Around Town August 2016
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF THE WOODLANDS DONATES $80K TO COMMUNITY DURING ANNUAL DINNER
Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc., (JLTW) recently hosted its May Annual Dinner at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Course to recap the 2015-2016 League year, recognize JLTW members for their contributions and present selected community partners with donations through Community Assistance Funds, Emergency Relief Funds, and the annual Community Gift.
Nearly $80,000 in donations was distributed to nonprofit and other community organizations. These included All Ears Listening & Language, Bridging For Tomorrow, Buckner Aldine Family Hope, Home Place of Texas, JoyRide Center, Montgomery County Food Bank, National Assistance League, Northwest Assistance Ministries, and the South County Community Clinic.
Additional highlights for the year included $221,400 donated back to the community; 4,736 backpacks with 9,000 snacks delivered to schools through the H.A.P.P.Y. program; 1,315 educators attended IMPACT; more than 400 books donated through Literacy Carnivals; and nearly 400 children learned healthy eating habits from Kids in the Kitchen.
The League also welcomed 72 Provisionals as newly active members after successful completion of their first year. The Provisional Class Project, with The Giving Gown Foundation, was the most successful joint event the groups have seen yet. The Provisionals collected over 26,000 items (which made 1,500 swag bags), over 1,100 dresses and 1,900 accessories/shoes. In three days they volunteered almost 900 hours and served as fairy godmothers to over 1,100 teenage girls.
Three League members were recognized for their individual contributions: Julie Sanchez (Active of the Year), Audra Hoegemeyer (Sustainer of the Year), and Megan Hershfeld (Inaugural Provisional of the Year. For more information, visit jltw.org.
ANN SPACKEY CELEBRATES 104TH BIRTHDAY
Surrounded by family and friends, Ann Spackey recently celebrated her 104th Birthday at Walnut Creek Assisted Living in Mansfield. Ann was born in Hondo on June 7, 1912, and she and her late husband Claude Spackey raised their family of three sons in San Antonio: Dale Spackey (wife Diane); Ted Spackey (wife Pat), and Melvin Spackey (wife Emmy).
The party was hosted by family members, friends and volunteers who rolled out the red carpet for Ann on her special day. Marking the milestone as the oldest resident in her home were dear friends Barbara and Tony Anthony, who planned the party with Misty Gray, Jo Taylor, and members of the Spackey family. Special friends included Rhonda Miller and family and Elle, who comes from a local church to help with Bible study each week, and Pastor Ness, who leads the worship services on the Sundays that Pastor Dennis Vaughn cannot attend.
The party, attended by more that 50 residents, family, friends and volunteers at the home, was decorated beautifully with shades of pink and burgundy. A huge cake with pink and burgundy roses boasting 104 and pink, gold and white balloons throughout the room, and a picture collage board of Ann’s life on display complimented the centerpieces set on white, gold and pink tablecloths with lighted crystal candelabras of roses, crystals and pearls. The decorations were beautifully created by Misty Gray. Lori-Anthony Thomas led the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to Ann and then performed a special concert in her honor.
Texas History is prominent in the Spackey family. Ann and her sons Dale and Ted are descendants of Texas Ranger Alexander H.D. Hurt, and members of the Ted Spackey family are descendants of Texas Patriot Dr. Charles Bellinger Stewart, Texas’ first Secretary of State, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, member of three Texas Legislatures and credited with designing the Texas Flag and the first seal of Texas. Pat (great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles B. Stewart) and Ted Spackey reside in The Woodlands.