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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery July 2017

Email: whitney@gmont.com

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Dear Readers,

Summer is heating up for sure. It is hot outside, but I hope everyone is enjoying the fun times of “summer vacation.” I can’t wait to see all of you out at the 4th of July festivities. It is always a fun family adventure. I am so thankful for what this holiday means and I know that we are blessed to live in this country. 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. For some, you are already counting the days until the kids are back in school, but time goes by so fast and I encourage you to take in every second you get to spend with your families. 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 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! Please be sure to send high resolution photos original size (do not reduce for email) and include the names of all people. Please mail them to whitney@gmont.com.

Be the change,



Junior League Annual May Dinner

Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc., (JLTW) hosted its May Annual Dinner on May 16 to recap the 2016-2017 League year, recognize JLTW members for their contributions, and present over $80,000 to selected community partners through Community Assistance Funds (CAF) and Emergency Relief Funds (ERF). Congratulations to the 2017 CAF and ERF awardees: Arrow Ministries, Montgomery County Food Bank, Memorial Hermann Foundation, Texas Children’s Hospital, Tamina Community Center, Aldine Family Hope Center, Angel Reach, Bridging for Tomorrow, CASA Child Advocates of Montgomery County, Cy-Hope, Home Place of Texas, Humble Area Assistance Ministries, Interfaith South County Community Clinic, Love Fosters Hope, Montgomery County Youth Services, Pregnancy Assistance Center North and The Woodlands Children’s Museum.

In addition to monetary donations, each year JLTW supports the local community with over 40,000 volunteer hours valued at $1 million. The League also welcomed 67 Provisionals as newly Active members after successful completion of their first year. And lastly, three deserving League members were recognized for their individual contributions. Congratulations to Allison Tinker (Active of the Year), Alicia May (Sustainer of the Year), and Candice Burrows (Provisional of the Year); your dedication and enthusiasm are truly an asset to the League! For more information visit jlthewoodlands.org or call 281-376-5754.

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1) Montgomery County Food Bank presented with $10,000

2) Interfaith Community Clinic presented with $6,800

3) Home Place of Texas with Bobbi Jo Miller and Laura Bomer

4) Arrow Ministries and Freedom Place presented with $9,500

5) Aldine Family Hope Center and Buckner Family presented with $2,000

6) Community Partners who were presented with check donations lined the room for recognition

7) Montgomery County Youth Services presented with $13,000

8) Texas Childrens Hospital presented with $1,500.



Lone Star College Foundation Stargala 2017

The Lone Star College Foundation raised over $450,000 as part of StarGala 2017, its annual signature event. This year’s gala, with more than 600 guests in attendance, was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center April 29. The gala featured LSC-North Harris student ambassador Josiah Crosby, who spoke about his experience and the impact Lone Star College is having on his life. Attendees were treated to a performance by the LSC-Montgomery Chamber Singers, followed by a dinner, live auction and dancing with music provided by DJ Lewis. “The work the Lone Star College Foundation does is so incredibly important for our community,” said Carl Joiner, LSC Foundation board chair. “StarGala 2017 is truly an investment
in our future.”

The mission of the Lone Star College Foundation is to change lives through student scholarships and quality educational programs.  Since its creation in 1991, the Foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 into an extensive portfolio of $22 million. With an enrollment of 95,000 credit and non-credit students, attending classes in six comprehensive colleges, six satellite centers and two university centers, the need for financial support increases each semester.

For more information, visit LoneStarCollegeFoundation.org.

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1) Gil and Debra Staley

2) Steve and Linda Head

3) Caldwell Companies

4) Sondra Lagasse and Beth Landgraf with two of the living decorations!

5) Josiah Crosby, LSC-North Harris Student Ambassador

6) Saul and Lisa Valentin

7) Missy and Wayne Herndon

8) Lee Ann and Jim Nutt

9) Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison


2017 Run For The Roses Gala

The Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County gala on May 6, presented by LGI Homes, was a resounding success, raising over $600,000 for the charity. The Kentucky Derby theme of “Run for the Roses – Building Homes and Hope” came to life from the moment guests arrived at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. The chair of the night was Kim Lindley. Eric Lipar, LGI Homes President, explained to the crowd that the company focuses on producing affordable housing because they understand how important home ownership is for a family’s stability. Habitat for Humanity is changing lives. Research on Habitat families shows that 25 percent of children are more likely to graduate from high school and 62 percent move on to pursue a post-secondary education, 33 percent are less likely to become teen moms and 59 percent are more likely to own their own home within 10 years of leaving their parents’ household. In short, Habitat home ownership changes families for generations to come. For more information on the important work of Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County, please visit habitatmctx.org.

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1) Kim Lindley, Gala Chair, and Eric Lipar, President of LGI Homes, Presenting Sponsor

2) Brenda Mizell, 2017 Habitat gala honoree

3) Brenda Mizell, 2017 Habitat gala honoree (third from right) and family

4) The 2017 Habitat gala committee

5) Featured Habitat homeowner Lakesha Evans (second from right), and her family

6) Steve Brown, Larry Abston, and Mario Coll

7) Susan Hayes, Cindy Lensing, Lisa Koetting, and Kim Neill



AHA Go Red For Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association’s annual Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon, held on Friday, May 19 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, hit its highest fundraising record in history with $922,000 grossed at the event. The chairs this year were Debbie Sukin, SVP of Houston Methodist Hospital and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands, and Ralph Alexander, CEO of TALEN Energy Company. Amy LeCrone, who lost her husband Vance – a well-known pediatric orthodontist in the Woodlands community – to a heart attack two years ago, again shared her story of perseverance and dedication to educating on CPR and AED education. But it was her connection to Julie Barrett, this year’s Open Your Heart Speaker, that blew everyone away.

Julie and Amy, childhood friends, both have been impacted by CPR education. In May 2011, Julie was out for a walk with her husband Seth when she had a spontaneous cardiac arrest, falling to the ground. It was Seth who immediately performed CPR on Julie, a decision that helped save her life. Participants were overwhelmed by the Barretts’ emotional story of the power of love, and how CPR education played a part in Julie’s recovery. If you’re interested in learning CPR, or having a representative come out to your company or home to learn Hands-Only CPR, please contact Samantha.Andrews@heart.org.

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Photo Credit: Derrick Bryant Photography

1) Woodlands volunteer firefighters pose with Annie Manikins outside of the Hands-Only CPR training booth

2) Montgomery County Sheriff SWAT team member raises Ferrari Kid Car during silent auction

3) Honoree Amy LeCrone

4) ABC 13 Eyewitness News’ Katherine Whaley with her husband Chris

5) Ralph Alexander, CEO of TALEN Energy Company; Cathy Nash, CEO of Woodforest Bank; and Debbie Sukin, SVP of Houston Methodist Hospital and CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands

6) Ralph and Shirley Alexander, Susie and Jeff Shipley

7) Midge Epstein, Executive Vice President Southwest Affiliate of American Heart Association, with Richard and Tracy Wilken

8) Annabelle Carrillo, Circle of Red Chair, and Lonny Soza, Men Go Red Chair

9) Participants learn how to save a life using Hands-Only CPR

10) Montgomery County CPR Pilot Ambassador Ron Mullins shows participants Hands-Only CPR

11) Jennifer Bruse, Kristin Blanchard, Jennifer Almblad

12) Janine Jones and Diane Kink


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