Congratulations to Noah Stroud and Sofia Malvaez, Kingwood High School’s new Homecoming King and Queen! Flashbulbs were all lit during the crowning ceremony held at Turner Stadium during the Kingwood vs Summer Creek game which Kingwood won.  

“Everything Old is New Again” was the theme for the 12th annual Mission Northeast Luncheon and Style Show. Over a delicious Amedeo’s lunch of lasagna, pasta primavera and desserts which included brownies and mini lemon tarts, Rose Marie Hartley displayed fall fashion and accessories with beautiful pieces donated to the Mission. Millie Garrison, Janet Huberty, Ginger Bertrand, Casey Chrisman, Rick Hatcher, Nancy Reed, Lynda Watts and Kelly Paull were among the numerous attendees as Tony Raffa was awarded the Joe Boyd Community Service Award by Mission Northeast Executive Director Pam Dickson.  Carol Sutton, representing the Kingwood Medical Center Board, donated an automated external defibrillator to be placed on site in case of an emergency.  

Sharon Lewis threw a birthday party for good friend Danell Fields at the Kingwood Country Club and pulled off a true surprise when the birthday girl walked in with no idea. Fran Fennie, Bridget Ognoskie, Linda Copeland, Denise Krieger, Devon Alexander, Twila Ilgen and Diane Blanco chatted and visited over wine, nachos and chicken wings and watched as Danell blew out a box worth of candles on the very elegant black and white birthday cake. Happy Birthday, Danell!

Congratulations to Darryal and Connie Chandler of Minute Man Press, Dr Polly Heil-Mealey and Stephen Hale of Abundant Health and Wellness Center and Judith Hayes of RE/MAX who were recently named finalists for the 29th Annual Small Business of the Year Award by the Lone Star College Small Business Development Center Advisory Council.  The awards banquet will be held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott and is sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank.

I know so many of you had fun at the first FUNrasiers event featuring Pete’s Dueling Pianos, so make sure and save the date for Dec. 2 when the FUNraisers host Vegas Night at The Nathaniel Center to benefit HAAM’s Empty Stocking. Enjoy roulette, poker, blackjack and craps as well as a live Sinatra Band all for a great cause. Coincidentally, this December also marks Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, so we’re going to do it up Rat Pack-style. Imagine The Sands casino circa 1963 – you know you’ll have a blast! Keep your eye out for more information on ticket purchases at The FUNraisers website theFUNraisers.org
Spectacular weather was enjoyed by all as Monsignor Chester Borski opened the annual St. Martha Fall Festival and Market with a prayer followed by the Posting of the Colors and the National Anthem. Deacon Al O’Brien, Deacon John Schuster and John Wemyss had plates piled high with pulled pork sandwiches provided by the Knights of Columbus which were an absolute hit, turkey legs, sausage on a stick and the Hispanic Ministry’s home run – Frito pie! Seen shopping at the festival were Christy Keeling, Ginger Bertrand, Joy Ehrman with grandkids in tow, Carol Bateman, Tina Pratt, Jodie Richter and Melanie McTaggart who all enjoyed the booths filled with handcrafted items, local honey, essential oils, quilts and interesting jewelry. For those who missed an up-close-and-personal visit with the Pope, The St. Vincent de Paul Society booth had a cardboard cut-out of Pope Francis available for photo opportunities. The cake decorating contest was a favorite with children. Msgr. Borski was one of the three judges. Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of America, there were at least 75 entries this year. Kindergarten through high school participated with ribbons for first, second and third places awarded in each division. The winners' cakes were auctioned off in the silent auction. The other entries were used as prizes in the cake walk or sold as desserts. The Catholic Daughters of America will use the proceeds to award a scholarship.
The live auction was well attended at the end of the evening. That is when the bidding certainly got lively for two of the auction items. One of the most popular was the Indoor Skydiving Package for Four with Rev. Richard McNeillie. It sold for $1,700. The Nativity Quilt made by 10 of Martha’s Quilters also saw a fast and furious bidding war between two ladies. The paper-pieced art quilt took over 250 hours to create and sold for $2,200.  

It’s what time of year? Yes, it’s sorority rush! Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic would like to extend a warm welcome to this year’s pledges:
At Texas A&M: Molly Ahearne – Pi Beta Phi; Kennedy Galiano – Zeta Tau Alpha; Alexandra Goyco-Velez – Alpha Delta Pi; Madeline Hand – Chi Omega; Maisie Harris – Delta Delta Delta; Emily Hunt – Gamma Phi Beta; Haley Jordan, Kristen McLeod and Bethany Reid – Delta Zeta; Hailey Leahy and Avery Pogue – Alpha Chi Omega; Ally Mullenix – Kappa Delta; Sally Sexton and Holly Ungerecht – Delta Gamma.  
At Texas A&M Corpus Christi: Virginia Sellers – Zeta Tau Alpha.
At the University of Alabama: Sarah Beth Hoose – Kappa Delta; Skylar Horanyi – Alpha Chi Omega; Sydney Morales – Gamma Phi Beta; Shivanee Patel – Alpha Delta Pi.
At the University of Arizona: Haley Harper – Alpha Delta Pi.
At the University of Arkansas: Sean McClean – Delta Delta Delta; Haley McCollom – Alpha Delta Pi; Emily Poppol and Katie Woodeshick – Pi Beta Phi.
At the University of Kansas: Alexandra Jones – Alpha Chi Omega.
At Lamar University: Natalie Priesmeyer – Alpha Delta Pi.
At Louisiana State University: Mallory Roberson – Kappa Alpha Theta; Allison Vu – Alpha Phi.
At the University of Missouri, affectionately known as Mizzou: Sara Myers – Phi Mu.
At Oklahoma State: Erin Hester – Gamma Phi Beta.

I hope you’re all enjoying this beautiful weather!