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Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta team up for Elves and More Bike Build

Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta at Elves and More Bike Build
Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta once again teamed with Elves and More to build bikes that became holiday gifts for children who would otherwise not be able to afford them. Elves and More works to provide children with bicycles so the kids have a healthy outlet for their energy and transportation to parks, jobs and more.



Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta sponsor
Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston's 10th Annual
Bike Build event, benefiting the children served by Child Advocates, Inc.

Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta at the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston's Bike Build
Two teams from Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta joined in the fun at the George R Brown Convention Center, assembling bikes for children who are served by Child Advocates, Inc.


Yellow Cab "All Conference" sponsor
of Rotary Lombardi Award XL Anniversary Celebration

Pictured here are representatives from Texas Taxi (parent company of Yellow Cab Houston, Taxis Fiesta and Greater Houston Transportation Company) with the finalists.

Back Row, left to right: Finalist Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska), Finalist Terrence Cody (Alabama), Texas Taxi President Roman Martinez, Finalist Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma), Texas Taxi CFO Hari Ram, Finalist Jerry Hughes (TCU). Front Row, left to right: Taxis Fiesta Marketing and Special Programs Director Rosario Spinoso, Greater Houston Transportation Company and Yellow Cab Marketing Director Chris Krug, Vijaya Ram, and Greater Houston Transportation Company and Yellow Cab President Marlise C. Skinner.
Since 1970, the Rotary Lombardi Award has been presented annually to the nation's top college football lineman (offense or defense) who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Yellow Cab was a proud sponsor of the the XL Anniversary of the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Pictured above are representatives from Texas Taxi (parent company of Yellow Cab Houston, Taxis Fiesta and Greater Houston Transportation Company) with the finalists.

Back Row, left to right: Finalist Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska), Finalist Terrence Cody (Alabama), Texas Taxi President Roman Martinez, Finalist Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma), Texas Taxi CFO Hari Ram, Finalist Jerry Hughes (TCU). Front Row, left to right: Taxis Fiesta Marketing and Special Programs Director Rosario Spinoso, Greater Houston Transportation Company and Yellow Cab Marketing Director Chris Krug, Vijaya Ram, and Greater Houston Transportation Company and Yellow Cab President Marlise C. Skinner.

The event was a fantastic 2-day celebration held in Houston, Texas on December 8-9, 2009. Featured speakers included Famed Green Bay Packers Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer, as well as, Vince Lombardi, Jr. Bob McNair, founder and CEO of the Houston, Texans received the inaugural Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award. For more information, please see www.rotarylombardiaward.org

Yellow Cab thanks the independent contractor drivers who donated their time and services to "Star of Hope" families for Thanksgiving

Yellow Cabs with Precint 6 officers preparing for the Star of Hope Thanksgiving Dinner

More than 30 independent contractor drivers at Yellow Cab volunteered to transport more than 150 women, children and men to the Star of Hope Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Hard Rock Cafe.  Special Thanks to the Precinct 6 officers who provided police escort, thus making it a smooth ride for everyone. The drivers gave each family a yellow rose. The "ribbon of Yellow Cabs" drew attention from the media, including the Houston Chronicle and Fox News.

Star of Hope family rode in a Yellow Cab to the Hard Rock Cafe for Thanksgiving dinner“It's become a family tradition,” Star of Hope spokesman Scott Arthur said of the partnership with the restaurant and Yellow Cab in a Houston Chronicle article.

“The drivers really enjoy doing it,” said Yellow Cab's marketing director Chris Krug.

Star of Hope family Christopher and April Thompson and their three children rode in a Yellow Cab to the Thanksgiving dinner. The family's Thanksgiving was featured in a news story on Houston Channel 26 Fox News.


Naturi Naughton from FAME entertains the crowd from atop the
Yellow Cab HUMMER at the
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade 2009


Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta sponsor
American Diabetes Association Step Out Run and Walk

Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta staff members participated in the American Diabetes Association's Step Out Run and Walk on Nov. 21 2009. As sponsors of the event, Yellow Cab's HHR served as the lead car and Taxis Fiesta's lowrider served as the sag wagon. Marketing staff distributed Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta magnets, note pads and stress-relieving squishy taxis to the walkers and runners who braved the damp day.

Yellow Cab magnets, notepads and other goodies were distributed to the crowd
Yellow Cab's HHR served as the lead car for the ADA Step Out Run and Walk
Taxis Fiesta's lowrider served as the sag wagon for the ADA Step Out Run and Walk


Yellow Cab proud to be a Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Gold Sponsor

Yellow Cab was proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2009 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year’s Yellow Cab team of walkers included more than 150 employees, family, and friends. After the race, the team enjoyed a raffle for Yellow Cab team members. Pictured above are the youngest members of the Yellow Cab team. Pictured below are several Yellow Cab employees who participated in the walk. Those wearing pink shirts are Survivors.

Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta have announced the recipients of the 5th annual company scholarships. The ten $1,500 scholarship awards may be used for college or technical school training and are awarded to the dependents of independent contractor drivers at Yellow Cab and Yellow Cab employees. The drivers and employees themselves are also eligible. For more information please read our press release.

McReynolds Middle School students in the
Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta mentoring program
celebrate TAKS success at the U of H Recreation Center
The Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta mentoring program matches at-risk students at McReynolds Middle School with Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta employees who serve as mentors. The mentors provide tutoring and goal-setting guidance during bi-weekly one-on-one lunches throughout the school year and several group field trips annually.

The mentoring program arranges a special event to celebrate the end of the school year. This year, McReynolds Middle School has much to celebrate: Congratulations to the 8th Grade students for passing the Reading TAKS at 88%!

More than 80 students celebrated with their mentors at the University of Houston Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, where they enjoyed swimming, games in the gym and a healthy lunch.

Yellow Cab sponsors 18th annual
United Way Bud Classic Car Show

Yellow Cab was pleased to be a VIP level sponsor of the 18th annual United Way Bud Classic Car Show, held on May 2 at the Anheuser-Busch Houston Brewery, in conjunction with Silver Eagle Distributors of Houston and the Bud Cruisers Car Club. The event benefits United Way of Greater Houston. Yellow Cab marketing representatives brought the Antique Yellow Cab, HHR, and the Hummer to the event.

Yellow Cab increases its support for the Santa Maria Hostel by providing employment opportunities to hostel gradates

Yellow Cab Houston’s support of the Santa Maria Hostel was the subject of a feature that ran in the Houston Chronicle on March 20, 2009.

The hostel, a nonprofit organization, offers a comprehensive women’s treatment program for drug and alcohol addiction and prepares women to keep themselves safe and to recognize and avoid dangerous relationships. Santa Maria has three facilities, one of which is located on Houston’s near north side, not far from Yellow Cab’s corporate offices.

Yellow Cab supports the program by donating space to promote the hostel’s fund-raising events and vouchers to provide hostel clients with emergency, nighttime transportation. Recently the company expanded its support of the program by providing employment opportunities to hostel graduates.

A recent graduate of the hostel’s program is now employed in the Yellow Cab communications department.  A written statement from the woman said, “With employment, I can take care of my daughters and provide a stable living environment. I will also be able to buy birthday and Christmas presents. While employed, I would like to further my education and become a licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor.”

Yellow Cab sponsors "Steps for Kids" fund raiser for inner city schools

Yellow Cab, as part of its commitment to education, was a sponsor of the “Steps for Students” 5K run/walk held on Feb 21, 2009 at Robertson Stadium. The event raises funds for the 15 Inner City Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Yellow Cab Hummer was popular with the 2600 participants.

Yellow Cab donates 500 bicycles (one for every student) to
McReynolds Middle School students

In partnership with Elves & More, Yellow Cab donated a new bike for Christmas to every student at McReynolds Middle School. The Yellow Cab volunteer team that assembled the bikes included independent contractor drivers and employees. Special thanks to Gulf Winds International for donating trucking services to deliver the bikes to the school and to Elves & More for providing the children with helmets. Pictured above, Yellow Cab employees Gary Johnson and Hector Cantu unload the donated bikes with assistance from McReynolds Assistant Principal Siro Gutierrez.

Yellow Cab sponsors Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston's 9th Annual Bike Build event, benefiting the children served by Child Advocates, Inc.


The Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston held its 9th annual Bike Build event. Yellow Cab was the title sponsor of the event, in which companies bring teams to compete a bicycle assembly contest.  The bikes are donated to Child Advocates, Inc., which distributes the bikes to the children served by the organization.

More than 30 Yellow Cab employees volunteered to form three different teams. Yellow Cab team #1 built 50 bicycles and finished in third place.

Child Advocates supports children who have been victims of abuse.  Along with their bikes, the children received helmets and oversized Christmas cards that were designed by each team. 

Yellow Cab celebrates Fleming SPARK Park dedication

Representatives from Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta joined City Council members and Houston Independent School District leaders at dedication ceremonies for the Fleming  Middle School Fine Arts Academy SPARK Park on November 18, 2008.

“Thank you to Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta for the $50,000 contribution to the SPARK Park,” said SPARK Executive Director Kathleen Ownby. “The new track and lighted soccer/football field will benefit not only students and school activities but also the neighborhood.”

"SPARK Parks are a great asset to our city. They create a space where communities can get together and children can go to play,” commented Council Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Sue Lovell. “They are one of the best examples of what happens when city government, businesses, and the school district come together."

The Fleming SPARK Park is a cooperative venture of the City of Houston, Fleming parents and students and HISD.

Yellow Cab was the "Relief sponsor" of the American Diabetes Association's Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes.  The Yellow Cab Hummer was the pace car for the race and the HHR was the Sag Wagon (which trails the group in case any participants become fatigued need a ride to the finish line).

Yellow Cab thanks the more than 50 independent contractor drivers who donated their time and services to transport "Star of Hope" families to the Hard Rock Cafe, which donated a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the homeless families.

star of hope family rides Yellow Cab to Thanksgiving dinner


Yellow Cab was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. We donated space on 100 mobile billboards to help increase breast cancer awareness throughout the city for one of the largest organized walks in Houston.
This year’s Yellow Cab team of walkers included 112 employees, family, and friends. For the first time ever, our team included one of our visually impaired call takers. Patricia Benefield (seated in the photo at right) was a welcome addition to our walk team.
After the race, the team posed for a group picture and then held a raffle for Yellow Cab team members. Prizes included items from Shula’s Steakhouse, Sam Houston Race Park, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, and the Westin Galleria.

On November 14, Yellow Cab was the center of attention at City Hall where city officials hosted a press conference to raise awareness about human trafficking. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, and coercion, for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor. During the next three years, Yellow Cab will donate space on mobile billboards that provide information to help stop this terrible crime.
To report suspicions of human trafficking, contact Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS. For more information please visit Houston Rescue & Restore Coalition online at www.houstonrr.org.

Drivers and employees among the first Hurricane Ike volunteers


Residents of a family of hearing impaired people say thanks to Yellow Cab for delivering
water after days of living without running water in the days following Hurricane Ike

A dozen independent contractor drivers and employees delivered ice to a senior citizen's center

Council member Peter Brown and staff from Council member Jarvis Johnson’s office worked side by side with Yellow Cab volunteers to load Yellow Cabs full of Meals Ready to Eat, bottled water and bags of ice. Here independent contractor driver Ifeanyi Onyeije brings cases of water to thirsty Houstonians.

HISD honors Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta as "Volunteer of the Year"

The Houston Independent School District has named Yellow Cab "HISD North District Volunteer of the Year." Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta are proud to support youth in our community through programs such as the Yellow Cab mentoring program which matches at-risk students with Yellow Cab employees who provide tutoring and goal-setting guidance during bi-weekly one-on-one lunches throughout the school year and several group field trips annually.

McReynolds Middle School students in the Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta mentoring program were joined by their Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta mentors at a team building event at Camp Allen. Yellow Cab, Taxis Fiesta, and their community partners paid for the event.

Spring Branch thanks Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta for support of the
Texas Scholar program and successful application for a
$700,000 Department of Education grant

Spring Branch Independent School District's Coordinator of Partnerships and Volunteers recently wrote to Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta to thank the companies for their participation in the district's "Texas Scholar" program in which business and community leaders give classroom presentations to 8th graders about opportunities in high school and beyond. SBISD says the companies' letter of support was instrumental in securing a $700,000 mentoring grant from the US Department of Education.


Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta have announced the recipients of the 4th annual company scholarships. The twelve $1,500 scholarship awards may be used for college or technical school training and were awarded to the children of independent contractor drivers at Yellow Cab and Yellow Cab employees for use during the 2008-2009 school year. For more information please read our press release.


Yellow Cab was a major sponsor of the 17th annual United Way Bud Classic Car Show, benefiting the United Way of Greater Houston.  Yellow Cab's 1927 antique taxi was depicted on the event t-shirt. On May 3, 2008, more than 250 classic cars of all makes and models competed at the Budweiser Brewery. Last year, this event raised more than $195,000 for the United Way.


VoteNOW Houston providesYellow Cab rides to the polls

Vote Now Houston logo
VoteNOW Houston is a non-partisan organization that provides free Yellow Cab rides (up to $25 round trip) for those who could not otherwise get to the polls. Yellow Cab set up a “ride-to-vote” hotline during the primary election and caucus. The program will be offered again during the general election in the fall.


Yellow Cab Hummer featured in the Krewe of Aquarius float
during Galveston Mardi Gras

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius members participate throughout the year in fundraisering events throughout Galveston and the Houston Metro Area. The Yellow Cab Hummer is a popular attraction in the parade.


Yellow Cab supports “Steps for Students”

Steps for Students raises funds for inner city Catholic schools
Yellow Cab was a Gold Sponsor for the annual Steps for Students fundraising event, held on February 23, 2008. Steps for Students is an event that raises money for inner city Catholic schools. The event raised $190,000 and exceeded the fundraising goal by $10,000.

Yellow Cab’s Raymond Turner and Amanda Tristan attended the event at All Saints Church and handed out Yellow Cab goodies to all who participated. Yellow Cab is proud to give back to the communities that we serve, with an emphasis on supporting education.


Yellow Cab sponsors HLAGH &
Elves and More Bike Building Events
The Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston hosted its annual Bike Building Competition on December 3rd at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Yellow Cab is title sponsor for this event. Three teams of Yellow Cab employees participated. The bikes assembled at this event were donated to Child Advocates, Inc.

Yellow Cab was also the Pioneer Sponsor of the Elves & More Bike Building event. This event took place on December 15th at Reliant Park. Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta employees who partipcate in our mentoring program participated in the event and gave the bikes to their mentees as surprise holiday gifts.


Yellow Cab brings Star of Hope famlies to Thanksgiving dinner
Yellow Cab salutes the 60 independent contractor drivers who donated their time and services to transport "Star of Hope" families to the Hard Rock Cafe, which donated a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the homeless families.
Yellow Cab's Amanda Tristan, Gilbert Garcia, Veda Cuffee, and Gary Johnson, an independent contractor driver at Yellow Cab, pictured with the PR Director of the Star of Hope, Scott Arthur. Gordon Price, an independent contractor driver at Yellow Cab, and Yellow Cab marketing representative Amanda Tristan with a family from the Star of Hope arriving for their Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Yellow Cab sponsors and partipates in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®
Yellow Cab was pleased to again donate sign back advertisements to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Houston. A large team of employees participated in the fun walk/race. The event benefits breast cancer research, promotes breast cancer awareness and provides support for people with breast cancer and their families.
Yellow Cab employees gather at the starting line with several survivors. The weather wasn't cheery, but the gang was all smiles. Employees regularly volunteer their time to the community as part of our "Yellow Cab Cares" initiative.
Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta create Dynamo Art Car for parade
Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta helped celebrate the Houston Dynamo’s first MLS Championship by designing a unique car which was featured the 20th Annual Art Car Parade. One half of the vehicle was made to look like a Taxis Fiesta vehicle and the other side resembled Yellow Cab. The car was crowned with an oversized soccer ball which, along with the vehicle, was festooned with Dynamo logos. The 20th annual Houston Art Car parade was dubbed "Drive to Crate," featured more than 250 vehicles and drew a crowd of more than 200,000 spectators.
Yellow Cab donates t-shirts, walks with "Team Pat" at "Run for the Rose"
Pat McGlothlin (center) with Yellow Cab Marketing Director Mike Spears (left) and staff accountant Derrick Dudley (right). Pat lives with brain cancer. Yellow Cab was proud to sponsor "Team Pat" in the Run for the Rose, a 5K fund raiser benefiting the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation, a Houston-area organization which raises funds for brain cancer research.



Lightning 94 wins the 13U (Blue) Division!

Yellow Cab is a proud sponsor of the AAU Girls Basketball team Lightning 94, which won the 13U (Blue) Division at the Cy Fair Spring Invitational on March 31 - April 1, 2007!


Injured Marines enjoy Mardi Gras
with transportation courtesy of independent contractor taxi drivers at Yellow Cab
Injured marines with Yellow Cab

Independent contractor drivers at Yellow Cab of Houston volunteered their time to transport Injured Marines to Galveston for the Mardi Gras celebration

Yellow Cab Hummer carries
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius in Galveston Parade

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius is one of Galveston’s longest established Krewes. More than just a social organization, the 150-member Krewe performs philanthropic work in and around the Galveston area year round. With 9 floats, the Krewe sponsors the first and last parades during Mardi Gras season in Galveston and participates in Mardi Gras parades in Galveston as well as Houston. Yellow Cab Houston was especially pleased to send the Yellow Cab Hummer to appear in the Mardi Gras Parade because we have recently acquired a sister company, Yellow Cab Company of Galveston.

New park at Fleming Middle School receives ground-breaking $50,000 donation
from Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta

Fleming Middle School students are shown here at a “ground breaking” ceremony celebrating the new SPARK Park at Fleming Middle School. The adults are (from left): Lupita Hinojosa, Executive Principal of the Wheatley High School Feeder Pattern;  Yellow Cab’s Robert Rugg, Raymond Turner and Derrick Dudley; Kathleen Ownby, SPARK Executive Director; and Marla Sheppard, Fleming Middle School Principal.

As part of its commitment to being actively involved in the communities they serve, Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta have made a $50,000 donation to SPARK to fund the Fleming Middle School Park, which will open at Fleming Middle School in 2007. In a neighborhood sorely lacking in recreational facilities, the park’s amenities will include an asphalt track, workout stations, and lighting for safe nighttime recreation. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the park’s football and soccer goals and digital scoreboard. For more information, please see the press release on our site.

Yellow Cab's Hummer featured in "Free Dance Day"
Yellow Cab and In-Step Dance &  Performing Arts Center teamed up to offer "Free Dance Day" in The  Woodlands.  Yellow Cab's Hummer was voted the favorite  promotional car around Houston by the students.  Hundreds of  dancers showed up to take advantage of the free hip hop, salsa, and ballroom  classes.  "Yellow Cab's continued  support for the performing arts helped make this event a huge  success," said Dana Sparks, director of dance at In-Step Dance. "Thanks again Yellow Cab!"


Yellow Cab brings presentation to Dobie High School SUCCESS Students

As part of their hands-on transportation unit, Dobie High School's SUCCESS Social Studies class recently learned about Yellow Cab of Houston. Michael Spears of Yellow Cab did a presentation on fares and shared-rides, then students practiced riding around Dobie in a taxi. Students learned everything from how to order service from Yellow Cab (713-236-1111) to remembering the cab number just in case something is left behind in the cab. The students enjoyed checking out the Yellow Cab Hummer.

Yellow Cab Hummer transports Montgomery County Clowns in Tomball Parade

Yellow Cab's Hummer carried members of the Montgomery County Clown Association in the 2006 Tomball Holiday Parade, produced by the Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce.
The theme of the parade, held on Nov. 18, 2006 was "A Broadway Holiday" . The "two miles of smiles" parade drew a crowd of thousands. In fact, the Chamber had to cap the number of entries at 150 because there were so many people who wanted to participate in this event. The Yellow Cab antique taxi was also featured in the parade, ferrying some of the older clowns. The clowns were the highlight of the parade as they passed out Yellow Cab magnets and promotional soccer balls to the crowd.


Yellow Cab wins "Most Original Commercial Entry" award

Yellow Cab's 1927 Model A Ford taxi won first place for "Most original commercial entry" in the South Belt Fourth of July Parade. The taxi was driven by Lewis Tubbs. Photo courtesy of the South Belt Leader.

Yellow Cab sponsors OFA Little League Team

Yellow Cab is proud to sponsor the 2006 Minor Rangers, an OFA Little League team. Coaches and players enjoyed riding in the Yellow Cab Hummer during the Opening Day Parade on Saturday, March 25. The OFA Little League includes players from the Oak Meadows, Forest Oaks, and Allendale neighborhoods.

Yellow Cab walks, donates ad space and taxi cards to support the 2005 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®

In the weeks leading up to the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure®, Yellow Cab by donated ad space for 50 "moving billboards" promoting the event. During the Race, which was held in downtown Houston on Saturday, Oct. 1, a throng of volunteers decked out in "Yellow Cab Cares" shirts walked the race route and manned water stops. Yellow Cab presented each of the nearly 2,000 survivors with a TaxiCard™, Yellow Cab's convenient pre-loaded gift and corporate card.

Yellow Cab wins First Place Trophy in the Bud Classic Car Show

Marketing Representative Stacey Lee Roberts with the trophy presented to our 1927 Antique Taxi

The 2005 14th Annual United Way Bud Classic Car Show was held Saturday, September 10 at the Anheuser-Busch Houston Brewery and over 250 cars were showcased.  All proceeds from the entry fees were donated to United Way.  Yellow Cab had a great showing of its promotional vehicles at this event.  The Hummer, Mini Cooper and 1927 Antique Yellow Cab were very popular cars with our marketing representatives answering questions about the cars and handing out promotional items.  Last year the Mini Cooper won the 1st place award in the import category and this year the Antique Yellow Cab won 1st place in it’s category!  Thanks again to Raymond Buchman of Anheuser-Busch for inviting Yellow Cab to this car show and we look forward to participating again next year!
 

Yellow Cab Hummer draws crowd approval at the 2006 Chevron Houston Marathon Kickoff Party!

Yellow Cab is a proud sponsor of the Houston Marathon and joined a crowd of thousands at it’s annual Kickoff Party.  The Kickoff Party was held Monday, September 12th at Memorial Park with plenty of entertainment!  As marathon runners had the opportunity to be one of the first to sign-up to run the 2006 marathon, music was playing, sponsors handed out promotional items and Budweiser’s Silver Eagle Distributors provided Michelob Ultra.  The Hummer, which will be the pace car for the full marathon again this year, and the Mini Cooper, which will be the pace car for the ½ marathon, were parked at the party and marketing representatives interacted with the crowds.
 
Houston's first marathon took place in December 1972 on a five-mile loop with a parked station wagon marking the turn. 113 participants, 40 volunteers, and approximately 200 spectators made up the inaugural event. Thirty-four years later, the Chevron Houston Marathon, Aramco Houston Half Marathon, Houston Press / Smart Financial 5K, and Texas Children's Hospital Kids’ Race, ranks among the world's best. In addition, with almost 20,000 weekend participants, 250,000 spectators and 5,000 volunteers, the Houston Marathon is acclaimed as Houston’s largest single-day sporting event.

Greater Houston Transportation and Metro Sedan raise funds for Hurricane Katrina evacuees

On Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, GHTC-Metro Sedan held a Relief Fund Drive for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The drive was coordinated by Michele Nelson, AM Starter for the Metro Sedan Program. The 12-hour fundraiser was a huge success! The staff of Metro Sedan then distribute the items to the South Park Baptist Church, and to 2 families in the Missouri City area where there 40 family members in one home and 60 family members in the other. They were very grateful for our help.

We would like to thank Michele Nelson and the Metro Sedan Staff for collecting and distributing the items, and our GHTC families for their donations.

We not only drive with Pride, we represent with Pride in all that we do!

Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta Care!

The employees of Greater Houston Transportation started a mentoring program last year with the mission of assisting at-risk 8th-grade students to progress successfully into the ninth grade.

The Houston Independent School District has found in many cases eighth grade is a pivotal year. In many cases, eighth-grade students do not make it into the ninth grade. These kids are at a very difficult and impressionable age. Some have difficulties in relationships with other students; some do not see the importance of continuing their education; and, many do not have someone in their lives to address the concerns about their futures.

We chose McReynolds Middle School as our adopted school. Our mentees were identified and selected by the McReymonds’ principal and teachers.

The following Greater Houston Transportation Company employees volunteered to be mentors: Rudy Bruhns, Hector Cantu, James Carlson, Elaine Campbell, Paula Cooper, Veda Cuffee, Brenda Cunningham, Chaka Khan Fisher, Brenda Hagger, Dick Howell, Diane Jacquet, Gary Johnson, Ed Kargbo, Melinda Malek, Roman Martinez, Stuart McKenty, Mary Morgan, Cleadis Newman, Stacey Lee Roberts, Robert Rugg, James Soria, Rosario Spinoso, Barbara Volgelsang, Harding Yep, and Ericka Zamarippa.
Each employee was matched with one to two mentees, with the goal to first create a quality relationship and then to help each mentee to reach his or her

We believe we have made positive differences in each one of our mentees’ lives and look forward to serving as mentors. The mentoring program in one of the many programs and activities in which the GHTC employees participate throughout the year as a part of the Yellow Cab & Taxis Fiesta Care program.

Yellow Cab supports higher education with scholarship program for employees' dependents

Greater Houston Transportation Company and its affiliated companies, Houston’s only computer-dispatched taxi fleet, recently announced the recipients of its scholarship program for family members of its independent contractor drivers and staff at Yellow Cab Houston, Taxis Fiesta and United Cab. The scholarship recipients, are as follows:  Sarah Hanrath, Gordon and Marcella Hagger, Daryl Ibeneme, Anene Kantoa, Megan Loveall, Steven, Vanessa, and James Soria, Kathleen Watson, Ryan Yep and Sixto Zamarripa. For more information, click here to view the press release on our website.

Yellow Cab Hummer wins "Most Entertaining Commercial Entry" in Sagemont's Fourth of July Parade


The photo above was published in the South Belt Leader. The patriotic Hummer drew approval from the crowd who gathered for the Sagemont Fourth of July Parade and related festivities! We were honored to receive an award for being the parade's "Most Entertaining Commerical Entry!"

Pictured below is Robert Hicks, a Yellow Cab Field Representative who appears with the Hummer at football, baseball, and basketball game taxi stands. Robert is holding aloft the trophy the Hummer received from the Parade organizers.

Yellow Cab becomes a founding member of the Houston Police Foundation

Yellow Cab of Houston is pleased to have become a founding member of the Houston Police Foundation. The Houston Police Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed by local business leaders to support projects of the Houston Police Department. Donations fund special programs, officers safety, training, equipment and new technology, none of which would be feasable under the City budget. For more information about the donation, see the press release on our website. Learn more about the Houston Police Foundation at its website, www,houstonpolicefoundation.org/

Yellow Cab sponsors 13th Annual Pull for Kids, Benefiting Child Advocates, Inc.

Yellow Cab of Houston was among the corporate sponsors of the 13th Annual Pull for Kids Classic. The event, held on May 21, 2005, benefited Child Advocates Inc., Harris County's court appointed special advocate program which serves hundreds of Houston's most severely abused and neglected children. Learn more aobut Child Advocates at their website, www.childadvocates.org

Yellow Cab Parade celebrates Rock 97.5

On March 1, 2005 Yellow Cab held a parade on Houston’s freeways to welcome the return of rock radio to Houston. The Yellow Cab Hummer led the parade of taxis and carried principals of the Watson and Johnson show. The event was a great success for Yellow Cab and Rock 97.5! For photos and more information, please see the Walton and Johnson website.

Muscular Dystrophy Association
Yellow Cab is the transportation provider for several MDA Lock-Ups throughout the Houston Metro area, including Downtown, Galleria, Heights, Woodlands, Westchase, Clear Lake and Sugar Land. Locks-Ups raise thousands of dollars for MDA. During an MDA Lock Up, local business and community leaders agree to be "arrested" and taken to the "lock up facility" where they "raise bail" (actually, funds to benefit MDA) by calling on their colleagues, family and friends. Some of the most fortunate "Jail Birds" get to ride to the lock up facility in Yellow Cab promotional vehicles. Upon release, participants may ride back to work in a Yellow Cab, using TaxiCards® donated by Yellow Cab.

Labor Day Telethon - Yellow Cab sponsored the "Yellow Hour", during which Yellow Cab volunteers answered phones and accepted pledges for MDA.

Camp For All is a special camp for children with disabilities. Campers are each assigned a counselor who works one on one with them throughout the week. During the summer, Yellow Cab staff drove our promotional cars to the camp so the campers could get a "hands on" look at them. The campers and counselors received custom framed photographs of themselves with our promotional cars. Yellow Cab staff enjoyed touring the camp. We spent the entire afternoon there and look forward to joining the campers next year.

Boys And Girls Club of Houston
In December 2004, more than 100 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Houston enjoyed a chauffeured ride courtesy of Yellow Cab and Taxis Fiesta from Club locations throughout Houston to the Hobby Center where they viewed a special performance of “The Toys Take Over Christmas." For photos and more information, see the press release on our site.

Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure
More than 30 Yellow Cab employees and their families walked in the 2004 Fun Run/Walk. The 5K benefits the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

American Tennis Association Tournament
Yellow Cab provided transportation to the players who came to Houston from all over the country to participate in this tournament, co-chaired by Zena Garrison.

Fiestas Patrias Parade
The Yellow Cab HUMMER and the Taxis Fiesta Lowrider were popular attractions in the 2004 Fiestas Patrias Parade. The wife of State Representative Rick Noriega rode in the HUMMER!

Hotel and Motel Association of Greater Houston Bike Building Contest
Yellow Cab was a sponsor of the 2004 HMGH Bike Building Contest, which provides bicycles for children through the Spaulding Agency for Children. Yellow Cab also sent volunteers to build bikes and help run the event.

Children's Festival
The Yellow Cab HUMMER was a crowd pleaser at the '04 Childrens Festival benefitting the Child Advocy program in Houston. The children were able to explore the HUMMER inside and out. Yellow Cab volunteers assisted the children and distributed Yellow Cab magnets and keychains.

Art Car Parade
Yellow Cab was a sponsor of 2004 Art Car Parade, which raises funds for the Orange Museum in Houston. The promotional cars participated in many of the events leading up to the event, including concerts at the Orange Museum and the Mini Parade, which goes to local elementary schools so the students may see the cars. More than a dozen volunteers from our company worked the viewing stands along the parade course. Our entrees included the Yellow Cab Mini Cooper, Yellow Cab HUMMER, our authentic Antique taxi and the Taxis Fiesta Lowrider. We also had a dozen volunteers work the viewing stands at the parade course.

Houston Press Music Awards
Yellow Cab was a sponsor of the 2004 Houston Press Music Awards. The awards showcase, held on July 26th, featured local artists performing at various venues downtown. The Mini Cooper & HUMMER were on display at the Bayou Place during the awards and we had cabstands downtown for the event.

EMPOWER EXPO / PRIDE PARADE
Yellow Cab Houston, a new member of the Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, provided free shuttle service and back-up taxi service at the Greater Houston Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Empower Expo & Lift-Off Party held at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB) in June 2004.
As part of the Expo and Party, Yellow Cab provided a free 11-passenger van shuttle - on a first-come, first-served basis - to and from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Meteor Bar, located at 2306 Genesee St.

Pride Parade
Houston's popular nighttime Pride Parade rolled through the heart of Montrose along Westheimer for its 26th year on Saturday, June 26 and Greater Houston Transpiration Company was well represented by 30 volunteers and 6 vehicles in the parade. This year's parade was the biggest and best to date. The Pride Committee of Houston and other Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender community organizations sponsored the Parade. The Yellow Cab Mini Cooper, the Yellow Cab HUMMER, a United Cab van, the Taxis Fiesta Lowrider, a new Towne Car Suburban and the Yellow Cab Antique taxi (riding atop the Yellow Cab wrecker) were among the nearly 150 parade entries. Mayor Bill White was the Grand Marshall along with many city & county political representatives who joined him to walk the parade route. We also provided a free shuttle from the Meteor Bar to the parade route the evening of the parade. During the evening, Yellow Cab manned a cabstand at the Parade Festival at Westheimer & Yoakum where ammenities included bleachers, food & beverage booths, a dance tent and beer garden.


IBC Gulfgate Bank Opening
August 14th, The Mini Cooper and the HUMMER were at the Grand Opening of the new IBC Bank in the Gulfgate shopping area. Many local business participated in the festivities.

Budweiser Brewery Car Show
The Yellow Cab Antique taxi and Yellow Cab Mini Cooper joined over 200 other cars for the day. The Yellow Cab Mini Cooper won first place for the Import Division.

HP Houston Marathon Sign-Up Party on Sept. 13th, 2004
The Yellow Cab HUMMER & Mini Cooper represented Yellow Cab as we, along with other sponsors, celebrated with runners at the sign-up party at Memorial Park. Marathoners (and prospective marathoners) picked up their race packets and training info in preparation for the HP Marathon in January

Houston Comets
Greater Houston Transportation Company purchased $5,000 worth of Comets tickets and donated them back to the Clutch City Foundation. We also provided Yellow Cab transportation to and from the games to a dozen Special Olympic participants.

Independent Heights Parade
The Yellow Cab HUMMER participated in the 3rd annual Independent Heights Community Parade. The theme this year was "A Salute to the Military" with local ROTC units and various military reserve members joining the parade. Yellow Cab was also a sponsor of the Independent Heights Festival and Parade, which benefited the Independent Heights War on Drugs.

South Shore Food & Wine Festival
Yellow Cab sponsored The Entertainment Stage at this years annual South Shore Harbour Food & Wine Festival. Music played throughout the day as over 7,000 people enjoyed a day of wines from around the world along with local Clear Lake area restaurants showcasing their food. The Mini Cooper & the HUMMER were along side of Yellow Cab's festival booth with the Antique participating in the car show. Yellow Cab's marketing staff represented our company in the wine stomping competition.

Clear Lake Dragon Boat Festival
Yellow Cab provided shuttle service for the various teams participating in the event this year. The teams were shuttled from the Bay Area Park & Ride to the event at Mud Lake along NASA Road 1 and back after the event ended. Teams from all over the world, along with local teams, participate in this event.

July 4 Parade
The Yellow Cab HUMMER was a popular attraction in the Memorial Villages Independence Day Parade.