Volume IV of The Book The Woodlands

We are excited to introduce the 6th Issue of The Book The Woodlands!

The new cover of The Book and new companion The Wish Guide were unveiled last night at the exclusive launch party. A heartfelt thank you to our presenting sponsor, Jasper’s for the amazing food and hospitality, and our event host, Market Street for the fantastic site! We are truly grateful to all of the Ad Partners and guests that joined us to celebrate this beautiful publication that provides funding for Interfaith’s many programs and services. Be on the lookout for your copy of The Book which will be arriving in mailboxes within the next week.

Interfaith Celebration of Excellence Gala Honors 20 Years of Heroes

The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, themed “Twenty Years of Heroes,” was held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Saturday, October 5th.

The 20th annual event, chaired by DeAnn Guidry, was dedicated to honoring the 2019 Hometown Heroes while also celebrating the nearly 130 heroes that have been nominated over the past twenty years. The highly anticipated annual event raises money for crisis assistance in South Montgomery County.

Upon arrival, more than 600 guests entered a beautifully decorated ballroom filled with intricate lighting and ornate floral arrangements. Pianist, George Ruehle, entertained the guests while they enjoyed the silent auction and cocktail reception.
Alex Sutton, Chairman of Interfaith’s Board of Directors, and Missy Herndon, President and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands welcomed guests and celebrated the Honorary Event Chair, Waste Connections, Inc. Interfaith’s service and mission were made evident by each individual who continued to take the podium.

Hometown Hero Attendees at 2019 Gala

Since 1999, when the original class of 25 Hometown Heroes were honored in celebration of The Woodlands’ 25th Anniversary, Interfaith has recognized outstanding individuals and organizations in the community by presenting them with the title of Hometown Hero. Touching videos played on the screens, reflecting the generosity of the 2019 Hometown Heroes. Each Hero was awarded a medallion, a Congressional Commendation presented by United States Congressman Kevin Brady, and a Senate Proclamation from Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton. The Hometown Heroes for 2019 are: Jerissa Belsha, MD, Mary-Lou E. Fitch, Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., Alex Sutton, Josh Urban, Market Street The Woodlands, and Leadership Montgomery County.

The event offered a fantastic live auction and fund-a-need opportunities that featured numerous luxurious experiences including a VIP trip to Disney, naming rights to the longest pedestrian bridge in The Woodlands Town Center, SEWELL for all Seasons, and various other unique items. Thomas Markle Jewelers provided a Tudor watch that one lucky winner was able to claim in the raffle.
Interfaith typically serves over 1,500 clients in crisis monthly, with those numbers expected to increase as the Holiday Season approaches. Gala guests were among the first to view a video testimony from a client who fell on hard times and utilized the many programs and services at Interfaith to help her and her children get back on their feet. The impact of this storytelling was felt throughout the room as attendees were asked to lend their support.

“We are so grateful to live in a community that shows up to celebrate and support each other,” says Herndon. “For 46 years Interfaith has walked alongside our neighbors in crisis. No matter the magnitude, we step in to help families rebuild. Being able to offer hope in the midst of devastation is only possible through the generous donations we are blessed to receive. We are forever grateful to our donors.”

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency providing programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands and the surrounding area. Interfaith provides basic needs assistance and special programs to families experiencing a financial crisis, and supportive service through care and wellness programs to senior adults 62 and over, in addition to many community programs dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in need. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit woodlandsinterfaith.org or call 281-367-1230.

 

 

Hope Soars at Spirit of the Woods Gala

Nearly 500 guests gathered at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott for the Spirit of the Woods gala benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands recently. Guests were treated to highflying acts and daredevil drops all in support of the outreach and care Texas Children’s provides to underserved families in the community.

Michelle Riley-Brown addressing the nearly 500 gala guests to share the remarkable milestones from Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands since opening in 2017

Michelle Riley-Brown, president of Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, provided updates on the hospital’s successes since opening in 2017, including the remarkable milestones of completing 351,000 patient visits, more than 86,100 emergency center visits, and 18,787 surgeries. She also commended the astounding generosity of The Woodlands community, which – through this gala – helped raise more than $800,000 to care for the area’s most vulnerable children.

The stunning event honored Missy and Wayne Herndon who are an integral part of the community and continue to make a lasting impact on Texas Children’s. The gala was made possible by Stacey and Steve Bourque, as well as the dedicated gala committee.

Eric and Denise Lipar

Inspiring artwork by Will Herndon auctioned live during the event

Janet Wong and Brooke Schmidt

Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands leadership team: Ketrese White, Dr. Paul Sirbaugh, Ivett Shah, Michelle Riley-Brown and Dr. Jeffrey Shilt

teve and Stacey Bourque; Wayne, Missy, Magnus, Will, and Steele Herndon

Highflying act by Antigravity

Guests take in the festivities at the Spirit of the Woods gala benefiting vulnerable patients cared for by Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands

Content Provided: Chinh Phan

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

Denim and Diamonds Gala

There was much to celebrate at this year’s Inspiration Ranch Denim & Diamonds Gala! The 11th annual event which was sponsored by Anadarko and held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott honored Richard and Anna Pender. The Pender’s 40 plus acre White Bridge Farm just north of Tomball became the beautiful, expansive new home to Inspiration Ranch this year. The other honoree of the evening was Arena Energy who has been a long-time champion of Inspiration Ranch and has made significant contributions including providing an indoor riding “arena” that protects the special needs riders, volunteers, staff and animals from the elements. The highlight of the evening though was the powerful testimony by Amanda Shirley, the mother of one of the Inspiration Ranch clients describing the impact and benefits for her daughter Dayton.

John & Natalie Ford, Minnie Telaroli, Mark Beach

The silent and live auctions throughout the evening were filled with fantastic packages including an eight-day oceanfront, all-inclusive, luxury trip to Jamaica donated by Fox Travel, a private chef dinner donated by Amerigo’s and a legendary golf experience at the Insperity Invitational among others. The gallery wall, items in the general store and the always popular wine pull and giving boxes went quickly as well as guests clamored to contribute to the heartwarming cause. Inspiration Ranch is committed to never turning away a family for their equine-assisted therapeutic riding and mental health programs due to an inability to pay. The generous contributions from the Denim & Diamonds gala help them provide access to the therapeutic benefits for the 50 additional families still on the waiting list to join Inspiration Ranch.

Silent Auction

Inspiration Ranch is a 501 (c) (3) premier accredited center through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Inspiration Ranch provides hope and opportunities for individuals with physical, emotional and social disabilities. To learn more, visit inspirationranch.org.

Amanda Shirley, Dayton Shirley, Kent Shirley

Keith & Taryn Gordon

Travis & Audra Palmer, Anthony Firmarture, Tracey Reyes, Elijah White

 

Michael & Susan Postus, Nathan & Kelly Dietrich, MG Tindall

Tim & Valerie Byers, Matthew & Stephanie Peloquin

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

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

 

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