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Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery October 2017

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Dear Readers,

It’s Fall! This is a season that just makes me want to be outside. Schedules seem to get busier, the air gets cooler, and the pumpkin spice flavor comes back.

This October is a little different than the last one. Our community and our state just went through one of the biggest natural disasters we have faced, but it also has proven to be one of the biggest inspirations as well. Hurricane Harvey definitely made his mark and caused a lot of destruction and despair. What I will remember the most about Harvey is the way it brought people together. I literally have been in tears watching our entire community come together with their time, resources, donations, and prayers to rebuild hope. It didn’t matter what race, ethnicity, social class, or political party someone belonged to. What mattered was that we were people helping people and that we are continuing to help each other as we rebuild lives here in Montgomery County. Thank you to each and every person in this community for inspiring me and each other.

I would love to know what events you have planned and hope you too can be “Scene in the Woodlands”. If you would like to send photos to be featured in this column, please do not reduce their size for email. Forward all high resolution photos with names of everyone in the photo attached to whitney@gmont.com.


Interfaith Of The Woodlands Hurricane Harvey Relief

Interfaith of The Woodlands did not miss a beat when it came to serving our community after Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas. Interfaith has taken over as a distribution organization for Montgomery County and has been accepting monetary and item donations from the community. “Our work here at Interfaith is just getting started,” President Missy Herndon said. “The community’s generosity and in-kind donations have met the basic needs of food, water and supplies. Interfaith plans to use this money to focus on transitioning families out of shelters and friends’ homes and into long-term housing solutions while they work to rebuild their lives.” The Montgomery County Distribution Center has served 2,596 families and 13, 655 individuals since opening to the public. Interfaith will continue to provide disaster relief assistance to those in need for the weeks and months to come. To make a donation, visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or text GIVE to 832-925-3144.

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1) Betty and Mark Petrichuk

2) Laura Arroyo and Rebecca Chavez

3) Sgt Tim Stout, Private Baca, and Sgt Salazar

4) Cristina Alatorre and Melissa Mobley

5) Reece Hannigan and Brian Foulger

6) Linda and Ken Keith

7) Volunteers helping evacuees

8) Billie Seale and Alyssa Cox

9) Volunteers unloading donations


Education For Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) Trivia Night

Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) presented the fifth annual Trivia Night and Silent Auction fundraiser at the Sts. Simon & Jude Parish Event Center in The Woodlands, presented by Consolidated Communications and kindly supported by the Brain Fuel Sponsor, HFG Wealth Management, and the Prodigy Sponsor, Lone Star College-Montgomery. All guests were invited to an evening of brain-busting fun and friendly competition where guests were challenged with trivia ranging from biology to pop culture in pursuit of the Smarties Cup. Each table of 10 formed a team and attempted to demonstrate its mastery of trivial knowledge to win prizes and bragging rights. EfTA is a nonprofit dedicated to connecting the business and education communities in Montgomery County. With innovative programs focused on science, technology and career preparation, EfTA has become the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education. To learn more about EfTA’s programs, visit efta-us.org.

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1) Melissa Bochat, Angela Storseth, and Melissa Young

2) Dr. Don Stockton and student speaker Abbie Johnson (2017 Conroe High School graduate)

3) Master of Ceremonies Bret Strong of The Strong Firm P.C.

4) Mike and Annie Bradbury

5) Team Repsol

6) Huntsman Table: Lisa Wilkey, John Wilkey, John Brown, Brian Pellon, Peggy Pellon, June and Derek Crofton

7) Eve Kneller, Valerie Byers, Nicole Anderson and Monica Bomkamp Enia

8) Dan Altom and Debbie Kaschik from The Woodlands Young Learners Academy

9) Gil, Debra and Jonathan Staley

10) Lucy Gomez, Shannon Mills, and Missy Herndon from Interfaith of The Woodlands

11) Smarties Cup Champions from Team GJ Snyder


All Ears! Toast And Taste

ALL EARS! Listening & Language Center hosted the third annual Toast & Taste event at The Woodlands Country Club. All proceeds will fund the mission of All Ears! The Center opened in Fall 2014 and is the first and only preschool in The Woodlands serving children ages 18 months to 5 years who are hearing impaired, and whose parents have chosen the spoken language option of communication for their child. The program currently operates within the Early Learning Program at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church. Their mission and passion is to meet the needs of deaf children in Montgomery County without imposing a financial burden on their families. For more information, visit allearscenter.org.

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1) Laurie Byerly, Tami Laugharn, and Jessica Daniel

2) Mychelle and Levi LeVan with children Lacey and Lanae LeVan

3) Kathy Bray, Bill Bray, and Jullie Jones

4) Dan Bialkowski, Glenda Malana, and Shelley Mathay

5) Cindy Mountain and Kristi Zerangue

6) Mark and Katrina Cassidy

7) Barbara and Terry Cargill

8) Lindy Johnson, Kirk Johnson, Shannon Mills, Jason Mills

9) Yvette Williams and Rita Vansickle, Director of ELP

10) The children of All Ears Learning Center


Montgomery County Women’s Center Scholarship Awards

The Montgomery County Women’s Center recently held its annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony during which 26 higher educational scholarships were awarded to its clientele. Whether taking remedial classes to begin college or taking the final courses to earn an undergraduate with plans for a master’s degree, each woman exuded courage and a fierce determination to make a better life for herself and her children. The Montgomery County Women’s Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is a United Way agency whose mission is to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Montgomery and surrounding counties through assistance, advocacy, empowerment and education. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter for those fleeing abuse, counseling, transitional housing support, legal services, advocacy through the medical and legal process, and education and outreach in the community and schools. To change a life through a scholarship donation, please contact Deana Germany at 936-441-4044, ext. 29 or email deanag@mcwctx.org. For more information, please call (936) 441-4044 or the 24-hour crisis hotline at (936) 441-7273 or visit mcwctx.org.

Photos by Liz Grimm


1) Maggie Flanagan, Tom Cox, Sr., (scholarship donor), Sarah Raleigh (MCWC President and CEO)

2) Marion Fischer (MCWC board member, donor, and scholarship committee member), Lakita Wheaton-Stewart (scholarship recipient), and Sarah Raleigh

3) Marion Fischer, Norma Rangel (scholarship recipient), and Sarah Raleigh

4) Marion Fischer, Shanarica Bennett (scholarship recipient), and Sarah Raleigh

5) Scott Wolford (scholarship donor), Dana Garcia (MCWC Director of Community Relations), and Kathie Wolford (scholarship donor).

6) Marion Fischer, Sheila Davenport (Lone Star College Program Coordinator), Sarah Raleigh

7) Diana Sanchez (scholarship recipient) and family

8) Sarah Raleigh, Adora Kutchin (MCWC founding member and scholarship donor), and Marion Fischer



Scene in the Woodlands, Whitney Montgomery October 2017

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