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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery July 2016

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,

Happy Independence Day! July is here already and there is so much happening in our community. Although it is hot outside, some of my favorite events this time of year are the Red, Hot, and Blue Festival and the Fourth of July parade at Market Street. The Fourth of July is just one of those holidays that makes me think of family, grilling out, and a lot of fun in the sun. Get out and enjoy spending time with those who mean the most to you. The mom in me also wants to remind you to stay hydrated! If you are looking for ideas to get your kids out of the heat, there are also many indoor summer camps right in here in The Woodlands. Take advantage of all the fun and educational activities we have available.

I know I will be enjoying every minute of summer because it always seems to go by way too fast. I hope you too will be “Scene in the Woodlands.” Let me know what events you have planned. If you would like to send photos to be featured in the column, please do not reduce them for email. Email all photos in Original size along with the names of the people in the photos to whitney@gmont.com.


Whitney Montgomery



On April 23 the Woodlands Christian Academy hosted its annual Auction and Gala. The event had a safari theme, and approximately 400 wildly attired guests gathered at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center for a spectacular evening of food, fellowship and fundraising. The event was chaired by Robin and Mark Bennett and sponsored by Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy. The event grossed an astounding $1.1 million. The proceeds from the event will provide need-based financial aid to students.

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1) Bonnie and Mike Ray

2) Carrie Muzny and Amy Young

3) Darrell and Tiffany Baker

4) Jeramy and Christian Meacham

5) Thomas Behe and Kellie Armstrong

6) Mark and Robin Bennett

7) Richie and CeCe Ray

8) Tony and Amy Torres

9) Alison and Vern Veldekens

10) Stephanie and Will Perry

11) Auction Committee

12) Bridget and John Buck, Missy and Wayne Herndon

13) Julie Ambler, Tom and Amy Hauser

14) Crystal Murphey, Elvira Cauthen, Amy Young, Carrie Muzny

15) Thomas Behe, Kellie Armstrong, Kim and Alan Murphy




The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon had its best year yet, with over 1,100 guests joining the nonprofit organization to make it one of the largest Go Red for Women Luncheons in the country. The luncheon, sponsored by Macy’s, and locally by Keller Williams’ Diane Kink and Jo Anne Johnson, raised over $500,000 to fight the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of all women – heart disease and stroke. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. Go Red for Women brings attention to the effects of heart disease and stroke. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. Funds raised at the Go Red for Women luncheons fund research specifically geared towards education and legislative advocacy programs for women’s heart health.

It was an emotional afternoon for the luncheon attendees as they heard about a local woman, Claire Davila, who lost her battle to heart disease last year. Before Davila passed, she dedicated her time to advocating for the American Heart Association and shared her powerful story every chance she got. Then Amy LeCrone’s story brought the entire audience to tears. Last year, LeCrone lost her husband, Vance – a well-known pediatric orthodontist in The Woodlands community – to a heart attack. Vance LeCrone didn’t have any warning signs, and simply went down in the middle of a push-up at the gym, Amy said.

To learn more on how you can donate to the cause and the Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon, visit montgomerycountygored.heart.org.

Photo Credit: Susan Lee


1) The crowd gives speaker Amy LeCrone one of her three standing ovations

2 Ann Beck and Christen Kaufman

3) Dr. Sakina Davis and Dr.Annie Varghese

4) Michele Shifflett and Kara Burke

5) Amy LeCrone, Adeline, Thomas and Charlotte LeCrone

6) Bruce and Diane Kink, Missy Herndon

7) Jo Anne Johnson and Diane Kink

8) Dean Burden, Dr. W Marshall Guy, Lonny Soza, Thom Bolsh

9) Woodlands volunteer firefighters teaching Hands-Only CPR and Angela Pung

10) Macy’s Red Dress




Montgomery County Youth Services held its annual Ladies Night fundraiser to benefit Montgomery County youth and families in crisis. This is generally an exclusive “Ladies Only” event that is full of costumes, a silent auction, dancing, dinner, and even featured pampering stations. For more information on MCYS, visit youthmc.org.

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1) Lori Noack and John Bracken

2) Cricket Dewalch, Amanda Weeks, Neera Patidar, Amanda Abiassi, Bria Wall, Alex Ochoa, Shaina Park

3) Patti Rivela and Patsy Wilson

4) Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks

5) Megan Mitchell and Angela Storseth-Cooper

6) Amy Haymond and Cindy Zarco

7) A few gentlemen who came to show support for “Ladies Night”



The 4th Annual MainStreet America Partner Gala was recently held at MainStreet America. Nearly 200 guests came together to represent their companies through sponsorships and to support the outstanding work done at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The MainStreet America Partner Gala has raised more than $500,000 to aid in research being conducted to find cures for a multitude of childhood neurological disorders. Barbara and Mike Feigin, MainStreet America founders, host the festivities each year, raising money for a cause of particular importance to their family. Mike’s father, Dr. Ralph Feigin, was a world-renowned pediatric infectious disease specialist and the physician-in-chief at Texas Chil­dren’s Hospital from 1977 until his death in 2008. Two of Dr. Feigin’s grandsons were born with neurological disorders.

Researchers at the Institute are studying a variety of disorders including Angelman Syndrome, autism, Batten disease, Cerebellar Ataxias, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, epilepsy, Fragile X Syndrome, language and learning disorders, mental retardation, multiple sclerosis, Periventricular Leukomalacia, Rett Syndrome, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. To learn more visit nri.texaschildrens.org.


1) Gala entertainment included a live band and dancing

2) Gala guests enjoy a cocktail reception at the Main Street America venue

3) Barbara and Mike Feigin with Diamond Sponsors, Tracy and Richard Wilken

4) Dr. Huda Zoghbi and Barbara Feigin

5) Barbara and Mike Feigin with Gold Sponsors, Vi and John Ferguson

6) Keynote speaker, Dr. Huda Zoghbi

7) Gala Silver Sponsors Shirley and Ralph Alexander, with family members



Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery July 2016

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