Ron Brandani Wins “I Am Sienna” Contest

Peter, Alexis and Ryan Olympia with Ron and Claire Brandani and Christen Johnson.

Peter, Alexis and Ryan Olympia with Ron and Claire Brandani and Christen Johnson.

Ron Brandani was selected as the resident who best represents master-planned Sienna Plantation during the “I Am Sienna” promotion. A total of 15,320 votes were cast during the online competition in which five well-known Sienna residents vied to win $5,000 for their favorite charity. Brandani was the winner with 57 percent of the votes.

“I am awed by the community’s support,” said Brandani, owner of Brandani’s Restaurant & Wine Bar in Missouri City. “I love everything about Sienna Plantation, and I am proud to represent it. One of the many things I have noticed in the 10 years my family and I have lived here is the willingness of the community to support each other and give generously to local charities.”

Brandani selected the Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation as his charity. The foundation works to identify and fund research of effective treatment options – and ultimately a cure – for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable brain tumor that strikes young children. DIPG has a zero percent survival rate. “The work Connor Man does is so important,” Brandani said. “There is no cure and no effective treatment yet. Not many people even know about it, but it is devastating. The $5,000 prize will go a long way toward funding the research they do.” The foundation was created in memory of Connor Michael Olympia, who was diagnosed with DIPG shortly after his fourth birthday. He passed away less than a year later.

Christen Johnson, senior vice president of marketing for Johnson Development Corp, said, “Johnson strives to be a part of and work towards the betterment of the local areas where it builds its communities. To have so many people voting for worthy causes such as the Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation reinforces what we already knew – that we have a community filled with caring people who want to help support our area’s great organizations.”

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