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Around Town September 2017


The Johnson Development communities of Grand Central Park, Harmony and Woodforest have started a charitable campaign, The Grant. The program’s first beneficiary is TWST4Girls (Together We Stand Tall), which received a donation of $750.

The Johnson Development communities of Grand Central Park, Harmony and Woodforest have started a charitable campaign, The Grant. The program’s first beneficiary is TWST4Girls (Together We Stand Tall), which received a donation of $750.

JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITIES DONATE TO TWST4GIRLS

The north Houston communities of Johnson Development Corp. – Grand Central Park in Conroe, Harmony in Spring and Woodforest in Montgomery – have donated $750 to TWST4Girls (Together We Stand Tall) as part of an ongoing charitable campaign launched recently.

Through The Grant program, the communities take applications from Realtors to award grants of money or time to a favorite charity. Monetary grants are up to $750 and the donations of time are up to six hours. The grants are given each quarter.

“Like many Realtors we work with, we share a passion to make the greater community a better place,” said Faith Pitman, realtor relations director and marketing manager for Grand Central Park, Harmony and Woodforest. “Much as we partner with them to sell homes in our communities, we wanted to collaborate on helping worthwhile charities.”

Natasha Starghill, a realtor with Champions Real Estate Group, nominated TWST4, where she mentors young girls.

“My first encounter as a mentor, I was matched up with a very quiet, introverted teenager,” Starghill said. “I thought it would be a challenge to get her to open up. However, to my surprise, once we were on our nature trail, she opened up and we were able to discuss her grades, home and future. Children typically do not have an outlet at home. Being a mentor is such a positive influence.”

A nonprofit organization, TWST4Girls serves youth ages 11-17 through mentoring, life skills development and exposure to intellectual and cultural experiences.

Applications are being taken now for a grant to be made in early October. For more information, visit johnsondevelopment.com/thegrant.

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LIBRARY ONLINE ACCESS TO FREE MUSIC AND AUDIOBOOKS

Montgomery County Memorial Library announced public availability of thousands of music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.

MCMLS card holders can now download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of artists — from major record companies and publishers — available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablet and computers.

Montgomery County Memorial Library System is the sixth library system in the state of Texas to partner with hoopla digital. Current partners include BiblioTech, Houston Public Library, Abilene Public Library, Brazoria County Library and Denton Public Library.

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(L-R): Jenny Taylor, Market Street; Phillip Mitchell, The Woodlands Car Club; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Sheila Greaver, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch; and MG Tindall, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch.

(L-R): Jenny Taylor, Market Street; Phillip Mitchell, The Woodlands Car Club; Dana Pritchard, The Woodlands Car Club; Sheila Greaver, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch; and MG Tindall, Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch.

MARKET STREET DONATES MORE THAN $2,000 TO PANTHER CREEK INSPIRATION RANCH

As part of its Change for Charity initiative, Market Street recently donated more than $2,000 to Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch.

The funds were raised by Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees during the second quarter of 2017 and will assist the organization, which provides personal advancements and results for people with special needs through equine therapy. The programs at Inspiration Ranch are led by Path International Registered Instructors and are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers and therapy horses.

Since the program’s inception, Market Street patrons and The Woodlands Car Club event attendees have raised more than $120,000 for local charities. Four Montgomery County organizations are selected each year. The Woodlands Car Club also generously raises money at its events, held the first Sunday of each month. Club contributions, coupled with the amount donated to Market Street’s 68 parking meters make up the total amount given to a selected charity each quarter.

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The Houston Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club will play on the Stampede Sportsplex Soccer Fields.

The Houston Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club will play on the Stampede Sportsplex Soccer Fields.

HOUSTON DYNAMO/DASH YOUTH SOCCER IN WOODFOREST

Woodforest Development recently completed construction of Stampede Sportsplex Soccer Fields – three new fields soon to be complete with lighting.

In a unique partnership, the fields will be managed in partnership by the Woodforest Owners Association and the Houston Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club. Residents are invited to enjoy the fields when the team is not using it.

Virgil Yoakum, general manager of Woodforest, said the Stampede Sportplex is an ideal place to practice kicks, passes, sprints and making goals.

“The agreement with the Houston Dynamo/Dash Soccer Club is a win-win,” he said. “The Club will help us keep the fields in tip top shape – and we all will enjoy this excellent facility.

“This is a wonderful community-based program,” Yoakum said. “I’m sure their enthusiasm for the sport will be contagious. Soccer is an increasingly popular game – and I know our community members will be happy to know there’s a place to enjoy it right in their own backyards.”

Don Gemmell, technical director for Houston Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club says the program offered in Woodforest will be comprehensive.

“The Houston Dynamo/Dash Youth Soccer Club is very excited to offer a comprehensive soccer program for the Woodforest residents and become an integral part of the local community,” he said. “We look forward to providing a specific age-appropriate soccer curriculum for all players from the ages of 3-18 starting in fall 2017.”

Future phases of construction will include concessions, restrooms and more parking.

For more details, visit woodforesttx.com.

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Andy Blodgett (left) displays her award winning wall hanging, while Regent Paula Grigsby (right) honors her at the recent Heritage Trails DAR chapter Awards Luncheon.

Andy Blodgett (left) displays her award winning wall hanging, while Regent Paula Grigsby (right) honors her at the recent Heritage Trails DAR chapter Awards Luncheon.

HERITAGE TRAILS CHAPTER, NSDAR MEMBER RECEIVES NATIONAL HONORS

Andy Blodgett, a member of the Heritage Trails chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, received first place for the State of Texas and third place national, in the DAR American Heritage contest Fiber Arts Category for her hand quilted wall hanging titled “Family Mementos.” Blodgett was inspired by the antique crazy quilts (art quilts) that she has collected. She made the wall hanging so that she could display some of the mementos of jewelry and little treasures she has collected. It reminds her of her family and friends through the years who are now stitched together in the wall hanging.

Blodgett began sewing when she was 8 years old. By 1978, she was hand quilting her first quilt which was pieced by her grandmother and her mother as a gift for her aunt. In 1997, she made her first crazy quilt. She creates many crazy quilts, restores antique crazy quilts and also makes traditional quilts by machine. Many of these are donated to various charitable organizations, such as a beautiful quilt she recently donated to Camp Hope.

Blodgett also gives lectures to various quilt guilds about the preservation and restoration of antique crazy quilts. Paula Grisgby, regent of the Heritage Trails DAR chapter, honored Blodgett at the Awards Luncheon with a DAR Women in the Arts certificate for her outstanding award-winning entry in the contest.

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(L-R): Amy Hegemeyer, WCF Office Manager; Lisa Garces, Development Director, The Salvation Army; Estelle McLaughlin, WCF Executive Director; Major Don Wildish, Conroe Corps Officer, The Salvation Army; and Major Kent Davis, Area Commander, The Salvation Army.

(L-R): Amy Hegemeyer, WCF Office Manager; Lisa Garces, Development Director, The Salvation Army; Estelle McLaughlin, WCF Executive Director; Major Don Wildish, Conroe Corps Officer, The Salvation Army; and Major Kent Davis, Area Commander, The Salvation Army.

WOODFOREST CHARITABLE FOUNDATION FUNDS SALVATION ARMY CENTER OF HOPE

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation (WCF) recently made its second of three $50,000 donations to The Salvation Army’s newly-built Wayne Bergstrom Center of Hope homeless shelter in Conroe. The third payment will be made in 2018.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to address homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty within Montgomery County. Located on Avenue E, the new shelter will have the capacity to accommodate approximately 74 individuals, doubling the number currently being served on any given night, in addition to allowing for lodging of families as well as the continuation of the daily lunch program.

Receiving the contribution on behalf of The Salva­tion Army were Major Kent Davis (Area Commander) and Major Don Wildish (Conroe Corps Officer) along with Lisa Garces, development director.

The Woodforest Charitable Foundation is pleased to partner with The Salvation Army and other charities, with the help of fundraising efforts from Woodforest National Bank, throughout communities that it serves.

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(Front row, l-r): Barbara and Don Gebert, founding Interfaith Executive Director and his wife; (back row): Jeff Harris and Roger Galatas, George's Coffee Club founders; Dr. Ann Snyder, past Interfaith CEO; Dan Hauser, past Interfaith board member; and current Interfaith CEO Missy Herndon.

(Front row, l-r): Barbara and Don Gebert, founding Interfaith Executive Director and his wife; (back row): Jeff Harris and Roger Galatas, George’s Coffee Club founders; Dr. Ann Snyder, past Interfaith CEO; Dan Hauser, past Interfaith board member; and current Interfaith CEO Missy Herndon.

GEORGE’S COFFEE CLUB KEEPS MITCHELL’S LEGACY ALIVE

A year after its formation, George’s Coffee Club has been busy with its mission to “honor, respect and communicate George Mitchell’s vision for The Woodlands.”

The club is a nonprofit organization formed to share factual information about George Mitchell’s significant leadership and contribution in the development of The Woodlands, which has gained international recognition as a quality “New Town.”

The group gathers monthly to communicate and discuss historical information as well as the evolution and impact of modern issues to not only long-time residents of The Woodlands but to new residents and the emerging younger adult population as well.

It was initially established a year ago by Roger Galatas, past president of The Woodlands Development Company; along with Tom Cox, a long-term custom homebuilder in the community; and Jeff Harris, former senior vice president of administration for The Woodlands Corporation. Membership has now expanded to approximately 40 active participants who either knew Mitchell or are now in leadership roles in the community.

Topics covered by guest speakers at the monthly meetings include education, health care, public safety, environment, transportation, religious institutions, economic development, community governance, charitable organizations, parks and recreation, golf events, art in public places, performing arts and art festivals. The presentations often show historical photos that have been archived over the years by Ted Washington during his tenure as “photographer of
The Woodlands.”

“By sharing information about the original development concept George Mitchell had 40-plus years ago for creating The Woodlands and what it has become today,” said Galatas, “we aim to leave an enhanced legacy for our younger members and new residents. As an organization we don’t get into political elections and campaigns. We’re an educational, non-political group. We simply want to broaden community awareness of George Mitchell in a factual way.”


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