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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery April 2017

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Dear Readers,

April is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. I have a passion for educating others on the signs and symptoms of abuse and how we all can be a part of the prevention. Child abuse does not discriminate and affects all races, ethnicities, and social classes. We as a community have a responsibility to take care of “our village.” I truly believe that we may not all be called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something. We are blessed to have multiple organizations that serve these children and are a resource for all of us. Some of these groups include, but are not limited to: CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, Angel Reach, Love Fosters Hope, and Children’s Safe Harbor.  Please reach out and learn how you can be a light in the life of a child. When we foster love, we foster life.

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 (with names attached of people in the photo) to whitney@gmont.com.

Upcoming Events:

April 7:  Giving Goes Glam Luncheon (The Waterway Marriott)

April 8:  The Woodlands Christian Academy Gala (The Waterway Marriott)

April 8:  Love Fosters Hope – Night of Hope ( The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center)

April 13:  YMCA Dancing For A Cause (The Waterway Marriott)

April 28:  New Danville Tea on the Lawn (Lone Star Convention Center)

May 6:  Habitat for Humanity Gala (The Waterway Marriott)

Be the Change,





The 22nd annual American Heart Association Heart Ball themed “Honor Thy Heart: Unbowed. Unbent. Unbroken.” welcomed over 600 of Montgomery County’s finest philanthropists, business leaders, and socialites to The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on Saturday, Feb. 18. Guests were greeted by an emotionally gripping performance by the Tada Dance Company, an inspiring invocation by Montgomery County Board of Directors member Rob Robinson, and an exhilarating live auction which raised close to $250,000. But the cherry on top was none other than a special painting from the Heart Ball’s “survivor speaker,” 4-year-old Teagan McMahon. The painting featured an anatomical heart with EKG readings surrounded by a bright sun, blue sky and fluffy white clouds. The painting symbolized Teagan’s very own heart story and sold for $12,500.


Photo credit:  Derrick Bryant Photography

1) Kirk and Lindy Johnson

2) Ray and Terry Larson

3) Janet Wong and Ron Mullins

4) Rob Robinson leading the invocation

5) Margaret Ceconni and Armando Wood

6) Event emcee Ted Oberg of KTRK-TV

7) Aon The Woodlands donated jump ropes to every couple in the room to promote healthy activity among our youth

8) Tada Dance Company

9) Bruce Tough, Diana Tough, Jack Stibbs

10) Bob Potter, Suzanne Potter, Michele Shifflett, and Dr. Mark Mettauer

11) Guests enjoying dancing at the Ball

12) Brielle Morehead McMahon, Keridon McMahon, Teagan McMahon, Chris McMahon, and Kieran McMahon (the Survivor Family)

13) Tammy Schroder, Teagan McMahon, and Danny Schroder




History truly came to life at the 22nd Annual CASA Speaks for Kids Gala at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott and Convention Center on Saturday, Jan.y 21. More than 450 guests filled the ballroom this year. Presented by Visionary Sponsors Richard and Sherry Lane, the annual event benefits CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County. The theme for the night was “Evening at the Museum.”  CASA Executive Director Ann McAlpin explained that the theme chosen for the annual fundraiser helps foster a cheerful atmosphere while drawing attention to a very serious cause.  “2017 will mark CASA’s 25th anniversary serving Montgomery County,” McAlpin said, “and while we celebrate our history tonight, we are also looking to continue to change the future for abused and neglected children in Montgomery County.” For more information visit the website, CASASpeaks4Kids.com.


Photos courtesy of CC Photos for a Cause

1) Lee and Deanne Biles

2) Amy and John Lampman

3) Angela and James Pung

4) Robyn West, Wanda Smith, Scharlene Overstreet, Jane Funke, Pat Creighton, and Laurie Schoeff

5) Doug and Cheryl Sellers

6) Tony and Barb Robertson

7) Lamar and Theresa Roemer

8) Joni Barker and Alli Stephens

9) Professional auctioneer Patrick J. Kelly

10) Ann Marie Reigrut, Mrs. Spring America

11) Ann McCalpin, CASA Executive Director

12) John Cooper School’s Aerialist Team

13) Cindy Bohannon and life-sized dinosaurs from Jurassic Extreme Houston




The mission of the Montgomery County Community Foundation (MCCF) is to provide leadership in Montgomery County by directing sustainable financial resources that strengthen our community. Jasper’s has hosted this amazing event from the inception in 2011. The money raised from the event auction helps provide money for administrative operations so the permanent fund can continue to solely be available for grants and scholarships.

In 2016, MCCF awarded 30 community grants and 9 scholarships totaling $148,700. These grants have enabled 30 nonprofits in Montgomery County to fund grant specific requests that might not otherwise have been funded.  For more information about the Foundation and how to make a donation, please visit MCCFoundation.org.

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Photos contributed by Linda Freede

1) Montgomery County Community Foundation Board President Gregg Hope and Frank Santos, Jasper’s General Manager

2) Greg Freede, Myrna and Mike Karlins

3) Rocky and Helen Del Papa and MCCF Board member Henry Brooks.

4) Peg and Tim Welbes

5) Debra Staley and Jim and Nelda Blair

6) Blake and Kate Bhim (Chair of the MCC­F Distribution committee)




The 4th annual “Open Your Purse for Change” event was a unique fundraising luncheon, chaired by Ally Seder along with co-chairs Shirelle Chimenti and Terry Larson. It was held at The Woodlands Country Club – Palmer Clubhouse. 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. The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a United Way agency. For more information, visit mcwctx.org.

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1) Theresa Breiner, Judy Rhodes, and Linda Rockwood

2) Stephanie Watson, Jill Schweiker, and Ingrid Gibbons

3) Marla Bailey, Beth Grebe, Kecia Haseman, Oleta Forse

4) Mike Seder, Michael Gonzalez, and Jason Higham wearing tiaras for a cause!

5) Linda Smith and Bella Eni

6) Katty Phan and Liz Allen

7) Maddie Seder with her dad, Mike Seder

8) Terri Wojahn, Lisa Johnson, and Desiree Nielsen

9) Terry Larson, Ally Seder, Dianne Sanchez (guest speaker), Shirelle Chimenti

10) Jill Evans, Heather Green, Denise deBlanc, AnnMari Cooper

11) Danielle Black, Christina Jones, Dana Foster, Patti Romano, Marla Coles

12) Deana Germany and Dana Garcia


Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery April 2017


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