Welcome, everyone, to Out and About – here to catch you up on what’s happening in the Lake Houston area!

Toys. Toys. Toys! Thousand of our local children will be without a toy on Christmas morning if HAAM’s Empty Stocking Toy fund stays empty. Thanks to Planet Ford, and new manager John Centner, there are toys on the way – not in a sleigh but in a bright, cherry red Ford truck! It was “Fill The Ford” last week, organized by the ever smiling Kelly Paull. Gathering to kick off the season, and the idea of giving toys to HAAM, were Noel and Cristi Cardenas, Mark Linabury, Dave Martin, Liz Fagen, Laryssa Korduba, Cynthia Calvert, Kelley Mattlage, Toby Hecker, Devon Alexander and Betti Welch. Drop in Dec. 14, from 5-7, bring an unwrapped toy to 4 U Med Spa, 1524 Kingwood Dr. (next door to Tularosa), and enjoy their Christmas Open House. There will be wine, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and special discounts.

The Forest Collection, a fabulous store, is lavishly decorated in holiday style this time of year. It was the perfect venue for Michelle Parnell’s (now Sorentino) post-bridal gathering. The evening was filled with dear friends, wine, a catered dinner and delicious cake and was hosted by Angela Leviner, Claudette Jasper, Natalie Turman and Kim Maxey. Guests included Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford, Sandy Lee, Layna Netek and Sally Vater Knezeak. A beautiful display of sparkling Christmas ornaments was the gift for guests. Hand-picked by the bride, each ornament was more elegant than the next. Guests chose a gift and the precious “elves” of Forest Collection wrapped them with care and even handwrote the gift tags.

It’s a wrap for In The Pink 2017! The committee met for a final get together at Amedeo’s to drink wine and enjoy fabulous appetizers. Robin Martinez, Derise Bunn, Robin Ardoin, Erica Johnston, Carol Prince, Angi Lewis, Tony Raffa, Suzanne Brown, Noel Cardenas and Tim Baker were all smiles at the great news that Pink sold more seats than ever and early figures show a grand total of more than $100,000! Wow! And this amazing amount was raised just weeks after Harvey. The effervescent Brooke Baugh, Pink’s strategist and coordinator, presided over the happy hour as she shared the incredible numbers. The spectacular chairs, Lynette Calfee and Nancy Shortsleeve, turned over their pink tiaras and magic wands to Cristi Cardenas and Cynthia Calvert, who will chair for 2018 – and mark it down now – Oct. 19, 2018 is the next, and 11th, In The Pink luncheon.

Twila Carter hosted a little gathering for a friend, who lost her home in the flood and passed another birthday in October – a small pick-me-up for a long-time friend. What’s life without a birthday cake anyway? Birthday girl Christine Hendricks shared cake, wine and some little nibbles and bites with friends who consisted of attorneys and judges from Harris County – Diane Blanco and Twila being the only exceptions. Twila was still recovering from her front row seat in California watching the Astros win the World Series. A number of the group escaped the Harvey days to embark on a Christmas Market River cruise on the Danube the Sunday after Thanksgiving! As Twila said – ya gotta have friends!

Since FamilyTime’s Purple Ribbon luncheon was canceled this year due to Harvey, Janet Huberty very generously opened up her home for a third time in 10 days to host a get-together fundraising lunch among friends. Almost $3,000 in gift cards to shops where mommies can buy diapers, food and other necessities was donated. The ladies – Daniela Sumbera, Shelli Ratliff, Laura Linskey, Tricia Kenworthy, Maria De Los Santos, Kim Spurlock, Bobbie Curtis, Laryssa Korduba, Susan Brown, Janie Henley, Vicki Krieger, Melissa Heaton, Monica Foster, Meredith O’Brien, Debbi King, Terri Curtis, Lynn Fields, Kelsey Ciletti, Jennifer Wooden and others – dined on Spinach Salad with Apricots and Pomegranates, Roasted Chicken Salad with Almonds and Grapes, and Tortellini Pesto Salad with Peppers. Thank you, Gina and Bernie Remmes for delivering the spread when I couldn’t!

Speaking of Gina RemmesGina, Joan Clinton, Jennifer Arthur and Katherine Labbe took off on an impromptu girls’ trip to Waco for some stocking stuffer shopping and came back laden with lots of goodies. Of course, no trip to Waco is complete without stopping for some of Ninfa’s famous margaritas. Sounds like you guys had a good time!

Ginger and Byron Bertrand, two of the most generous, fun and community-loving people I have ever known, open up their home for a HAAM Empty Stocking Toy Drive that helps bring joy to a whole lot of children during the holidays.

This year, a few of us – Mark Linabury, Lynn Fields, Cynthia Calvert, Gwendolyn Condoleo-Crawford, Denise Krieger and Gina Remmes – would like to help continue Ginger and Byron’s mission. Come join us for a Cookies and Cocoa Bar at the HAAM Resale Shop on Black Cat Junction Loop 494 Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 4-7 p.m. Bring an unwrapped toy or gift cards ($25 or under) to help decorate the tree that we will be putting up in honor of Byron Bertrand – a man whose presence, generosity, personality and gumbo will be very much missed. Teenagers are hard to shop for and love gift cards!\

I’ll see you Out and About!

Cherrie Ledoux
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