Can you believe it’s been a full year since Harvey turned our town upside down? Chimichurri's is going to reopen in a few days and Raffa’s soon after that and I can’t wait! It will be nice seeing Ronald Perez, Patricia Juarez, Tony Vasquez, Juan, Rosa, Mama Rosa and everyone else surrounded by beautiful scenery and great food again.
Speaking of Harvey, last year’s back-to-school luncheon at Chachi’s was obviously canceled since things were in such a turmoil. But this year, a lively bunch of us managed to gather together over lunch at the last minute. Mark Linabury, Sparky Nolan, Danny Sullivan, Gina Remmes, Lynn Fields, Cheri Huber, Dave Welch, Daniel and I got a chance to catch up over enchiladas. Denise Krieger – sorry we missed you by minutes!
The August birthday girls – Millie Garrison, Cynthia Calvert, Devon Alexander and Gwendolyn Crawford – together with Kelly Paull, Geralyn Sullivan and Brenda Miller, had birthday drinks together at Amedeo’s one afternoon last week and had a blast! Sorry I couldn’t make it – I heard I missed out on a really fun time. I swear, I will make it up to you all!
The Village Learning Center’s Lake Houston’s Got Talent Show was another success this year due mainly to all the participants – from the General Public category: Paisley Brown, Christine Mompoint, Dayton Academy of Dance, Favor Rogers, Fly Guys, Kyle Ryan, Lily Heinze, and Khadijah Robinson. And from the Special Needs category: William Stackhouse, Alexis Cruise, Andrew Shepherd, Christopher Kagle, Colandria Bell, Jaimie Corcoran, Matthew Fisher and Scott Carver. Mark Linabury did a fantastic job as emcee, A Grand Affair donated passed hors d’ouevres, and Marsala’s served drinks at the cash bar. Eyeing the dessert auction (which looked so yum) and bidding on the goodies were founder Kim Brusatori; Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford; Danny, Michael and Geralyn Sullivan; Robin Martinez; Millie Garrison; Philippe and Mieke Cras; Scott Pignolet; Pam McNair; and hundreds of other guests.
Are you ready to Play for the Pink on Sept. 28? If you haven’t yet, gather your foursome and register for a great day at the Atascocita Golf Course for a round of golf. Play for the Pink, a project of In the Pink, is chaired by Ken Kirchhofer and Gwendolyn Crawford together with committee members Kelly Paull, Millie Garrison, Varda Fields, Susan MacFarland and Marilyn Mann. It will benefit the Northeast Hospital Foundation’s Project Mammogram and other projects. A Grand Affair will be donating breakfast for golfers (and supporters), The Tribune will be offering complimentary drinks and snacks on the course, and the day will be capped off with food from FireCraft BBQ’s David Welch. Two of the Par 3 holes will feature 50/50 cash prizes with half of the pot going to Project Mammogram and the other half to the winner. A Par 5 hole will feature a Tiger Drive in which the team pays $20 to Project Mammogram to move up to 150 for a second shot. Ken and Gwendolyn are also encouraging community members to dedicate a hole to a loved one who lost their fight against cancer or in honor of a survivor. So play for a cause and Play for the Pink! Sign up at northeasthospitalfoundation.org/play-for-the-pink.
When my son was younger and involved in Scouts with Daniel, I always was a little envious of my friends with daughters who were involved in projects with the National Charity League’s various local chapters. If the Young Men’s Service League had a local chapter, we would have definitely joined. The Kingwood Chapter of the nonprofit YMSL just had their first grand meeting and is an organization for mothers and their high school-aged sons to collaboratively engage in philanthropy and community involvement. Quest Early College High School freshman Yvan Edwards serves as the boy president while Cynthia Cantrell serves as the Kingwood chapter president. With over 60 boys and around 50 mothers who are members of the Kingwood YMSL, the chapter has already served the community in many capacities, from volunteering with the Back to School Backpack Campaign for the Society of St. Stephen to helping HAAM with their Meals on Wheels program and engaging with individuals at the Village Learning Center. The Kingwood YMSL’s freshmen and sophomore classes are currently at capacity, but the organization’s junior class is accepting members now through Sept. 30. Eighth-graders interested in joining Kingwood YMSL freshman class next year will be able to find more information on the Kingwood YMSL’s website at the beginning of 2019. So moms, get your sons ready!