SUGAR LAND FOURTH grader Sabrina Roesler lost her father when she was 6. "My dad had brain cancer and we really wanted him to get better, but they didn't have a cure," says the now 9-year-old. Even at such a young age, Roesler felt called to turn her situation into something positive — to make lemonade, if you will. After years of practice with plastic playsets and toy lemonade stands, Roesler started a real-life business called Fresh'n Juicy, and decided to donate 10 percent of all sales to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, a Houston brain-cancer-research organization. "It feels like something I have to do, because I loved my dad so much, and I want others to have a second chance if they get diagnosed."
HOUSTON IS A city that loves to give back. And Houston Endowment — a private foundation that partners with others in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors to improve quality of life for the residents of greater Houston — has just awarded a whopping $20 million to 55 local organizations that are making progress in achieving racial equity and social justice on the local level.