Congressman Ted Poe is honorary chair for the 10th anniversary of the “In the Pink of Health” luncheon.

The announcement was made by Tim Baker of Independence Bank of Kingwood, president of the sponsoring Northeast Hospital Foundation.

“It is fitting for Congressman Poe to be named honorary chair during our 10th anniversary celebration,” Baker said. “He’s a long-time supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness and a supporter of our Foundation and Project Mammogram. He’s also a strong supporter of the “In the Pink of Health” luncheon has attended most of our annual luncheons.”

The luncheon will be held October 20 in the Grand Ballroom of the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Project Mammogram, a beneficiary of the annual luncheon, provides free mammograms to Lake Houston residents who qualify.

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Congressman Poe, who himself is battling Leukemia, reiterated his support for breast cancer research in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives.

“As a husband and father of three girls, I support funding for breast cancer research, screening and treatment programs,” Congressman Poe told House members. “I am an advocate for organizations that are dedicated to educating women about early detection by practicing regular self-breast exams and scheduling regular mammograms. Their tireless work is an inspiration and a reminder that we must keep up the fight until there is a cure.”

As honorary chair, Congressman Poe will salute Neonatologist Angel Munoz, M.D., the luncheon honoree. He also will celebrate the Luncheon’s anniversary will a special congressional proclamation to the luncheon for outstanding service to the Lake Houston community.

Luncheon speaker is Stephanie Parke, a resident of The Woodlands, Doctor of Dental Science (DDS), wife, and mother of three children who was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2013.

“Previous luncheon speakers have talked about surviving cancer,” said Baker, “but Dr. Parke talks about ‘surviving survival.”

Emmy award winning reporter and anchor Melissa Wilson of FOX 26 will once again emcee the luncheon.

The Foundation will celebrate the Luncheon’s 10th anniversary Friday, Oct. 20, 11:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Houston Airport Marriott at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Co-chairs for the 10th Anniversary Luncheon, once again, are Lynette Calfee and Nancy Shortsleeve.

The 2017 Committee include Dawn Allen, Suzanne Brown, LynAnn Centofanti, Angi Lewis, Kimberly Stokes, Robin Ardoin, Suzanne Croft, Chelsea Degueyter, Marco Ollervides, Elizabeth Tise, Sara Baker, Cynthia Calvert, Rhonda Dishongh, Joanne Pike, Erica White, Brooke Baugh, Brittany Cannon, Tracy Erwin, Carol Prince, Missy Williams, Tom Broad, Cristi Cardenas, Heather Ingalls, Tricia Racine, Audrey Winders, Leigh Rozelle, Kelly Paull, Danell Fields and Derise Bunn.

Proceeds from the “In the Pink of Health” luncheon, always held1 the third Friday in October, will fund Project Mammogram and other initiatives of the Northeast Hospital Foundation.

Project Mammogram is a Northeast Hospital Foundation program housed at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Northeast providing free mammograms and, if needed, follow-up diagnostics and treatment to Lake Houston residents who qualify.

For more information about qualifying for a free mammogram, call 281.540.6443.

For sponsorship and table sales information about the “In the Pink of Health” Luncheon, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the website, northeasthospitalfoundation.org.

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