Tony and Leslie Raffa held their annual anniversary party at Amedeo’s. The staff came in hot with their best 80s attire. Hard to believe it has been 36 years for this remarkable hometown favorite. Most of the “regulars” who celebrate every year were there including Tom and Maureen Berkovich, Eunice and Rod Dennis, Ed Hoerner, Angela and Everett Robinson, the Schimmelbusches, Richard Benzinger, the Landrys (who are known to twist the night away), KC and Claudia Gifford, the Leones, Matt and Debbie Naftis. Of course, David Harper was surrounded by his usual crew. In addition, I spotted Nedr Mercy, Alison and Bob Harell with the Coxes. Tim and all of the Hunts were seated in the private dining room with Patti Chapman and Anne Viault.

Humble Area Assistance Ministries put on quite a show for their annual Pillars of the Community event. Due to the uptick in COVID-19, the HAAM board thought it prudent to hold the event outside. It was quite a feat to manage — kudos to Emily Stander for her leadership. Dueling Pianos got off to a grueling start with technical difficulties, however after the complications were overcome, it was great fun. So many amazing leaders were there to honor HAAM and the great work they do including: Erica and Duane Johnston, Larry and Becky Offenbacher, Roger Brown, Clarissa and Chris Butsch, Charles and Stella Cunningham, Jason and Lindsay Stuebe, Fire Chief David Langenberg, Former Mayor Merle Aaron, Casey Christman, Jessica Beemer and Jennifer and Colin Carney. Insperity was the presenting sponsor and was well represented by board member Samantha and Mitchell Cox. Friends of HAAM included Jan Pfitzer, Meg Oswald, Mary Hergott, Becky and Steve Swerdolff, Gwendolyn and Dave Crawford. HAAM board member Dave Cherry brought a gregarious group including his wonderful wife Page, Andrew and Audrey Bachman, Tiffany and Julio Avila, James and Alex Gasper, Dylan Cherry and Ashley Cherry. Pillars award winner Danell Fields looked gorgeous in hot pink, and her guests Anita Frazier and Linda Copeland looked lovely in black, while Katherine Persson rocked summer yellow. Danell was also accompanied by her son Jess Fields Jr. Pillars Nancy and Kenny Shortsleeve, both wearing HAAM blue had three cheering sections with Dora Shortsleeve, Ginger Bertrand rocking the gold, Valerie and Frank Gunnels, Charlotte and Billy Riggs, Linda Adair, Ron and Carla Hopkins. Chair of the event Emily Stander brought adorable hubby Nicholas, Tracie and Riley Mieth, who were awaiting the onslaught of family evacuees from New Orleans, Terry and Mitzi Vaughn and Tracy and Travis Gonzales. The Clubs of Kingwood were represented well by Patrick and LaDonna Pettit, Bill and Caitlyn Ceriello, Kelly and Rick Paull, Lori Becknell and Katie and Kurtz Stowers. The Lone Star College team was led by the gorgeous Dr. Melissa Gonzales who was accompanied by husband Sheriff Ed Gonzales, Henry Garcia and John Pollard, Nicole Keenan, Dolores and Ernest Rios and Roger and Jacqueline Chambers. Unfortunately, Connie and Darryal Chandler of Minuteman Press were under the weather, but still managed to fill their table with extra fun folks: Dee Dee and Kent Gaiman, Sydney Ware and Ron Choiniere to name a few. Several others spotted in the crowd were prior Pillars Judy and James Thigpen, Pat Guard, Ginger Bertrand, Chad and Devon Alexander and Dorothy Alspaugh. The crowd enjoyed the song “Raining Men” with surprise appearances from Sheriff Ed Gonzales, Fire Chief David Langenberg and Pastors Todd Jordan (SUMC) and Mike Tyson (AUMC).

A pop-up event was held at Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body Shop — Truck & Auto Repair Center, hosted by the mayor of Black Cat Ridge, Danny and Geralyn Sullivan and Stan Holibaugh of Service Master. Guests enjoyed roast beef, mac and cheese and, of course, plenty of beverages. Michael Sullivan was a fabulous host to the many guests, including Scott Chandler, Emmy Lee, Michael Netek, Lagala Doran, Tracie and Riley Mieth, Kelly Paull, Kay Manning, Jessica Beemer and Nicholas Stander.

Happy birthday to Ron Crossman, Larry Shiflet, Nancy Morrison, Katie Stowers, Scott Chandler, Teri Kropik, Glenda Rice, Katie Awe, Kristena Hackett, Fred Rosenberg, Vern Reichert, Robin Garrett, Geralyn Sullivan, Claudia Gifford, Dr. Julie Burnell, Theo Christman, Linda Copeland, Cathy Bellnap, Dorothy Alspaugh, Rachel Phetteplace, Dana Ayers, Anne Ferrell, John Corbeil and Luz Cervantes. Celebrating 50 years of marriage are Pat and Ray Guard.

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Kingwood Women’s Club Holiday Marketplace at the Humble Civic Center Oct. 25 and Oct. 26. Tickets won’t be sold at the door, so get them now through members or online at

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