Welcome back to Out and About … the place where you can find out what’s happening in our community! This column just isn’t big enough to tell you all about the American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon held at the Humble Civic Center! Nearly 400 men and women, most of whom were wearing red, came out on Leap Day to show their support for women’s heart health and to enjoy a truly first-class event. Kudos to event chair Gay Nord and vice chair Marilyn Gerry and, of course, Presenting Sponsor Kingwood Medical Center! Gay and Marilyn thanked all the committee chairs and members, purse donors, table sponsors, guests, and our precious Lindsey Mulholland from American Heart. Reports are already in: the luncheon netted $78,000 making our luncheon the top GRFW luncheon in the South Central AHA Affiliate! The “purse-onality” auction was a huge success, bringing in $12,200 from the 29 fabulous purses donated by area celebrities. And speaking of celebrities, emcee Roseann Rogers had to cancel at the last minute, so our own celebrity, Nancy Shortsleeve, pitched in and did a stellar job. Susan White successfully auctioned off a dozen American Heart Barbie dolls (although there were only 8!), bringing in thousands more dollars. The survivor stories given by Georgette Falk, and Stacy and Caroline Smith were touching and inspirational. This year’s Barbara Newman Award was presented to a well-deserving Dawn Lawrence. Among the ladies loving every minute of Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary’s one-woman style show: Gloria Tobin, Sheila Pittman, Linda Stegall, Moreen Dieden, Sara Nowak, Jill Bagley, Judy Hopkins, Paula Beste, Maryjane Scherr, Sandy Dunphy, Janie Warren, Karen Perkins, Corinn Price, Diane Sconzo, Gail Lynch, Lynn Fields, Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford, Mindy McQueen, Jenny Micheletti, Janet Huberty, Nancy Reed, Aggie Green, Susan Lunson, Lisa Niccum, Joan Early and Kelly Luetzen. Word is that limos are lining up to take these ladies shopping “inside the Loop!” Just a few short hours later, Dan and Janet Huberty, Dr. Manfred Quentel and wife Daira, Susan Brown, and Dr. Jai Pothuluri and family co-hosted a reception honoring Congressman Ted Poe at Walden Country Club. A really great idea was having onsite babysitting in the Jungle Room (Is there some hidden meaning there?) for folks needing a sitter for the evening. Among those showing their support for the Congressman: Jack and Lynn Fields, Dr. Martin Basaldua, Brent Engelage, Robert Scarfo and Gail Lynch, Jeremy and Kim Wilkerson, Larry Shiflet and Cynthia Calvert, Joe and Corinn Price, Ray and Karen (Perkins) Solcher, David Brewer, Ed and Teresa Dormer, Pierce and Anne Treadwell, Mike and Kathleen Fillingim, Anne Wallace, Bob and Debbie Hughes, and Jim and Kay Pass. This week’s featured event: The annual Humble Intercontinental Rotary Club’s Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, March 14, 5-8 pm. Whether dining in or taking out, the spaghetti is great, and there is entertainment for young and old alike. It’s a great and affordable family evening, and proceeds benefit the wonderful charities that Rotary supports including: Village Learning & Achievement Center; Feed My Lambs; HAAM; FamilyTime; Children’s Emergency Relief International, and more! There is a fun Kid’s Zone, with lots to do while parents enjoy dinner and the silent auction. Firefighters from area fire departments will not only prepare the tasty spaghetti, they will also provide an exhibit in the Kid’s Zone, a special “hands-on” learning opportunity for kids and parents – what to do in a fire! This year’s raffle tickets ($100 each) afford the winner $20,000 toward the purchase of a new car or truck at either Deerbrook Chrysler Jeep, Robbins Auto Mall, Team Dodge or Team Ford! Tickets are available at the event or from any Rotarian. You can also stop by or call Jim McCary at Humble Camera, 281-540-4101. Dinner tickets are $9 per person; kids 6 and under eat free. Why would you want to miss this? Dr. Diane Trautman, Atascocita resident and candidate for Harris County Tax Assessor, was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle the morning after being hosted at the home of Sam and Deborah Mowrey. Among those wishing Diane well: hubby Tim Trautman, Sue Pilko, Perry and Patty Pinkley, Bruce and Karen Menke, Jane Cole, Connie Arndt, Charlotte Coffelt, Krystafer Redden, Mansoor and Linda Abdmoulaie, Paula Brizgys, Mike Lykes, and Judi Anderson. Congratulations, Diane! Meg and Nico Janssen, owners of Nico’s Place on Loop 494 opened the doors to fun and fundraising for Village Learning & Achievement Center. Karaoke and dancing raised over $1,500 for VLAC, with help from Rick and Rose Estrada. Faces in the crowd: David and Hildy Bubier, Leonard and Kim Brusatori, Steven and Lisa Prusak, Russell and Ellen Nipe, Gary and Lisa, David and Clare Zeagler, Lou Georgiades, Emma Henderson, Jennifer Montgomery, John and Jan Austin, Lynn Schwartz, Matt Cardillo, and Melissa Wick. What’s on my calendar: Saturday, March 22, at 7 p.m.: Wilson Road Hall; music artist Granger Smith in concert: $20/ticket; benefits scholarships and student activities; more info: khaggiemoms.org; April 4 at Kingwood Country Club: The 2nd annual Madhatter’s Luncheon benefiting Centre Stage; doors open at 11; tickets are $35 or $50 for preferred seating; call 281-360-9724 for information and reservations I’ll see you out and about!

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