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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery December 2016

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,

It’s been one year since I began this journey as your social editor of The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes magazine. I just want to say – Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be a part of something so honorable. The events I have attended, the people I have met, and the graciousness I have witnessed have been nothing short of pure, genuine beauty. I am blessed to be a part of this community and I cannot wait to see what is in store for 2017.

The excitement of the holidays is always something I look forward to. There are so many fun things to enjoy. Take a break to visit the breathtaking Christmas tree in Market Street, visit Santa Claus in The Woodlands Mall, enjoy the Lighting of the Doves, or spend time making memories at The Ice Rink.

I challenge everyone this holiday season to generously share your time and donations to bless others. There are so many opportunities to give back, and here are just a few examples: adopt a family for Christmas, help stock a food pantry, donate clothes/coats for the women’s shelter, participate in a toy drive, or simply prepare a meal for someone to remind them they are loved.

From my family to yours, I wish you all a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season.

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.




American Cancer Society’s Couture for the Cause of Montgomery County held its inaugural breast cancer awareness event raising nearly $10,000 from a lively art bra competition and handbag auction. It was announced that the 2017 Couture for the Cause gala will be held on April 1, 2017 at Main Street America. Dr. Magda Ghobashy, Medical Director with Houston Methodist Breast Care Center at The Woodlands, spoke to guests about the importance of breast cancer screenings and self-examinations, and the new breast care center in The Woodlands.

American Cancer Society intends to turn “Bra-vissimo” into a reoccurring breast cancer awareness fundraising event in Montgomery County. For more information about Bra-vissimo Bra Art Competition & Handbag Auction event, please visit ACSartbras.org. For more information about the county’s Couture for the Cause, visit CoutureMontgomery.org.

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1) Amanda Beard with Erin Brown as she’s presented with raffle prizes from Kendra Scott and Deer Lake Lodge

2) Anna Colosimo, Amanda Armour and Renee Hebert having fun at the selfie station

3) Co-host Kristi Legget and Bra C ompetition judge Misti Jeter, Mrs. Montgomery County

4) Breast Cancer Warrior Bra Competition judges Nancy Loesch, Tiffany Kirtley, Misti Jeter, Jenna D’Amico, and Kandas Rodarte

5) Couture Montgomery County Committee and co-hosts for the evening, Amanda Beard and Kristi Leggett

6) Guests having fun at the selfie station

7) Woodlands Modern Dermatology Bra

8) Leigha Hughes getting tinsel in her hair by Alexandra Hicks with Goddess Hair and Makeup Salon

9) Blair Elliott and Jessica Salazar from Kendra Scott The Woodlands

10) The Best Bra Of The Year winner from Woodlands Eye Associates

11) Berkshire Hathaway Anderson Properties Bra Art Competitors with bra, Sassy Show Girl




The 17th Annual The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala benefiting Interfaith of The Woodlands was held Saturday, Oct. 1. Approximately 650 guests attended the event and nearly $675,000 was raised to support the community programs and services of Interfaith of The Woodlands. It was a “Night in The Orient” themed ballroom with Asian inspired cuisine. Being honored at the event, the 2016 Hometown Heroes were Bruce Cunningham, Bob Hibbetts, Kelly Hull, Debbie Sukin and STRIKE. Rev. Don Gebert, founding Executive Director of Interfaith of The Woodlands, was the highlight of the evening as he shared a historical perspective of Interfaith’s focus on unity amidst diversity. The raise your paddle donation was record-breaking, raising more than $100,000 thanks to an incredible donor match from The Huntsman Corporation and Peter and Brynn Huntsman. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services, or to become a volunteer, call 281-367-1230 or visit woodlandsinterfaith.org.

Photo credits: Chelsey Wright and Lindy Johnson


1) Congressman Kevin Brady, Mario M. Coll, Bruce Cunningham, Robert Hibbetts, Kelly Hull, Dr. Debra Sukin, Steve Pate, Missy Herndon

2) Sondra Lagasse and Beth Landgraf in front of the women sharing the culture of the Asian-themed gala

3) Macy Woodward, Kristi Marimon, George Lindahl, Nelda and Jim Blair

4) Steven Sukin , Debbie Sukin, Chris Agostino, and Mary-Kathryn Agostino

5) Dr. Ann Snyder, Sarah Coll, Elvira Cauthen, Nicole Murphy, and Vicki Richmond

6) Dr. Stephen Head, Linda Head, Sharon Sutton, and Alex Sutton

7) Wes Coyle, Jenny Coyle, Meagan Jamaluddin, and Shan Jamaluddin

8) Zach Richmond, Rachel Mulkey, Vicki and Michael Richmond




Friends and Family of The Woodlands joined together for a progressive evening of dinner, dancing and sweets. Guests had their first stop at Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, then dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, and ended with dessert at MACARON by Patisse. Proceeds from the event benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which continues to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.


1) Katie Holditch, Tamyra Comeaux, Sukaina Rajani ,and Melissa Ranieri

2) Livia Petrescu and Jorge Allec

3) Joe and Maria Macri

4) Karen Lopez and Skylor Sansing

5) Micele Bell Till, Janet Padilla, Arlene Nelson , Marina O’ Silver

6) Olivia Cain and Patricio Ballesteros

7) Sabrina Militello, Lindy Johnson, and Gelena Scally

8) Manuel and Christina Lares

9) Steve and Pattie Jorgensen




Every year I look forward to the In the Pink luncheon and it always proves to be a fabulous event. Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, the 16th annual Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Luncheon and associated events raised more than $600,000 in net proceeds.  As in years past, the funds will stay in Montgomery County to fund new technologies, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors. To learn more about the continuum of diagnostic, treatment and support services at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, call 713-897-5655 or visit memorialhermann.org/locations/the-woodlands/cancer-center.

Photo credits: John Lynch, Memorial Hermann


1) 2016 Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health committee

2) 2015-2016 luncheon co-chair Karey Miller Bancroft; luncheon keynote speaker Samantha Harris; Josh Urban, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital; and Andrea Alexander, luncheon co-chair.

3) Megan Alexander, Ann Wolford, and Linda Nelson

4) Lonny Soza and Janine Jones

5) Jennie Moran, Alison Henderson, Tricia Futcher, and Tracey Halverson

6) Eric Pham and Paige Hull

7) Guest speaker Haley Houston Odlozil and Jillian Perkins



Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery December 2016

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