonprofits.

The American Red Cross Denton Branch presented CiCi’s Pizza on South Loop 288 with a certificate of appreciation for its generous support during the past couple of years, according to a recent announcement.

CiCi’s owner Robert Garriot and Chris Sipriano, manager of the location, accepted the recognition. 

American Red Cross Action Team members meet once a month to train and go over support given for the month. During their meeting, CiCi’s staff donated pizzas so that those coming to the meetings prior to having dinner might have something to eat, a news release said. 

The Denton County Red Cross Disaster Action Team is made up of volunteers who respond to Denton County fire-, flood- and tornado-related disasters with aid to help the clients after their losses.  The team provides money, shelter and other needed immediate supplies depending on need.

The first CiCi’s Pizza opened in Plano in 1985. With headquarters now in Coppell, CiCi’s has more than 500 restaurants in 34 states and continues to expand.

First State Bank’s latest fundraiser provided $5,000 each to Denton Calvary Academy, Denton High School and Gainesville High School.

The social media fundraiser “Banking on Our Future” used a Facebook voting application as its platform. First State Bank offered a total of $15,000 to local high schools, awarding a $5,000 donation to one school in each of three divisions with the most votes, a news release said. The concept was simple: The more support people showed for their school, the more support the bank would show. Facebook users could visit the bank’s page (, find a list of participating high schools and vote daily for their favorite.

First State Bank executive vice president Marty Rivers said in statement that his bank wanted to offer a fun and engaging way for students and the community to earn money for their school as well as show their school spirit.

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Denton County Transportation Authority President Jim Cline and Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell were recently appointed to the North Texas Commission Board of Directors. Former Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief was named board chairman, a news release said.

The North Texas Commission is a regional nonprofit consortium of businesses, cities, counties, chambers of commerce, economic development entities and higher education institutions in the North Texas region.


Last month, the Good Samaritan Society — North Texas Home Health announced that Denton resident Liselle H. Trevino became its new director.

Trevino has served with the society’s Denton Village as director of social services for almost five years and prior to that worked in hospice care, a news release said.

Trevino said in a statement that she was honored and privileged to work for Good Samaritan.

Trevino earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Texas Woman’s University and has several years of experience in her profession working with the geriatric population.

The home health office is now at a new location, 1007 Shady Oaks, Suite 101. The organization has been serving North Texas clients from ages 18 to 100-plus, accepting Medicare, private insurance and private pay.

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Coming up

Aubrey Mayor Gary Hammett will speak about the economic outlook for the Aubrey 380 Area during the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber of Commerce’s first networking luncheon of 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Prairie House Restaurant, 10001 U.S. Highway 380 in Cross Roads.

Cost is $12 per person.

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This is our last business column of 2012. From my family to yours, best wishes in 2013.


KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is