HOUSTON, TX (Feb. 14, 2019) – Elizabeth and Peter Wareing will be honored at the Yellowstone Schools’ second annual Party in the Park on April 4, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., chaired by Devin and Ryan McCord and Laura and William Wheless. For more than fifteen years Elizabeth and Peter have been champions and advocates for the students and families at Yellowstone.
Elizabeth Wareing served as a volunteer and community advocate for many years before joining Yellowstone Academy’s Board of Directors in 2010. Through her dedicated service and tireless efforts, Yellowstone has been introduced to new friends and potential donors across Houston. Elizabeth opened the doors for a fruitful relationship between the Neuhaus Education Center and Yellowstone, paving the way for hundreds of students to receive quality, research-based reading and literacy instruction.
“Elizabeth and Peter are fantastic examples of Christians who are willing to put their faith into action,” said Ryan Dolibois, executive director of Yellowstone Academy. “Their dedicated service has inspired me personally, and I am thrilled that we get to honor them at our Party in the Park!”
“The Wareings are a wealth of support for Yellowstone in every respect — with their time, talent, and treasure.”
Over the years, Elizabeth and Peter have shared their love of Yellowstone with many in their family, bringing their children, siblings, nieces, and nephews to be involved with the school.
This love was made concrete when Elizabeth chose to introduce her father, legendary Houston philanthropist Jack S. Blanton, to Yellowstone. The Scurlock Foundation, for which Elizabeth serves as a director, chose to honor Mr. Blanton’s 80th birthday with a significant commitment to fund the Jack S. Blanton Center at Yellowstone Academy in 2008. He remained actively involved with the school until his death.
“I don’t recall a time in my life when my parents were not in the community helping others,” said Laura Wheless, co-chair of Party in the Park and daughter of the Wareings. “They never think about quantifying their work. When you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing, it doesn’t matter if you touch one life or 20 or 2,000 – every life is precious and every life is valuable.”
In addition to the Yellowstone Schools, the Wareings have been actively engaged in many organizations across Houston, including Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist, the Forge for Families, Discovery Green, the Neuhaus Education Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Serenity Retreat, Junior League and the Museum of Fine Arts. Their passion has generally centered around education and charities that support the physical and spiritual needs of those living in poverty.
Through Elizabeth’s participation on Yellowstone Academy’s Board of Directors, the Wareings have been instrumental in helping to define an innovative vision for the future. With their help and support, Yellowstone crafted an ambitious plan to launch a public/private co-location model, the first of its kind in Texas. In August 2018, Yellowstone College Prep was launched, and it will grow to serve students in 5th through 12th grade over the next several years.
Together, the Yellowstone Schools will be able to serve students from Pre-K through 12th grade, and will continue to support its alumni as they progress through college and other post-secondary educational programs. None of this would be possible without the support of dedicated individuals like Elizabeth and Peter Wareing.
Brad Childers, CEO of Archrock, Inc. and Chairman of the Board for Yellowstone Academy, remarked, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Elizabeth and Peter over the years, and I look forward to serving with them for many more. I can think of no one more worthy to honor at our Party in the Park.”
“Their tireless dedication to the children of Houston and deep Christian faith is an example that we would all do well to follow.”
For more information about Yellowstone’s Party in the Park, visit https://yellowstoneschools.org/party/.
Yellowstone Academy is a private, Christian school serving students in Pre-K through 4th grade. Yellowstone College Prep is a public, tuition-free charter school growing to serve students in 5th through 12th grade.
Together, the Yellowstone Schools are co-located on the same campus in the heart of Houston’s Third Ward community, where they serve nearly 500 students. The Yellowstone schools are committed to joining with students and their families, regardless of financial means, as they navigate an often difficult educational landscape. At Yellowstone, we inspire, empower, and invest in students to achieve their fullest potential.
Learn more at www.yellowstoneschools.org