Around Town August 2015
“PINK PALS” RAISE MORE THAN $15,000 FOR MEMORIAL HERMANN IN THE PINK OF HEALTH
“Pink Pals” – an initiative launched this year by the Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health committee – is raising funds in a new way.
“There are many people in Montgomery County who can’t serve on our committee or attend the Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Luncheon, but still feel a strong desire to get involved,” said Kelly Hull, the creative mind behind Pink Pals. “That’s what Pink Pals is all about.”
A community fundraising program, Pink Pals enables individuals or groups to join the fight against breast and ovarian cancer in their own way. From t-shirt and bake sales to carwashes and golf tournaments, Montgomery County’s passionate residents have been mobilizing to raise funds on behalf of the Memorial Hermann Foundation and In the Pink of Health. More than $15,000 has been raised to date.
Program trailblazers include District 16-A girls basketball teams, Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy Junior High cheerlead-ers, Paddington British Storybook Garden School, Whole Foods Market The Woodlands and Brighton Collectibles.
“When I was hired at College Park High School eight years ago, I was asked by my head coach at the time to organize the breast cancer awareness game between College Park and The Woodlands. I was happy to participate because breast cancer has touched my life through family, friends and even students,” said Michelle Richardson, head girls basketball coach at College Park High School.
“The first year we designed T-shirts to sell to fans of both schools with the proceeds benefiting a nonprofit. It was so well received that we’ve grown the program district wide. This year we sold 390 shirts and were able to donate $5,000 to In the Pink of Health, which we chose because the money stays in our community.”
The Junior High cheer coaches at Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy agree: “We teach our cheerleaders to be Christ-like examples for others and to lead with giving hearts, so we were thrilled when they happily baked and decorated pink sweets to sell at multiple football and volleyball games to raise money for breast cancer awareness,” said Danielia Mickan and Angie Condley, co-coaches. “Our cheerleaders wanted to make an impact on our community, so we chose In the Pink of Health at Memorial Hermann since all the donated funds are used locally. They excelled in their efforts – raising $500 – and we could not be more proud of them.”
Since its inception in 2001, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital’s In the Pink of Health luncheon and affiliated events have generated more than $3.5 million dollars. This money has been reinvested into Montgomery County to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast – and now ovarian – cancer patients and survivors.
For more information on how to become involved in Pink Pals, call 713-897-PINK, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit inthepinkofhealth.org.
ANN SPACKEY CELEBRATES 103RD BIRTHDAY
During the recent 103rd birthday celebration for Ann Spackey, family members and friends gathered to give tribute to a true Texas patriot. Ann was born in Hondo in 1912, and she and her late husband Claude Spackey were parents to three sons: Dale Spackey, Ted Spackey and Melvin Spackey. Ann and her sons are descendants of Texas Ranger, Alexander H.D. Hurt, Company F; and members of the Ted Spackey family are descendants of Charles B. Stewart, the designer of the Texas Flag and first seal of Texas, first Secretary of State for Texas, first signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a member of three Texas legislatures.
Barbara Anthony, Emily Davis, Misty Gray and Jo Taylor hosted the party which was attended by more than 40 friends and family members. Rhonda Miller, Dennis Vaughn and worship leader Tony Anthony, and Lori Anthony Thomas, who provided special music, were among the guests present to honor Spackey on her milestone birthday.
The members of Spackey’s family are Dale Spackey, wife Diane and their children Danae Van Bartel and Denise Jenkins and their families; Ted Spackey, wife Pat and their children Sheryl Skiles, Christy Slice, and Ted Spackey and their families; and Melvin Spackey, wife Emmy and their children Cathy Scull, Erik Spackey, Tom Spackey and their families. Spackey’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren live in The Woodlands, Mansfield, Wichita Falls, Lubbock and Dallas, and in Colorado, Florida, Michigan, New York and Puerto Rico.
TW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RECEIVES FUNDS FROM THE JUNIOR LEAGUE
The Woodlands Children’s Museum received a $2,500 from the Junior League The Woodlands Community Assistance Grant that will help fund Motivation, Education and Training, or MET, Head Start field trips to the museum.
“The Junior League of The Woodlands greatly values its long-standing partnership with The Woodlands Children’s Museum,” said Ashley Boudreaux, Junior League president. “Funding the MET Head Start field trips aligns with our own mission to help improve the lives of children and families in our community. Together, we can greatly impact the lives of many at-risk children in our area.”
“We are so pleased to have the tremendous support of the Junior League of The Woodlands,” said Angela Colton, executive director of the museum. “Through their generous gift, we will be able to ‘Educate, Empower and Excite’ many more children next year.”
The Junior League of The Woodlands and The Woodlands Children’s Museum have a long history of working together to provide children with early exposure to literacy and education. For more information, visit woodlandschildrensmuseum.org.
SACRED HEART SEVENTH-GRADERS DONATE FUNDS TO ANIMAL SHELTER
Sacred Heart Catholic School seventh-graders presented the Official Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas a check for the Conroe Animal Adoption Center. They raised more than $300 throughout the year as part of Sacred Heart School’s Children’s Charities Program.
The Children’s Charities accounts were established two years ago as part of a program to help the students tithe and learn to help others. Each student is given their own envelope in the beginning of the year, and each class at Sacred Heart can bring any amount of change or dollars each Wednesday. Teachers collect the tithes before the students go to Mass. At the end of the year, each class decides as a group, with their teacher, which charity they would like to receive the money they have raised.
This year, the animal shelter received donations as well as the Wounded Warrior project, Children’s Safe Harbor, St. Vincent DePaul, and others.
INTERFAITH HOSTS FIRST-EVER MOBILE FOOD PANTRY
Interfaith of The Woodlands provided food and household essentials to 300 families and 1,291 individuals during the first-ever Interfaith On The Go Mobile Food Pantry. The event was held on June 20 at Grangerland Intermediate School.
“Interfaith launched the On the Go Mobile Food Pantry to meet the increasing basic needs of our neighbors who reside on the border of Interfaith’s service area and beyond,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.
Graciously underwritten by the Woodforest Charitable Foundation, Interfaith partnered with Whole Foods Market to provide two bags of non-perishable food items that contained meals and kid-friendly snacks and bread. Each family also received 4-6 books donated by the Conroe Independent School District and The Woodlands Rotary Club. More than 40 volunteers from Woodforest Bank, National Charity League and Whole Foods Market, along with Interfaith staff, assembled more than 600 bags of food onsite the morning of the event.
“Interfaith’s Family Services Team along with volunteers will host Market Days, taking food and essentials from our Food Pantry to families during critical times of the year, specifically, early summer when kids are home from school and holidays,” Dr. Snyder continued.
The next Interfaith Market Day will be held on Aug. 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at Grangerland Intermediate School. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith.org.