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.

Nickole Kerner Bobley and Julie Huffman

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

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: https://www.heart.org/en/affiliates/texas/montgomery-county

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