Our My Top 5 series highlights Houstonians who are actively creating our city’s character and culture, and spotlights their own favorite activities and the things they do in their free time. This summer, we’ve partnered with Comcast to feature six local people-of-color-owned small businesses that have benefited from the Comcast RISE program and riff on our normal series while we showcase the highlighted local business owners.
This week, we’re very pleased to feature Vannessa Wade, owner of public relations firm Connect the Dots PR, and share her H-Town faves
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Vannessa Wade
- Sickle Cell Association of Houston – As a woman with Sickle Cell this place means a lot to me. I volunteer there by dropping off toys or helping in other ways. I enjoy volunteering and this is one place that I admire the work they do.
- Kids Meals – Another group that I volunteer for… Who knew you could make 300 sandwiches in an hour with the right group and mindset?
- My church – yes we have been out for over a year. My church is a solace for me. I get to volunteer, rest and be around like minds. I also get to build friendships.
- Memorial Park – Three miles anyone? Well, Memorial has you covered. It is a spot where you can play tennis, go on a run or walk or get a good meal there or nearby. What’s not to like?
- Is it possible to have a tie? I enjoy the Westin Houston, Memorial City because its views of the area. Especially when it’s Christmas time and the lights are big, bright and inviting. It is truly something in the air that makes it magical. Speaking of magic, the paddle boats, train and Japanese Garden at Hermann Park are favorites. The park is a place I can go to when I want to switch up my routine. I’ll even throw in farmers markets and Central Market‘s cooking classes. I enjoy cooking and trying new things.
About Vannessa Wade & Connect the Dots PR
A Houston native, Vannessa Wade is owner of Connect The Dots PR, which specializes in public relations and social media services, plus media training and branding. Although she left Houston for awhile earlier in her career, she’s very pleased to be back and said, “Now, Houston has made a shift to be a place where people want to live, work, play and thrive.” In addition to helping her clients tell impactful stories, she also enjoys volunteering and traveling in her free time.
Learn More About Comcast RISE & Apply
This special My Top 5 article is part of a limited 6-part series presented by Comcast. Comcast RISE was formed in late 2020 to give people of color small business owners the tools needed to not just survive, but thrive.
People of color small businesses owners in Houston are encouraged to review the eligibility details and apply for the program. Review and apply now.
Houston Comcast RISE Awardees
Throughout the month of July and August 2021, Comcast will release video and pictorial announcements celebrating a select group of Comcast RISE recipients. These Houston businesses received an Investment Fund grant, technology, and, or marketing resources as a part of the Comcast RISE program. Features will be displayed on Comcast social channels and spotlighted through 365 Houston‘s My Top 5 series.
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