Reggie Bibbs of the Just Ask Foundation
Reggie Bibbs playing innocent like he wasn’t responsible for eating all those chili samples in front of him. You could have saved some for the rest of us!

The Just Ask Tour rolled into the Cottonwood Restaurant in Houston, TX today to help support one of our biggest supporters, the Pysch Ward Sirens and the Houston Roller Derby!

Today, Reggie and I sampled some of the best chili in the history of Psych Ward Sirens Annual Chili Cook-Off!

It was so great seeing our old friends and meeting new ones! One of the great things about driving around the country promoting awareness of neurofibromatosis is meeting all of the wonderful, compassionate people who come up to just ask us about NF.

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It was so nice to see former skater and new mom, Laurentina Marquardt at the cook-off with her two-month old baby! Congratulations!!!

 

Reggie Bibbs and the Just Ask Foundation
Had a lot of fun with the guys at the Derby Brothers Booth! We didn’t stay till the end but it would be my guess that these guys won again, for like the sixth straight year!

 

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Our best buddy, Misty “Mistilla the Killa” Moody was there to greet us and talk for a bit! Mistilla is one of the original founding members of the Houston Roller Derby.
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Goldiblox and Sick Nick!

 

 

 

 

 

 

imageToday, Reggie and I went to Saltgrass Steak House, in Meyerland Center, and were treated like visiting Royalty! There were at least 20 people waiting but they seated us immediately!

The Meyerland Saltgrass has always been one of our favorite restaurants in Houston because they are just great…fun, caring people who are super attentive and go above and beyond in making you feel at home!

Our waitress today was Caitlyn who was just terrific! Thank you, everyone! And the food was outstanding, too!

Welcome to JustAskFoundation.org! Well, you got to hand it to Reggie, he knows where all the great parties are with the best food and drink and the best people! He couldn’t have done any better than Sunday Night when he ventured over to his friend’s house, world renowned photographer Greg Gorman’s Hollywood digs! gormanphotography.com I hope they mentioned neurofibromatosis in between all this other stuff! And Rick Moors from The Bonedaddys showed up which is always a fun thing!

Greg Gorman and Reggie Bibbs toasting the Just Ask World Tour atop Greg's Killer Terrace Patio.
Greg Gorman and Reggie Bibbs toasting the Just Ask World Tour atop Greg’s Killer Terrace Patio.
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Greg Gorman cooking up something in his fabulous kitchen that Reggie would steal in a minute if he could!
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Rick Moors of The Bonedaddys, Greg Gorman, Just Ask Founder Reggie Bibbs, and a dog.
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The dog is looking for his 15 minutes apparently. Either that or Reggie stole his chew toy, again.
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Another shot of Greg and Reggie discussing the issues of the day on Greg’s patio! What a view!
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Lisa Lazarro Dickson, Rick Moors and Reggie Bibbs planning something sinister in Greg’s dining room.

 

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Reggie Bibbs and Kevin Nealon

Our fearless leader, Reggie W Bibbs, and some guy in a ball cap that looks a lot like the famous comedian from Saturday Night Live and Weeds, Kevin Nealon, catching up on old times! Kevin is a super supporter of the Just Ask Foundation, awareness of neurofibromatosis, and Reggie and even has a link to Reggie’s site on his homepage, kevinnealon.com.

It’s not uncommon for Kevin to call or text Reggie from the road just to see how he was doing. He’s a great guy! Reggie first met Kevin and his wife Susan after a show in Manhattan Beach when Reggie and friend, Scott Dickson, went to the show. After the show, Kevin came out to meet Reggie and Scott. They had such a good talk, Kevin went backstage and brought his wife, Susan, to meet Reggie.

Sorry, Scott, but apparently you didn’t make as big an impression.

Reggie presented a Just Ask t-shirt to both Susan and Kevin and a beautiful friendship arose.

Now, whenever Kevin comes to Houston for a show, there are usually 8 passes at Will Call waiting for us. One year, he wore his Just Ask shirt during his comedy routine. But what’s really cool is hanging out with Kevin before and after the show.

Kevin Nealon is, quite possibly, the nicest person on Planet Earth. And we are so appreciated of his friendship!

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Reggie Bibbs, Kevin Nealon, Scott Dickson and Lisa Dickson.
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Reggie and Kevin say adios till next time, maybe in May during NF Awareness Month.
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Kevin showing Reggie something interesting on his phone but Reggie won’t talk.
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Kevin and Reggie solving the world’s problems at the Beech Street Cafe!

 

 

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Ok, it may not look very pretty on the inside but it’s doing a world of good on the outside!

The reason the inside is so bare is because Reggie and I were determined to get on the road as quickly as possible to raise awareness of neurofibromatosis so we got the bus as mechanically sound as possible while designing a vinyl wrap on the outside to promote our message.

Anyway, as soon as Reggie returns from his California visit we will hit the road in the bus. interioraAnd, as always, donations are always appreciated and very much needed to keep the tour alive. Please visit  http://www.gofundme.com/JustAskWorldTour to help! Or, if you prefer, checks can be sent to our Just Ask World Headquarters at:

Just Ask Foundation

4818 Heatherbloom

Houston, TX 77045
Thank you all so very much for your support and compassion!

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As 2014 draws to a close, it is not only appropriate but necessary to thank the thousands of friends and supporters that have made the Just Ask Foundation a leader in promoting awareness of neurofibromatosis.

We believe that the more people who know about neurofibromatosis and its many manifestations, the easier it will be for those challenged by NF to enjoy life more fully — no longer encumbered by the prejudices of those who don’t understand.

We intend to continue educating people and reminding them that it doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside, that we are all the same on the inside with the same thoughts, desires, feelings, wants and dreams.

From humble beginnings…

We, at the Just Ask Foundation, are very proud of what we have accomplished to date but, we realize, there is so much more to do.

This past year, we were the recipient of a 1991 GMC school bus that would allow our dreams of a Just Ask World Tour to begin. Many thanks to Tracy Boulware at Deer Lake Lodge & Spa in Montgomery, Texas for their most generous gift and kind thoughts!

Graphic designer, Kim White, of Open Road Creative and our friends at Bayou Graphix helped us incredibly with their expertise, advice and “special” pricing that enabled our bus to become a traveling billboard, helping us reach thousands of people every day just by the mere appearance of the bus at gas stations, restaurants,special events and just driving down the road!

To great things!!

We are very, very proud of the finished result!

in 2014, we started an online fundraising page at GoFundMe which has truly been a blessing. We have already received over $14,000 in donations of our $120,000 goal which has allowed us to make much needed repairs on our Just Ask bus and to visit various cities around Texas!

Hopefully, through continued donations and sponsorships, we’ll be able to travel more extensively throughout the United States and Canada spreading the word about NF.

I would be remiss not to mention the countless individuals behind the scenes that have helped us in so many different ways — spiritually, physically and financially that helped us get to where we are today.

Carolyn Farb, Reggie Bibbs, Greg Gorman

First, and foremost, much of what has happened in Reggie’s life would not have been possible without the kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity of Houston socialite Dr. Carolyn Farb!

Carolyn chaired the first major fundraiser for neurofibromatosis back in 1992 and asked Reggie Bibbs to be featured in the now famous fundraiser, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” held on the ice rink at Houston’s famed Galleria.

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Later, Carolyn introduced Reggie to Los Angeles photographer, Greg Gorman, who to this day remains one of Reggie’s closest friends. Greg gave Reggie the money to buy his first car and on many occasions has flown Reggie out to his home in Hollywood where he invites many of his showbiz friends to meet Reggie and help promote awareness of his disorder.

Reggie and Beyonce. Reggie is the reason Jay-Z had to put a ring on it…

The names of these celebrities would fill a Who’s Who of Celebrities but I will try to name a few: Sharon Stone, Catherine Bach, Shari Belafonte, Quincy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ricki Lake, Beyonce, Chris Atkins, Rick Moors of The Bonedaddys, and many, many more!

Colin Hay, lead singer and song writer of the music group, “Men at Work”, has been a huge supporter of Reggie and Just Ask the past four years. Besides comp tickets at the door for the Just Ask team, Colin dedicated his hit song, “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin”, at his last performance in Houston. and granted Just Ask exclusive use of the song in perpetuity. Click above to view the song recorded at the Dosey Doe Concert venue in Houston, Texas.

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William Hughes and Matt Jones of the Just Ask Foundation edited their own version of the song using photos from Reggie’s extensive Flickr account. Click here to witness Reggie reaching out to people and raising awareness of NF wherever he goes.

Kevin Nealon

Extra special thanks go to Kevin Nealon, formerly of “Saturday Nite Live” for being an incredible friend to Reggie on and off the stage through VIP tickets, texts, emails, phone calls and linking to Reggie’s website on his own page. Kevin is, by far, one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

Other celebrities and individuals who have gone out of their way to support Reggie and Just Ask include Kenny Rogers, The Neville Brothers, Cirque du Soleil, former Texas Governor, George W Bush, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, Dr. Vic Riccardi, Dr. Don Baxter, Dr. John Slopis and Bart Moore of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Mayor Bill White, Dallas Cowboy Coach Tom Landry, Houston Roller Derby, Robin Leach, musician Charlie Sexton and many, many, many more!

Reggie and the Psych Ward Sirens form Houston Roller Derby

We are so appreciative of all the help and support we have received to get to where we are today but, quite honestly, we haven’t even begun to accomplish what we feel we must do to make a difference.

Once again, we ask for your generous help and support to allow the Just Ask Foundation to continue our mission to raise awareness of NF so that EVERY human being with NF has a chance to live their life with love, understanding and compassion.

Thank you for all you do!

As Reggie says at the ends of all of his emails, MAKE IT A TREMENDOUS DAY!

Lou talking to Reggie’s hand.

Lou Congelio
Reggie’s Friend
Executive Director, Just Ask Foundation


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Of course, the Just Ask foundation is always accepting donations from our personal community via Go Fund Me, which has already raised over $14,000.Please feel free to connect us via Facebook, Twitter, and thehttp://www.justaskfoundation.org for updates on the Just Ask World Tour!

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Lou at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Just Ask Executive Director, Lou Congelio, visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame today in Cleveland, Ohio, and was given a personal tour of the facility courtesy off former Senior Director of Programming for the Rock Hall, David Spero.

While I wasn’t able to drive the Just Ask World Tour Mobile from Houston  to Cleveland, i was able to talk with a few people about neurofibromatosis and pass out a few cards. I believe rock and rollers are some of the world’s most passionate and compassionate people after i explained what neurofibromatosis is and what the Just Ask Foundation is trying to do.

FullSizeRenderHad a great day yesterday with Reggie W. Bibbs and the Just Ask Bus! Thanks to fellow Just Ask Board member, William Hughes, we went to see Peter M. Morris at CDM company. They specialize in designing and implementing new work spaces for large companies. Anyway, we get there and receive one of the finest receptions ever. Pete, is a bear hug kind of guy and corrected some back issues I didn’t even know I had!

Sherie Duncan, Peter’s partner, was equally fun, loud and genuine. Coris, the big black guy in the photo, was very warm, gentle and quiet. And I want him on my side at the next NF Patients vs MD Anderson doctors wrestling match at Camp for All next year!!!

Any way, Pete, Sherie and Coris presented Reggie and the Just Ask Just Ask! Foundation with a check for $3,000 to help promote awareness of neurofibromatosis!!!

God bless you Pete, Sherie, and Coris for your compassion, love and support! Also, thank you William and Geo for saying nice things about us!

 

Please, remember Peter, Sherie and Coris and CDM should your company ever need expert help and advice in reorganization your company workspace.

 

http://www.clarkduncanmorris.com

 

Some friendsand and I went to see Kevin Nealon at the Improv last night. Click on the link, valt then photo. Check out the photos on his website, as well as the photos of my facebook, and flickr page.  I met Kevin a fews years ago in California, when visting my friend Scott. That is how I met Kevin. I’ve been friends with Kevin 3 years after that day. Kevin contact me to say he would be in Houston, and he would like for me to come see him. We did, and he really made me happy, as he did the same for my friends.

This is what Kevin did for me.  He wore my just ask shirt on stage. He gave me free tickets. He talk to me after the show, Was not in a rush to leave. He posed for photos with me. He collect lots of doodles for National Doodle Day.

Joan Rivers, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Jon Lovitz, Valerie Bertinelli, Garry Shandling, Roseanne Barr, and of course Kevin Nealon.   And Kevin gave me this medallion. It was given to him by Brad Paisley. It reads Expect Great Things.  Kevin really made me happy, and Im thinkful for what he is doing for all of us that are affect by NF.

Johnnie Lee Peak Kucera Howell , 68, or Rosenberg, TX, passed away on April 1, 2011 after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Johnnie was born on August 21, 1942, in Galveston, TX, and grew up in Rosenberg, TX, where she graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1960. Johnnie attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated from The University of Houston with a degree in Elementary Education.

Johnnie was an extremely passionate and dedicated educator during her thirty-four year tenure as a first-grade and later, resource teacher, with HISD. She began her career in 1967 as Mrs. Bettis at Virgil I. Grissom Elementary, and subsequently taught at Frost Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, and Kate Bell Elementary. She made an enormous positive impact on her students, not only educationally, but also personally. If one of her students or their family needed something, Mrs. Howell was there for them. Johnnie was very active in The Congress of Houston Teachers, serving as President for consecutive terms from 1990 through 1994. Her compassion and generosity extended to her volunteer work at South Main Baptist Church, where she lead the Adult Special Needs Sunday School Class and was active in The Emergency Aid Coalition. Johnnie also was very involved in the Neurofibromatosis Foundation, which stemmed from her close relationship with Reggie Bibbs, one of her very special students who has NF.

Another of Johnnie’s passions was her volunteerism and service with the Ft. Bend County Republican Party. Johnnie was an active member and officer of the Republican Women On The Go, receiving the 1997 Woman of the Year award. One of the highlights of her involvement with the Republican Party was attending the 2001 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Larry.
Until her health failed, Johnnie was also active in the West End Ft. Bend County American Heart Association, serving on its board and the Rosenberg Lions Club. Additionally, as a member of Ft. Bend Senior Citizens, she enjoyed visiting residents at area nursing homes.
Johnnie is preceded in death by her mother, Clara Koehler Graves, her father, John Peak, and her beloved brothers, George Kucera and JC Kucera.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Larry Howell; her son, James Michael Bettis, Jr. and wife Kelley; her daughter, Tommye Bettis Dominy; and her grandchildren, Douglas Patrick Coleman, Sarah Elizabeth Coleman, James Michael Bettis III, and Jett Bryant Bettis. She is also survived by cousins, Ruth Sparren and Billy Gaupp; sisters-in law, Lillian Kucera and Mary Ann Whitlow and husband Sam; brother-in-law Bobby Howell and wife Lisa, and niece, Sheila Bezdek.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, April 4, 2011 at Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors Chapel, 1201 4th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471. A service celebrating Johnnie’s life will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Garmany & Carden Chapel, with Rev. M. Eugene Vickrey officiating, followed by a reception at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1208 5th Street, Rosenberg, TX 77471.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 2242 West Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77030-2008 or online at www.alz.org.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2011
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