Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
I started writing this column as we sat in front of Independence Hall waiting for the gates to open. Our other company, APEX Estate Sales, has been retained to work an estate in this historic city and we had decided to make it a working vacation and take a few days for ourselves to soak in all the history Philadelphia has in spades. Simply standing in the same room that our forefathers gathered in and signed the Declaration of Independence gave me goosebumps. The Liberty Bell (which was much smaller than I expected) and the Museum of the American Revolution were also definitely highlights. As a naturalized citizen, I was awed and humbled by the courage, grit and determination of those who forged this country. I am proud to call myself an American.
Two brides whose weddings took place at The Overlook in Atascocita will appear on the TV show “Four Weddings.” Raquel Johnson and Carissa Hill held their weddings in November and January, respectively, at The Overlook. The one thing different about these weddings was that television crews filmed both events for the show. The premise of the television show is that each woman assigns a rating for the other three women’s weddings. The couple whose wedding has the highest score is awarded their dream honeymoon. Both brides were present at each other’s big day, accompanied by some of their sorority sisters. Don’t forget to tune in to the show to see who won their dream honeymoon!
Michelle Sorrentino recently announced her new position with Comerica Bank after years with Wells Fargo. She says this new role allows her to really focus on their current and prospective business customers. Part of their focus is to help women-owned businesses and mentor the next generation of women professionals. In light of that, Comerica Bank Women’s Business Symposium is coming to Houston! Now in its 12th year and expanding across the country, the symposium is specifically designed for women business owners, executives and professionals at all levels looking for opportunities to learn, connect and grow. They will be donating a portion of sales to their charitable partner, Dress for Success, an organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life. The featured guest is Geena Davis, award-winning actor and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Davis will present “See Jane: Gender Equality and Why It Should Matter to All of Us.” The program will kick off with a Power Panel featuring three outstanding Houston-area women in leadership: Susan Distefano, CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, who oversees operations for the 308-bed hospital and women’s services; Lynne Liberato, partner with Haynes and Boone, who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, met with the president in the Oval Office regarding judicial appointments, and lobbied Congress for funding of legal services for the poor; and Mary Vitek, CEO of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council and responsible for one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the nation. This is a great opportunity to provide value-added content and networking opportunities for women professionals in all industries. The event will be held Thursday, Sept.20. Event details and the link to registration can be found at events.comerica.com/wbshou18.
The Lake Houston area says a fond “see you later” to LynAnn Centofani as she goes off on new adventures. Mark Linabury, Brandon and Rachel Phetteplace, Megan Hartman, Todd Ross, Michele Dykstra, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Allison McCrady, Jessica Beemer, Terry and Mitzi Vaughn, Sam and Casey Schrade, Robyn Chioniere, Katie Woodard, Nick and Tricia Racine, Carol Huber-Prince and a whole host of other well-wishers shared appetizers and wine in Amedeo’s wine room while taking selfies with LynAnn.
News from Humble Area Assistance Ministries that you should know about: The new 800-square-foot furniture barn at the HAAM Black Cat Ridge Resale Store is now open. It also features exercise equipment and a few other things that don’t quite fit in the main resale shop space. If you’re trying to outfit your house post-Harvey, or even if you’re just looking for inspiration, go by there and find hidden treasures. The Sneakerdoodles program is also still ongoing at HAAM. Sneakerdoodles’ goal is to provide kids K-12 “new” back-to-school sneakers through HAAM. Every child deserves “new” back-to-school sneakers. Trilla Cook, a member of the Tribune family, started this program in honor of her mother who passed away in 2001. As the youngest of 10 children, Trilla remembers how difficult it was for her mother to keep school shoes on all of them. Take advantage of the back-to-school sales and grab an extra pair to donate! While you’re taking advantage of the BOGO offers, pick up some school supplies as well and drop them off to HAAM for the school supplies drive.
A bunch of sloppy kisses and cuddly hugs to my August birthday gal pals – Cynthia Calvert, Gwendolyn Crawford, Millie Garrison and Devon Alexander! I’m thinking maybe a sweets luncheon where all we do is eat dessert for lunch – who’s up for that?
Hope to see you Out and About!