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Scene in the Woodlands, Missy Herndon August 205

Dear Readers,

“Spirit of Generosity, that is what makes The Woodlands so unique.” A dear friend shares this sentiment quite often and I feel compelled to share it with you this month. It is the best way to truly describe what is the foundation and at the heart of this amazing community. People here are so “good.” I am continually humbled by the “goodness” that is shared, in so many different ways, with the neighbors of our town. I always wonder if Mr. George P. Mitchell, Founder of The Woodlands, ever could have imagined his town would become the community that it is today.

I always say a higher power brought our family to The Woodlands. It was like I was perfectly dropped in this area, pre-destined to live, play and work, raise our family, volunteer, socialize, here in The Woodlands. I am a testament to the strength derived from the goodness of people. My friends and neighbors have loved and supported my family personally through some tough challenges. And they continue to show up for others in this community during times of struggle, devastation and crisis. They see a need, they meet it. They see a gap, they fill it. Something needs to be done, they do it. I hope, as Summer comes to a close, that you will reflect on the goodness that surrounds you and you will share that generosity as we move into months full of philanthropic events that lie ahead.


Building HOPE Gala

Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County hosted its 2015 Building Hope Gala, “An Evening at Downton Abbey,” at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The evening celebrated the building of HFHMC’s 100th home in Montgomery County.and recognized Corporate Honoree, Strike LLC; Community Honorees, Ron and Cyndi Brandt; and Faith-Based Honoree, St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. The Gala featured décor, menu, music and auction items that reflected the beauty and classic elegance of the romantic era portrayed in the popular Downton Abbey TV series. The event was a huge success! To find out more about Habitat’s mission, visit hfhmctx.org.

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1) Event chairs (l-r) Sue Pagel, Cindy Hageman, Susan Hayes, Jen Lowrance and Brenda Mizell

2) Maureen and Steve Foley

3) (L-r) Margaret and Ross Mizell with John and Brenda Mizell

4) Sue and Kent Pagel

5) (L-r) Terry Lowrance, Bonnie Schuetz, and Susie Gerber

6) (L-r) Danny Williams, Steve and Marta Pate, and Susan Larson

7) Rev. Susan Kent and Robert Kent

8) Event honorees (l-r) Cyndi and Ron Brandt, community honorees; Jean and Tom Gosse, faith-based honorees (St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church); and Steve and Cole Pate, corporate honorees from Strike, LLC

9) Lisa Malosky and Don Friedell

10) Linda and Lou Lorelle


All Ears Toast & Taste Fundraiser

ALL EARS! Listening & Language Center hosted a sold-out fundraising event in support of its mission to teach hearing impaired children listening and spoken language skills through auditory-verbal therapy. Commiss­ioner and Mrs. James Noack were honorary dinner chairs for the Toast & Taste event that featured wine tasting by David “The Wine Man” Maggard, and food courses prepared by Chef Ben Morrow. All proceeds from the evening will go to fund the mission of All Ears! Listening & Language Center.

All Ears! Listening and Language Center, a newly sponsored program by Be An Angel Fund, opened in the fall of 2014 and is the first and only preschool in The Woodlands serving children ages 18 months to 5 years who are hearing impaired, and whose parents have chosen the spoken language option of communication for their child. The program currently operates within the Early Learning Program at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. For more information, visit allearscenter.org.

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1) Shelley Mathay, ALL EARS Program Director and Marti Boone, Be An Angel executive

2) (L-r) Jeanine Huckaby, Pat Ornsini and Jennifer Perry

3) Director Brooke Higdon and presenter, Anna Rech

4) (L-r) Levi and Mychelle LeVan, Shelley Mathay, and Quyen Ngo and Chanhy Nguyen

5) (L-r) Teresa Sartin, Elizabeth Chappell, and Nicole Boyde

6) (L-r) Mark Seefeldt, Lee Rech, Kathy & Bill Bray, Karen Seefeldt, Leslie and Byron Ellis

7) Mark and G.K. Merrill

8) Commissioner James and Lori Noack and hostess Tami Laugharn

9) Bruce and Diana Tough and Steve and Lee Rech, All Ears! BOD chair

10) Stephanie Brennan (event committee chair) and Amber Greer


Red, Hot And Blue Fireworks Sponsor Party

Town Green Park and The Waterway were packed with neighbors to celebrate America’s Birthday recently at the 4th of July Celebration, Red, Hot and Blue Festival and Fireworks Display. Sponsored by BBVA Compass, residents were surrounded by the beautiful displays in the sky over the lake and the waterway. An amazing place to celebrate freedom and independence!

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1) Congressman Kevin and Cathy Brady and son Sean.

2) Elizabeth, Britney and John Woods

3) Courtney West and family

4) (L-r) Magnus Herndon with Dr. Ann Snyder, Amy Reardon, Steele Herndon and Madie Reardon (center)

5) Rosario Torres and Nick Wolda

6) Amos and Jen McDonald

7) Ted and Monica Britt and family

8) David and Christen Argueta and Family


Scene in the Woodlands, Missy Herndon 

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