Cherrie Ledoux

It’s finally back to school time! Congratulations to everyone who had a successful first week of getting up on time, carpools, packed lunches and getting back on schedule. Continuing our tradition of meeting up for a long lunch of catching up from a long summer, we celebrated back to school Monday at Chachi’s with a few friends – Janet Huberty, Danny Sullivan, Cheri Huber, Lynn Fields, Daniel Ledoux, Gina Remmes, Karen Boughton, Michelle Parnell, Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford and Mark Linabury.

The Village Learning and Achievement Center held its second annual Talent Show for the community Aug. 11 at the Nathaniel Center. Kelly Paul and Kim Brusatori greeted a packed crowd that were there to see the wonderful talent. Danell Fields, Lizzy Woodson, and Jamel Rosemond were the judges for the second year in a row! Sam Schrade, owner of DNA, provided the sound and lights. Talent was stupendous! The community winners were: first place, Hula Momma's; second place, Stacey's Dance Studio; and third place, Paisley Brown. The Village winners were first-place prodigy pianist Shane Hetherington, second-place dancer to Brittany Spears was Bridgett Richards, and third place winner for dancing the Nae Nae and Whip was Rasheed Durham. It was such a special night. See you next year!

Birthday girl, Elizabeth Daughtery, was surprised by her longtime "Pokeno" friends of 15 years with a limo ride to Tony Mandola's for dinner. The party then continued on to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar for some karaoke. Birthday girl surprised everyone by playing piano on stage and singing with the hosts of Dueling Pianos. Dawn Holder kept receiving honors for knowing words to every song played. Joan Clinton stood the entire night at the table, dancing nonstop in same spot. Susan Tillinghast flew in from Boston for the party and brought M&M's with Elizabeth's face on them, along with chocolate chip cookies. Kathleen Labbe, Jennifer Arthur and Gina Remmes added sparkle and fun to the entire night. It was agreed that the limo was the “vault” that night and "what is said in the limo, stays in the limo.”

It’s been forever since the last Girls’ Game Night and it was fun to get together with the gals at Lynn Fields’ home to play Center Left Right. Between bites of some delicious nibbles which everyone brought over – mac and cheese cups with prosciutto, jalapeno meatballs, pimento cheese rolls, chocolate tiffin cake, bean and guacamole dip, quesadillas all washed down with some very refreshing sangria – there was much laughter and catching up with the ladies – Judy Luquette and her mom, Donna Locke (who were both the night’s big winners), Pam Hall, Emmy Lee, Jackie Crawford, Karyn Brenza, Laurie Katz, Cathy Dehart, Gina Remmes and Colette Marshall.

It’s sorority rush! The Kingwood Area Alumnae Panhellenic Assocation would like to extend a warm welcome to some of this year’s pledges:

At the University of Alabama – Sidney Bailou, Kappa Delta; Erin Delamer, Alpha Omicron Phi; Sydney Fletcher, Alpha Chi Omega.  At the University of Arkansas – Shelbie Eastwood and Devyn Johnson, Phi Mu; Madeline Snell, Alpha Chi Omega.  At Auburn University – Amanda Diamond, Kappa Kappa Gamma; MaKenna McFerrin, Gamma Phi Beta.  At Oklahoma University – Madison Bruton, Alpha Gamma Delta and Lauren Mavrinac, Delta Gamma.  

Don’t forget to send in your nominations for this year’s Women of Achievement who will all be honored at FamilyTime’s annual Women of Achievement Gala which will be held at the Hyatt Regency downtown in January. The categories include the Arts, Business, Community Activist, Entreprenuer, Human Services, Medical, Women’s Advocate, Homemaker, Visionary, Special Recognition and Education. I am honored to be an alumnus of this great group of women and I am sure you all know many others.  

Also something to put on your calendars is this year’s In the Pink luncheon, hosted by the Northeast Hospital Foundation and featuring this year’s keynote speaker Mamie McCullough, author and breast cancer survivor. This year’s luncheon will also feature a new sponsorship opportunity, the Pearl Pink package, which will allow sponsors to honor a loved one who has battled breast cancer with on screen and program recognition.  

It will soon be the 15th anniversary of September 11 and the Kingwood Rotary will be hosting a tribute and remembrance event at Kingwood Town Center. The Kingwood Rotary team – Deirdre Murray, Jim Alfaro, Sandi Nizzi, Bruce Wise, Tommie Buscemi, Carolyn Wise and Charlie Buscemi – is extending their invitation to the whole community to join them in honoring the memory of those who lost their lives and those who stepped up for service. They will also be collecting elementary school supplies for teachers and nurses and a list of much-needed items will be on the Kingwood Rotary’s facebook page and website.