Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
This year’s Chicks and Hogs Annual BBQ hosted by Harley-Davidson of Kingwood also featured a Brew-Off with Megaton, Back Pew and Ingenious. The event featured 15 cook teams, a 2019 Ford F-150 donated by Planet Ford for the raffle, and music from the Mike Donnell band. Proceeds will benefit Family Promise of Lake Houston, funding at least one-third of the year’s budget to assist low-income families. “Head Chick,” Family Promise’s Executive Director Carole Brady, made the rounds, welcoming everyone to the event, including: Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Jeramy Webb, Sam Schrade, Jared Vallejo, Jeremy Williams, Nick Platz, Mark Mitchell, Katie Woodard, Page Cherry, Andrew Bachmann, Morgan McGrath, Amanda Petree, Audrey Mizell, Jean Garner, Jessica Penney and Katie Stowers.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for Courage in Hope, a fundraising evening for Camp Hope and the PTSD Foundation of America. The event will be held at The Nathaniel Center May 31 with special guest Congressman Dan Crenshaw. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring a list of song requests to stump the guys from Pete’s Dueling Pianos, your entertainment for the evening, while enjoying beer from Megaton Brewery and food from A Grand Affair. We also have special pricing for active military, veterans and law enforcement. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to courageinhope.org.
Kingwood Women’s Club held their Joy of Giving event at The Overlook, where funds raised by the annual Holiday Marketplace held in October were distributed to local charities and five deserving Lone Star College students. Over $100,000 was raised by this philanthropic group and was dispersed to Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM), FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Mission Northeast, Project Mammogram, Society of St. Stephen (SOSS), Feed My Lambs, Gathering Place, Friends of the Library (FOLK), Village Learning Center and the Lake Houston YMCA. Five Lone Star college students received grants, and the gratitude for their efforts was evident in the faces of the four who attended as they expressed just how the funds had helped them achieve their goals. One student, MaKenzie Weaver, who is the first in her family to attend college, felt winning the scholarship gave her a huge boost in confidence to continue. Gail Appling, a single mom, felt it allowed her to fast track her education, so she could get a much-needed job sooner. Another student, Santavia Thompson, already has a job in a career she loves due in part to the timing of the scholarship funds. And Kate Stone, who has been driving over 500 miles a week to attend college, felt the timeliness of the scholarship allowed her to make one more tuition payment and get her air conditioning fixed for the long drive. Generous sponsors, like The Tribune, Suddenlink by Altice, The Veranda, Northeast Hospital Foundation, The Observer, RadioKAIR, Minuteman Press, The Astros Foundation, Village Builders and Marsala’s Italian Grill helped make this night of giving a reality. Donations from our generous community, KWC members and those patrons who shop Marketplace, along with the many vendors at Marketplace, also made this night possible. The Kingwood Women’s Club is already gearing up for the 22nd Annual Holiday Marketplace this Oct. 21 and 22 at the Humble Civic Center.
I hope you managed to get some time to tour the lovely homes and gardens open to the public during Kingwood Garden Club’s home and garden tour. This year’s event also featured a tree and plant sale, Botanical Boutique and raffle. This year’s tour included two homes damaged by Harvey but they have definitely gotten their groove back. You all know I have nowhere near a green thumb, so my hat is definitely off to these homeowners and garden enthusiasts. The homes included a beautiful lakefront home filled with beautiful art, a Tuscan-inspired home, a casual French-inspired home, a contemporary country charmer, and one whose focal point is a soothing Chinese garden. Gorgeous, every one of them! Proceeds from the home tour weekend will benefit the many philanthropic projects of the club which include scholarships, tree planting, education programs, donations for The Nature Conservation, Garden Therapy at Brookwood, children’s programs at the Kingwood Library, a butterfly garden at one of the elementary schools, and floral design and horticulture workshops.