Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Our little family has been trying to get over a cough and a cold since getting back and it’s been a slog. But we’re all still looking forward with great hopes for a fantastic 2019!
Attending the Dec. 10 Lee Greenwood and Friends Concert Celebrating Christmas and Patriotism and Honoring Our Wounded Warriors and Helping Heroes was a group of our Kingwood Rotary members and friends, Donna Ballard, Jim Alfaro, Deirdre C. Murray, Karen Boughton, Leenette Wilke and even Santa Claus! The event was held on the Houston Baptist University Campus. The Lee Greenwood Award was presented to country music legend Randy Travis while the Patriot Award was given to Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr. and Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Eddie Gilbert. Performers at the concert included Lee Greenwood, X Factor winner and country music star Tate Stevens, and pop sensation Gavin DeGraw. Also performing was The Scooter Brown Band, originally formed in Houston, which includes two Marines who served in Iraq -- SPC J.P. Lane, U.S.A.(Ret.) and Helping a Hero Home Recipient and Christian music artist Nicole C. Mullen. The Scooter Brown Band recently opened for Travis Tritt and appeared on “Real Country.” The evening’s event included creative passed appetizers and beautiful buffet displays, a silent auction and a VIP party with Lee Greenwood and Randy Travis photo opportunities.
Joe and Corinn Price once again opened their Bear Branch home to a festive Lake Houston crowd on New Year’s Eve. Daughter Lexi Price, now quite the young lady, was stationed at the front door welcoming some 200 guests to their home. Corinn’s Mom, Louise Cheney, made sure everyone felt welcome and at home. She even brought along hubby, David, who made the long trip from their home in the Hamptons to Kingwood to celebrate the holiday with the Price family. Corinn baked the sweets and Joe whipped up some of his world-famous queso but the real spread was on the dining room table where Chef Dan and Chef Debbie of Signature Catering laid out a feast of crabcakes, jerk chicken, deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms. By evening’s end, the goodies were all gone. There were lots and lots of familiar faces in the crowd, including Tom Broad and John Denton, Carol and Randy Sutton, Carole Brady who brought along a couple of young visitors from Iowa, Charles Cunningham, Chris Butsch who assured all that he’ll unveil the new and improved Lake Houston Y in April, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan who brought along their son, Devon and Chad Alexander, Diane Blanco, Jenna Armstrong with a very attractive beau, and Millie Garrison -- without Wayne. He was home fixing the thermostat, which is an important task to do when the Kingwood temperature is plunging. Pete Cheney brought wife Lynn, owner of Hope Photography, who was busy snapping photos of the jovial crowd. As an added plus, after she snapped the shots, Lynn developed the print right then and there to give to each couple. What a thoughtful and memorable gift from Joe and Corinn. Also spotted were Robert and Jayme Scarfo, Robert and Jen Sitton -- who was celebrating her birthday the next day, Sam and Casey Schrade, Stan Sarman, Trey and Penny Hill, Chris and Bradley O’Dell, Mark Mitchell, Mark and Jenny Micheletti, Martina and Scott Dixon, and Scott Brady.
Since 1990, FamilyTime has had the honor of recognizing nearly 300 extraordinary women for their generous contributions of time and energy while making a difference in the community. Each year FamilyTime asks for nominations to recognize women in the community who have made a difference. Women of Achievement awards are given in the following categories: the Arts, Business, Community Activist, Education, Entrepreneur, Homemaker, Human Services, Medical, Women’s Advocate, Visionary, Volunteer, and Special Recognition. The FamilyTime Women of Achievement honorees are role models to the many women FamilyTime serves. This year’s honorees will be recognized Saturday, Jan. 26 at FamilyTime’s signature event, The Hearts of Gold Gala. Congratulations to all the new Women of Achievement: The Arts, Molly Andriola; Education, Christiana Olojo; Business, Jenna Armstrong; Entrepreneur, Kim Spurlock; Homemaker, Shannon Walker; Medical, Dr. Kim Waaso; Visionary, Dianne Lansden; Human Services, M’Liss Painter; Women’s Advocate, Beth Whittier; Volunteer, Candy Todash; Community Activist, Kaaren Cambio; Spirit of FamilyTime, Letty Martinez; Special Recognition, Tracy Monk. Welcome to the sisterhood, ladies!
I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s hoping the new year brings us all an amazingly fabulous 12 months!