Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
As the only fundraising gala of the year for the organization, the Pillars of the Community for Humble Area Assistance Ministries (HAAM) was an amazingly successful evening! It was also most people’s first look at the newly renovated Kingwood Country Club as the event was the first before they officially reopened the week after. Mark Linabury and Sam Schrade did a bang-up job as the hosts for the evening although, I have to say, Dave Martin and Dan Huberty, who led the prayer and the pledges respectively, also made quite the team. There were some fantastic prizes up for grabs for both the bid board and the raffle. I won a new edition of “The Congressional Cookbook,” signed by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, which now sits right next to my copy of the first edition from 1927 (with a few signatures that are, so far, unidentified). Those of you who know of my cookbook collection (or obsession, depending on how one looks at it) can guess how gleeful I was. HAAM had an amazing turnout of supporters for the evening, including Terry and Sevala Benton, Dave and Gwendolyn Crawford, Rick Paull, Ron Holley, Darryal and Connie Chandler, Charles Cunningham, Robert and Jaimie Scarfo, Tom Broad, Stephanie Kilgore, Jessica Beemer, Noel Cardenas, Marilyn Mann, Kaaren Cambio, Judy Cox, Juanita Zavala, Pam Dickinson, Dorothy Alspaugh, Wayne and Millie Garrison, Judge Laryssa Korduba and husband Matt, and Mike and Layna Netek. What an amazing job by the committee, chaired by Kelly Paull!
Hopeful Heart’s 5th Annual Black and White Gala at The Overlook in Atascocita was a beautiful evening of help and hope for the foundation, an organization built for survivors of abuse that gives them a voice through ministry. The event had a great following in attendance lending their support to Shannon Deitz, founder of Hopeful Hearts. Her mother, Ruth McGraw, was by her side to help her get through the gala after the recent death of Shannon’s father and Ruth’s husband, Timothy McGraw. Also by her side was Angie Burgess, taking care of everything and anything. RaDonna Gideon, the evening’s honoree, moved everyone’s heart with her story. Nice Winery continued their support with supplying a wine tasting for the auction which was purchased by James and Joan Clinton. Gina and Bernie Remmes sponsored a table, hosting Jennifer and Jeff Arthur and the Clintons. To help celebrate the festivities, Gina bought tickets and played heads or tails and came out with winning the Lagos Texas Heart bracelet. Faces in the crowd included Lynn Feder, Dorothy Alspaugh, Amy Wendling Banmiller, ViSeSha Johnson, Victoria Evans-Thomas, Lea Courrege, Jennifer Moore, Mike Hales, Paula Gansky Amsler, Drake and Kathleen McIntosh, Phil and Shannon McIntosh, and Katie and Kurtz Stowers.
After celebrating husband Keith’s, son Zachary’s and daughter Sophie’s birthdays one after the other, it was Annette Isbell’s turn to be the birthday girl! Dan and Janet Huberty hosted the low-key and intimate get-together at their beautiful home on the water. Janet and Dan, Daniel and I, Jennifer and Colin Carney, Deb Doxey, Nancy Hunter, Molly Covey, Shelli Ratliff, Lydia Chamberlain, Craig Covey, David Otis, Lisa Bradford, Janet Graczyk, Amy Kendrick, Laura Linskey, Deann Otis, Scott Kendrick, Michelle Golden, and Meredith Wosenitz were so moved by Keith’s tribute to Annette – his steadfast partner in all things.
Congratulations to these student athletes from HISD who signed letters of intent at National Signing Day at the Humble Civic Center: Summer Creek will have five members of its football team playing in different colleges – Dylan Bolden at Missouri Southern State University, Xavier Daniels at University of Texas-Permian Basin, Jamison Frazier at Henderson State University, Brandon Neal II at West Texas A&M and Jack Zelezinski at McNeese State University; volleyball player Courtney Bates will continue on at East Texas Baptist University; Tianna Randle signed to run track at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas; and Timothy Mansell will continue playing baseball at the University of St. Thomas. Humble High School had two members of its football team making their commitments official with Isiah Robinson at Navarro Junior college and Tyler Martinez at Texas Southern University. Congratulations and good luck to you all!