About Kylie Boyd

Kylie Boyd is the Communications Associate at Interfaith of the Woodlands. She received her Master of Science in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University and graduated as the valedictorian of the College of Media and Communication from Texas Tech University where she received her undergraduate degree. Kylie currently assists with marketing and communications at Interfaith.

Yes to Youth Gala

Elaborate costumes and intricate décor blew guests away as they entered the Ignite Their Light Yes to Youth Gala, a themed event benefitting Yes to Youth. The ballroom was striking with ornate lighting and elegant floral centerpieces. The lights served as a reminder for the cause-inspiring and helping children who have experienced difficult hardships. The Yes to Youth Gala, presented by Tricia and Jack Futcher, was chaired by Katrina Savage and Michelle Maggert, and honored Tom Pisula as well as Waste Connections.

The evening benefited Yes to Youth Montgomery County Youth Services, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping youth and their families overcome challenges. Yes to Youth offers crisis counseling, shelter programs, and prevention services aimed to keep youth in school and prepare them to be productive citizens.

Haley Garcia and Travis Ellard

The evening was full of powerful, emotional moments. A special dance performance to “This is Us’ by Boni’s Dance and Performing Arts Studio kicked off the night. Katrina Savage and Michelle Maggert, the Gala Chairs, shared various testimonies explaining the profound impact that this organization has had on so many. A powerful music performance by Theresa Black, Hannah Johnson, and Special Guests left the audience moved and inspired to give back. The live auction and raffle concluded the evening. The attendees left the Yes to Youth Gala with a kindled spark to truly Ignite Their Light and make a difference in the lives of others.

Patti, Dr. Lucian Rivela, Dr. Ann, and Jerry Snyder

Linda Freede, Worthing Jackman, Keith Gordan, and Michelle Little

Live Auction

Bret and Angela Strong

Wine, Women, and Shoes

Stilettos, chardonnay sipping, and breast cancer survivors strutting in style were all the rage at the annual Wine, Women, and Shoes event. Supporters, survivors, and spectators all embraced the message of hope at the fashion show presented by EXIT Lone Star Realty on September 12th at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Wine, Women, and Shoes both inspired and empowered attendees. The event was hosted by The Breast Cancer Charities of America and focused on helping women impacted by breast cancer both locally and nationally.

JJ Hollie, Justin Hogan, Paco Rivera, Keaton McDaniel, Kirk Johnson

The décor popped with pink. From the large pink balloon entry archway to the pink bows beautifully wrapped around each guest’s seat, the mission of eliminating breast cancer was clear. The auction and raffle items were every woman’s dream! Louboutin shoes, purses, and a closet makeover were near impossible not to bid on. To conclude the night, survivors modeled the latest fashions on the runway while spectators were able to enjoy fabulous wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Auction items

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands, Beauty Lounge, Trulucks, and various other sponsors this event left everyone tickled pink!

Cresta Castillo, Colette Cole, Stephanie Powell, Jennifer McBurney

Nikki Wann, Erin White, Hannah Riley

Attendees enjoying the photo booth

Carla McDaniel and Erica Johnson (Founder of IGoPink and Breast Cancer Charities of America)

Adriana Wells, Stephanie Carpenter, Stefanie Hale, Angela Clegg

Five Who Share

Interfaith of The Woodlands recently hosted their Five Who Share Awards breakfast.  The event spared no detail and offered their attendees a memorable occasion. Major underwriters for the breakfast included Anadarko, Huntsman, Howard Hughes, Sewell, and Strike. Many other generous businesses, individuals, and volunteers helped make the event truly spectacular.

Five Who Share table decor

Five incredible recipients were honored at Interfaith’s Five Who Share Breakfast at The Woodlands Country Club Palmer Couse on Friday, August 23rd. Award recipients are recognized for their personal volunteer investment within our community, whose tireless work affect positive and compassionate change, inspiring others to contribute to those in need. Ky Bishop, Shirelle Chimenti, Paula F. Odom, Ian J. Ramirez, and Anne Swetish were recognized for their philanthropic dedication to The Woodlands Community.

Alex Sutton

Décor in shades of gold glistened as the morning sun slowly rose. Coffee, parfaits, omelets, and pastries delighted attendees. An impactful silent auction and raffle concluded the breakfast. Guests left with a better understanding of the community principals The Woodlands was founded upon.

Silent Auction Items

Proceeds benefited the many programs and services that Interfaith of the Woodlands offers to neighbors in need. Interfaith is thankful for individuals like the Five Who Share recipients who devote their time and effort back to the community and help make the dream of a more loving and caring community a reality.

Paver bricks are available for purchase that will be placed in a walkway at Interfaith of The Woodlands

Guests mingling and enjoying the coffee bar

Chairman’s Ball

On Saturday, August 17th, more than 600 guests were treated to a night “Under the Big Top” for The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce’s 41st annual Chairman’s Ball at The Waterway Marriot in The Woodlands.

Attendees were encouraged to dress thematically and they did not disappoint. Ringmasters, strongmen, and circus animals mingled among fortune tellers, caricature artists, and stilt walkers. Carnival games, extravagant décor, and photo booth with live monkeys made the night truly spectacular.

Former chairmen are recognized during The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce annual Chairman’s Ball on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands. From left to right: Julie Martineau, Mike Karlins, Linda Head, Jack Stibbs, Ann Snyder, Bret Strong, Frank Holmes, Bruce Tough, Colson Tough and David Vogt.

This event brings together many local businesses, local officials, and organizations. The tabletop décor is provided by various organizations, businesses, and nonprofits. There are close to 45 decorators each year who compete for several awards.

The 2019 winners are as follows: Newcomer: Meals on Wheels Montgomery County; DIY: Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital; Done For You: Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center; Use of Logo: Cherry Blow Dry Bar; Use of Theme: Market Street; Overall: Camp Bow Wow; People’s Choice: Market Street.

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce’s night “Under the Big Top” was a night filled with creativity and community.

Guests receive a reading from a fortune teller at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce annual Chairman’s Ball on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands.

J.J. Hollie, president and CEO, presents outgoing chairman Stuart Lapp with the chairman’s gavel during The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce annual Chairman’s Ball on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands.

J.J. Hollie, president and CEO, welcomes chairman-elect Jeff Garrett to the stage at The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce annual Chairman’s Ball on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at The Waterway Marriott in The Woodlands.

Market Street 4th of July Festivities

Market Street has completed a property-wide renovation of the award-winning shopping, dining, and entertainment destination. The project took eight months to complete and focused on Market Street’s Central Park. Retailers and shoppers alike are in for a truly unique experience with the new changes!

Photography by Robert Harrington

Natural Grass in Central Park was replaced with weather-resistant and ecologically sustainable synthetic turf in order to better suit year-round festivities and events. New comfortable seating, charming pergolas, eye-catching lighting systems, and an interactive water deck have also all been added for a memorable experience.

Some other exciting changes include enhanced landscaped pedestrian walkways, contemporary parking, traffic management improvements, and relaxation areas. The restrooms have been completely renovated and water bottle fill stations have been added in order to better serve guests’ needs.

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

Market street completed all of its construction just in time to host the 44th South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade, ensuring a magical celebration for our community. On Independence Day Market Street will be hosting the popular patriotic tradition, which will feature marching bands, parade floats, and local dignitaries. The parade will kick off at 9:00 a.m., but red, white, and blue activities will not stop there! Adrian Michael will be entertaining with live music from 6:00-8: 00 p.m. in Central Park.

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

The 44th Annual South Montgomery County 4th of July Parade will be led by Grand Marshall and local philanthropist Christine Clinkenbeard as well as Grand Marshall Lt. Commander Charles Michael Abell. The audience will be able to enjoy retired U.S. Navy marching bands, high school marching bands, various military branches, fire engines, horses, and impressive floats. It will be a family-friendly festivity where everyone can celebrate our great nation and community; come out and enjoy!

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

Kathleen O. Ryan Fine Art Photography

 

2019 Man and Woman of the Year Gala

The 2019 Man & Woman of the Year Gala was held on May 17th, at the breathtaking The Woodlands Resort. The event, put on by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, was a 10-week fundraising philanthropic competition that concluded with a gala. Although the competition goes on each year in more than 88 cities across the country, this is the second year the campaign has been hosted in Montgomery County.

Wade Taylor, Leeann Taylor, Sara Oberton, and Justin Oberton

Thanks to the generous sponsors and co-chairs, the event was truly remarkable! The top sponsors were Chicago Title, Coxon Family Foundation, Michael and Jane Jamieson, Waste Connections, Quorum Software, Jeff Paul Custom Homes. The dedicated co-chairs were Kalli Gonzalez, Fidelity National Title, and Stacey Robertson, The Wilcox Group at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Gary Greene.

There were over 500 attendees, and the 9 candidates raised a collective $868,285. This amount was over $400,000 more than last year’s total! The amazing Woman of the Year, Leslie Coxon, raised $174,318. The Man of The Year, Parker Kink, raised an astounding $170, 159.

Christina Kooker, Leslie Coxon, Mindy Reynolds, and Parker Kink

The incredible nine candidates were Sarah Paul, Leslie Coxon, Michelle Little, Adria Salas, Elizabeth Greever, Anabelle Carillo, Parker Kink, Will Warren, and Jeff Bither. Each candidate made a substantial difference in the community and their fundraising efforts made an enormous impact in the fight for a cure for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

Fund the Fight served as the last chance for everyone in attendance to give to their candidate and make an impact on the mission of LLS. Records were broken this year because over $95,000 was raised in only 5 minutes! The emcee, Cristina Kooker, kept the audience engaged and the mesmerizing décor glittered with touches of gold. This event not only looked amazing, but it helped do amazing things for our community and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Man of the Year—Parker Kink

Will Warren during Fund the Fight

Chris Reynolds, Nickole Kerner Bobley, Tammie Gandarillas, Joe Gandarillas, and Lori Alford

Adria Salas and Julie Martineau

Laura and Matt Powers

 

Tiny Libraries with an Enormous Impact

You may have noticed the various tiny libraries located in neighborhoods across Montgomery County. The whimsical structures, resembling giant birdhouses, each contain an array of books and serve as “take one, leave one” lending libraries. These tiny libraries provide both children and adults the opportunity to better themselves through the art of literature while also giving the same gift to another neighbor in the community. These libraries started as a way to provide books to children in low-income neighborhoods but have flourished and can now be found all over the world. If you would like to find your next favorite novel or encourage young readers to pick up a book this summer, please feel free to take a book and leave a book in its place at the following locations:

43 Quiet Oak Cir

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

58 S Cobble Hill Circle

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

4242 Interfaith Way

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

4266 Interfaith Way

The Woodlands TX 77381

 

38 South Havenridge Drive

The Woodlands Texas 77381

 

1015 Evergreen Circle

The Woodlands TX 77380

 

8 Slash Pine Park

The Woodlands TX 77380

 

173 Linton Downs Pl

The Woodlands TX 77382

 

10 Daylight Ridge Court

The Woodlands TX 77382

 

428 Rayford Rd

Spring TX 77386

Creekside Forest Dr. Tiny Libary

Interfaith of the Woodlands’ Tiny Library

MainStreet America Annual Gala

The 7th annual MainStreet America Gala, chaired by Shirley and Ralph Alexander, was held at the spectacular MainStreet America. The 230 guests enjoyed a 3-course seated dinner, both a live and silent auction, inspiring speakers, and out of this world décor. The theme was inspired by Houston’s moon landing 50 years ago to serve as a reminder that even the loftiest goals are not impossible.

Renowned scientist and Director of the NRI, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, gave an update on The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and Mike Feigin spoke about the strides made in the past seven years while recognizing much work remains ahead.

Mike Feigin

Barbara and Mike Feigin, Design Tech Homes Founders, created the gala event seven years ago in order to honor Mike’s father. Dr. Ralph Feigin was one of the most renowned and distinguished figures in pediatric medicine and an avid advocate for children’s health. Dr. Feigin served as Physician-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine for over 31 years.

The Feigin’s nephew, Jacob Sukin, was diagnosed with an incurable and extremely rare disease. Mike and Barbara knew that they had to do absolutely everything that they could in order to help raise awareness and promote research. More than $2,000,000 has been donated to the NRI for research since the event started.

Debbie Sukin, Mike Feigin, and Susan Feigin Harris

This year, guests were blown away by a full moon afloat in a field of dazzling stars. Gorgeous white orchids floated on each table, which were sprinkled with moon dust and star glitter. Many emotional moments were felt during each speakers’ passionate message. Guests left feeling inspired by the progress that has been made in the past 7 years, yet driven for a mission complete by finding cures for childhood neurological and neuropsychiatry diseases.

For more information about the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, please visit: http://www.mainstreetamerica.com/gala/nri.html

NRI Researchers- Mingshan Xue and Tuan Chao

Texas Children’s Hospital is a not-for-profit health care organization that is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community. Texas Children’s is ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas and is among the top in the nation. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, the Feigin Center for pediatric research, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a community hospital in West Houston, and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children and has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country. Their global health program is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org.

Mike Feigin, Missy Herndon, Elvira Graham, and Lonny Soza

Abigail and Christopher Vengas

Brooke and Daniel Schmitt

Debbie and Steve Sukin

Erin and Jeff Shilt

Keridon and Christopher McMahon

Leila and Jason Higham

Ralph and Shirley Alexander with Huda and William Zoghbi

Shirley and Ralph Alexander

Shirley and Ralph Alexander

 

 

 

Tim and Diane Freeman

Ralph and Shirley Alexander with Barbara and Mike Feigin

Tony and Cynthia Petrello

Shirley and Ralph Alexander with Jan Duncan and Debbie and Steve Sukin

 

Go Red for Women

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Sweet 15 event was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, which was beautifully adorned with vivid red décor and featured several exhibitions and vendors.  The keynote speaker was Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation and mother of the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. A memorable guest appearance was made by Dancing With the Stars very own Val Chmerkovskiy and an exquisite dance team from Dance With Me Studios. The night was a vision in red thanks to the Signature Sponsor, Avanti Senior Living, the event chair, Lori Alford, and various others who truly poured their hearts into the event.

(L-R) Cliff McAden, Jennifer Rivera, and Janine Jones

Each year attendees adorn themselves in red in support of the event’s mission of improving women’s health. Heart disease is a leading epidemic impeding women’s health in today’s society. Many heart diseases are preventable, which is why Go Red for Women seeks to educate and promote change in order to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world.

A special guest truly impacted the audience while speaking on the severity of the issue. Anna King, who was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at the age of 12 and received a heart transplant at the age of 14, shared her story at the local event and truly captivated the audience with her remarkable testimony about heart health. Anna is an avid advocate for the cause and will even be sharing her story in a TED Talk.

(L-R) Dr Shilpa Vaidya, Brenda Tharian, Rashmi Gupta, and Anjali Reddy

The efforts of Go Red for Women have made bountiful strides in raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease and have positively impacted those who participate in the campaign. An astonishing 95 percent of Go Red for Women supporters reported making at least one healthy change in their lives last year. Go Red for women has raised more than $500 million since its inception, which supports research, education, advocacy, as well as prevention and awareness programs around the country.

Attendees and guest performer enjoying the dance floor

For more information on the importance of heart health in Montgomery County, please visit www.montgomerycountygored.heart.org

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is a trusted and passionate force for change to end heart disease and stroke in women all over the world. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women even though nearly 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented. Go Red for Women has provided a platform for 15 years that promotes women coming together in order to raise awareness, fund lifesaving research, advocating for change, and improving the lives of women everywhere.

Val Chmerkovskiy and dance parter

Paul Pettie and Ian Ramirez

Heather Crowder, Stacey Schexnaildre, and Cheri Young

Julie Bell, Cheri Young, Lori Alford, and Karin Lara

Linda Nelson, Amanda Poole, Lisa Pugh, and Kim Koehn

Local Firefighters supporting Go Red for Women

Micah Tipler, Diane Kink, and Candi Guilbeau

Parish Underwood, Adria Kenney, and Melissa Christaldi