Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery February 2016
FOR GALAS, PARTIES, LUNCHEONS:
FOR SCHOOL & STUDENT NEWS AND FOR SCHOOL & STUDENT NEWS
AND OTHER HAPPENINGS:
It’s February – the month of love! I am fascinated by all of the romance, love and hype that surfaces around Valentine’s Day. I think we can all agree that we have one of the most loving communities. Just watching the amount of giving and support that people provide to one another makes me feel like it is Valentine’s Day everyday. I appreciate all that goes into making this such an amazing place to call home and raise a family. I moved to this area in 1979 andhave grown up watching the growth and development over the years. I loved calling this home back then, and I love it even more now.
I am and always will be someone who strives to better myself and others every day. One way I do this is through setting goals that will allow me to challenge myself and step out of my comfort zone. Something you will quickly realize about me is I like to take action. My challenge for all of us this month is this: Show love to yourself, another person or a charity that is outside something you would normally do. Choose whatever love language fits your situation the best. This could be a monetary gift, an act of service through volunteering, words of affirmation for someone through a phone call or a card, spending quality time with special people in your life, or even a simple hug that may literally change someone’s whole day.
The love and dedication that our community puts into creating the most amazing events and fundraising activities never changes. There is so much detail and planning involved and I want you to know that it does not go unnoticed or unapprecdiated. I personally thank each and every one of you for the countless hours and commitment that it takes to make all of this happen each month. A few of the events to look forward to in February are:
Feb. 11: Open Your Purse for Change luncheon benefiting Montgomery County Women’s Center (The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center)
Feb. 17: Crisis Assistance Center’s First Annual Legacy Luncheon (The Woodlands United Methodist Church)
Feb. 20: American Heart Association’s Montgomery County Heart Ball (The Woodlands Waterway Marriott)
Feb. 27: Chili cookoff to benefit St. Baldrick’s (Northshore Park)
I am excited to be out and about this month and I hope that you too will be “Scene in The Woodlands.” Keep me posted on your events for 2016 – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be the change you hope to see in the world,
THE FORUM LUNCHEON
More than 400 guests had the privilege to take a look inside Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands at the ForumLuncheon. Michelle Riley-Brown, president of Texas Children’s Hospital the Woodlands, and Dr. Charles Hankins, chief medical officer of TCH The Woodlands, provided attendees with an update on the hospital’s progress and introduced the growing leadership and clinical teams. The luncheon featured a panel of the newly recruited physicians who will be caring for patients in this expanding community. Texas Children’s Hospital the Woodlands will open its doors to outpatient care in Fall 2016 and inpatient services in 2017.
1) Judy and Glenn Smith
2) Melissa Stansheck, Johnna Edone and Shannon Wing
3) (L to R) Tom Abrahams, weekend news anchor at ABC13 KTRK, Dr. Albert Hergenroeder, Dr. Kristin Ernest, Dr. Susan Blaney, Dr. Michael Gleason, Dr. Carla Giannoni and Dr. Michael Hughes
4) Ralph Alexander
5) Lori and Charles Maurice
ST JUDE’S RED CARPET FOR HOPE
St. Jude’s Children’s research hospital was excited to partner with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the official 73rd annual Golden Globe awards screening gala. Before the live telecast of the Golden Globe awards, guests were given the opportunity to enjoy a live auction and dinner as they heard courageous stories from St. Jude patient families. Events like St. Jude’s Red Carpet for Hope help enable St. Jude to continue to lead the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life threatening diseases.
1) Trey and Paige Halberdier
2) Erin Hudson, Aisha Dubose, Melody Stroud and Amanda Fortino
3) Dana Tyson, emcee from Sunny 99.1
4) Laura and Larry Slay
5) Ali Malek, Sarah Rhea, Jennifer Freeman and Renee Bear
MONTGOMERY COUNTY NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA
The Montgomery County New Year’s Eve Gala was absolutely phenomenal! It was a Masquerade Ball, and guests were invited to “Unmask the New Year”. Everyone had a night full of dinner, dancing, live entertainment, casino play and a fabulous midnight fireworks show. La Torretta Resort was a beautiful venue, and I am already looking forward to next year. All proceeds from this event benefit the abused and neglected children of Montgomery County.
Photo credit: Edward Matthews Photography
1) Dan Dunn, well known speed painter
2) Ted and Pat Spackey
3) (L-R) Earnest Kellow, Willis Yehl, Pat Jaggers, Terri Jaggers, Chance Laurent, Andrea Noyes, Adam Jaggers, and Tyler Case (floor)
4) Gala guests enjoying the casino
5) DJ Adam Jaggers
6) Michael Durham, Andi Durham, Hope Robinson, Shawn Hairgroves
HOUSTON PUBLIC MEDIA DOWNTON ABBEY PREVIEW PARTIES
On Saturday, Dec. 12, Houston Public Media held two preview parties in The Woodlands of the first episode of the final season of Downton Abbey. Diehard fans of the show dressed in Downton Abbey attire – circa 1920s Britain – for the “Dress for Downtown” costume contest. The cast members of Houston Public Media’s Emmy Award-winning Manor of Speaking were in attendance and hosted a Q&A session after the premiere.
1) Fans Shelley Harrington and Heidi Velez pose with Mister Rodgers, the popular butler character from “Manor of Speaking” at one of the two Downton Abbey premiere screenings held in The Woodlands.
Photo: Francisco Montes
2) Christine and Kaitlyn Cargol, first-place costume contest winners at the noon screening of the Downton Abbey premiere in The Woodlands.
3) Gwen Jackson and Sharon Cofran show off their Downton Abbey costumes at one of premiere screenings.
4) Enthusiastic Downton Abbey fans having fun at one of the Season 6 premiere screenings in The Woodlands.
Photo: Francisco Montes
5) Mother and son duo show off their winning Downton Abbey style costumes at the season 6 premiere screening held at 3 p.m. (L-R) Ernie Manouse, Soledad Seman, Remy Seman and St. John Flynn.
Photo: Francisco Montes
6) “Manor of Speaking” personalities Ernie Manouse and St.John Flynn pose with costume contestants at the Downton Abbey season 6 premiere in The Woodlands. (L-R) Ernie Manouse, Hayley Dickey, Stephanie Dickey, Rebekah Dickey and St. John Flynn.
7) Women who hold Downton Abbey watch parties each season meet the “Manor of Speaking” stars, Ernie Manouse and St. John Flynn, at one of the Downton Abbey season 6 premieres in The Woodlands. (L-R) Alice Callison, Ernie Manouse, MaryAnn Evans, Cheryl Hillman, Janice Macek and St. John Flynn.
Photo: Francisco Montes