Giving Goes Glam Fashion Raises Much Needed Funds

Community models strut the runway for the 8th Annual Giving Goes Glam Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Woodlands Hospital with Exclusive Automotive Partner Sewell. Combining fashion and philanthropy, the New York–style runway show highlighted spring trends provided by Saks Fifth Avenue at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center on Friday, April 5th. Over 730 guests arrived dressed to impress in support of two local organizations, The Junior League of The Woodlands and Interfaith of The Woodlands, raising more than $315,000 for both organizations.

Jennifer Colerick, President of Junior League of The Woodlands shared, “This event has evolved so much over these past eight years. To continue with this partnership and watch it thrive, all in service of our community is remarkable.”

The venue was adorned with beautiful geodes generously on loan from The Houston Museum of Natural Science, an array of fresh florals, underwritten by Piney Rose Floral, and a stunning amethyst color palette provided the perfect backdrop for the gemstone themed event. Co-chairs, Nicole Murphy, and Emily Wilcox greeted guests with a champagne-themed raffle for a Market Street shopping spree, along with an enticing silent auction including 100 packages. DJ Kenny Sanchez provided the music backdrop while guests waited to enter the Ballroom.
Logan Lester, Miss Texas USA 2018, emceed the event that opened with a moving video showcasing both organizations’ heartfelt service throughout the community. The live auction featured an all-inclusive “New York City Girl’s Weekend Getaway,” raising $9,000! Next, six outstanding volunteers were presented as the 2019 community models and included Perisha Burnham, Stacey Fontenot, Bobbi Jo Miller, Dr. Ty Tillman, Dr. Debbie Sukin and Amy Torres. Each model was applauded for her commitment their long-standing service throughout South Montgomery County.

The grand finale of the event was the Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show, directed by fan favorite and producer extraordinaire, Lenny Matuszewski, highlighting a wide variety of designs from the new spring line spanning everything from formal to leisure wear.

Interfaith of The Woodlands President and CEO, Missy Herndon, shared, “Our organizations are dedicated to serving and building our community. We stand here representing a combined 80 years of service to our community, millions of volunteer hours and thousands of lives impacted by the many programs, services, and leadership of great organizations.” Following the Fashion Show, the celebration continued at the new Como Club at the Westin for the always sold-out “After Party” sponsored by The Kink Team Luxe. The afternoon provided much-needed funds for both organizations with a message that “Giving is Glamorous!”

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency celebrating its 45th year of providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands community and surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit or call 281-367-1230.
The Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For information on The Junior League of The Woodlands, please visit


Art N Fashion 2019

Fashion and philanthropy joined forces at the second Art N Fashion event benefitting local charities at Glade Arts Foundation this week. The New York fashion-themed event featured stunning looks from Max Mara and Norton Ditto Pret-a-Porter Couture. Guests donned their party chic attire to support Angel Reach, Glade Arts Foundation, HOPE, Operation Pets Alive and Yes to Youth!

After walking the red carpet, guests mixed and mingled while visiting exclusive designer booths and dining on spectacular food compliments of TRIS. The theme for the evening was Couples for Causes. Dr. Ann Snyder served as emcee, Jacki Kilgore was the auctioneer, and Manny Patel was the DJ. Thanks to the generosity of the partnering sponsors including Designer Divas, Simran Rihal, Kink Team Luxe, Vander Dys Jewelers, Yee Plastic Surgery, Tris, Norton Ditto, Max Mara, and Neiman Marcus among others, 100% of the proceeds went directly to the five non-profit organizations to benefit their programs in our community.

Art N Fashion was the vision of Kashay Mendes, owner of Designer Divas. The idea was conceived as a way to benefit multiple charities and celebrate fashion and art in the process. This year’s event was in Ms. Mendes’ words, “epic” due to two fundamental changes in Art N Fashion. The event moved from a daytime fashion show to an evening event. Another new addition was moving from female community models to featuring couples in the fashion show who were passionate about supporting the causes featured. The men fully embraced the challenge and really brought the fun and laughter to the amazing show, helping raise substantial funds for the designated charities. “I love to make changes in causes, but also in people as well, I want to touch as many lives as possible- to make a difference. It was so amazing to watch the couples bond and evolve in this process.”

Dr. Brian & Shirelle Chimenti

Karen Mixon, Alison Yee, Elisabeth Stavinoha

Bruce & Diane Kink

Dr. Lucian & Patti Rivela

Mike & Ally Seder

Herndons walk for HOPE

Teresa Alici, Haydar & Ebru Kustu

Heidi Hite and Bobby Davis

Larry & Rhonda Salerno, Sean & Tracey O’Neal

Marina Silver, Monette Smith, Tammy Schroeder

Kashay Mendes, Elvira Graham

Dragos Tapu

Lisa Fifield, Triston Fifield, Michele Till

To learn more about the charities featured at Art N Fashion visit the following links:


Angel Reach-

Operation Pets Alive-

Glade Arts Foundation-

Yes to Youth-

Getting Fit for Glam Wrap-Up

To close out our series on Getting Fit for GGG, we thought our models deserved a little hydration and recovery session for all of their hard work! Thank you to THRIVE Drip Spa in Market Street for pampering our models and helping restore their energy and glow for GGG. Both models, Amy Torres and Perisha Burnham had recently been traveling, over multiple time zones – so the timing of the visit couldn’t have been better.

The THRIVE Intravenous (IV) Drips deliver vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly to the body for maximum absorption. All of the drips are administered by registered nurses and you receive the same hydration from one 30 minute drip as drinking 2 gallons of water.

Here is what Interfaith Community Model Amy Torres shared about her experience:

We were greeted and immediately taken back to their beautifully decorated IV area. The RN explained our IV drip options which ranged from benefiting the immune system, weight loss, beauty, muscle recovery and more. I decided to go with the Myers Drip which helps boost the immune system. The entire process took about 30min and almost immediately I felt significantly less fatigued and energized. This feeling lasted all day…no jet lag for me!

In addition to IV vitamin therapy, Perisha also received a cryo treatment. The Cryo Chamber is cooled to temperatures between -160℉ to -220℉. Sessions range from 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Cryotherapy gives your metabolism and immune system an immediate boost, burning 500-800 calories per session.


Here is a little about Junior League Community Model Perisha Burnham’s results from her trip to THRIVE:

First things first: Yes, it was cold. Lol! However, it was not at all unbearable.
The chamber begins with warm air and slowly the temperature declines giving your body time to adjust to the cooler air.

I suffer migraine and tension headaches. The evening before our trip to Thrive, I had a terrible migraine and woke with some symptoms still lingering. My cryo session helped to relax my tense neck and shoulder muscles and by the end of the day, I was back to normal.

This is probably the quickest recovery I have ever made from a migraine–mine usually last a few days.  I believe the Myers IV and Cyrotherapy session had everything to do with me feeling better so quickly.

If you want to look, feel and perform better, you definitely need to visit our friends at THRIVE! Also, don’t forget to get your ticket for Giving Goes Glam to see these fabulous ladies walk the runway for fashion and philanthropy on April 5, 2019, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel!

To learn more about THRIVE Drip Spa please visit: or call 281.343.DRIP

The Rotary Club of The Woodlands’ “Evening of Elegance” Raises Nearly $250,000 for Rotary House

Long-time residents Michael and Vicki Richmond honored for their contributions over the past 35 years to The Woodlands community

The Rotary Club of The Woodlands recently hosted the inaugural Evening of Elegance benefitting Rotary House, the flagship service project of the Club.  Rotary House provides low-cost housing for families receiving medical treatment at one of our local hospitals.

The 2019 co-chairs for the Evening of Elegance were Becky Shannonhouse and Linda Head. “This year’s theme emphasized the Rotary International motto, “Service Above Self” so it was a natural fit that we honored Michael and Vicki Richmond for their many years of service to our local community,” said Becky Shannonhouse.

“This memorable and entertaining evening was well attended, the sponsors and the guests were extremely generous in their contributions to our Club’s Rotary House project, and I can assure you a good time was had by all!” – Becky Shannonhouse

“We were so pleased to have the support of PurePoint Financial as our Presenting Sponsor for the second year in a row,” added The Woodlands Rotary President Ryan Mathes.  “Combined with the generous donation of $15,000 by Michael and Vicki, as well as the support of so many of the businesses and hospitals we have provided the foundational funding for the future of Rotary House.”

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The Woodlands Rotary Club was chartered in 1975 and offers many different avenues of service for its members. More information can be found on the website:

The Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and the proceeds from the event are solely for the benefit of Rotary House. Rotary House is a Community Service provided by The Woodlands Rotary Club to out-of-town families and patients receiving extended medical treatment in the Woodlands Area. For more information, including donating, please visit

Rotary President-Elect Randy Kruchten, Evening of Elegance Co-Chair Becky Shannonhouse, Rotary Immediate Past President and Evening of Elegance Emcee Judy Larson Olson

Honorees- Michael & Vicki Richmond

Zach Richmond and Rachel Mulkey

United Way of Greater Houston -“Women Who Rock” Luncheon

United Way of Greater Houston -“WOMEN WHO ROCK” Luncheon Raises Funds For Young Mothers Childcare Scholarships

A crowd of nearly 800 United Way supporters listened and laughed as Texas native Melissa Radke shared her story of connecting with women across the country through social media, ultimately leading her to write her first book. Held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, the 6th annual United Way “Women Who Rock” luncheon raises funds to support Young Mothers Childcare Scholarships which allow young women who are committed to pursuing secondary education to provide their children with quality childcare while they attend school.


“We believe education is one of the best ways to break cycles and create new legacies that can be passed on for generations,” said Anna M. Babin, president, and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “The United Way Women Who Rock luncheon is a fun and inspiring way to rally the community around the important cause of helping young mothers pursue their education goals.”


Funds raised from last year’s luncheon provided scholarships to 15 Montgomery County women for the 2018-19 school year. Scholarship recipients attended Lone Star College campuses in Montgomery, Conroe, and Kingwood, along with Sam Houston State University and Chamberlain School of Nursing.


“I knew finishing school to get my bachelor’s degree was necessary to give my daughter a better life,” said Taylor Contreras, a scholarship recipient who shared her story at the luncheon.


“United Way’s support of young women receiving scholarships goes well beyond paying for childcare,” said Melissa Young, chair of the United Way Montgomery County Regional Council and CEO of Corporate Incentives. “United Way THRIVE offers financial coaching and mentoring that allows these young mothers to make the most use of their degrees and careers.”


The application cycle for the 2019-20 school year begins in early April.


About United Way of Greater Houston

United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. Last year, United Way of Greater Houston touched the lives of nearly 2 million of our neighbors in the Bay Area and in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Waller counties. For more information, please visit,



Taylor Contreras, Melissa Young

Melissa Radke, Back Row: Melissa Young, Ellie Pfahl, Laura Lea Palmer, Megan Crowl, Courtney Galle, Peg Welbes, Front Row: Jennifer Stefero, Clare Simmons, Jeanne Toth, Michele Kooken, Judy Rhodes

Ms. Kooken, Ellie Pfahl, Peg Welbes, Michele Kooken

Holly Gruy, Laura Lea Palmer, Gil Staley, Ashely Byers

Tiffany McLeod,  Bob Earl


The John Cooper School- 30th Anniversary ‘Moondust & Meteors’ Gala

It was an out-of-this-world experience for the approximately 450 guests who attended the “Moondust & Meteors” John Cooper Gala earlier this month at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. The evening included Big Board and Live Auctions, dinner and dancing, as well as larger-than-life cosmic stiltwalkers and Cooper student aerial artists performing on rings suspended from the ceiling.

2019 “Moondust and Meteors” Gala Committee:  Back Row L to R: Louise Blanchard, Katherine Navarra, Jenny Mayo, Anna Marie Johnson Teague, Lisa Katz, Jenny West, Denise Lipar. Front Row L to R: Erin Hinch, Ally Seder, Karen Shea, Amy Hadra

Thanks to Cooper alum Tony Valderrama, JCS Class of ’07, guests “walked on Mars” using virtual reality technology that Tony helped develop while working at NASA. In addition to taking a photo with an astronaut spacesuit loaned to Cooper straight from NASA, there were also roaming photo booths that captured memories of the festive evening.

Gala Co-Chairs Ally Seder and Karen Shea were thrilled with the enthusiasm and support for this year’s anniversary event. “With your support, we can continue to transform lives through exceptional education,” said Seder. Shea concurred, saying, “It is your generosity that guarantees our continued success.”

Head of School Michael Maher welcomed current families, alumni and alumni families, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of the school before giving a brief overview of the progress and growth of the school during its 30-year history. Although net proceeds are still being determined, Big Board and Live Auctions raised approximately $240,000 for the school.

Established in 1988, The John Cooper School is an independent, college preparatory school for students in Pre-K through Grade 12.

2019 “Moondust and Meteors” Gala: Michael Maher, Head of The John Cooper School, thanked Gala Co-chairs Karen Shea (left) and Ally Seder.

Heart Ball 2019 – Get Your Heart in the Game

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott was flooded with gorgeous gowns for an amazingcause this past weekend as the community came out to support heart health at the 2019 Montgomery County Heart Ball. The event benefits the American Heart Association which has funded more than $3.5 billion in research since 1949 in the fight against our nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers, heart disease and stroke.

The legacy sponsors of the event were Suzanne and Bob Potter, while North Side Imports Houston served as the presenting sponsor. Sondra, MJ, and Chris Ruhman were the event chairs for the sports-themed gala, and Christen and Brad Kaufman were honorees.

Heart Survivor, Bryce Deegear, a Woodlands High School student, received a standing ovation and was joined by his soccer teammates when he shared his touching story of being diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and having to stop competitive soccer due to a defibrillator.

Guests supported the cause through the bid-board and live auctions that were filled with fantastic prizes. Attendees enjoyed the glamorous décor, exquisite dinner, and dancing to world-renowned DJ, Mick following dinner at the after-event lounge.

The mission of the American Heart Association is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. The AHA was founded in 1924 and educates lawmakers, policymakers and the public. They fund research and education and are advocates for better health, improving patient care and reaching populations at risk. To learn more please visit:

Wade and Stephanie Watson

Jennifer Bruse and Rod Prado

Bryan and Mary Neskora, Sharon and Bob Kroslowitz

Brandi and Brandon Berryhill

Jenny Hiser and Haley Garcia

Christine Butuc and Laurie Shea

Bret and Angela Strong

Amy Young, Elvira Graham, Candice Burrows, Amy Torres, Aimee Willetts

Dawn Rawson, Stacey Boarke, Gina Rodriguez, Sandy Morrow, Christina Clark


The 2019 Inspire Film Festival

The third annual Inspire Film Festival was held in The Woodlands this past week. The theme was “Game Changers,”and the films featured incredible people making positive impacts in the lives of others, as well as an iconic Houston building, the Astrodome. The festival once again challenged attendees to do more, be more and make the community and the world a better place.

New to the festival this year were the Wells Fargo 300 and 200 seat theaters, the Inspire Holiday Tent and the Tent Talks.

The festival partnered with community partners Angel Reach (read more about Angel Reach and Big Brothers Big Sisters and encouraged festival goers to get involved and become game changers by serving as a mentor to a young person in one of these worthy organizations.

Regardless of whether you attend the free outdoor shorts program on opening night, or take in every film, it is impossible not to be inspired and uplifted by the Inspire Film Festival. Make sure to add the Inspire Film Festival to your schedule for next year, because as the festival promises you will leave different.

Getting Fit for GGG

The excitement is building for The Woodlands fashion event of the year, Giving Goes Glam (GGG)! The 8th annual fashion show and luncheon presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health and co-chaired by Nicole Broha Murphy and Emily King Wilcox, benefits Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands, Inc.

Local women leaders will be honored through the community model presentations and professional models will strut the runway in designs provided by Saks Fifth Avenue in a wonderful collaboration of friendship, philanthropy, and fashion.

In anticipation of GGG, we thought it would be fun to follow a couple of the local models who will be gracing the catwalk in the chic event. Let’s be honest, these women don’t need any help getting fit or glamorous, but we thought we would let them do the “work” and glisten on our behalf. They will be exploring the benefits of some of the local fitness studios so that we can all get motivated to get fit and look fabulous in our stylish attire for GGG on Friday, April 5.

Our first stop is SPENGA. The first SPENGA location in Texas opened this past fall on The Woodlands Waterway, and they graciously hosted a fundraiser for Giving Goes Glam this past week. SPENGA sessions combine 20 minutes of Spin, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of yoga for an amazing cardiovascular, strength and flexibility workout.  To learn more visit,

Here are what some of our class participants had to say about the workout…

“It was an amazing workout! Just when I thought I couldn’t take anymore, we moved to another type of exercise.”

“It was a wonderful full-body workout, and finishing with yoga was sublime!”

Comment below and share on facebook to let us know what you will be doing to get fit for GGG. One random comment will be selected to receive a fabulous prize that will help YOU get Glam for Giving Goes Glam!

For more information on Giving Goes Glam, please visit



Community Models Take the Stage at 2019 Giving Goes Glam

Interfaith of The Woodlands and Junior League of The Woodlands are pleased to announce the highly anticipated Community Models for Giving Goes Glam 2019.

The 8thAnnual Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by CHI St. Luke’s Health, will be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Friday, April 5, 2019.  Chaired by Nicole Murphy and Emily Wilcox, this event raises critical funds for community outreach efforts.

Perisha Burnham, Stacey Fontenot, and Bobbi Jo Miller will walk the runway representing Junior League of The Woodlands.  “Each model has deep ties within this community, working tirelessly to support our programs.  Because of these efforts, they were awarded as our 2018 outstanding active member, provisional member and sustaining member, respectively.  We are deeply grateful for their dedication to the Junior League,” commented Jennifer Colerick, Junior League of The Woodlands’ President.

Representing Interfaith of The Woodlands are Debbie Sukin, Ty Tillman and Amy Torres; each having volunteered for Interfaith in a variety of roles for many years.  “At the heart of Interfaith are our volunteers, and each of our models has shown a deep commitment to our mission of serving this community. Whether it be serving on our board, fundraising or volunteering for our programs, these women give selflessly time and time again.” shared Missy Herndon, Interfaith of The Woodlands’ President & CEO.

The event includes a New York-style runway show highlighting fashion provided by Saks Fifth Avenue, live entertainment, a chance to win a shopping spree at Market Street The Woodlands, and silent and live auctions.  The perfect combination of fashion, philanthropy, and friendship, Giving Goes Glam’s proceeds benefit the missions of both organizations, supporting programs and services for the South Montgomery County community.

For sponsorship opportunities or further event details, please visit or contact Carolyn Donovan, Interfaith of the Woodlands’ Director of Development, at or 832-615-8225.

Interfaith of The Woodlands is a nonprofit social service agency celebrating its 45th year of providing numerous programs and services to meet the needs of The Woodlands community and surrounding area. For more information on Interfaith’s programs and services or to become a volunteer, please visit or call 281-367-1230.

The Junior League of The Woodlands is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. For information on The Junior League of The Woodlands, please visit or call 281-376-5754.

Photography Courtesy: Mindy Harmon Photography

Top Row (l-r) Debbie Sukin, Missy Herndon, Perisha Burnham, Ty Tillman, Stacey Fontenot, Jennifer Colerick. Row 2 (l-r) Amy Torres, Emily Wilcox, Nicole Murphy, and Bobbi Jo Miller.

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