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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery April 2016

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,

Happy Spring! Although April begins with the ever fun April Fool’s Day, the amount of love and volunteerism in our community is no joke. I am so excited for all of the amazing events coming up for the month of April. I didn’t think I could be more impressed than I already am with how our community gives back, but each and every week I sit in awe as I reflect on what is being done here. The Woodlands and surrounding areas care so much about their residents..

April is extra special for me, as it is child abuse awareness and prevention month. We have some wonderful organizations locally that provide support to our foster community. CASA of Montgomery County, Angel Reach, Children’s Safe Harbor, and Love Fosters Hope are just a few of the amazing groups. Foster and adoption has been and always will be important for my family. Our motto is “Fostering love, fosters life.” We definitely have the opportunity to pour out love each and every day to so many in need.

Here are a few of the events coming up this month:

April 1: Giving Goes Glam

April 5: Touched by an Angel Banquet

April 7: YMCA 4th Annual Dancing for a Cause with The Woodlands Stars

April 9: Love Fosters Hope “Night of Hope”

April 22: 8th Annual Tea on the Lawn 2016

April 23: 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity Gala

April 29: MCYS Ladies Night Out 2016

I look forward to getting out and about this month with a full calendar of events and I hope that you too will be “Scene in The Woodlands”. Keep me posted on your events – email whitney@gmont.com.


American Heart Association’s –
Montgomery County Heart Ball

The glamour of Hollywood lit up Montgomery County on Saturday, Feb. 20 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott as over 700 philanthropists, community activists, socialites and business leaders hit “Hollywood Boulevard” dressed in their finest for the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Montgomery County Heart Ball. Themed “Hollywood: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” the event’s co-chairs, Tracy and Richard Wilken, hosted an unforgettable evening focused heavily on the research necessary to fund initiatives like CPR education.The event raised nearly $1 million.

It was a night of surprises for the Montgomery County Heart Ball as five first responder groups, including Montgomery County Fire Department, Porter Fire Department, Woodlands Fire Department, Montgomery County Hospital District, and South Montgomery County Fire Department were honored for their lifesaving work in the community.

Amid the glitz and glamour of the ball, guests were inspired by the story of Bob Braden, who was saved by the first responders of the Montgomery County Hospital District and the South Montgomery County Fire Station after suffering a cardiac arrest at Legend’s Sports Complex. Without immediate CPR given to him by the Legend’s trainers, first responders wouldn’t have been able to defibrillate his heart and save his life. Mattress Mack was also honored for his surprise donation of 100 mattresses. Since the summer, volunteers have handmade over 300 heart-shaped “Sweet Dreams” pillows in honor of Mattress Mack. The pillows were donated during this year’s Heart Ball to hospital heads to help heart surgery patients in recovery. Hospital representatives were in attendance to receive the pillows.


1) Diane and Bruce Kink

2) Janet Wong and Ron Mullins

3) Christen and David Argueta, CEO of CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands

4) Boni’s Dance and performing Arts Studio

5) Rhea and Bob Braden, cardiac arrest survivor

6) First Responders at South Montgomery Fire Station that saved the life of survivor speaker,
Bob Braden

7) Josh Urban, CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands; Justin Kendrick, COO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands; Debbi Sukin, CEO Houston Methodist The Woodlands; Charles Hankins, Chief Medical Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands; Dr. Mark Mettauer, board member for the American Heart Association Montgomery County Board of Directors; and David Argueta, CEO CHI St. Luke’s The Woodlands pose with Sweet Dream heart pillows volunteers made for heart attack survivors in honor of Mattress Mack

8) Marissa and Dr. Mark Mettauer

9) Michele Shifflett and Ted Oberg, ABC 13

10) Sherry and Richard Lane

Photo Credits: Susan Lee


Couture for the Cause Kickoff

The American Cancer Society recently held a VIP party to kick off fundraising for its upcoming Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County Gala. Hosted by Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, the event spotlighted generous community donors, sponsors and philanthropic VIPs who are working together to make the gala a big success. The main event, benefitting the American Cancer Society in Montgomery County, is to be held May 7 at Carlton Woods Country Club in The Woodlands and will include a fashion show featuring cancer survivors and their brave stories. To learn more about Couture for the Cause of Mont­gomery County, including sponsorship opportunities, stay connected by following Facebook.com/CouturefortheCauseMontgomeryCo.


1) (Back row,l-r) Kareen Marshall, Dr. Rose Cantu, Julie Dawson, Tisa McCrorey, Julie Adcock, Melissa Back, Heather Masten, Patti Conner, Zach Richmond (middle row) Kristi Leggett, Amanda Beard, Valerie Gay, Shelley Rollins, Cris McGinnis, Kelli James; (front row) Theresa Roemer, honorary chair, and Leigha Hughes

2) John Cooper School Flying Dragons aerial arts students

3) Ray and Terry Larson

4) Terri Jaggers, Debbie Glen, owner of Red Brick Tavern, Marco, and Tiger Abusaed

5) Patti Seefeldt, Angie Mayrant, and Christin Allphin

6) Becky Reynolds, BJ Whetstone, Becky Shannonhouse, Mitzi Fox, Melissa Rascon, Julie Adcock


Interfaith of The Woodlands’
Five Who Share Luncheon

Five recipients were honored and presented with the 2016 Service of Excellence Award at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Friday, March 4. This year’s sold-out luncheon highlighted Fine Arts. Celebrated for their volunteerism during the 12th annual Interfaith of The Woodlands Five Who Share luncheon were Susan Cosculluela-Education; Debbie Browne-Youth; Dr. Don Barrick-Fine Arts; Henry Sneed-Seniors; and Gelena Scally-Health.

“The Interfaith Spring Luncheon was a very special celebration,” shared Dr. Ann Snyder, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands. “The community came together to honor these individuals who give so much of their time, to say thank you and applaud them for their service and dedication.”


1) Sabrina Militello and Gelena Scally, DEFINE the Woodlands

2) Stephanie Clements, Lance Floyd, Lou Ann Potter

3) Janine Jones, Nelda Blair, and Kelly Lindsay

4) GJ Snyder, Ann and Jerry Snyder

5) (Back row, l-r) Linda Zapf, Shevon Gee, Bonnie and Chuck Schuetz; (Front row) Lisa Morris, Martha Gasson-Heallen, Cathy Williams, Donna Crook

6) (L-R) Nelda Luce Blair, Susan Cosculluela, Dr. Don Barrick, Debbie Browne, Gelena Scally, Henry Sneed, Dr. Ann Snyder, and Ray Sanders, Chairman of the Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors.


Open Your Purse for
Change Luncheon

The unique fundraiser “Open Your Purse for Change” was definitely a luncheon I will never forget. This year’s event was co-chaired by Ally Seder, Terry Larson and Shirelle Chimenti. The elegant luncheon started off with a champagne reception featured inspirational survivor stories, a silent auction full of gently-loved designer handbags, and a raffle of luxurious prizes. Proceeds benefitted the Montgomery County Women’s Center, which serves the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse and stalking from all areas of Montgomery County and surrounding counties.


1) (L-R) Janet Wood, Stephanie Costea, Denise Deblanc, and Annmari Cooper

2) (L-R) Shirelle Chimenti, Diane Kink, Christine Winston, amd Soly Lachterman

3) (Back row, l-r) Shirelle Chimenti, Betty Murphy, Cheryl Harland, Ayesha Fayaz, Beth Griffith, Denise Lipar; (Front row) Ally Seder, Kathy Phan, and Iram Taylor

4) Macy Woodward and Kristi Mariman

5) Designer handbags for auction

6) Ally Seder and daughter Maddie

7) Tracy Oneal, Model


Habitat for Humanity VIP Event for ReStore Shop

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County recently hosted a VIP event for its new ReStore home improvement resale shop. The event recognized capital campaign donors, board members, and community leaders.

Officially named “ReStore at the Woodforest Center” the new and expanded nonprofit home improvement resale store and donation center is located at 9407 S.H. 242 in Conroe.

ReStore sells new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, appliances and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The ReStore concept reduces substandard housing, helps improve living conditions, and is environmentally friendly by re-purposing items for reuse and recycling. Proceeds from the sale of donated items are used by Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, a faith-based nonprofit, towards its mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. For more information visit HabitatMCTX.org.


1) Fred Koetting, President of Schulte Building Systems; Bill Walters, Lyle Klingbiel, and Brandon Heidel of Revenew International; and Larry Abston, Vice President of Corporate Audit for Anadarko Petroleum Company and Habitat Board officer.

2) Cindi Stewart, Senior VP of Woodforest National Bank; Barbara Smith, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity MCTX; Jay Dreibelbis, COO of Woodforest National Bank; Patricia Brown, Regional President of Com­mercial Banking for Woodforest National Bank and Habitat Board President; and Cathy Nash, President and CEO of Woodforest National Bank

3) Ron Brandt, former Habitat Board member; Steve Pate, CEO of Strike; Brenda Mizell, community volunteer and Habitat Board member; John Mizell; and Kim Lindley, community volunteer and Habitat Board member.

4) Cindi Stewart; Jay Dreibelbis; Cathy Nash; Larry Abston; and Patricia Brown

5) Ron Brandt performs the ribbon
cutting ceremony.

6) Eric Hird, former Habitat Board member; Billy Fuller, ReStore Manager; Barbara Smith; and Amy Doyal (wife of Judge Craig Doyal).


Komen Houston’s “Paint
the Night Pink” Gala

Susan G. Komen Houston “Painted the Night Pink” on Feb. 20, when more than 350 guests celebrated the organization’s 25th Anniversary at the Omni Houston, raising more than $300,000. Chaired by The Woodlands residents Judy and Glenn Smith, along with Jane and Ed Parker, the gala benefitted Komen Houston in its efforts to fund breast cancer research and community health programs aimed at the underinsured and uninsured men and women in the Houston community. The evening also paid tribute to Sue and Lester Smith, the largest single donors to cancer causes in Houston.


1) Gala Chairs Judy and Glenn Smith at “Paint the Night Pink”

Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery April 2016

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