Senior Recruiter Dawn Bahan of Joseph Chris Partners was raised to Back the Blue. The daughter of a Louisiana police captain, Dawn landed her job as Turn Kings Harbor Blue organizer unassumingly. In a round-table discussion with our team about what community service event to host 4 years ago, Dawn and several others expressed their desire to do something to thank our local law enforcement officers for keeping us safe. With a few more brainstorming sessions, Turn Kings Harbor Blue was born.
Joseph Chris Partners is headquartered in Kingwood, Texas, a northern suburb of Houston. Our offices are literally on the banks of Lake Houston in a mixed-used development called Kings Harbor. The first Turn Kings Harbor Blue was a small affair, with blue lights in the trees, some representatives from the four separate law enforcement offices in our area and employees of JCP wearing blue and snapping blue chem-lights at dusk, listening to live music provided by a local music school, and raffling off some donated gift baskets. The second year was bigger, but the third year saw significant growth in the event.
Before August of 2017, the tree-lined sidewalks of Kings Harbor were filled with restaurant-goers and shoppers, but Hurricane Harvey changed all that. Office builders, shops, and restaurants filled with eight feet of floodwater, and while some have returned, many are still rebuilding. So last year’s Turn Kings Harbor Blue took on a whole new meaning: #KingwoodStrong. A community devastated by rapidly rising water rallied together and came out in force, happy to be back in Kings Harbor after floodwaters made the roads here impassible and shuttered beloved businesses. Area businesses and schools clamored to donate time, volunteers, and food and set up vendor tents for our Kingwood neighbors, local law enforcement and first responders enjoyed the evening with their families and friends, and last year’s event topped all expectations.
After such a monumental success, organizer Dawn Bahan knew she had to bring her “A”game and build on the momentum from the post-Harvey gathering. She and Project Assistant Tiffany Kenton started planning for Turn Kings Harbor Blue 2018 at the beginning of this year, and through their tireless efforts, our November 2nd event is slated to be our biggest ever in every way. Police agencies from across the Houston area will be on hand with their rescue vehicles, equipment, and available for meet-and-greets with the community supporters, with special things just for the kids! They’ve found 40+ local vendors offering deep discounts on their products and services to law enforcement officers and their families. The Kids’ Zone is new for 2018, and it’s got several inflatables, a track-less train, a collection of cool Jeeps, Mustangs, and show cars, as well as many other surprises! Live music right on Lake Houston will be provided by a local classic rock band, and as always, we’ll share a moving moment of silence for those we’ve lost along the way, with our signature blue lights adorning all the trees and blue chem-lights glowing at dusk. And the cost for this wonderful family festival: absolutely nothing.
The team at Joseph Chris Partners wanted to show law enforcement officers and their families how much their bravery means to the community, and how lucky we feel to know they have our backs. The event was never intended to cost a dime, and thanks to the overwhelming support of the community and the tireless efforts of Dawn, Tiffany, and the rest of the Turn Kings Harbor Blue team at Joseph Chris Partners, this year’s event promises to be the best one yet!
For more information, or to contact our organizers, check out our event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnKingsHarborBlue/
This event is a lot of work for our team, but it’s so worth it, and has managed to grow and become a community favorite year over year. It’s now one of the largest events in Kingwood, and we look forward to hosting it for years to come.