What’s the best way to raise more than $10,000? Get our State Rep. Dan Huberty to auction off some truly unique items! Ably assisted by Bradley O’Dell, Huberty raised all that cash at the Lake Houston Area Chamber’s annual Party on the Green presented by Randall Reed Planet Ford which was held May 4 at The Overlook. OK, maybe THE party of the spring season wasn’t exactly held on the Green. Thanks to a little downpour, Chamber President Jenna Armstrong ordered the party indoors. Angela Lynch and Britney Samperi organized the festive event and Danell Fields decorated it. Among the distinctive auction items: a four-hour sailboat ride on Lake Conroe – throw in a picnic basket and wouldn’t that be quite the romantic date?; an all inclusive Mexican Riviera trip – can you say “girls’ trip”?; and, thanks to Chris Butsch, the Lake Houston YMCA’s new executive director, an incredible YMCA package including a year’s family membership, two-week after-school package, an enrichment session, a month with the TRX program, 12 30-minute training sessions and one parents’ night out. It’s been one long recovery from Harvey for a whole lot of our area facilities and we are so looking forward to our Lake Houston YMCA’s new abode opening at the end of the year. A big thank you to Humble City Manager Jason Stuebe who donated two VIP tickets to the Insperity Invitational. One auction item that stood out was the one donated by Realtor Amanda Petree – a complete home powerwash performed by a shirtless Houston firefighter! A big thank-you to the auction committee – Connie Chandler, Page Cherry, Robyn Choiniere, Natalie Cras, Trey Hill, Clo Lewis, April Macha, Deborah Rose-Miller, Amanda Petree, Sam Schrade and Jennifer Wooden. Working seamlessly behind the scenes was the chamber staff ably guided by Chris O’Dell. They included Morgan McGrath, Andrew Cardenas, Mark Mitchell and Shannon McGee.
Humble Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Seth Hurin Bates Chapter, gathered recently to celebrate the life of Joseph Dunman, a veteran of the Republic of Texas and an Alamo courier. Dunman was one of the first settlers in Humble and had 11 children. The women invited his descendants and nearly 80 came! The City of Humble set up tents, a podium and chairs at the Humble cemetery where a memorial medallion plaque was unveiled. Marcia Richards led the planning and Dr. Robert Meaux spoke about Dunman’s life and times. Refreshments were served afterwards at the Humble Senior Center. Mayor Merle Aaron, Councilmember Norman Funderburk, and City Manager Jason Stuebe welcomed the crowd, which included Tamara Mailloux, Barbara Stevens, Kay Dawes, Donald Ray Knee, Dr. Chris David, Julia Nation, Molly Ott, Jerri Christian, Sarah Potter, Martha Fleitas, Judy Lee and Sandie Coleman.
Here’s a Tribune Thumb’s Up to the Lake Houston Chamber’s Leadership Lake Houston Class of 2018. They spent May 8, their last day of class, at Humble Area Assistance Ministries creating a garden that will supply fresh produce for HAAM’s food pantry. They spent that evening enjoying a fajita buffet at Humble’s newly reopened Main Event. It was the last monthly gathering for Class 7. They’ve reserved the second Tuesday of every month since September learning about what makes Lake Houston unique. Erica Johnston and Dr. Marley Morris have guided Lake Houston’s 21 future leaders through such topics as quality of life, business and economic development, government, justice and public safety, education, health care, social services, and community leadership. We congratulate Noel Cardenas, Katena Carvajales, Stephanie Causey, Jackie Christian, Nathalie Cras, Melissa Crizer, David Fischer, Jenniffer Gisclair, Megan Carter Hartman, Levi Hermes, Tracy Slaughter Holmes, Chris Janik, Larkin LaSueur, Ade Lewis, Kiana Rios Mangual, Deborah Rose-Miller, Sabrina Padgett, Oscar Ramos, Brie Rangel, Dean Ryan and Mitzi Vaughn. We spotted quite a few current Lake Houston leaders in the crowd congratulating the new grads, including Devon Alexander, Austin Bird, Tom Broad, Terry Vaughn, Robyn Choiniere, Kelly Paull, Casey Christman, Jason Stuebe, Mark Mitchell, Morgan McGrath, Jenna Armstrong, Andrew Cardenas – who coordinated the graduation – and Jennifer Wooden. Motivated to be a part of Class 8? Hurry to the chamber website to sign up!
Kings Harbor is coming back! Good Friends Tony and Leslie Raffa are busy working on renovating Raffa’s, and we hear Zammitti’s and Chimichurri’s are coming back too. Midway Companies has announced a nice set of events in the coming months. Go to kings-harbor.com/events for specific info. I’ll see you enjoying the free Pilates and sunset yoga on the lake, taking in the free Second Saturday Concert Series, and Movies Under the Moon. So nice to see that lovely area on the mend!
Hope to see you Out and About!