Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
I hope you all had an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love, laughter and good food! This year, A Grand Affair helped Kingwood Service Association feed the Houston Fire Department firehouses in Kingwood and Atascocita, the Houston Police Department and the Constables at Precinct 4 who were on duty for the day at their various locations. We served Thanksgiving sandwiches – turkey, ham and cornbread dressing topped with cranberry sauce on sub rolls and lots of festive desserts to hopefully give them a taste of the Thanksgiving table. When we make these sandwiches at home the day after the big feast, we slather on a layer of mashed potatoes as well and either use the gravy like mayo or on the side “au jus” style. But we didn’t want our first responders to slip into a tryptophan and carb coma so we made them this way instead.
The Oaks of Righteousness had a very successful fundraiser at The Overlook Nov. 13, “Celebrating Second Chances.” This nonprofit, faith-based, residential facility in Humble offers support for female ex-offenders who desire to make positive life changes and become productive members of society. Astros legend J.R. Richard gave a compelling talk about his life successes and challenges. Beth Whittier, founder of The Oaks, welcomed a full house to the evening of amazing silent and live auction items conducted by Johnny “B.” Fundraiser committee and board members were delighted with the turnout which included Pastor Burt and Shawn Palmer, Pastor Jerry Martin, Becky and Steve Reeves, Genie and Dan Pearce, Karen and Gary Buchler, Debbie and Kyle Kahanek, Melinda and Troy Dodd, Ron and Halene Crossman, Julie Payne, Anne Davis, Diana and Jim Rutherford, Mary and Mike Starrett, Paul Amos, Jodi Boatright, Patty Carter, Amanda and Matt Vitulli, Ernalee Walker, Judy Thigpen and daughter Wendy Weisinger.
Wow-Za! The Village Learning and Achievement Center gala, honoring founder Kim Brusatori, was a stunner at the Hotel ZaZa! The elegant room was decorated with black and gold – glittering candelabras were on each table and each guest received a Christmas ornament handcrafted by the Villagers. Bidding on trips to British Columbia, Napa Valley, Crested Butte, Disney World and first-class tickets on United were Joe and Cathy Cleary, Kim Maxey, Robert and Jamie Scarfo, Dave Martin, Scott and Peggy Pignolet, Michelle and John Sorrentino, Vince Comeaux, Erica Badamo, Kelly and Rick Paull, John and Ashley Bland, Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford, Millie and Wayne Garrison, Corrin and daughter, Lexi Price, Liz Stemm, Geralyn and Danny Sullivan, Alan and Nancy Jo Derby, David and Hildy Bubier, Pam McNair, David and Claire Zeaglar, and Marcus Denman.
It was hard to believe the immaculate-looking patient lobby on the first floor of Memorial Hermann’s newest Convenient Care Center at West Lake Houston Parkway and Kingwood Drive wasn’t quite so pristine just 14 months ago, but, after lots of toil and trouble, Northeast CEO Josh Urban was able to cut the ribbon and Lake Houston Chamber President Jenna Armstrong was able to declare, “Welcome back to business!” Memorial Hermann’s Corporate Catering Wait Staff passed silver plates bursting with delicacies such as braised beef short ribs white truffle mashed potatoes, mini chicken cordon bleu glazed with honey Dijon, roasted Tuscan vegetable tarts, pumpkin mousse tarts – and that was just a small sample of what was offered to Memorial Hermann execs, elected officials and a crowd of Lake Houston VIPs. Once the ribbon was cut and Houston City Councilmember Dave Martin presented a special City of Houston commendation, the invited guests toured the distinctive, two-story, 44,450-square-foot health-care facility that houses adult and pediatric primary care physicians, comprehensive imaging and lab services, sports medicine and rehab and, best-of-all for nearby residents, a 24-hour emergency room staffed with board-certified docs and nurses. Among those who declared this would be their new medical home were Noel and Cristi Cardenas, Norman Funderburk, Roy and Sue Hernsberger, Dr. Barbara Reischmann, Mayor Merle Aaron, Craig Ayers, Mike Legoudes, Jr., Tim Baker, Tricia Racine, Morgan McGrath, Mark Mitchell, Becky and Gary Tucker, Tom Broad, Robert Maniscalco, James “Bubba” Campbell, David Beck, Nikki Roux, Dr. Chris Langan, Dawn Allen, Karen Ford, Orlando Reyes, Linda Nelson, Kim Koen, Jessica Beemer and Clarissa Perez. On the way out the door, each guest received a Memorial Hermann bag containing an emergency hammer tool with a double-sided metal head that shatters car windows and cuts the seat belt. Nifty, handy and very clever. A shout-out to new Northeast Marketing Guru Sylvia Saumell who did an admirable job orchestrating the shindig.
I’ll see you out and about!