Around Town April 2016
INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS AND INTERFAITH COMMUNITY CLINIC NAME NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
The Board of Directors for Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic have announced Missy Herndon will assume the position as president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic on April 1. Herndon has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and brings a wealth of knowledge to the organization.
Interfaith of The Woodlands Board Chair Ray Sanders said, “We are very proud of the leadership provided to Interfaith by Dr. Ann Snyder over the last 12 years. With our new CEO, Missy Herndon, we will continue our mission to build a more loving and caring community through service as she brings energy and ideas that will help us grow with our community.”
Herndon has been the director of programs and services for Interfaith of The Woodlands for the past three years. She has held numerous positions in the community including past president and various board positions for Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc., board member of Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Executive Leadership Team for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, and Advisory Council for Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. In addition, she is a 2012 Hometown Hero, Leadership Montgomery County Alumni, and co-founder of The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Foundation.
Interfaith of The Woodlands and Interfaith Community Clinic are separate nonprofit agencies. Interfaith of The Woodlands is a social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith Community Clinic provides quality basic medical and dental care, counseling and patient services to the uninsured. For more information, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or interfaithcommunityclinic.org.
TWCC CARS & COFFEE MAKES QUARTERLY DONATIONS
In 2015, The Woodlands Car Club (TWCC) Cars & Coffee for a Cause was able to donate $2,000 from change/donations collected from its monthly Sunday charity car event. The four local charities were:
1st Quarter: Humane Society of Montgomery County. The group promotes the humane treatment of animals through community education and supporting responsible pet/animal ownership. The Ruff House provides short term boarding and care to household pets who risk abuse, neglect, or abandonment because of the temporary or unexpected life crisis of their owners.
2nd Quarter: Community Partners of Montgomery County. The CPMC supports abused and neglected children in Montgomery County. They work through the Child Protective Services (CPS) to provide new critical items for the children being served by CPS caseworkers.
3rd Quarter: Conroe ISD Education Foundation. The CEF was formed in 2001 and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and administered by a part-time Executive Director employee along with substantial volunteer efforts. Its mission is: “Planting Seeds of Knowledge to Grow the Teaching Field” by granting scholarships to Conroe ISD graduating seniors who wish to pursue a degree in education; and to Conroe ISD educators who wish to further their degrees.
4th Quarter: Tamina Community Center. Organized in 1998, the Center provides children, their parents and the entire community with access to valuable educational resources and other services.
For enthusiasts interested in participating at the events, the group requests a yearly donation of $20, or any other amount,
which helps pay for the insurance required by Market Street the first Sunday of each month for the TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause event.
The group gave special thanks to Randy Weldon, Pam Wilemon, Will Bamford, Stephen and Danielle Adair, and Frank Connor. Since its formation in 2001, TWCC has raised and donated more than $100,000 to local nonprofit organizations and more than $10,000 since the first TWCC Cars & Coffee for a Cause in 2008.
NEWFIELD EXPLORATION GRANTS $5,000 TO THE BREAST CANCER CHARITIES OF AMERICA
The Breast Cancer Charities of America has received a $5,000 grant from Newfield Exploration, an independent oil and gas company, to fund its ongoing community and program services.
Newfield Exploration created The Newfield Foundation in 2001 to improve the quality of community life through support of programs.
The Breast Cancer Charities of America is a nonprofit organization headquartered in The Woodlands serving women on a national basis. BCCA is the leader in integrated cancer care, and strives to educate women on mental and physical well-being.
“We are so grateful Newfield Exploration has made this generous donation,” said Erica Johnson, founder and executive director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “Grants like this allow us to help women who are dealing with the stress that breast cancer brings.”
The Newfield Grant will be used for program services, such as the Help Now Fund, iGoPink Educational Workshops, Feeling Beautiful Again and the iGoPink Scholarship Program among other services. For more information, visit iGoPink.org.
THE WOODLANDS ARTS COUNCIL’S NEW NAME AND BRAND REFLECT NEW MISSION, FUTURE DIRECTION
The Woodlands Arts Council (TWAC), formerly The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, has adopted a new name, logo and brand in keeping with its mission to become the all-inclusive, pre-eminent fine arts organization in The Woodlands area and Montgomery County.
TWAC annually produces The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, ranked among the top juried fine arts festivals in the country. The festival, now in its 11th year, showcases the original works of over 200 fine artists complemented by live music and performance art in a spectacular venue along The Woodlands Waterway and in Town Green Park. During the festival, award-winning student artists are presented with scholarships, and donations are made to the festival’s Charity Partners. Over the past 10 years, over 150,000 people have attended the festival and $200,000 has been awarded in student art scholarships.
Through its educational outreach arm, Because Art Matters, TWAC provides art enrichment programs to eight local schools impacting 9,000 students, seniors’ organizations and special needs groups in Montgomery County. Another successful venture is The Art Bench Project, a juried competition featuring artists from around the world creating benches for The Woodlands community. There are currently 14 art benches located along The Woodlands Waterway from The Woodlands Mall Basin to Town Green Park. The benches add a new dimension to the already impressive collection of public art in The Woodlands.
“The Woodlands Arts Council is growing,” said Board President Amy Lecocq. “Although we are especially proud of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival, we want the community to know that we have many other successful programs ongoing throughout the year. Through Because Art Matters, we create educational outreach programs that benefit thousands of local students, seniors and those with special needs. Our creative and original art benches are a welcome addition to The Woodlands Waterway, where visitors and residents can appreciate them every day. Our mission is to bring the beauty of art to everyone in The Woodlands and Montgomery County.”
TWAC was founded by The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Woodlands Development Company and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in 1993. Representatives from these entities plus 16 other distinguished community members bring diverse backgrounds and talents to the Council’s Board of Directors. TWAC also partners with many different arts organizations in Montgomery County, including The Woodlands Art League, The Woodlands Children’s Museum, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Conroe Art League, and The Ann Marie Hopkins Art Alliance.
“We have exciting ideas for the future of our organization that include adding a second major event and increasing the scope of our Because Art Matters programs,” Lecocq said. “As we embark on these new ventures, we thank all of the sponsors, underwriters, past and present board members, dedicated staff and volunteers who have helped create and build our award-winning festival, outreach programs and The Art Bench Project.”
For more information, visit woodlandsartscouncil.org or email AmyLecocq@gmail.com.
ENTERGY TEXAS SPONSORS LMC INFRASTRUCTURE SESSION
The Leadership Montgomery County (LMC) Class of 2016 recently looked into some of the latest issues and accomplishments in infrastructure in Montgomery County at the Infrastructure Session sponsored by Entergy Texas.
The Infrastructure Session allowed the 45 leaders to take a deeper look into the inner workings of the county, from water and electricity to roads and more. Erich Peterson of Jones & Carter served as the session director, planning the day for the class. The day began with an overview of infrastructure from Peterson and Virgil Yoakum of Woodforest Development, explaining how it happens including the funding and growth.
For more information about Leadership Montgomery County, visit LMCTX.org.
FAITH OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY DONATES TO HOUSTON METHODIST THE WOODLANDS HOSPITAL
Spider Mohle, partnered with FAITH “Fighting Cancer” of Montgomery County to present a $10,650 check to Debbie Sukin, CEO, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and regional senior vice president, Houston Methodist, for The Woodlands Hospital Cancer Fund. Mohle, a 2015 Project Champion, chose Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Cancer Fund as the recipient because of his personal and family medical experiences and excellent care provided by the hospital. Project Champions included three prominent Montgomery County citizens who volunteered to represent the beneficiaries of the event. Mohle helped raise funds through personal requests, corporate and individual donations as well as silent and live auctions at the annual fundraiser in September 2015.
“We are honored that FAITH “Fighting Cancer” recognized Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital through this financial gift,” said Sukin. “We are also grateful for the generosity of patients who appreciate the care delivered at Houston Methodist and who are excited about our presence in this community. It was a good partnership since FAITH “Fighting Cancer” and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital Cancer Fund share the same mission: to provide cancer education, preventative screening, and emotional and financial support for Montgomery County residents.”
THERESA ROEMER LAUNCHES NEW BOOK, NAKED IN 30 DAYS
Fitness expert, former U.S. Open bodybuilding champion, certified personal trainer and media personality Theresa Roemer shares her coveted secrets to being in the best shape of your life, physically, mentally, and spiritually in just 30 days in her new book NAKED in 30 Days: a One Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape. The book is available online at Riverdale Ave. Books and on Amazon. NAKED in 30 Days is an effective day-by-day program that guides the reader through 30 days of diet and exercise, not only for the body but also for the soul. The new book shows women how to change their approach to food and exercise in order to comfortably and confidently stand naked with themselves and the partner they love.
The collaboration for the book included Dr. George Davis, a board certified emergency room doctor and co-owner of a wellness center in The Woodlands; Heather Smith, a licensed nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health and well-being; and Sean Smith, Theresa’s personal trainer and owner of Sparta Fitness in Conroe.
“Everything in your life will change on the ‘NAKED’ program. You will be the happiest you’ve ever been: your body will feel amazing; your relationships will improve; and you will have more energy than you have had in years, maybe decades,” said Roemer. “Give me 30 days, and I will give you a new body, mind and spirit.”
NAKED in 30 Days is divided into two parts. In Part I Theresa shares her personal story, taking the reader through her deep personal relationship and history with fitness. Part II guides the reader through 30 days with each day divided into three components: the daily exercises, the meals, and spirit/mind coaching. For more information or to buy the book, visit Nakedin30days.com.