About Janelle Romano

Janelle Romano joined the Interfaith team in 2018. She is originally from the Midwest, but has lived on the East Coast and in Mexico. Janelle relocated to The Woodlands four years ago with her husband and three children and they now consider Texas home. She is a graduate of both Purdue and Southern Methodist University and enjoys spending time traveling with her family and giving back to the community.

In the Pink Luncheon 2018

Over 1,200 people showed up in every shade of pink imaginable to support the fight against breast and ovarian cancer at the In the Pink luncheon on October 12. The elegant event at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center highlighted the mission of In the Pink of Health: to reduce the incidence of breast and ovarian cancer and to assist survivors on their journey.

Presented by Richie’s Specialty Pharmacy and chaired by Cheryl Brady and Tiffany McClung, the In the Pink luncheon provides vital funds for the staggering 1 in 8 women in our country who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and the over 22,000 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Since its inception in 2001, In the Pink of Health has raised over $5 million, which has been redistributed directly into Montgomery County and the surrounding communities to support breast and ovarian health. This year’s luncheon grossed over $800,000, the most money raised to date at an In the Pink event. The proceeds fund initiatives through the Memorial Hermann Foundation, including programs like Canopy, a cancer survivorship center housed in Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center.

The highlight of the event was the featured guest speaker, Scott Hamilton. He brought both the laughter and the tears with his inspirational remarks regarding the seemingly insurmountable obstacles he has overcome in his life, including losing his mother to breast cancer, facing his own battles with cancer and pursuing his goals as an Olympic Gold Medalist. He was extremely gracious, extending his speech and staying until every autograph was signed.

Thanks to strategic community partnerships and public generosity, each year In the Pink of Health funds projects that support its mission, changing the lives of women and families in Montgomery County and beyond.

The Book Launches Volume 3

Houston Methodist The Woodlands hosted the launch party for The Book The Woodlands on Wednesday. The event celebrated the visually-stunning, fifth issue of The Book The Woodlands. The Book The Woodlands is a high-end, coffee-table style publication about, for and of The Woodlands. The beautiful hunter-green cover paid homage to Interfaith’s 45th anniversary while the content honored the longevity and character of The Woodlands with several pieces focused on generations. The Book is completely advertiser funded and all of the proceeds proudly go back to help our neighbors in need through the programs and services of Interfaith.

It was wonderful to see so many of our fabulous advertising partners and community leaders in attendance to celebrate the launch. Dr. Debra Sukin, CEO of Houston Methodist The Woodlands and Interfaith board member, kicked off the remarks followed by Missy Herndon, Interfaith President & CEO.

 We are beyond thankful to Houston Methodist for their amazing hospitality and attention to detail as well as the continued support of all of our advertisers and community partners who allow us to create this unique, award-winning publication to help those in need.” Herndon shared.

Upon arrival, guests were treated to the delightful sounds of a contemporary string quartet and an exquisite spread of cuisine and mocktails, and left with delicious macaroons and the newest edition of The Book The Woodlands.

Celebration of Excellence 2018

The Interfaith Celebration of Excellence Gala was the culmination of a year-long celebration honoring volunteerism and those in our community who exemplify leadership in their philanthropic and professional pursuits, our Hometown Heroes.

The Celebration of Excellence Gala, which benefits Interfaith of The Woodlands, was presented by Woodforest National Bank and chaired by Shirelle Chimenti and Eliva Graham with honorary co-chairs, Dr. Ann and Mr. Jerry Snyder. Interfaith, the largest non-profit social service agency in Montgomery County, provides assistance to neighbors in need through the food pantry, Hand-Me-Up shop, Community Clinic, crisis assistance, job placement, senior services and Child Development Center.

The Hometown Heroes personify the mission of Interfaith, building a more loving and caring community through service. The 2018 honorees were Robert Heineman, Mrs. Brynn Ballard Huntsman and Mr. Peter Riley Huntsman, Steve Leakey, Dr. Joel Reed, Patti Rivela, Junior League of The Woodlands represented by President Jennifer Colerick and Entergy Texas represented by CEO Sallie Rainer.

For only the third time ever, the prestigious Mitchell Award was given, this time to Rev. Don Gebert, for lifetime achievement in service to the community. Missy Herndon, President & CEO of Interfaith, recognized Rev. Gebert, the founder of Interfaith, who has dedicated over 40 years to creating a more loving, caring community in The Woodlands. Guests were visibly moved by Rev. Gebert’s acceptance speech, which included a standing ovation, to put aside differences, and to work toward a mission of love for one another.

Ian Ramirez, accompanied by 13 year-old Hayden Miller on the piano, sang a beautiful rendition of “You Raise Me Up” as attendees watched a slideshow of some of the many individuals receiving assistance through Interfaith’s programs and guests lit the room with candles joining in a commitment to help our neighbors in need.

Following the dinner and program, guests enjoyed themselves and danced to the music of DJ Manny Patel at the lavish Journey to Morocco themed after-party.

Go RED for Women Luncheon

Celebrating life and wellness resonated through the afternoon at the 2018 Montgomery County Go Red for Women Luncheon. Men and women arrived dressed in their finest red attire exhibiting their dedication to the cause. Chaired by Tiffany MacPherson, the event honored Market Street for its continued commitment to the Montgomery County community. Highlighting the event was the personal survivor story of Carla McDaniel. Her story is one of love, determination, and survival. The need to continue to raise funds for research was a vital part of her message as well as encouraging attendees to live life to the fullest. She and her husband Keaton serve as the perfect examples of both principles.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and funds raised at this event will help further the cause of the American Heart Association’s Go RED for Women initiative. 

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