The Lake Houston Area Chamber celebrated 95 years on Friday, Jan. 25 with the installation of their new board chair and directors at the annual Awards Extravaganza, a celebration of the past year’s outstanding volunteer leaders and accomplishments. The event featured the presentation of the Dr. Haden McKay Citizen of the Year Award, Spirit of the Chamber Award, and the Rising Star Award as well as honoring the 2018 board and committee leaders. The celebration kicked off with an honoree reception allowing guests to meet and mingle with the 2018 award winners. Congratulations to the honorees: Jerry Martin-Spirit of the Chamber Award; Mark Micheletti-Chairman’s Award; and Lynn Cheney and Amanda Petree-Rising Star Award. The Dr. Haden McKay Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Jess Fields for whom the award is especially poignant as his father, Jack Fields, Sr., was named Citizen of the Year in 1972 and his brother, Jack, Jr., received the award in 2001. Congratulations to all!

Humble Area Assistances Ministries (HAAM) kicked off its Pillars of the Community event with a pre-Pillars party of “Blackjack, Bourbon and Bar Games” at the lovely home of Kevin and Kelly Krenzke. Partying with a purpose were co-hosts Nicholas and Emily Stander, Greg and Emmy Lee, Jim and Mary Brenner, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Janet Huberty, Cheryl Austin, Christy Lapeze, Monica Zubia, Antonio Acosta, Judy Cox, Mike and Layna Netek, Wayne and Millie Garrison, Rick and Kelly Paull, and Danny and Geralyn Sullivan. Lots of fantastic items were collected for the silent auction and bid board at the upcoming Pillars gala, including Houston Rodeo tickets, Kacey Musgraves tickets, George Strait tickets, a Big Green Egg, and a number of dining packages for great places like Pappa’s and Texas de Brazil. The Pillars will be honored Friday, Feb. 22 at the newly refreshed Clubs of Kingwood clubhouse, completely rebuilt after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Kingwood icon. Congratulations to Devon and Chad Alexander, Louis Flory, and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s recipients.

The Alexanders-Immersing herself in HAAM activities is a natural for Devon, who has an impressive resume as a volunteer: homeroom mom for all her kids, on the boards of such civic organizations as the Deerwood PTA, Sand Creek Sea Lions, Kingwood Football League, Kingwood Girls Softball League, Riverwood PTA, Riverwood All-Sports Booster Club, car raffle chair and business fundraiser for Kingwood High Project Graduation, Lone Star College Gala Committee, Go Red for Women Committee, In the Pink Banquet co-chair, Humble ISD Foundation Board, Greater East Montgomery Chamber board, and the Kingwood Chapter of the National Charity League. And, when he wasn’t supporting Devon behind the scenes, Chad was active in his kids’ football, baseball and softball leagues. Devon has been recognized by the Lake Houston community for her remarkable volunteer work. She is a FamilyTime Woman of Achievement for Business, Greater East Montgomery Chamber Volunteer of the Year, a Barbara Newman American Heart Association award winner, and an In the Pink of Health honoree, but there will always be a special place in her heart for HAAM. Devon and I go waaaaaay back, even before we officially met. The rest, as they say, is history. Every once in a while, you’ll still catch us giggling over some of it.

Flory is a Lake Houston entrepreneur. In fact, he was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, and that entrepreneurial spirit is what inspired him to get involved with Humble Area Assistance Ministries. As a result of the success of his company, Effex, Louis has been able to support other Lake Houston organizations including Mission Northeast and Augie’s Quest, supports PGA Junior golf scholarships, and sponsors several local youth sports programs. Ultimately, though, Louis’ heart belongs to HAAM because, like him, HAAM supports those who just need a little help. Although he understands meeting the immediate needs of those facing a crisis, he is impressed with HAAM’s additional goal to end the cycle of poverty.

Two years ago, after Hurricane Harvey devastated our area, the Lake Houston Chamber, HAAM, the Tribune, together with Insperity, sought to launch and facilitate the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund. By bringing each organization’s strengths to the table, they were able to raise and distribute $1.6 million to Lake Houston area residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey. Last year, the chamber and HAAM received Insperity’s first Community Impact Award for their joint efforts in organizing the Lake Houston Relief Fund. HAAM has been a dynamic member of the chamber since HAAM’s founding in 1990. They’ve shared the same board members and the same vision, working closely together and with other Lake Houston nonprofits.

There’s still time to gather up a table or get some tickets to this year’s Pillars of the Community gala. For more information on the event or to find out how you can help others in our community, go to haamministries.org.

Cherrie Ledoux
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