Texana Receives $10,000 Donation From Exchange Club of Sugar Land


Kate Johnson-Patagoc and Judge Robert Kern. Photo by Larry Pullen.

Kate Johnson-Patagoc and Judge Robert Kern. Photo by Larry Pullen.

Texana Center received a $10,000 donation from the Exchange Club of Sugar Land President, Judge Robert Kern. Kate Johnson-Patagoc, Director of Specialized Children’s Services at Texana Center, was invited to attend the Sugar Land Exchange Club’s breakfast meeting to talk about Texana’s autism program where she was presented a $10,000 check for the organization. The club’s donation will be used to provide equipment and supplies for a classroom at the Children’s Center for Autism at Sugar Land, which is currently under construction and due to open this summer.

Kate Johnson-Patagoc commented, “This gift could not have come at a more crucial time, as the number of children with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis continues to rise. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have this diagnosis. Now more than ever, we need to expand Texana’s autism programs so that we can accommodate more children.”

Texana Center was able to take advantage of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program –

1115 Medicaid Waiver and apply for funding to renovate and operate an existing building in Sugar Land. However, the funding received did not cover the costs associated with classroom equipment and supplies, so this donation came at the perfect time.

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land has been serving the community and improving the quality of life through donations to various non-profit organizations in Fort Bend County for many years. Every year they hold their Annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise funds through ticket sales, raffles, live and silent auctions and sponsorships.