Explore Corsicana January-March 2019 - Page 36

MAKING A DIFFERENCE State of the arts Empathy and Compassion Slice of life 100West Lonestar Cowboy Church Cici’s Pizza Kyle Hobratschk Kyle Hobratschk has made an indelible mark on the arts scene in Corsicana, garnering world- wide attention for his Interational Artist In Residency program at 100W. Hobratschk took the deterio- rating, neglected former IOOF Building on W. Fourth Ave. and took it back to its original state. The clean, simple lines of the building as well as the wash of natural light that enters proved a perfect backdrop for artists of all types of medium to create. Artists from across the world have come to stay at 100W and be inspired to paint, draw, weave, write, create in many ways, and while they are here, become immersed in small-town Texas culture. When they return home, they share with others about our little Texas treasure. The residents of Corsicana interact and get to know the artists by attending events with them side by side, eating with them in local restaurants, and the members of the town are exposed to their different cultures. It’s a mutual enrichment scenario. The publicity Corsicana re- ceives through 100W activity is beyond what the city could afford. In the past year, 100W has been featured in Paper City Magazine, Texas Monthly, and recently featured in NorthPark Mall’s designer catalog. Whether it’s the unique experi- ence of artists-in-residence in the IOOF Lodge, or art shows and large installations hosted there, the effort of Hobratschk is promoting Corsicana to the greater Dallas Metroplex and cit- ies around the world. 36 Charky Marquis As pastor of Lonestar Cowboy Church for about eight years, Charky Marquis has made an impact in the lives of his church members. The church worked in conjunction with five other Cowboy churches to put on a huge men’s event Jan. 19, and a new addition to the build- ing is on the near horizon. Marquis is always on hand when a church member has a family crisis, be it a death, a surgery, illness, or simply hard times. He’s always quick to pray with the entire congregation placing hands on one another for one in the flock who needs help. He gets involved in the community when the church takes a stance on an important issue. But the most recent big impact he’s made has been starting a group for Navarro County Christian Singles. The group consists of a variety of people who come together and worship, meet for dinner, have parties and enjoy concerts. He makes everyone feel special no matter what their background is. The group is special because it is a place Christians of all ages who are single may go and have something in common, as well as fellowship with one another. He is a very compassionate, empathetic, car- ing pastor and delivers some pretty great messages too. Paul DePugh The volunteer position as Athletic Director at James L. Collins Catholic School has been filled for some time by Paul DePugh. Not only is he a parent, he is a local business owner, with two Cici’s Pizza locations in the community. For well over a decade, DePugh has donated time and resources to the community and JLCCS. He’s been a room parent, coach, created summer skills clinics, brought sports like cross country and track to JLCCS, and his volunteerism doesn’t just stop at ath- letics. If there’s a musical performance or play, DePugh is there to feed the cast pizza. He’s run the sound equip- ment at Christmas programs and Fiesta programs. He’s decorated for galas, and run the kitchen for annual galas. DePugh has served as a substitute teacher in PE classes, and as an extra chaperone on field trips. Students see him involved in Knights of Colum- bus, teaching confirmation classes, as a Eucharistic Minister and helping at masses, ushering, donating food and being a very active member of the parish. He and wife Leica are at every ath- letic event as well as the major school events to support the kids. He can be counted on to help with anything, from moving chairs and sweeping floors, to organizing annual sports and awards banquets complete with cooking the meal, providing awards and hosting alumni to come speak to the children. DePugh also shares with other school districts, in ways such as pro- viding fresh, hot pizza for the annual Fourth Grade Food and Fiber event which is county-wide. DePugh lives his faith, shares his faith, and cares for others. J A N - M A R C H 2 0 1 9 |   C O R S I C A N A DA I LY S U N | E X P LO R E C O R S I C A N A