Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
It’s just slightly surreal that at two weeks (and counting) of Harvey recovery, we are all enjoying blue skies and pleasant weather. Many of our friends and neighbors are still ripping out drywall, still discovering damages, and still looking for temporary housing for the next eight to 12 months. Most of us have had to adjust our patterns of everyday living – finding somewhere else to run through a Wells Fargo ATM, shopping a different grocery store, even running our kids to a different school for the year.
It’s going to take quite a bit of time for everything to get back to what will be our new normal. I encourage everyone to stay patient, be understanding, and also to shop local when you can.
The Lake Houston Area Relief Fund, facilitated by Humble Area Assistance Ministries, is organized by Insperity, Somebody Cares and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. Insperity will match up to $1 million in donations as well as contribute another $1 million to the Insperity Fund, which offers financial aid to their employees in times of crisis. The relief fund will allow residents and businesses in our area directly affected by Harvey to receive grants to help with mortgage relief, utility payments, etc.
Greg and Emmy Lee opened up Nico’s to thank the very many volunteers and to help support the community. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the evening, which also included a live auction and a 50/50 raffle, was matched by Insperity and donated to the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund. Live entertainment was provided by Kevin Robinson, Super Dave and Ralph Williams, Daniel Holmes, Shayne Porter, Kenny Martin and Aaron Holmes, Hershell Golden and Teddy Turner, Kent Loggins, and Daniel Van Langen. Enjoying barbecued pork and chicken cooked by Andrew Michon, Chris Michon, Sean Miller and Matt Smith, as well as baked goods donated by Amanda’s Cakes, were Wayne and Millie Garrison, Devon Alexander, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Mitzi and Terry Vaughn, Chris Parker, Eileen Booher, Kelly and Rick Paull, Juanita Zavala, Judy Cox, Layna and Mike Netek, Casey Christman, Jackie and George Crawford, Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford, Mike Hoke, Katie Woodward, Cheri Huber, Donald and Liz Hayes, Jan Pfizer, and Shelly and Ralph Williams.
Summer Creek High School welcomed their peers from Kingwood High School with open arms and welcome banners. It’s going to be quite the adjustment for these two schools, not just for the student body but also for parents, teachers, administrators, school bus drivers, volunteers and Humble ISD officers, but I have every confidence that everyone will make it work. In the meantime, let us enjoy the very Limited Edition Kingcreek Bullstangs!
Although the Kingwood Women’s Club Annual Holiday Marketplace has been in the works for the last year and set for Oct. 9 and 10, the board members have made the decision to cancel this year’s event. They thank all the sponsors, individuals and businesses who have given generously to make the event possible, but their focus has understandably changed as they are now helping with disaster relief within their membership and our community. I have no doubt that they will be back bigger and better next year.
Similarly, the FamilyTime Purple Ribbon Luncheon scheduled for Oct. 13, the Village Learning and Achievement Center’s Black Label Ball, and the Mothers Against Cancer Luncheon have all been canceled. Also canceled is St. Martha’s Gala dinner planned for Monsignor Borski’s Jubilee celebration.
In The Pink Committee Co-chairs Lynette Calfee and Nancy Shortsleeve, together with committee members Kim Stokes, Joanne Pike, Brittany Cannon, Carol Prince, Heather Ingalls, Tracy Erwin, Cristi Cardenas, Robin Ardoin, Erica White, Toni Schau, Fran Linton, LynAnn Centofanti, Marco Ollervides, Chelsea Degueyter, Angie Lewis, Tom Broad, Cynthia Calvert, Dawn Allen, Sara Baker, Brooke Baugh, Suzanne Brown, Suzanne Croft, Rhonda Dishongh, Tricia Racine, Elizabeth Tise, Missy Williams and Audrey Winders are going ahead with their 10th Anniversary luncheon benefiting Project Mammogram as well as other projects of the Northeast Hospital Foundation. This year’s event, with emcee Melissa Wilson of FOX 26 News, will feature guest speaker Dr. Stephanie Parke and honoree Dr. Angel Munoz. The luncheon will be held Oct. 20 at the Bush Intercontinental Marriott.
Also on track is the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Business Expo which will be held Sept. 19 at the Texan Drive Stadium. The event will feature more than 40 exhibitors and local businesses.
Congratulations to Phil and Shannon McIntosh, blessed with their very own ray of sunshine despite the rains. They welcomed their new granddaughter, Hermione Elowen McIntosh, the cutest little 7-pound bundle of brown hair and blue eyes.
I am extremely proud of our community, seeing neighbors helping neighbors and strangers helping strangers. Let’s keep it going! #HoustonStrong #KingwoodStrong
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