Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!
It was the bromance to end all bromances! State Rep. Dan Huberty and Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin “kudo-ing” each other at the chamber’s annual Elected Officials Breakfast at the Golf Club of Houston. Dan and Dave (they could go on the road with that name!) received the chamber’s Spirit of Commerce Award. Public Affairs Chair Erica Johnston said, after much discussion, her committee determined both men should be honored. The chamber established the award in 2018 to honor a local elected official who supports pro-growth, pro-business legislation and initiatives impacting Main Street businesses and enhancing the local economy. The very first recipient, in 2018, was Former Congressman Ted Poe who, by video, praised Huberty for the successful passage of his education bill. Poe called the passage a miracle and a huge feat because the vote was unanimous. Mark Micheletti, now on the Harris County Flood District Board, in his own video, described Martin as a pit bull regarding flooding issues and recalled Martin asking Micheletti if he could bring Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner out to the flooded Micheletti home for a press conference. The Houston Mayor praised Martin and Huberty, telling the crowd that he dreaded saying “no” to Martin and declaring he was proud to call both men friends. The kudos for Martin and Huberty are well deserved. Huberty was a finalist for Texan of the Year as selected by the Dallas Morning News. Turner has selected Martin as Houston Mayor Pro Tem. Among the many supporters of our elected officials were Janet and Brianna Huberty, Tracy Mieth, Kelly Paull, Karen Fennell, Erica Johnston, Judge Laryssa Korduba, Sam and Casey Schrade, Lincoln Goodwin and Devon Alexander.
Dan and Janet Huberty hosted a FamilyTime Hearts of Gold Gala pre-party recently to help stock the bar and stuff the baskets. Guests brought a variety of liquor and wine bottles for the bottle pull and a whole host of other goodies for both the silent auction and bid board. The weather was just right as the party spilled from inside to the Huberty’s gorgeous backyard. Guests sipped on wine donated by Dan and nibbled on gorgeous cookies made by Kim Sullivan. We served chimichurri flank steak sliders and two of our most popular items from the party season – bacon crackers and ham sammies. I am not even kidding, almost every single party we catered over the season ordered these two appetizers. Munching down on bacon crackers were Sergio and Juanita Zavala, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan, Devon Alexander, David Escobar, Halene Crossman, Casey Christman, Jen Carney, Judy Cox, Judge Laryssa Korduba, Kerry Baker, Kelly Paull, David and Linda Prator, Erica Johnston, Tamara Paul, Kaaren Cambio, Aaron Dailey, Lindsay Barker, Dawnn Seaton, Elizabeth Hainey, Chester Loth, David and Tammy Broussard, Pete and Martha Serna, Penny Rivard, Riley Neal, Monica Strange, Becky Leatherman, David and Kathy Neal, Jennifer Summer Green, Melissa Lanier, Carolyn Wise, Lori Carroll, Kyle Campbell, Jackie Cate and Susan Meinholz.
I know spring is the traditional time to clean out closets and bulging cabinets and drawers, but I actually prefer to do mine at the beginning of the year. Deep cleaning can wait for spring in my household, but reorganizing has to be earlier if I am to fit everything I have to put away from the holiday season that I didn’t start off with. At my house it’s mainly new ingredients that have to fit in the pantry. Or books, because fitting more books in my collection is a never-ending game of Tetris. And, of course, my closet, because there’s always something there that I know I haven’t worn in at least 2 years. If you, too, are so inclined, and come across any extra gently used handbag/purse/clutch, please set it aside. Lana Walker needs them. She fills them with fun and necessary items for women including nail products, feminine products, notebooks, pens, pencils, flashlights, bath products and more. Once filled Lana, 2016’s Women of Achievement – Visionary, delivers them to FamilyTime and Mission Northeast. She has delivered over 2500 in just the last three years. Imagine the cost of this and how helpful you would be if you donated items to help. We can all find one gently used handbag to donate... can’t we? Or maybe your business would like to donate an appropriate promotional product? You can reach out to Lana directly at 832-549-9697.