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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery February 2018

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,


Dear Readers,

When I think about February, I think about hearts, love, and the color red. Of course all of that stems from the month’s association with Valentine’s Day, but it is so much more than romance. February suggests a romance around loving others and this year I want to remind each of us to love ourselves. Self love is a huge part of creating a healthy lifestyle. Take time for yourself to do something you enjoy, exercise, get out in the sun each day, laugh, and create healthy eating habits.

Celebrate National Wear Red Day to raise awareness about women and heart disease this month. I encourage everyone in our community to wear red on February 2.

I will continue to be out and about this month, so you too can be “Scene in The Woodlands!” Keep me posted on your upcoming events — I LOVE to hear from you! If you would like to send high resolution photos from your events, please email them to whitney@gmont.com. Please be sure to send photos original size (do not reduce for email) and include the names of all people.

Be a Blessing,



Meals On Wheels Montgomery County

The Great Pumpkin Shoot — the Meals on Wheels Mont­gomery County (MOWMC) second annual sporting clay tournament — was a huge success! Sponsored by SWBC Mortgage at the Blackwood Gun Club in Conroe, the event’s sponsors and participants together raised $49,000 to feed homebound seniors in Montgomery County. MOWMC feeds 550 people each weekday. “Our goal is to provide fundraising events that are fun and different,” said Bonnie Pfrenger, development director for MOWMC. That’s why we offered both a 50-clay and a 100-clay course, which attracted more participants.” There were 25 teams this year, up from 16 teams last year.

One of the oldest and most successful programs in America, Meals on Wheels assists the elderly in their quest for health and independence, and also to know they have not been forgotten. Their transportation service, Senior Rides, provides trips crucial to maintaining basic healthcare needs such as doctor visits, grocery shopping, VA Hospital trips, and dialysis treatments.. For more information please visit mowmc.org.

PHOTO credits: Liz Grimm

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1) SWBC team of Kent Foster, Dana Foster, Jennifer Kutac, Bobbie Castro

2) Mr. Amaya and Fernado Amaya

3) 50 clays 1st Place woman Lynda McBeth, MOWMC Board President Joanne Tikkanen,Georgie Syal, Dyana Spearman, Candace Brogdan

4) John Dibble taking aim

5) SWBC team of Gil Staley, Terry Sellers, Jack Stibbs and David Baker

6) The Woodlands Dermatology Associates, Troy Ledbetter, Dr. Leslie Ledbetter, Dr. Joel Hyman, Carrie Hyman, Dr. Holly Hazlett

7) Magnolia Rotary and Constable Precinct 5 team 2nd place: Chase Hogan, Brian Richardson, Brian Gremminger, Chad Walling

8) Scambray Frenzy winners receiving Henry Golden Boys award

9) 100 Clays 1st Place John Dibble, Will Simpler, Guto Felipe, Mark Keough

10) Top female shooter Jennifer Kutac (63 clays shot) and top male shooter Mark Keough (score of 93)


AHA Montgomery County Social Shootout

The American Heart Association (AHA) Montgomery County Social Shootout was held Nov. 11at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Brian Chimenti. The event featured refreshments from Avenida Brazil Churrascaria Steakhouse, Fielding’s Local, Refuge Bar & Bistro, The Butler’s Pantry, and Tommy Bahama. The Shootout kicked off the AHA social event season including the 2018 Montgomery County Heart Ball that will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 with a Grand Prix “Rev Your Hearts” themed evening, and the Go Red for Women® Luncheon May 11, both to be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in support of the mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. For more information on the AHA, visit aha.org. Photos courtesy of AHA Montgomery County.

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1) Lindy Johnson, Shirelle Chimenti, Sondra Ruhman

2) Sondra Ruhman, Christen Kaufman, Soly Lachterman, Shirelle Chimenti

3) Sondra Ruhman, Sandra Novak, Christen Kaufman, Diane Kink, Julie Bell

4) Sherry Lane, Julie Bell, Christen Kaufman, Brad Kaufman, Mathew Novak, Sandra Novak

5) Richard and Sherry Lane, Annabelle Carrillo

6) Ralph Alexander, Sondra Ruhman, Tammy Schroder

7) Bryan and Marina Frenchak

8) Christen and Brad Kaufman



Signature Social Karma International

Resident Theresa Roemer opened up her home to host the Signature Social for Karma International on the evening of Nov. 4. As social chair on their board of directors, she wanted the evening to be a taste of Texas for Karma members arriving from all over the United States, so the evening’s theme was Denim and Diamonds. The evening also featured a private champagne party, separate from the main event, which was part of the fundraising for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

The evening was enjoyed by 200+ guests with entertainment ranging from fire dancers, cigar rolling, sword performers, belly dancers, tequila tastings, synchronized swimmers and of course the band Heart to Heart rocked them into the night. The Refuge catered the event and kept the bubbly flowing for the guests. Karma International is an exclusive, private membership organization dedicated to connecting exceptional and inspirational individuals both socially and professionally. They are collective of leaders, entrepreneurs, professionals and adventurers who share and expand their spheres of influence. Through a variety of events, business networking, and elite social gatherings, they empower their members to forge lasting bonds and friendships, thereby enriching each other’s lives, sharing business ideas and enhancing philanthropic causes.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Theresa Roemer


1) Lamar and Theresa Roemer

2) Sword dancers

3) Maria De Lourdes Quintero and Tina Varela

4) Rick Anderson, Theresa Roemer, Robert Golden

5) Lamar Roemer, Catina Smart, and Karl Stomberg

6) Synchronized swimmers

7) Dora Hedtke and Alvin Murgai

8) Theresa Roemer and Tashina Meyers

9) Cigar roller provided by Lucho cigars

10) Rafael Alvarez and Dr. Richard Harris



The John Cooper School’s 13th Annual Signatures Author Series

The John Cooper School presented the 13th Annual Signatures Author Series featuring Paula Hawkins, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Girl on the Train, that was subsequently made into a major motion picture. Hawkins’ latest novel is Into the Water. The much-anticipated Signatures luncheon event, held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, also featured visiting authors, book signings, a VIP reception and an auction of an item signed by the author. A portion of the proceeds from the event were donated to the Montgomery County Memorial Library System and The Barbara Bush Branch Library. The 22 Visiting Authors in attendance were: Tracy Borgmeyer, Gabriel Garcia, Sylvia Casares, Angelia J. Griffin, Dr. Anthony J. Harris, Zoey Hess, Kathryn Lane, Mary Kay Leatherman, Denise Liotta-Dennis, Curt Locklear, Sharla Lovelace, Joy Oguchi, Stacey A. Purcell, Gigi Siton, Amy Suliano Cox, Valerie Sweeten, Kate M. Walker, Molly and Gary Whitney, Belle Whittington, Alexis Wiggins, Lynn Wilson and Cheryl Winter.

PHOTOS: Courtesy of Deb Spiess

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1) Paula Hawkins and the 2017 Visiting Authors

2) Steering Committee: (Front) Janet Osmond, Michaela Djurisek, Brandey Porter, Lisa Hollingsworth, Patty Carter. (Back) Sandy Mahler, Susan DeMarco, Paula Hawkins, Christie Swanbeck , Malin Melin

3) Malin Melin, Christie Swanbeck, Paula Hawkins, Susan DeMarco and Brandey Porter

4) The John Cooper School Head of School

Mike Maher and Dr. Lynn Maher at the VIP reception

5) Guests at the table of Pulitzer Prize Sponsor, The Bourque Family, at the VIP event

6) Featured speaker, author Paula Hawkins

7) VIP guest DeeAnn Anderson

8) Nobel table sponsor Isela Atwood and guest at the VIP event.

9) Paula Hawkins signed books and chatted with guests following the luncheon

10) Co-chairs Christie Swanbeck and Susan DeMarco welcome guests.

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