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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery December 2017

Email: whitney@gmont.com

EMAIL: editor@lifestyles-magazines.com


Dear Readers,

It has been another amazing year as your social editor of The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes magazine. I continue to stand in awe of how amazing our community continues to be. The events I have attended, the people I have met, and the generosity I have seen have restored my hope in so many ways. There have been huge obstacles for all of us this year, but I truly believe we have come out stronger as individuals and as a community.

The Woodlands is nothing short of beautiful through the holiday season. There are so many fun things to enjoy and sights to see. 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 over this next month to continue to 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. Let us not forget that so many of us are still trying to put back the pieces after Hurricane Harvey.

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.

Be a Blessing,



The Women Of The Woodlands Luncheon 

The Women of the Woodlands, a ladies’ club that has more than 300 members, had its most recent luncheon at Landry’s Restaurant across from The Woodlands Mall. The featured guest was SPC James W. Smith, a Wounded Warrior, and his sister. There was a powerful message delivered and not a dry eye in the room. The Woodlands high school ROTC presented the flag and the pledge of allegiance for all of those in attendance. The National Association of Quilts of Valor presented and wrapped the Warrior and his service dog with a quilt. There were veterans representing all branches of service present , including a retired three-star General. For more information on this wonderful club, please visit newcomersclubofthewoodlandstexas.org.

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1) Dunneah Ogletree, Candy Brecko, and Brittany Brecko

2) Mary Ann Harvey, Cynthia Chaffee, and Karen Fehmer with Quilts of Valor

3) Franka Correia and Patty Dempsey

4) Jennifer Mackinday and SPC James W. Smith

5) Teri Moore and Carol Rogers

6) Judy Cydor, Barbara Wolcott, Andrea Randolph

7) Anita Sitter leads the national anthem during the event with Sara Thayer

8) Sandy Williams giving the invocation

9) Phil Marshall

10) Sara Thayer, president of Women of The Woodlands

11) The Woodlands High School Color Guard

12) Judy Cydor, Eva Morgan, and Caroline Somerville



Mischer Neuroscience Center Waiting Room Dedication

Woodforest National Bank donated $500,000 to support a new Neuroscience Center that is right here in The Woodlands. The 25,000-square-foot Neuroscience Center is located off Pinecroft Drive. It houses the expertise and capabilities of Mischer Neuroscience Associates, an extension of Mischer Neuro­science Institute, Texas’ largest and most comprehensive neuroscience program. The facility, with physician offices, diagnostic and treatment space, a spine center and spine rehabilitation clinic, opened in October. I was honored to be a part of the very special reception, tour, and dedication of the patient waiting room.

“The addition of the Neuroscience Center will provide a unique level of medical care while helping drive continued economic growth to help strengthen and improve this community,” said Cathy Nash, President and Chief Executive Officer of Woodforest National Bank. For more information about neurosciences at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, visit neuro.memorialhermann.org.

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1) Justin Kendrick; Dr. Chris Langan; Dr. Kevin Gaffney; Cathy Nash, CEO of Woodforest Bank; Melissa Lang; and Joshua Urban, CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital

2) Dr. Sebastian Herrera, Dr. Sharon Brown, and Dr. Edward Escobar

3) Sarah Holmes, Kimberly Koehn, and Cheryl Shay

4) Dr. Geoffrey Zubay and Dr. BJ Westbrook

5) Saleem Fazal, Myrzy Lacayo, Suzanne Suarez, Dr. Randall Wright, Alicia O’GIlbert, Alisse Pratt, and Mariella Gonzalez

6) Connie McCormick and Brett McCormick

7) Dr. Divya Chirumamilla and Hiroe Toyama

8) Alicia O’Gilbert , Dr. Divya Chirumamilla, Dr. George Alshamy, Dr. Sebastian Herrera, Dr. Randall Wright, and Saleem Fazal

Cheri Webb played the harp for the enjoyment of guests attending the reception

10) Derrick Ragland and Jim Duke

11) Dr. Ryan McDonald and Dr. Kevin Gaffney



CASACASA--Superhero-Run Superhero Run

CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County held its annual Superhero 1K, 5K, and 10K run on our coldest morning in October, but it did not stop all of the superheroes from making a difference. CASA starts the run at The Woodlands Christian Academy and allows runners to enjoy time through the W.G Jones State Forest. The mission of CASA is to provide and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so that every abused and neglected child can have the opportunity to thrive in a safe, nurturing, permanent home. The agency recruits, trains, and leads devoted community volunteers to provide a voice for the needs of children removed from their homes. Every child needs a hero, but abused children need a superhero. For more details, visit CasaSpeaks4kids.com.


1) CASA Superhero kids about to start their 1K run

2) Idalia Rodriquez, Deanne Biles, and Yolanda Ramos

3) Doug and Cheryl Sellers

4) Alli Stephens, Melissa Paris, and Julie Ambler – headmaster of The Woodlands Christian Academy

5) James Pung and Jeannette Cross

6) Keri Desautels and Sierra Wilkinson

7) Marilyn McQueeney, Barb Robertson, Gwen Box, and Lee Ann Hill

8) Ally Seder, lead sponsor for the CASA Superhero run, welcomes the guests

9) Special Guest, The Willis Batman and Dr. Lorenzo Blas

10) The InkJet Inc. team ready to run: Bernardo Vazquez, Deanne Biles, Bill Allen, Luis Diaz, Patricia Quinlan, José Octa­viano, Desire Lopez, Tony Vazquez, and José Torres



The Cassidy Joined For Hope Community Reveal

The Cassidy Joined for Hope Foundation shared a powerful message of hope to our community at the Community Reveal held at Mercedes Benz of the Woodlands. The event launched the nonprofit Cassidy Joined for Hope campaign. Kim and Judd Hess lost their daughter to suicide two years ago and they have used this tragedy to bring hope to others. The foundation is focused on teen suicide awareness and prevention and is working to choose a program that is “boots on the ground” and reaches kids before they get to the point of hopelessness. It is a platform that will include schools, students, hospitals, and parents because suicide prevention is a community effort.

Visit cassidyjoinedforhope.com for more information on how you can get involved.

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1) Santino Magdeleno, founding member of Cassidy Joined for Hope, and Autumn Case

2) Oliver and Nikki DeBoer

3) Judd and Kim Hess

4) Megan Fralix sang an inspirational song dedicated to the memory of Cassidy Hess

5) Kathryn Bates and Kristin Blanchard

6) Grace Parker and Judge Wayne Mack

7) Tracey Bieser, Tim Bieser, Lynn Fincher, and Jaime Doise




Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery December 2017

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