Around Town January 2012
PAM MASSEY RECEIVES CHARLES B. HARDING AWARD. The Arthritis Foundation honored Pamela R. Massey with its highest nationwide volunteer award, the Charles B. Harding Award for Distinguished Service. This annual award recognizes a volunteer who has provided leadership and direction to the Arthritis Foundation, given their time and talent generously to help others, and challenged other foundation volunteers to be their best.
Massey has served the Arthritis Foundation in various capacities for more than 35 years, including the national board of directors. Massey served as the chair of the former Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, is a member of the national board of the Arthritis Foundation, the Texas Chapter Board and the South Central Region Board of the Arthritis Foundation. She plays a key role on the National Mission Committee where programs are planned and implemented throughout the country.
Massey served as Director Rehabilitation Services for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from 1995 until her retirement in 2009.
WOODLANDS JUNIOR’S ROWING TEAM WINS SILVER MEDALS IN AUSTIN. The Junior’s program of The Rowing Club of the Woodlands competed at the Pumpkin Head of the Colorado Regatta in Austin. This was the team’s last regatta of the fall season, with a long course of 5,000 meters.
Three silver medals were won in races by the Junior team (and a fourth silver in a fun category). Varsity members Hugo Gomez and J .D. Telford finished in second place with18:37 in the Men’s Junior Lightweight Double Scull. It was a popular race with a total of six Woodlands’ doubles competing.
Blake Eastwick and Andrew Gomez took fifth at 19.04; Clay Jones and Nate Johnson were seventh with 19.58; Hector Bandera and Christian Poradek were eighth with a time of 20.03; Ryan Lynch and Ian Miller were ninth at 20.28; and Varsity Captain Surabhi Reddi and Nico Campalans came in 12th with 20.50.
Of the novices, the quad with Daniel Dalton, Lewis Longbottom, James Montano and John Puzz finished in 18.49 to take the silver. Longbottom competed in a second event, the Men’s Junior Novice Single Scull, finishing with a time of 23:36 in second place.
Cure PH & The Woodlands CrawPHish Festival Receive Entergy Texas Grants. Last year, Entergy Texas Inc. provided $116,637 in grants. Funds distributed to 40 agencies in 2011 represent grants from the Texas utility itself and from the Entergy Charitable Foundation. Funds given represent support for educational and environmental programs as well as programs that assist low-income residents.
INTERFAITH RECEIVES DONATION FROM CONTAINER STORE. The Container Store in The Woodlands donated a percentage of its grand opening weekend sales in November to Interfaith of The Woodlands, making a contribution totaling $15,000.
“Partnering with an organization like Interfaith that is truly invested in the entire Woodlands community is an incredible honor for our company,” said Kip Tindell, chairman & CEO of The Container Store. “We couldn’t have found a better match — and it’s an organization we know that our customers and employees in The Woodlands are passionate about.”
MONTGOMERY COUNTY BEAUTIFICATION ASSOCIATION RECEIVES $3,000 FROM H-E-B. H-E-B and Keep Texas Beautiful awarded local grants as part of the third annual Green Bag Grants program. Through this program, communities from six regions across Texas received a share of $50,000 to support local, voluntary recycling activities. The Montgomery County Beautification Association will use its funding to create the Montgomery County Recycles Challenge throughout elementary schools in six local school districts.
HISTORY COMES ALIVE DURING FEEDING THE FRONTIER. The “Feeding the Frontier” fundraiser for the Montgomery County Food Bank, held at Fernland in Montgomery, was attended by more than 1,000 people who took part in the fun-filled day combining history with helping others. It was an opportunity for attendees to re-live the Pioneer days. Admission to the event was free, but a canned food donation was encouraged. Pioneer-themed events took place throughout the day including shoot-outs, re-enactments, and live demonstrations.
Demonstrations included a blacksmith, basket weaving, wood carving, pottery making, gourd painting and roping. Participants also saw costumed decedents of Sons of the Republic, the Daughters of the Republic, and the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. The Lake Conroe Rotary Club was back again, involving kids with painting tiles for Memory Park. There were also campfires, s’mores and Dutch-oven cooking to add to the fun.
RECIPIENTS NAMED FOR MARKET STREET’S 2012 “CHANGE FOR CHARITY” PROGRAM. Four Montgomery County charities have been selected as recipients of Market Street’s 2012 Change for Charity program. The initiative encourages shoppers who park curbside at Market Street to voluntarily deposit change into one of 68 change receptacles at the shopping and entertainment destination. Funds also are raised through The Woodlands Car Club’s “Cars and Coffee For a Cause,” a showcase of cars presented at Market Street the first Sunday of every month.
Since its inception in 2005, the Change for Charity program has raised more than $55,000 for local nonprofit organizations.
Change collected during the first quarter of 2012 will benefit the Montgomery County Community Foundation, which awards grants and scholarships to deserving organizations and individuals. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships.
The Change for Charity second-quarter recipient, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children under the court’s jurisdiction.
From July-September, Change for Charity will benefit the Cypress Woodlands Junior Forum Project, an organization of women dedicated to providing volunteer services, leadership and philanthropy to enrich the northern corridor of Houston.
From October-December, the program will benefit Project Linus Montgomery County Chapter, an organization whose members knit, crochet and quilts blankets for children who are seriously ill or suffering other trauma in their lives.