Bee-gin, Bee-better and Bee-come!  The spirit was uplifting (and not just in the physical sense) at In The Pink, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Foundation's annual fundraiser for Project Mammogram. Not only was the Airport Marriott ballroom fantastically pink, the martinis were pink, the auction was pink and the gorgeous women of our community were head-to-toe in pink. Longtime, and recently retired, hospital public relations employees Tom Broad and Nancy Allen were celebrated for all the tireless work they did over the last 20 years. Emcee Melissa Wilson of Fox 26 was superb from the stage and introduced hilarious speaker Mamie McCullough, who brought the house down with gales of laughter from the crowd every other minute. McCullough said that while everyone can be brought down by life's circumstances, including a cancer diagnosis, you have to "Get up, Make up and Go Up!" She also advised the crowd to love everyone, refrain from being judgmental and "If it moves, hug it. If it doesn't, dust it or sell it." I doubt Memorial Hermann CEO Heath Rushng will soon forget this luncheon as Mamie called him out from the stage – "These big guys up here – they are so nice. What's your name again, honey? You – the bald one! SOOO handsome!" Beaming in shades of pink were Donna Weiner, always ebullient Carol Prince, Jan Watson, Gina Remmes, Kathy Adkins, Pam McNair, Gwendolyn Condeleo-Crawford, Christi Harvey, Jill Henderson, Monica Zubia, and Cynthia and Larry Shiflet (Cynthia's guests got precious personalized boxes with a large pink diamond paperweight), Lisa Doughty, Paula McCreary, Sue Hornsberger, Marilyn Burgess, Kathy and Norman Funderburk, and of course, Tom Broad's dashing partner, John Denton, and dear Edna Broad, Tom's mom, who flew in from Nebraska to be part of the big day. Nancy Allen's husband, John, was also at the head table. The centerpieces were pink purses and shoes filled with flowers, generously donated by Robin Martinez of Flowers of Kingwood. More than 8,500 local residents have received free mammograms and medical care from this great project, created nine years ago by Joyce White. Kingwood Women's Club tirelessly raises the money each year and funds the program. We're uplifted – in every way!  
Kingwood Medical Center hosted the grand opening of its brand new comprehensive breast center with a special Ladies Night Out. The new center will provide patients with advanced technology and expertise in breast imaging. Dr. Chirag Parghi amused and informed the overflowing crowd about the importance of screening mammograms. Attending the event were David Brewer, Frances Andrews, Micki Greiner, Pauline Wastell-Smith, Betti Welch, Hildy Bubier, Kathy Adkins, Diane Heinricks, Ellen Johnson, Erica Johnston, Cheryl Austin, Ginger Bertrand, Dr. Mike Siropaides, Susan Siropaides, Karen Boughton, Ellen Johnson, Kelly Luetzen, Lisa Cherrington, Amy Brown, Myra Bruns, Dr. Polly Heil-Mealy,  Laurie Hiett, Linda Luehrs-Wolfe, Tamra Paul and Sandy Stephens.
On Oct. 20, Dave and Gwendolyn Crawford hosted a fabulous Speakeasy to benefit the Village Learning and Achievement Center’s upcoming gala. Confirmed guests were emailed a secret password to gain entry into the "prohibition" and attendees enjoyed the fun-loving "security staff" as they passed through a tent before entering  the Gatsby-themed bash. The speakeasy decor transformed the Crawford house into a Roaring Twenties club.  Music from the Roaring Twenties, great food, candy cigarettes, casino tables and several signature cocktails (Bathtub Gin, Sidecar and a Manhattan) created a festive atmosphere for all. Having a humdinger of a good time were Marie Halvatzis, Carrie Brinsden, Carol Sutton, Susan Byers, Michelle Parnell, Susan Brodbeck, Christina Salazar, Alan and Nancy Jo Derby, David and Clare Zeagler, Lisa Doughty, Lawrence and Cher Pope, Kathy Adkins,  J.B. and Christine Buerkett, Artie DeHart, Bill McCabe, Paula McCreary, Millie and Wayne Garrison, Donna Wiener, Kelly and Rick Paull, Audrey Winders, Ricky Darling, Cristie Herring, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Joyce White, visiting from New York, Karen Secca, Minda Kaltenbacher, Ricky House, Alan and Juanita Stegall, Shelia Turner, Sue Hearnsberger, Erica Badamo, Debbie and Tim Baker, Dennis Martin, Monica Zubia and Kay Manning. If you don’t have tickets – too late! The gala is SOLD OUT!
SarahCare Adult Day Care Center in Kingwood celebrated its 10th anniversary Oct. 18 with a catered Tex-Mex cocktail party. Lina Umali, president, greeted the caregivers, health care professionals, staff members, volunteers and friends, including: Barbara Hemphill of Synapse Site; Isabel Walcek of Silverado Memory Care; Travis Waller of Great Life Home Care; Diane Bowles and Ms. Charlotte of Rosemont Assisted Living; Christie Herrin of Cameo Caregivers; Jill Jolley of Brookdale; Donna O'Connor of Heritage Retreat House; Angela and Paul Leviner of PAL Realty; Shirley Bailey of Personal Care Home; Larry and Janet Stanley and Jane (Bible Study volunteers); church volunteers from Humble and Kingwood; and St. Martha's Choir. As a tribute to the hard-working staff of SarahCare Kingwood, the staff of SarahCare Woodlands prepared a special dance number. Inspired by the diversity of the background of the staff and participants, the three-part cultural dance represented the countries where staff members originally came from. 
What痴 on my calendar? Veteran salutes at Humble High School and the Civic Center, Elf, Jr. The Musical at Centre Stage, and the Women of Achievement reception where the 2017 honorees will be announced. Know EVERYTHING happening in the community by signing up to get the free Lake Houston Weekly eCalendar (send your email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will see you Out and About!