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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery January 2017

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Dear Readers,

Happy New Year!!!!! I am so excited to see what 2017 has in store for our community. I am absolutely certain that many of us are starting off the year with resolutions that we may or may not keep, but what is important is that we focus on those things that make our hearts happy. Last year definitely presented challenges for me physically and made me slow down and redirect my attention to my health. This served as a reminder that we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of others. My wish for each of you this year is health and happiness. We are all blessed to have a community that serves as a support system for each one of us.

January tends to be the time of year when we are all recovering from the holiday season, but many organizations are already in the planning stage for some fabulous events this year. One of my absolute favorites is happening this month. The 22nd Annual CASA Speaks for Kids Gala is being held January 21 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. I hope to see you all there.

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) to whitney@gmont.com.

Cheers to a blessed year,



Women Who Rock Luncheon

The 4th annual Women Who Rock Luncheon brought in a crowd of over 400 United Way supporters who had the opportunity to hear the inspiring story of Olympic skier Janine Shepherd, who shared her journey to recovery from a devastating accident that ended her athletic career. The event was hosted by the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, benefitting the Young Mother’s Childcare Scholarship, which provides childcare scholarships for young mothers. Two Woodlands-area corporations, Woodforest National Bank and CB&I, served as presenting sponsors for this year’s event. Funds raised from last year’s luncheon provided scholarship funds to 14 Montgomery County women for the 2016-17 school year. Scholarship recipients attended Lone Star College campus in Montgomery, Conroe and Kingwood, along with Sam Houston State University and Chamberlain School of Nursing. For more information on the Young Mother’s Childcare Scholarship, visit mcuw.org.

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1) Michelle Sandlin, Jeanne Toth, Judy Toth, Don Klein

2) Michelle Kookin, Eric Depoy, Melissa Young

3) Alyssa Saul, Kristen Bahardoust, Lauren Selio, Megan Crowl

4) Heidi Carney, Laura Lea Palmer, Angela Miller

5) Rachel Shead, Audrey Seykora, Don Klein, Tim Welbes, Jeanne Toth, Paul Layne, Lorrie Parise

6) Lynne Wirth, Rhonda McKay

7) Michelle Kookin, Melissa Young, Kristy Villarreal, Ann Wolford, Bev Earl

8) Scholarship winner Jessica with Anna Babin, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston

9) Scholarship winners Ashley, Nikki, Jessica, Laura, Taylor

10) Guest speaker Janine Shepherd

11) Kathy Schilling, Leslie Briese



Karaoke And Cocktails For A Cause

Dosey Doe Big Barn hosted the first annual “Karaoke & Cocktails for a Cause” event honoring Taylor Uresti. The evening was put on by Kickin’ Events and Promotions and all proceeds from the evening benefitted the Pinky Swear Foundation. This foundation brings financial and emotional aid to children with cancer and their families.

In December 2002, 9-year-old Mitch Chepokas, terminally ill with bone cancer, withdrew the entire $6,000 from his savings account and put it in envelopes for the kids on the pediatric oncology floor at the hospital. After giving away all of his money, Mitch made a pinky swear promise with his dad to always help children with cancer and their families after he was gone. Mitch passed away on April 11, 2003, and shortly afterwards, the Pinky Swear Foundation was established by Mitch’s parents, to honor the Pinky Swear Mitch made with his dad. To date, over $11 million has been raised to support brave kids battling cancer. For more information visit pinkyswear.org.


1) Charlene Phillips (winner of art) with Taylor Uresti (artist)

2) (Top row) Dana Estes, Georgiana Syal; (bottom) Dyana Spearman, and Deborah Cooper

3) Katie Uresti, Amy Lampman, and Alanna Williamson

4) Dr. Barry and Christine Winston

5) Alanna Williamson, Milena Canal, Kristen Blanchard, Amy Lampman, Brittany Haworth, Bobbie Cobb, Jennifer Bruse, and Marianne Cowan

6) Andreina Hill and Camilo Betancourt

7) Eric Uresti, Michelle Dacey, Larry McNiel, and Jenny Uresti

8) Chris and Carmen Hill singing karaoke



Junior League Holiday Market Preview Party

Junior League of the Woodlands (JLTW) hosted its 14th annual holiday market at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott which included the fabulous Preview Party. This shopping extravaganza is one of the biggest fundraisers for JLTW, which serves the area of suburban north Houston. All proceeds from the event will go directly back into the community to support JLTW programs including, but not limited to: IMPACT, Done in a Day, St. Luke’s Hospital, H.A.P.P.Y (Healthy Appetites Promote Positive Youth), Kids in the Kitchen, Literacy Carnival, REACH (Resources for Abused Children), and the JL Endowment fund with the Lone Star College System offering annual scholarships.

For more information about the Junior League and its outreach programs, visit jlthewoodlands.org.


1) Fatima Abdullah, Pam Nelson, and Sherridan Schwartz

2) Elizabeth Lowe

3) Chad and Bobbi Jo Miller

4) Jenni Skipper, Natalie Lawrence, Ashley Bowersock, and Ashley Frey

5) Melba Reyes, Helen Garcia, Letty Seay, and Alesha Maalouf

6) Breanna and Brian Cope

7) Jennifer Orr and Paula Moseman

8) Missy Collura and Christina Murez

9) Bobbi Jo Miller, Audra Simpson, Polly Hunt, and Alison Judge

10) Obed Ceballos, Sam Knight, David Laws, DeAnthony Alabi- Isama, Joseph Gamez, Aaron Gilbert and Robbie Wienserski

11) Kristie Laura, Jerri Thomas, Deborah Miner, Tina Winter, Crysti Bellamy, Lacy Phillips, Libra Thompson, and Amy Collins



MCYS Blue And Silver Gala

The Montgomery County Youth Services (MCYS) Blue and Silver Gala benefitting MCYS recently celebrated the 28th anniversary of the event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Ballroom.

Greg and Linda Freede were honored for their 20 years of service to the organization and to area youth. Kim Hess, founder of Cassidy Joined for Hope, spoke about her daughter’s suicide this year and how helpful MCYS was in helping students address the situation and their grief. This year’s theme was Blue and Silver. Blue is the color for child abuse prevention and silver represents the release of mental, physical and emotional issues and lights the way to the future. Blue and Silver together represent MCYS, a child’s bridge from challenges today to achievements tomorrow. For more information visit youthmc.org.

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1) Bill and Leona Malone, USMC Sgt. Major Shane Ruppel and Norma Ruppel, Dr. Lucien and Patti Rivela

2) Dr. Hilton and Allison Yee, Calvin Ladner, Sharon and Alex Sutton

3) Greg and Linda Freede

4) Michelle O’Rourke, Sharon and Shahid Ullah, Patti Rivela

5) Terry Sellers, Zach Richmond, Rachel Mulkey, Royce and Lisa Brooks

6) Marlies Ledbetter

7) J.J. and Amy Hollie, John Bracken

8) Dr. Alysia and John Robichau

9) MCYS recognized Linda and Greg Freede for their service to the agency at the Blue and Silver Gala

10) Dottie Burgess, Joe Baumi, Lynn Houston

11) Keaton and Carla McDaniel


Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery January 2017



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