Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
Humble ISD celebrated their 100th anniversary at their annual fundraising gala this year. Co-chaired by the education foundation’s Jennifer Carney and Kristen Roesler and themed “Our Future is so Bright” (yes, the room was aglow with neon colors and almost everyone had on their shades), the Humble Civic Center was packed with attendees raising money for grants and other projects for both students and teachers. Honored that evening was Sonny Robbins of the Robbins Chevrolet family and Humble High School graduate of 1944. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award. The top 10 finalists for the Teacher of the Year award were also honored on stage: Elm Grove Elementary-Anita McKeague, Fall Creek Elementary-Allison Janes, Maplebrook Elementary-Lisa Sonnier, Oak Forest Elementary-Tiffany Curtis, Whispering Pines Elementary-Francesca Rathke, Career and Technology Education Center-Joe Paneitz, Kingwood Park High-Kristen Lynam, Riverwood Middle-Michael Blayney, Ross Sterling Middle-Sarah Hill, and Timberwood Middle-Cinthia Ureta. A special congratulations to Paneitz and Rathke for taking home the District Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year Awards. A $10,000 cash prize was awarded to Paneitz and a luxury Florida vacation with first-class airfare was awarded to Rathke.
The City of Humble celebrated “Good Oil Days” with a completely revamped event and it was a fantastic weekend! The party started on a Friday with live music from the Louis Adams Diaz band followed by Jason Cassidy, a Shiner Beer Garden, lots of food and even a mechanical bull. The Family Street Festival on Main Street followed the next day with street dancing, more food, more beer, lots of vendors and a Kids Zone hosted by Kingwood Emergency Hospital. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humble Area Seniors and the senior center. Having a blast were committee members Cynthia Calvert and Jennifer Wooden, Pat Gill, Sharon Mittag, Bernie and Gina Remmes, Deborah Miller, Mari Guevara, Anita Cooper, Jason Steube, Gwen Willis, Mayor Merle Aaron with his wife, Linda, Mark Mitchell, Carol Brady, Robin Choiniere, Connie Chandler, Sylvia Johnson, Nikki Green-Lacey, Mary Rosilez, Erica Johnston, Diana Quiroz and so many others!
The FamilyTime Mothers are Jewels luncheon was an astounding success! Besides having all the shiny stuff to buy, win and bid on, it was so nice seeing everyone despite the crazy weather. Chairs Elizabeth Burger and Carolyn Wise did an outstanding job! Mark Linabury, Ginger Bertrand, Kyle and Charlie Campbell, Monica Zubia, Kaaren Cambio, Robert Scarfo, Carol Covey, Laryssa Korduba, Sevala Benton, Juanita Zavala, Janet Huberty, Laurie Fitch, Michelle Sorrentino, Diane Blanco, Michele Dykstra, Nicole DeSevo, Nancy Shortsleeve, Kelly Paull, Dorothy Alspaugh, Emily Stander, Rachel Phetteplace, Karen Palmisano, Christina O’Dell, Katie Woodard, David Escobar, Mark Herman, Lincoln Goodwin, Miek Staats, Darryal Chandler and Brandon Creighton were just some of the many, many people in attendance. A very special shoutout to my tablemates hosted by The Tribune and Cynthia Calvert – Gwendolyn Crawford, Claire King, Gina Remmes, Pam McNair, Tracy Monk and Brooke Baugh – who made the event extra entertaining! Thank you for our chocolate bunnies, Cynthia! I promise to share a picture of me eating mine on Easter Sunday!
For those of you who donated gently used men’s suits, shirts, shoes and ties to Camp Hope – thank you. It was a tremendous success! Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Michael Berry were hoping to collect 1,000 suits and over 6,000 were donated. The suits will go a long way in helping our veterans who have graduated through the Camp Hope program as they interview for jobs. In more Camp Hope news – get your tickets for Courage in Hope, a fundraising evening for Camp Hope and the PTSD Foundation of America. The event will be held at The Nathaniel Center May 31 with Crenshaw as special guest. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Bring a list of song requests to stump the guys from Pete’s Dueling Pianos, your entertainment for the evening, while enjoying beer from Megaton Brewery and food from A Grand Affair. We have special pricing for active military, veterans and law enforcement. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to nathanielcenter.com or thenathanielfoundation.org.
Hope everyone had a Happy Easter! Mine included meat, sweets and an alcoholic beverage or two. Oh, and a chocolate bunny!