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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery August 2016

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,

I can’t believe we are down to less than a month until summer is over and kids are back in school! It has definitely been hot, but it hasn’t slowed anyone down. The Woodlands has had some very exciting events and I love seeing families out taking advantage of all the fun.

I know I will be soaking up every last minute of summer. I will definitely be spending time out in the community and I hope you too can be “Scene in the Woodlands”. Let me know what events you have planned over the next few weeks. If you would like to send photos to be featured in the column, please do not reduce them for email. Forward all high resolution photos with names attached to whitney@gmont.com.


Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County

The American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County “Moonlight in Milan” fundraiser gala was recently held at The Club at Carlton Woods. More than 200 attendees dressed in their finest and came out to support the cause. The heartwarming and inspirational fashion show provided a look at the true strength and beauty of surviving this horrible disease, cancer. Guest speakers included event sponsor Mike Nesbit, president of MW Cleaners, and community icon and honorary chair for this year’s gala, Theresa Roemer. Both are cancer survivors who shared their stories of fear, challenges and triumph with the crowd. Proceeds raised on behalf of Couture for the Cause will go directly to American Cancer Society to fund patient programs and continue the fight against cancer through research, prevention and awareness. For more information, visit CoutureMontgomery.org.

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1) Alexandra Hicks and father, Alexis Demenkoff

2) Kristi Leggett showing crowd the raffle prize of a tanzanite and diamond ring

3) Amanda Beard, Marketing/PR Chair; Leigha Hughes, American Cancer Society; Theresa Roemer, Honorary Chair, Kristi Leggett, Co-Chair

4) Bid board raffle

5) The Club at Carlton Woods

6) Emcee Stacy Harris

7) Blake Meaux, Richardo D’Amico, Ed Noonan, Jeff Eckhardt, William Dominic Austin

8) Kimmy Lozano, Judy Daw, Karrie Van, Chantelle O’Kelly, Tiffany Mutolo, Amanda Falgoust, Chelsea Langlois, Erin McGrath

9) Ray Larson, Rachel Mulkey, Terry Larson, Myra Johnson, Shannon Wimmens, and Zach Richmond

10) Some of the female models: Susan Swingholm, Andrea Pratt, Jennifer Robin, Nancy Loesch, and Lily Belle Pyle



Montgomery County Women of Distinction Luncheon

Each year, the Montgomery County Women’s Council of Organizations comes together at the Women of Distinction Luncheon to celebrate all that has been done during the past year and to honor our extraordinary women who do extraordinary things. Organizations are able to nominate a Woman of Distinction at each organization’s discretion. Due to the philanthropic nature of the Montgomery County Women’s Council, most candidates are typically selected based on their volunteerism and service to the community. This year’s guest speaker was Suzie Humphreys and it was an honor to be in the company of such amazing women in our community.

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1) Carol Gooch, Theresa Wagaman, Gypsie Hufnagle, Anita Phillips and Mary Lea Kirk

2) Carol Gooch, Carolyn Gray and Congressman Kevin Brady

3) Mary Lea Kirk and Julie Martineau

4) Scott Hunt, Ava Hunt, Polly Hunt, and Olivia Hunt

5) Polly Hunt and Carey Bell

6) Yvette Williams, Angela Gibbs, Speaker Suzie Humphreys and Gypsie Hufnagle

7) The Class of 2016 Women of Distinction



Red, Hot & Blue Festival

The Red, Hot & Blue Festival is an Independence Day salute to the birth of the nation with a Texas-sized fireworks display. The one-day extravaganza is highlighted by a 20-minute showcase of fireworks set to a patriotic music playlist. The engagement kicks off with a daytime parade, and as the sun goes down, everyone can enjoy live musical performances by original and cover country bands as well as strolling street artists, arts and crafts booths and plenty of fun. Kids can enjoy inflatables, hot dog and watermelon eating contests and face painting. This is one of my favorite family events!





1) Lin Ridenhower, Mallory Cedeno, Shannon Leigh, and Debbie Crow

2) Keslie Gonzales, Kallie Gonzales, Brett Eaton, Eric Martinez   , and Mike de los Reyes

3) Jocelyn Hicks sings the Star Spangled Banner

4) Justus Zaino and Captain America with Karate Inc.

5) Mary Jo Francis, Elizabeth Francis, and Brookelle Buescher – National Charity League

6) Megan Skillern, China Crowder, Matthew Crowder, Towanika Hubbard, Darlene Skillern, Justin Barber, and Adrianna Williams

7) Kids enjoy the hot dog eating contest

8) Jennifer Wilkerson, Celena Gill, Ally Gill, Brittney Gill, Pamela Wilkesa, and Zachary Jones


Tiff’s Treats Benefit Grand Opening

Tiff’s Treats recently opened in The Woodlands and had a line of people wrapped around the building waiting to be one of the first to eat a fresh, warm cookie. This great place also delivers its treats as well. It was an honor to spend the day with the wonderful staff and customers – everyone was ready to give back to our community. cookiedelivery.com

Proceeds from the day benefited The Connor Man Defeat DIPG Foundation. This foundation was created in memory of the amazing Connor Michael Olympia, who lived life to the fullest. On December 15, 2014, a few weeks after his 4th birthday, Connor was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare, inoperable brain tumor that currently has no cure. DIPG attacks young children, robbing them of their ability to walk, eat, and, ultimately, breathe. Once DIPG is detected, a child’s average life expectancy is nine to 12 months. After a 10-month battle, Connor gained his angel wings on October 29, 2015, just three weeks shy of his 5th birthday. For more information on how you can help find a cure, please visit connorman.org.

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1) Tiff’s Treats

2) Leon Chen, CEO and Tiffany Chen, President

3) Kayla Tracy

4) Zach Medlin and Lorenzo Blas

5) Jackie Miller, Nick Smith, Jeff Sartor

6) The family of Connor Olympia: Alexis Olympia, Peter Olympia, baby Ryan, Ross Harris, Anndreya Harris, Beth Olympia, and Maddie Harris

7) Steve and Ana Laws with their children



Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery August 2016

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