Woodlands People and Events with Missy Herndon September 2011
Every day I am amazed by the giving hearts and charitable actions of the families and children of The Woodlands. For instance, at the hair salon the other day, I watched a 2nd grade precious girl cut her waist-length hair, not to boast a new trendy haircut, but to proudly hold her pony tail for Locks of Love. Her cousin was there to cheer her on, wearing her own freshly cut bob. The month prior she shared the same gift of a 10-inch pony tail for someone who needed it. As I sat there with foils scattered on my own long hair, I personally thought of her sacrifice and was so honored to have witnessed such a kindness.
Recently I attended a friend’s daughter’s party. In lieu of gifts, her 7-year-old daughter “chose” to make donations to our research charity fund for my son. After everyone left, she quietly handed me the bag of donations and inside was a shiny gold envelope… the contents her piggy bank money. She didn’t just give in place of her presents; she gave her own savings too. We live in an area inundated with material possessions, and to an outsider, it may appear that bigger and better is our motto. I would say not in terms of cars or homes, but Bigger in heart, better in loving friends and caring for neighbors!
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SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED EVENT
Grab your heels and a little pink attire and dash your way to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with The Stiletto Sprint at Market Street on Saturday, Sept. 10. Prepare to run—in your high heels—for a 100 Meter Race to support Breast Cancer Charities of America’s The Help Now Fund. The Help Now Fund is an emergency financial assistance program that helps pay for rent and utilities for those who are going through breast cancer.
INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS DIRECTORY UNVEILING
The 37th Edition of The Interfaith of The Woodlands Directory was unveiled recently at a celebration and cover reveal at Interfaith of The Woodlands. Members of The Woodlands Township, Interfaith’s Board of Directors and local advertisers joined the publications committee to debut the new directory and smartphone application that features a beautiful photo of the Waterway Square accented with hot pink and silver metallic accents. The original phone book was created by Rev. Don Gebert, now on Interfaith’s Board of Advisors, on two pieces of paper. Rev. Gebert personally welcomed the first 1,200 families to The Woodlands. His legacy lives on in what is now The Interfaith of The Woodlands Directory.
1) (L-R) Bonni Horan, director of publications, Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Chip Ray of Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors with Dr. Ann Snyder, president & CEO, Interfaith of The Woodlands
2) (L-R) Don Norrell, President & GM of The Woodlands Township with Bruce Tough, Chairman of The Board of Directors The Woodlands Township, Barry Millenson and Tim Welbes, Chairman, Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors
3) Steve Sanders and Jim Blair, both with Interfaith of The Woodlands Board of Directors
4) Dianne and George Lindahl, Board of Advisors, Interfaith of The Woodlands
5) Barbara and Rev. Don Gebert, Board of Advisors, Interfaith of The Woodlands
6) Shannon Mills, Interfaith of The Woodlands with Taylor White
7) Leonard Broussard, award-winning graphic designer with Double-S-Studio and Interfaith of The Woodlands, with Directory Advertiser and the award-winning ad, Leslie Diaz with Grand Gardens
8) Interfaith of The Woodlands Directory advertisers, Dawn Keating with Healthy Life Unlimited Pilates and Mark Mahana with Green Pest Guys
9) Interfaith of The Woodlands Directory publication team
THE WOODLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE YPN EVENT
The South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce recently held its Young Professional Network (YPN) monthly event at the new FIAT dealership in The Woodlands. YPN is an exclusive group of young professionals ages 21-39. YPN provides future leaders from the Chamber with the opportunity to develop socially and professionally through monthly networking opportunities.
10) Hosting The South Montgomery County/ Woodlands Chamber of Commerce YPN’s event, FIAT of The Woodlands: (Back row l-r) Brent Forman of FIAT USA, Roger Ybarrra, Christian Anderson and Ed Paez; (front row) Ryan Hon, Daniela Rodriguez, Jaime Ramierez and Michelle O’Rourke with Outback Western Wear and The Chamber’s YPN
11) George Pallotta and Arturo Calderon, owners of the new Yucatan Taco Stand on The Waterway, opening in mid-September
12) Richard Judge and Richard Powell
13) (L-R) Cody McCormick, Justin Sullivan and Forrest Jones
14) (L-R) Paco Rivera, Kevin Gillenwater, Richard Rector
15) Carla Soriano and Sophia Mireles, both of 1252 Tapas Bar
16) Jim Dorr and Roman Torres
JUNIOR LEAGUE’S PROVISIONAL TEA
The Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties (JLNHSMC) hosted a Tea for their incoming Provisional Class at the home of Bren Yeager in The Woodlands. More than 65 women attended the annual tradition that welcomes new members to the volunteer organization. The Junior League serves the community by providing volunteers to work with many local nonprofit organizations including St. Luke’s Hospital, The Woodlands Children’s Museum, Montgomery County Women’s Center and the Pearl Fincher Museum of the Arts. Additionally, The Junior League-sponsored programs serve our area by providing Literacy Carnivals, Kids in The Kitchen events, Annual IMPACT (Increase and Motivate Positive Awareness in Children and Teachers) Continuing Education events for Educators and a new program, REACH, which is a resource for abused children. For more information check out The League’s website at jlnhsmc.org.
17) (l-r) Bren Yeager, Samantha Urbanek and Jennie Shirley
18) Junior League President Ali May with Carol Lauck, sustaining advisor to The Board of Directors
19) (L-R) Emily Oberton, Nilou Ebrahimi, Itayli Friebel, Laura Creel and Stephanie Doyle
20) (L-R) Freda Shultz, Melissa Guggisberg and Jen McDonald
21) Rene Romano and Eliana Sumruld
22) Mindy Harmon and Amy Griffin
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND FAITH
Recently I was invited to CRUSH Wine Lounge to attend an event of The Real Housewives of Montgomery County, a brainchild of The Woodlands’ Doreen King, owner of DIVA Boutique in Sterling Ridge Shopping Center. There were no cat fights or bickering with this group of Housewives…The group was actually created to give local women, aka “Housewives,” an outlet to meet new friends, network and share ideas.
The group will work in conjunction with their own charitable, nonprofit FAITH, to raise monies to donate to charities in Montgomery County. Members of the group will attend monthly functions and help promote and attend a “Reality Fashion Show and Shopping” event once a year. Thank you for the invite ladies — I enjoyed the evening and learning about your charitable endeavors! For more information, check out the group “The Real Housewives of Montgomery County” on Facebook.
23) (L-R) Dawn Cleboski, Maureen Sykora and Mary Smith with Doreen King, founder of The Real Housewives of Montgomery County
24) (L-R) LeQueta Foust with representatives of The Montgomery County Food Bank Cyndi Stoker and Margie Taylor
25) Karen Lonon and Kathy Jones
26) (Front, l-r)Shelley Michetti, Nancy Trometer, Kelsey Springer, Kim Scholwinski, Caroline Erb, Melissa King; (back, l-r) Robyn Scharlach, Jennifer Anderson, Veronica Bruce and Cristy Lujan
27) (L-R) Fran Bickler, Nancy Renfroe, Mary Beth Oglesby and Sandy Duplantis
28) (L-R) Marie Underdown, Carole LaRose, Doreen King and Frances McDougal
SAVE THE DATE
I will see you at the following events:
Sept. 10: iGo Pink Stiletto Run benefitting Breast Cancer Charities of America, Market Street, 7:30am, thebreastcancercharities.org
Sept. 18: Yucatan Taco Stand & Tequila Bar Charity Dinner benefiting The Will Herndon Fund for Juvenile Batten Disease Research, seatings from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets at willherndon.org
Oct. 8: Interfaith of The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. woodlandsinterfaith.org
Oct. 14: Memorial Hermann’s In The Pink of Health Annual Luncheon, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. inthepinkofhealth.org
Oct. 22: Montgomery County Cattle Barons Ball, Buck Grass Stables in Magnolia. Tickets at gala.acsevents.org
Oct. 28: Unmasking Breast Cancer Masquerade Gala, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, thebreastcancercharities.org.