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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery November 2017

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Dear Readers,

November is a time focused on giving thanks. As the last two months of 2017 are upon us, I hope you will stop and take a moment to give thanks for the blessings that you have in your life. Whether that be the gift of family, friends, health, community, peace or freedom – nothing is too big or too small to be thankful for. Each day is a blessing, no matter the circumstance. I know the last few months have been very challenging for so many of us, but I also know that there have been miracles in the midst of the mess.

I want to continue the challenge that I started last year. My challenge to you is to make a list of 5 things you are thankful for each morning before you start your day. Starting November 1, make it a habit to get up and say or write these five things. You can even make this a family challenge as well. It will be so uplifting to have each person focus on the positive in a world where it can sometimes be so easy to hear negative all around us. I will start! My five things I am most thankful for: my husband, my children, my church, my friends, and the blessing of being involved with the community through this column. What are you thankful for?

Please join me Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 7-11:30 p.m. at Dosey Doe Big Barn, 25911 North Freeway in The Woodlands, for an incredible night of karaoke, cocktails, and fun. The event benefits the Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands and its overall mission of helping families in need. It will be hosted by Jenny and Eric Uresti of the Uresti Giving Foundation, which aims to provide financial assistance for organizations that support children with cancer and their families.

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 full size (with names attached) to whitney@gmont.com.


Wine, Women and Shoes

Wine, Women and Shoes held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on Sept. 21 was an absolutely fabulous event and definitely one that guests will remember for the heartwarming fashion show, which featured breast cancer survivors and those close to them as models. There was wine tasting, shoe and accessory shopping galore, a dazzling fashion show, exciting silent and live auctions, dream closet raffle, charming shoe guys and more! Proceeds benefitted iGoPink and The Breast Cancer Charities of America. For more details visit iGoPink.org.

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1) Jenna D’Amico and Misti Jeter

2) Anthony Campos, Derrick Byrd, and Michael Peguero with Title Boxing

3) Michelle Sanders and Michelle Boeding

4) Ligia Fernandez and Luz Nunez

5) Colin and Liette Ocker – Spotlight survivor

6) Jessica Stark, Stephanie Davenport, Pamela Morris, and Renee Devine

7) Crystal Farmer and Amy Lampman

8) Emily St Amor and Krista English

9) The winner of the “Best Shoes” award

10) Model Kelly DeBerardinis, a breast cancer survivor

11) Stacy Proue, breast cancer survivor and model

12) Peggy Sloan, Suzette Hernandez , Deola Wilburn, Nicole Neumann, Allie Garcia, and Stephanie Flores



Memorial Hermann In The Pink of Health Luncheon

The 17th Annual Memorial Hermann In the Pink of Health Luncheon on Sept. 29 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was a beautiful event that definitely was a sea of pink and turquoise.  Generous donors and attendees helped raise nearly $600,000, which will be reinvested into the greater Montgomery County area to fund cutting-edge technology, programs and services for breast and ovarian cancer patients and survivors. Chaired by Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung, the day’s festivities commenced at 10 a.m. with champagne and shopping. The sold-out crowd sipped on bubbly while bidding on exclusive Silent Auction gift packages, ranging from a “Magnolia or Bust” Magnolia Market trip for six in a custom Mercedes-Benz van to four Texans suite tickets with a parking pass. Other attendees worked their way through the Pink Boutique to purchase keepsakes for their guests. But the highlight of the morning was a luxury raffle to win one of two $5,000 shopping sprees at the new Tory Burch boutique in Market Street. T

The formal luncheon and program included keynote speaker Amy Robach. The crowd greeted the ABC Good Morning America news anchor, best-selling author, mother of two, stepmom of three, wife, and breast cancer survivor. She detailed her journey from her first- ever mammogram, which was filmed live on -Good Morning America, through her darkest hours, and to present day as she discussed her passionate stance on early detection and education. “When you tell your story, you move people, you change people, and you ignite them to action,” she told the crowd. “If I inspire just one woman to get her mammogram, my story has made a difference.”

For more information, or to support breast and ovarian cancer programs at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, visit inthepinkofhealth.org.

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1) Lauren Gough, Heather Lozinak, Natalie Ha

2) Missy Collura, Amy Gunn, and Janet Ritter

3) Natalie Moon and Stacey Schexnaildre

4) George Prchal and George Adelson

5) Amanda Rech, Ann Wolford, and Matt Huard

6) Bonnie Pfrenger. Summer Day, Angie Mayrant, Ed Jones, Kelly Holmes, Amy Odom, and Patti Seefeldt

7) Keynote speaker Amy Robach

8) Tanya Burk, Sunshine Smith, Misty Clow, and Presha Carr

9) Meagan Jamaluddin,Missy Herndon, Jessica Kemp, Lucy Gomez, Janet Wong

10) Carolyn Allsen, Mary Thory, Patti Jorgenson, Olimpia Petzoid, Paola Giannotti, Amanda Poole, and Melony Bergeron

11) In the Pink Co-Chair Tiffany McClung, Tricia Futcher, Richard van der Dys, and Co-Chair Cheryl Brady

12) Stephanie Taylor with a special music performance



The Pangea Network – “Out of Africa”

The Pangea Network, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering motivated individuals in Kenya and the United States through education and mentorship, hosted its annual “Out of Africa” celebration on Sept. 16 at The Woodlands Country Club. The primary focus of the gala was to raise support for the drought-stricken country of Kenya, which is suffering from a shortage of crops and sustainable resources. Pangea Network raised over $176,000 at this event and will empower entrepreneurial women who have trained in their programs on skills such as first aid and business to help give back to their communities through enterprise. Longtime Pangea ambassador Will Forte, the creator and star of The Last Man on Earth and former Saturday Night Live actor, was the evening’s emcee. For more information on the organization please visit thepangeanetwork.org.

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1) Kate Colston and Kayla Smith

2) Nicole Minor and Will Forte

3) Lisa McElroy and Amy Smith

4) Cindy Hageman, Ellen Turner, Will Forte, Jennifer Majors–Baca, Amy Smith, Nicole Minor, Kim Austin, Ally Seder, Ella Petersen

5) Don and Lisa Koetting

6) Julie Moore working at the Wine Pull

7) Samyu Hari, Amen Mestin and Karina Pinzon

8) Chelsea Harris, Elsa Petersen, and Kali Glover

9) Michelle Dunaway, Sonja McCain, Sheri Dunaway-McCain, and James McCain

10) Erica Lee, Anna Lee, and Constance White

11) Sarita Salinas and Joe Sandoval

12) Taslima and Shabbir Musfada

13) Brenda Agee and Ella Heath with two of the “animals” that mingled among the guests



MCYS “Yes To Youth” Gala

The Montgomery County Youth Services Yes to Youth Gala recently held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was a record-breaker for the organization dedicated to serving youth in crisis in Montgomery County. The 2017 Presenting Sponsor was the PISULA Development Company. The event honored Jeff and Michelle Maggert for their continuing support of MCYS for over 25 years. Co-chaired by MCYS Board member Patti Rivela and Laura Everson, the “Caribbean Nights”-themed Gala hosted 550 guests and raised over $500,000 for the agency. This year the Gala had its first Junior Committee to mentor younger adults in the leadership roles of volunteering on committees. Montgomery County Youth Services is a private, nonprofit counseling organization committed to providing quality social service programs to children and families in crisis throughout Montgomery County. The mission of MCYS is to strengthen families, keep youth in school and prepare them to be productive citizens. For more information on MCYS, please call 936-756-8682 or visit youthmc.org.

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1) Gala Co-Chairs Patti Rivela and Laura Everson

2) Neil Jolly, Dave Khurana, Sonia Khurana, Jaya Jolly, Pinder Gill, Jag Gill

3) Rhese and Marileze Hoylman

4) Co-Chair Patti Rivela, Ann Wolford, Dr. Lucien Rivela

5) Tara and Thomas Waite

6) A “parrot” was part of the Caribbean-themed entertainment for guests.



Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery November 2017

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