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Around Town September 2015


(L-R): Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Bill Smith and Dolfia Hearn, Community Partners of Montgomery County; Jenny Taylor, Market Street.

(L-R): Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Bill Smith and Dolfia Hearn, Community Partners of Montgomery County; Jenny Taylor, Market Street.

MARKET STREET CHARITY DONATES TO COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $3,500 to Community Partners of Mont­gomery County. The funds were raised by Market Street patrons during the second quarter of 2015 and will assist local children and their families with necessary items such as hygiene products, cleaning supplies, clothing, food and school supplies.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons have raised more than $100,000 for local charities. Four Mont­gomery County organizations are selected each year to receive a percentage of the funds collected from Market Street’s 68 parking meters during a three-month period.

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Dr. Ann Snyder; Interfaith board member Kate Laukien; Shannon Mills; Bonni Horan, Interfaith board member; Roche Coleman, senior pastor of Impact Church of The Woodlands and Interfaith board member Dr. Debra Sukin.

Dr. Ann Snyder; Interfaith board member Kate Laukien; Shannon Mills; Bonni Horan, Interfaith board member; Roche Coleman, senior pastor of Impact Church of The Woodlands and Interfaith board member Dr. Debra Sukin.

COVER OF 2015 COMMUNITY & BUSINESS DIRECTORY UNVEILED

The cover of the 41st edition of the Interfaith of The Woodlands Community & Business Directory made its debut during a special unveiling on Aug. 4 at Del Frisco’s Grille. With more than 75 guests in attendance, the cover was unveiled, revealing a stunning photo of the entrance of Interfaith of The Woodlands building.

“The cover is absolutely beautiful and Ted Washington took a beautiful photo of the building. We are excited to be able to once again provide this incredible resource to the residents and business community,” shared Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Interfaith annually publishes the official information and resource directory, which provides a community guide to area residences and businesses. Directory information can also be accessed online by visiting woodlandsdirectory.com or through The Woodlands Directory smartphones app.

Fifty-five thousand directories have already been distributed to local resident households and area businesses, and again this year, the directory was delivered with a supplement which includes valuable coupons from area businesses. Proceeds from the directory directly support Interfaith Programs & Services.

For more information, call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith.org. To obtain your free copy, stop by Interfaith of The Woodlands located at 4242 Interfaith Way during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Jac and Jill (on the left) discussing how technology has improved their T1D lives with Representative Kevin Brady.

Jac and Jill (on the left) discussing how technology has improved their T1D lives with Representative Kevin Brady.

LOCAL KIDS REPRESENT AT 2015 CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE

Jac and Jill Johnson were recently selected to represent Houston at the 2015 Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., and it was an experience they will never forget.

“It was so nice to take a disease that causes us so many struggles,” said mom Kellie, who accompanied the twins, “and turn our experience of type one diabetes (T1D) into a positive one. Jac and Jill were amazing advocates. I was so impressed with their articulation and passion as they spoke.”

The girls shared their perspectives of living with T1D and expressed the importance of funding research and technology to improve their lives and the lives of so many others. They had the opportunity to meet other children, young adults and even celebrities that live their same lives and share their same stories. They were moved to see the delegates all together and to realize that they are not alone in this fight.

The local family met with U.S. Represen­tative Kevin Brady. He asked the girls questions regarding T1D and what can be done to help. They showed him their scrapbooks and even showed him the devices that keep them alive by distributing insulin 24/7 and their continuous glucose monitor (CGM) that reports their blood sugar levels. The twins thanked Rep. Brady for supporting the Special Diabetes Program and for extending it for two more years. This gives $300 million towards research, the advancement of technology and one day a cure for T1D. He also asked Kellie questions on what she sees in their future and how advancements have helped their family.

Because seniors currently don’t have medicare coverage for CGMs, Jac and Jill described how they would feel as 65-year- olds who didn’t have access to the technology they have today. The family also attended a Senate hearing entitled,”Diabetes Research: Reducing the Burden of Diabetes at All Ages and Stages.” The witnesses included some extraordinary children with T1D; Habib Zaghouani, Ph.D. (researcher for T1D); Griffin Rodgers, M.D. (National Institutes of Health); and Bob Amato, member of Athletic Hall of Fame at Providence College, who has lived with T1D for 67 years.

For more than 11 years, Kellie has stressed the importance of her family’s mission. She now reports, “As a mother of type one diabetics, I can tell you that so many advancements have been made. I used to dream of a day that my girls and our family would not have to battle this disease. I can assure you, that time will come, quite possibly very soon.”

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(L-R): Austin Reed, Luke Crumley, Elyssa Johnson and Jackson Greenwade.

(L-R): Austin Reed, Luke Crumley, Elyssa Johnson and Jackson Greenwade.

TOWNSHIP AQUATICS DIVISION WINS AT REGIONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

A team from The Woodlands Township Aquatics Division took a second place overall finish at the 2015 Texas State Lifeguard Championship in College Station. In order to qualify, teams must place in the top three at a sanctioned competition. Two teams from The Woodlands Township qualified for the meet by placing first and second at the Gulf Coast Aquatics Association Texan Guard Shootout in Houston on July 20.

This year’s accomplishment follows an overall finish of third place in 2014 and six State Championships in the last decade. These State titles were won in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. This year’s aquatics team consisted of Luke Crumley, Elyssa Johnson, Jackson Greenwade and Austin Reed, and was coached by lifeguard coordinator Caroline Pierce.

Also, more than 30 young swimmers from The Woodlands Township’s Texas Amateur Athletic Foundation swim teams qualified to compete in the State Games of America in Lincoln, Nebraska. Four families chose to attend and compete in various events, and these swimmers represented the Township in the Olympic-style opening ceremonies parade.

Of the swimmers who competed, Jason Sharer brought home one gold, one silver and one bronze medal; Jamil Staten won one gold, two silver and one bronze medal; and Isabelle Irani earned two gold and two silver medals.

For more information, call 281-210-3800 or visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/pools.

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(L-R): Jamil Staten, Isabelle Irani and Jason Sharer.

(L-R): Jamil Staten, Isabelle Irani and Jason Sharer.

JEFF MAGGERT WINS CHAMPIONS TOUR’S SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC

Jeff Maggert won the Shaw Charity Classic on Aug. 9 for his third Champions Tour title of year, birdieing five of the last six holes on the front nine in a four-stroke victory.

The 51-year-old Texan entered the round two strokes behind playing partners Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie, and closed with a 6-under 64 at Canyon Meadows to finish at 16-under 194.

The three-time PGA Tour winner also won major titles this year in the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last year in his debut on the 50-and-over tour.

“I’m a late bloomer maybe,” Maggert said. “Twenty-five years of playing on the tour, and I had a lot of close calls, a lot of chances to win a few majors. I thought I would have won a dozen times on my career, but I didn’t. So in some regards I feel like I’ve still got a lot to prove to myself and my golf game.”

Maggert was born in Columbia, Missouri, and was raised on a golf course in The Woodlands. He graduated from McCullough High School and from Texas A&M University, where he was an All-American member of the golf team.

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(L-R): MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital patient Elise; Camp For All President and CEO Pat Sorrells.

(L-R): MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital patient Elise; Camp For All President and CEO Pat Sorrells.

CAMP FOR ALL 2U HOSTS INDOOR CAMP FOR UT M.D. ANDERSON CHILDREN’S CANCER HOSPITAL

For one week in mid-July, Camp For All and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital teamed up to host an indoor camping experience for patients at the Children’s Cancer Center. Camp For All 2U and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital are committed to making a difference in children’s lives with a motto of “It’s not just camping, it’s changing lives.”

Camp For All 2U brought the best of its outdoor camp experience indoors to children and teens with cancer who are treated in the Children’s Cancer Hospital, as well as their siblings. More than 100 MD Anderson inpatients and their siblings enjoyed Camp For All 2U indoor camp.

The camp experience gave the inpatients an opportunity to learn and build life skills such as independence, decision-making, and problem solving.

Camp For All helps children and adults with special needs and challenging illnesses discover life through learning what they can do, as opposed to what they can’t. Camp For All creates and provides life-changing experiences through a passionate and professional staff, cutting edge facilities and innovative programming.

Working in collaboration with 63 other non-profits, Camp For All enriches the lives of more than 10,000 children and adults and their families throughout the year. For more information, visit campforall.org.


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