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Mission Control

Clear Lake Lunar Rendezvous Festival is dedicated to providing community based support including scholarships for higher education, youth development and educational programs, funding for the arts and historical preservation in the Bay Area Houston/NASA area.

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Penny Brockway
2021 Lunar Rendezvous Chairwoman

Penny Brockway, the 56th Chairwoman of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, has lived almost her entire life in Texas. Born in New Orleans, LA, Penny moved to Houston at the age of 6 months. She spent most of her young life in the Bay Area and graduated from Clear Creek High School.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching at Sam Houston State University, Penny taught third through eighth grades in Houston for 25 years, with a short leave of absence to stay home with her daughter, Emma Rose, for 4 years. When she wasn’t in the classroom, she volunteered with underprivileged children and was instrumental in helping to pilot a successful After School Activities Program to eliminate gang activity. It was her enthusiasm for nurturing her students that made her husband, James, fall in love with her. After years of being away, Penny felt it was time to go back to her roots in League City.

Moving back to League City was an easy decision for Penny when Emma Rose entered middle school. She wanted the best education for her child and as a former educator, she felt that CCISD had the best to offer. She has been back home for 14 years. Soon after her arrival in League City, Penny ended her teaching career and obtained her real estate license. She and her husband are now the proud owners of Brockway Realty, LLC. Although she no longer teaches, she continues to stay involved in education by fundraising.

As a former Clear Creek Wildcat alumna, Penny has great ties to her community and loves to volunteer with local organizations. She has a passion for helping students and raising money for education. For the past several years, Penny has volunteered at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which raises millions of dollars each year for college scholarships. As the 2019 President of the Women’s Council of Realtors Bay Area Houston, she was able to raise scholarship money for students attending College of the Mainland. More recently, Penny joined the Board of Communities in Schools. She has consistently championed the success of children and young adults by her time in the classroom, volunteerism, or fundraising.

Penny’s extreme involvement in education eventually led to her participation with Lunar Rendezvous Festival. In 2010, Penny volunteered to co-chair the Lunar Rendezvous Golf Tournament. She later co-chaired the Golf Tournament in 2012 and in 2015 for the Golden Jubilee, or 50th Anniversary. She will continue supporting Lunar in her capacity as the 2021 General Chairwoman.

Chairing the 56th Lunar Rendezvous Festival is a great honor for Penny. She is proud to be a part of the giving spirit of an organization that brings the community together with its shared interest of contributing to historic preservation programs and scholarships for advancing students in higher education, academics and the arts.

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Festival History

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival began in 1965 as a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization formed to preserve the rich history and many accomplishments in the space sciences made in the Bay Area. The first Festival, which took place over two weekends in June of 1966 and included more than two dozen events, was a salute to the space program’s historic 1965 rendezvous of Gemini VI and Gemini VII in space. Since its inception, Lunar Rendezvous has hosted fun and entertaining festivals enjoyable for the entire family. Each year hundreds of volunteers join together to promote charity, celebrate, and honor our community. Festival proceeds are used to maintain the Bay Area Museum, award college scholarships to local students, and fund other non profit programs in our community.