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Members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne's 7th Texas Infantry camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose

Members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose

CONFEDERATE HEROES DAY

Several members of the Major General Patrick Cleburne’s 7th Texas Infantry camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and The Woodlands Rose chapter of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose recently participated in the Confederate Heroes Day service held at the Walker County Courthouse in Huntsville. The Woodlands Rose chapter serves as a support group of the Cleburne’s camp activities, as well as any endeavor to honor and preserve the history of Confederate soldiers. For information on membership in these groups, contact Bob Mennell at 832-444-6211 or Renee Kernan at 713-557-0144.

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(L-R): Tracey Olds, (MMDAR), Hali Simmons, Alyson Fluhart, James Zucconi, Madeleine Dunaway, Sheronna McMahon (MMDAR).

(L-R): Tracey Olds, (MMDAR), Hali Simmons, Alyson Fluhart, James Zucconi, Madeleine Dunaway, Sheronna McMahon (MMDAR).

MARGARET MONTGOMERY CHAPTER, DAR

Margaret Montgomery Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented the 2014-2015 DAR Good Citizen Awards to three local students. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. This year, the Margaret Montgomery DAR Chapter recognized Alyson Fluhart, Hali Simmons, and James Zucconi. They also recognized Madeleine Dunaway as the recipient of the Alma Bilsing Memorial Scholarship for outstanding achievement in her studies at the University of North Texas and to her commitment to the community.

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TWHS Palettes & Paintings event attracted a crowd.

TWHS Palettes & Paintings event attracted a crowd.

5TH ANNUAL PALETTES & PAINTINGS

The Woodlands High School Art Trust held its 5th Annual Palettes & Paintings on Friday, Jan. 30 at The Woodlands High School. This was the the trust’s biggest fundraiser yet, with 13 of 15 nominated artists in attendance as well as 350 arts supporters in attendance. TWHS orchestra students entertained arts supporters and patrons while they bid on the palettes that were turned into art masterpieces by area artists and students. TWHSAT raised funds to pay for the framing, conservation and display of the top three artworks voted on by the TWHS student body. In fact, enough funds were raised to purchase the fourth and fifth student choices which will increase the TWHS Art Trust collection to 25 pieces over five years. This permanent collection of established Texas artists, selected by the students, is on permanent display daily at the school. For more information, visit twhsat.org.

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Cake artist Cheryl Clark of Gigi’s Cupcakes in The Woodlands location was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss

Cake artist Cheryl Clark of Gigi’s Cupcakes in The Woodlands location was featured on an episode of Undercover Boss

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UNDERCOVER BOSS IS ICING ON THE CAKE FOR GIGI’S

Gigi’s Cupcakes in The Woodlands got a sweet surprise when it learned that it would be featured in an upcoming episode of CBS hit show Undercover Boss which aired on Feb. 13.

There are six Gigi’s Cupcakes locations in the Houston area, including Cypress, downtown Houston, Kingwood, Post Oak/Galleria, Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Back in the spring of 2014, Gigi’s Cupcakes headquarters alerted franchisees that a reality-TV show crew would be stopping by a few locations to film an episode on “angel” investors. These visitors would need to learn the ins and outs of Gigi’s Cupcakes, following employees as they created masterful cupcakes, as well as artistically designed cakes and sugar cookies.

“We bought into it all. We thought it would be fun and we said we’d be happy to do it,” says Jerry Rowell, owner of five local Gigi’s Cupcakes stores. The TV crew spent considerable time at The Woodlands’ location which is one of five locations featured in the episode.

Undercover Boss met with and followed Gigi’s cake artist Cheryl Clark, who is a master cake designer Rowell hired to expand his Gigi’s Cupcakes stores into the decorative cake business.

Founded in 2008 as a local boutique bakery in Nashville, Tenn., Gigi’s Cupcakes has grown into America’s largest cupcake franchise with more than 90 locations in 23 states. Gigi’s Cupcakes offers a wide variety of high-quality, freshly baked goods, including cupcakes, cakes, pies, cookies and more. Recipes are created by founder Gigi Butler whose “American dream” story has inspired people across the country.

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WOMEN’S CENTER AWARDED GRANT

The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a $10,000 one-year grant to the Montgomery County Women’s Center (MCWC) to provide services for victims of family violence, sexual assault or abuse and stalking. It is the first year that MCWC received Avon foundation funding to support its work on this important issue. The grant is part of an annual Avon Foundation for Women program that invited Avon regional offices across the United States and Puerto Rico to nominate local domestic violence non-profit organizations for funding as part of the Avon Foundation for Women Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program.

Avon and the Avon Foundation for Women launched Speak Out Against domestic Violence in 2004 to help end the cycle of domestic violence.

“We are proud the Avon Foundation for Women shares our mission and has chosen to support our program,” said Debi Edge, MCWC Director of Client Services. “With these funds we will be able to further enhance the emergency shelter and transitional housing community, educational outreach, legal services, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, and counseling and support that we offer our clients free of charge. We are grateful for Avon’s generosity.”


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