The Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner 2022 at The Nathaniel Center was a great success. Greater East Montgomery Chamber members Lagala Doran, Claire King and Michelle Nguyen Patterson attended and honored local heroes. The guest speaker, Will Summers, is a national hero and one of the “12 Strong” Special Forces team first into Afghanistan after 9/11. Every year, the East Montgomery County Improvement District hosts the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner to thank local law enforcement officers for their service. The honorees were: Lone Star College System Police Department Officer Dominique Dunigan, Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, Pct. 4 Constable, Montgomery County, Texas Sgt. Trevor Potter, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Detective Josh Wroten and Deputy Justin Painter, New Caney ISD Police Department Sgt. Jacob Ladwig, City of Patton Village Police Department Sgt. Luis Castellanos, Roman Forest Police Department Officer Jeff Campbell, Splendora ISD Police Department Officer Joni Adams, City of Splendora Police Department Cpl. J. Rutherford, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Bruno Miauro and Trooper Ethan McAdoo and Woodbranch Village Police Department Officer Christopher Fowler. It was a lovely event!

All Animals Believe in You (AABY) opened a thrift store on Community Drive in New Caney. Proceeds benefit abandoned, lost and found pets in Kingwood and surrounding areas in addition to assisting area seniors for low cost pet veterinary services. Among the animal lovers were Juanita Zavala, Kay Pass, Giselle Adame, Sergio Zavala, Tammy Stoops, James Pass and Tania McCall.

A fabulous event was held by the Kingwood Area Republican Women celebrating Dan Huberty’s service to the community. Co-Chairs Chris Parker and Janie Branham hosted a huge crowd including Ted Poe, Kaaren Cambio, Kendall Robnett, Ken Washington, Ron Holley, Cheryl Johnson, Scott and Tracy Brady, Ken and Ruth Kirchhofer, Shawn Shoemake, Katy Weirich, Alex Gasper, Marques Holmes, Pam McNair, Brenda Miller, Tracey Gonzalez and Gwendolyn Crawford. Erica Johnston looked smashing in a red dress accompanied by the ever-dashing Duane Johnston. Beth Prykel looked stunning in a short spaghetti strap green sequin dress. Audrey Blakey looked amazing in leather pants and a “Pray for Ukraine” tee. Tracie Mieth was glammed up in a green sequin one shoulder dress and her escort Riley Mieth was debonair as ever. Karen Boughton wore the cutest Mardi Gras beret while Jennifer Carney rocked the green sequin dress. Rita Daniels was seen wearing a lovely green lace dress. The evening was even more special as Judge Laryssa Korduba, wearing a traditional Ukrainian dress, prayed for her homeland of Ukraine. Beth Higgins sang a glorious rendition of the national anthem and Twila Carter paid tribute to her longtime friend and supporter of Kingwood Area Republican Women, Carole Covey. Dan and Janet Huberty took time out to honor and thank Chief of Staff Casey Christman on her devoted service. The evening was not without drama, however, when an auction item (king cake) went missing!

I am sorry to say that I missed the Y’s annual Bridge Fest and Color Run. I hear that there was a great turnout despite the freezing temperatures. Thanks to presenting sponsor HCA Houston Healthcare who brought out a force, including CEO John Corbeil who started the race. Participants were drenched in a rainbow of colors as they headed out. Congratulations, Talybra Hollins, on your successful event.

The Greater East Montgomery Chamber monthly luncheon sold out. Mark Linabury and team — Cheri Huber, Bobbi Bodenhamer and Tyler Jones, outdid themselves yet again. The luncheon was catered by BB’s Tex-Orleans who served delicious appetizers and a lunch with fried catfish or pecan crusted chicken in a heavenly sauce. The piece de resistance was the selection of wonderful desserts — a turtle cheesecake, Maw Maw’s bread pudding and a warm brownie. Can you say delicious? Spotted in the crowd were Lagala Doran in a fabulous polka dot dress, Linda and Bob Robertson, Claire King, Elisabeth Chandler, Scott Chandler and Darryal Chandler representing Minuteman Press, Danell Fields, Brandy McCulloch, Tracy Erwin and Niesha Sharrell, Myra Bruns, Tanya Hulett and Millie Garrison.

We so enjoyed the Opera Leggera’s dazzling evening of jazz in celebration of women “She’s Like a Song!” held at The Nathanial Center. Bravo to amazing performances by Chris Holloway, Ermelinda Cuellar, Sasha Holloway, Barry Sames, Andrew Briggs, Ernesto Vega, Barry Sames, Alan Simmons, Marlon Simon and Hannah Holloway!

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service, Precinct 4 Captain David Escobar. A few of those attending the send-off were Erica Johnston, Alice Rekeweg, Casey Christman, Dru Guttierez and Chris Parker. 

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