At a recent Schertz City Council meeting, officials with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, received an $18,702 check with money raised at 6th annual Wilenchik Walk for Life on March 1.
From left are: Mayor Michael Carpenter, Sheri Ortiz, CTRC Director of Development; Valerie Wilenchik, widow of former City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who underwent treatment at CTRC and for whom the event is named; City Manager John Kessel; and Dr. Steve Weitman, CTRC Director of the Institute for Drug Development. The Wilenchik Walk has raised $141,000 for CTRC over the years.
The Northeast San Antonio region, including New Braunfels and Schertz, mourned the passing of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, who died June 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels Monday. A long escort of motorcycles and public safety vehicles escorted Sgt. Spitzer’s casket down I-35 on the way to burial at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
At overpasses along I-35, including Schertz Parkway, ordinary people and others – like Schertz Public Safety employees, gathered to honor and salute the fallen Marine.
The 39th Annual July 4th Jubilee in Schertz July 3-4 had something for everyone – including a Patriotic Parade with nearly 90 entries and thousands of watchers, a 5K Run, watermelon eating contest, Booming Barbecue Cook off, lots of live music, a family carnival, and fireworks (slightly delayed by rain.)
For more information go to visitschertz.com and watch for more photos and a story in the August issue of Schertz Magazine (also available at schertzmagazine.com in early August).
The Schertz Sweetheart Court waves to parade attendees during the 61st Annual Luling Watermelon Thump Parade. The Court and their float were honored with a 2nd Place in the Civic/Club/Church category. From left, Miss Sunshine, Megan Rhoads; Miss Schertz, Kiana Leal; and Miss Jubilee, Elena Garcia.