Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!

 “Your child has cancer”… four simple words that can flip your world upside down in a heartbeat. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and yet today, and tomorrow, and every day after that, 46 children’s parents will hear those devastating words and that nightmare will become their reality. It happened to Amber and Tony Bender. Cancer crept up unannounced and certainly unwelcome. In 2007, their daughter, Addison Faith, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She endured a great deal, but remained her sweet, loving self every step of the way. She taught us all how to live big, fight hard and love lots. Sadly, Addi’s little body could only take so much and she died just a few weeks shy of her second birthday. Today, Addi’s Faith Foundation hosts several fundraisers and their ninth annual AddiShack Charity Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 1 at Tour 18. You’ll get a box lunch to enjoy at your leisure, a Mexican appetizer bar and margaritas available throughout the day, the best barbecue dinner you ever had, and fun contests along the way (in 2018, a golfer cashed in on their $20,000 hole-in-one contest!). Sign up at addisfaithfoundation.org/events.

It’s time to do something good for yourself – and for Lake Houston. Attend Leadercast 2020 at Second Baptist Church on Thursday, May 7. An all-day affair but so worth it. Inspirational and motivational speakers – the kind that normally would cost you a fortune to hear – are right up there on Second Baptist’s GIGANTIC screen, sharing practices that “… make you a leader worth following.” Who am I talking about? Hall-of-famer and master business person Earvin “Magic” Johnson; brand guru Amy Jo Martin, known as the most powerful woman on Twitter; marketing expert Bozomo Saint John, who promoted Uber, Apple and Pepsi; and Pepsi Vice President Richard Montanez, who started out as a janitor at a Lays factory and ended up inventing Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. That’s just a few of the world-class entrepreneurs. Theme for the day? “Positive Disruption.” They’ll show you how to “… shake up the status quo and drive opportunities for innovation.”  This is the eighth year that Erica and Duane Johnston of Chick-fil-A Fall Creek have brought Leadercast to Lake Houston. “We want it to be a tool you use to keep your leadership toolbox fully equipped,” they tell me. When you purchase your ticket at leadercastlh2020.eventbrite.com, Erica and Duane donate all the sales to a Lake Houston not-for-profit, $16,486 donated so far in the eight years the Johnstons have been doing this. That should make you feel good. The Tribune is a proud sponsor of Leadercast Lake Houston and you can be, too. Contact Erica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Follow her on Facebook @Leadercast Lake Houston. See you there.

The Humble ISD Council of PTAs held their annual Founder’s Day Luncheon celebrating 111 years of PTA greatness on Wednesday, February 26 at The Overlook, where Stephanie Kilgore is back on the scene doing a great job of coordinating events.  The theme for Founder’s Day was the “Greatest PTA” based off of the movie, “The Greatest Showman.”  Starla Bridges, PTA president of Pine Forest Elementary, chaired the event.  This event raises money for the Humble ISD Council of PTAs Scholarship Fund.

MCing the event were Francesca Newman and Christina Spears from Bear Branch Elementary. They would give Mark Linabury a run for his money.   Out in the crowds were the familiar faces of Dr. Liz Fagen, superintendent - Humble ISD, Dr. Roger Brown, deputy superintendent - Humble ISD,  Mike Seale, chief financial officer - Humble ISD, and Thelissa Edwards, director -Programming and Campus Support – Humble ISD,  Nancy Morrison, president - Humble ISD School Board, and Robert Sitton, Robert Scarfo, and Lori Twomey, Humble ISD school board members.

Humble ISD Council of PTA Board members in attendance for this event were Veronica Pena-Laijas, president - Humble ISD Council of PTAs, Tina Canavan, vice president, Margarita Prevot, secretary, Reannon Gentry, treasurer, Leslie Garcia, Hospitality Chair, Rebecca Chavez, Healthy Lifestyles Chair, Jill Portier, social media coordinator,  Socorro Umrysh, Reflections Chair, Candy Todash, Membership Chair, and Marilyn Mann, Student Programs.

Humble ISD Community Development was on the seen with Jerri Monbaron, Director – Community Development, Jasmine Julia, Administrative Assistant, Melinna Lopez, Resource Development Coordinator, and Matt Smith, Elementary Counseling and Behavioral Services Coordinator.

A 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year spotted at the event was Jessica Eisterhold, Kingwood Middle School, and a 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year John Baron, Creekwood Middle School.

Community members spied at this event were Claire King, director of marketing for Kingwood Emergency Hospital, Jennifer Ackerman, marketing director -Urban Air Trampoline Park, and Darion Skero - Skero’s Furniture was awarded the Community Business Award.  Chris Sullivan of the Chris Sullivan Experience performed for the attendees.  

Principals attending the event were Lisa Drabing, Kingwood Park High School principal and Region 4 Secondary Principal of the Year,  Michael Nasra, Kingwood High School principal,  Will Falker, associate principal – Atascocita High School and Tye Hobbs, assistant principal – Atascocita High School, Damico Bartley, Ross Sterling Middle School principal, Walt Winicki, Creekwood Middle School principal, Matthew Roser, Riverwood Middle School principal, Michael Curl, Kingwood Middle School principal, Kakie Palmer, Bear Branch Elementary principal, Diana Zelenzinsky, Foster Elementary principal, and Macaire Davies, Deerwood Elementary principal.

Former Humble ISD Council of PTAs Presidents Laura Clarke and Amy Emerick were in attendance supporting the Scholarship Fundraiser event.

Students who performed during this event were three beautiful singers from Humble High School Choir – Nya McKinney, Alana Viera and Imani White who sang the National Anthem.  Choir Director Jon Blouin was also in attendance to support his students.

PTA Reflections winner Mitchell VanCleave, a Kingwood High School student, played his award-winning song he composed, “Storm and Flood,” on the piano while PTA Reflections winner Raisa Hulett, Woodland Hills Elementary student danced her award-winning performance to “I am one of the 99-Not Left Behind.”

I’ll see you Out and About!

Cherrie Ledoux
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