Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
The In The Pink Luncheon is just days away! This year, as chair of the Lights of Pink Awards committee, I am honored to announce the 2018 honorees:
Toni Schau, R.N., our Professional Caregiver honoree, is Memorial Hermann’s Project Mammogram director. She is a pillar to both caregivers and patients in the Cancer Program and is so very giving in her time, knowledge and resources.
Halene Crossman, our Caregiver honoree, is known by a lot of folks in our area as one of the sweetest Southern ladies ever. She is the first to extend sympathy, good cheer and whatever else one may need. Hurricane Harvey did a number on Halene and Ron’s home, yet despite that and Ron’s continued treatment, you never saw this lady blink.
Mothers Against Cancer (MAC) and Executive Director Ginger Bertrand, our Volunteer Organization honoree, has raised over $6 million for Texas Children’s Hospital with their annual luncheon and Virginia Gandy 5K Run. MAC has no paid employees. They are entirely made up of volunteers whose primary mission is to raise funds. They also make regular visits to Texas Children’s Hospital, distributing care packages to both children and parents and adding that little bit of comfort in trying times.
The Astros Foundation with Twila Carter, executive director, has been tireless in supporting our community and is our Lights of Pink Philanthropic Organization honoree. The foundation is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. They seek to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs, the recognition/honor of our nation’s military, childhood cancer awareness, and efforts to reduce homelessness. The foundation committed $4 million and in-kind resources to restore the Kingwood/Forest Cove Little League fields after 25 feet of water from Hurricane Harvey completely destroyed them.
Robin Martinez, owner of Flowers of Kingwood and our Corporate and Small Business Impact honoree, has been donating to and volunteering for area charities since opening Flowers of Kingwood in 1987. She is an industry leader and has been awarded a top 500 florist in the U.S. for the past eight years. Flowers of Kingwood has been awarded the BBB Pinnacle Award for Excellence and Martinez has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal among the Top 50 Fastest-Growing, Woman-Owned Businesses. She has very generously been contributing to In the Pink events for the last 10 years.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, our Lights Of Pink Special Recognition honoree, showed that cancer and Harvey couldn’t stop him from representing our interests in Washington and caring for all his constituents. He has served our community as a Harris County prosecutor for eight years, as a judge for over 20 years, then as our representative since 2005. He had a very public battle with leukemia, but never let it stop him from doing the best he can for all his constituents. And that’s just the way it is.
Lake Houston’s future leaders met at The Overlook to learn more about what they’d signed up for. The 19 leaders make up Class 8 of the Lake Houston Chamber’s Leadership Lake Houston and, after fueling up with cuisine from Amedeo’s, Stephanie Causey and Jennifer Gisclair, Class 7 grads, gave a quick verbal tour of what they can expect over the next year. Every second Tuesday of the month, they’ll learn what makes Lake Houston unique. Leadership Grads Erica Johnston and Adam McAlpine will guide these 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. They started their journey with a retreat in September at Camp Allen in Navasota, led by the very able Kent Hutchinson, senior partner with CJ Baxter Group. The future leaders are: Robert Meaux, Humble ISD; Mark Mitchell, Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership; Hayley Merrill, Community Impact Newspaper; John Ko, Community Bank of Texas; Elizabeth Harden, Edward Jones Investments; Tracy Hobson, Judge Laryssa Kordoba; Dana Goldman, Insperity; Jill Morrison, Kingwood Medical Center; Nikki Roux, Memorial Hermann Northeast; Janet Huberty, State Rep. Dan Huberty; Christopher Butsch, Lake Houston YMCA; Emily Stander, Stander & Co; Donna Washington, Lone Star College-Kingwood; Tracie Mieth, Planet Beach; Troy Roddy, Holy Trinity Episcopal School; Danny Sawyer, Plains State Bank; Nolan Correa, Humble ISD; Alfredo Cavazos, JLA Realty; and Tony Benitez, Chick-fil-A Fall Creek. Mentors in the crowd included Terry Vaughn, Casey Christman, Jason Stuebe, Corinn Price, Marley Morris, Austin Bird, Christine O’Dell, Tom Broad, Asdrubal “Dru” Gutierrez, and Chamber President Jenna Armstrong, who told the group, “You will make life-long friends, see our challenges, and prepare to assume a leadership role in our community.”