Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Pillars of the Community was founded to honor Lake Houston-area couples who faithfully volunteer and support Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) and have made a significant difference in our community. The Pillars committee – Pillars Chair Devon Alexander, Dorothy Alspaugh, Tom Broad, Connie Chandler, Nathalie Cras, Gwendolyn Crawford, Danell Fields, Millie Garrison, Diane Heinricks, Tracy Hobson, Ellen Johnson, Kelly Paull and Betti Welch – have been tirelessly working on getting everything ready for the gala for the last several months. If you haven’t yet, purchase your tickets for the April 6 event and join Terry Vaughn, Jr., board president, and board members Charles Cunningham, president-elect; Kelley Mattlage, secretary; Jim Brenner, treasurer; Cynthia Calvert, Noel Cardenas, Darryal Chandler, Emelda Douglas, Elizabeth Fagen, Cherrie Ledoux, Marilyn Mann, Deborah Mowrey, Guy Sconzo and Betti Welch. This year’s Pillars of the Community honorees are Bill and Ginny Power, Joe and Corinn Price and Guy and Judy Williams. The Powers began volunteering for HAAM in 1998 and both have served on HAAM’s board of directors and continue to serve as volunteers at many HAAM community functions. The Prices are involved in several HAAM projects, Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry, Leadership Lake Houston and the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund, and they still have time to participate as chair or board member for many additional Lake Houston organizations, including the Lake Houston Area Chamber, Humble ISD Education Foundation, The Village, Mission Northeast, Including Kids, Lake Houston Family Promise, and Be an Angel. The Williamses became involved with HAAM in 2008 and immediately volunteered with the Job Bank, helping clients draft their resumes and providing a job availability listing. Guy served on the HAAM board as the vice-president of building and acquisitions during which he led the acquisition of property adjacent to HAAM for future expansion. Guy also assisted in fundraising to hire an architect to plan the new facility and remodel the existing building. These three amazing couples join other past recipients of the award: Rick and Dorothy Alspaugh, Byron and Ginger Bertrand, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Philippe and Mieke Cras, Jack and Lynn Fields, Frank and Marlene Kopta, Guy and Diane Sconzo, Tony and Leslie Raffa, Larry Shiflet and Cynthia Calvert, Geralyn and Danny Sullivan, James and Judy Thigpen, Kingwood Country Club, Insperity and Kingwood Women’s Club. Devon Alexander assures me that there are still tickets available so do, please, join us in honoring this year’s Pillars of the Community!
FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center invites the community to celebrate Mom at its 7th annual Mothers are Jewels Luncheon, hosted by the Family and Friends of JoEllen, Thursday, April 19. The highlight of the luncheon, as always, will be the special stories shared by this year’s guest speakers: Twila Carter, executive director of the Astros Foundation and SVP of Community Affairs; Sam Shrade, owner of DNA Studios; and Tamara Paul, partner with Currin, Wuest, Mielke, Paul and Knapp. I can almost guarantee that there will not be a dry eye in the house – there never is. There will be a special jewelry and designer handbags sale and silent auction as well as a raffle to win round-trip tickets on United Airlines. Attending this luncheon will help FamilyTime provide a safe haven for women and children escaping dangerous situations. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase a personalized brick that will be placed at the shelter and participate in the new shelter task force capital campaign. So come and bring your moms, in spirit or in person, and celebrate Mother’s Day just a little bit early.
A new event for In The Pink of Health is currently being worked on behind the scenes – the Pink Tea! I can share that there will be two seatings – one for children under 12 (and their mothers, grandmothers and aunts, of course), and another seating in which pink sparkling wine is served alongside tea. The event will be held separately from the In the Pink of Health annual luncheon and I promise to share the date soon. In the meantime, get your hats and fascinators ready!
Who’s getting green beer and some corned beef and cabbage ready for St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, March 17? Between bites of colcannon, that absolutely delicious Irish dish of mashed potatoes with leeks (seriously, I make this often because it’s so good), come browse the antiques, collectibles and great deals on furniture at the first ever Pop Up Estate Sale at Kingwood Town Center by APEX Estate Sales.
Erin Go Bragh!