Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! “Puttin’ on the dog” gained a whole new meaning at the 4th annual AABY Foundation “Puttin on the Pupparazzi” luncheon and style show hosted at Walden Country Club.  The Tribune’s own lovely and stylish Cynthia Calvert was a wonderful emcee.  The room was beautifully decorated with red sashes on the chairs and sweet summer table bouquets provided by Danell Fields and Danell’s Gifts and Florals.  Luncheon chairs Gwendolyn Condoleo Crawford and Tracy Zacek didn’t miss any little detail – it was a great success, and a lot of fun!   As generous as she is gorgeous, Cheryl Johnson (CJ) donated all the wine for the event; then hosted an after luncheon party in her home.  As is always the case at these luncheons, the four-legged models stole the style show!  My particular favorites were Oscar who modeled with Diane Trautman and Geralyn Sullivan, and Mustang who shared the runway with Dr. Charlie Campbell and attorney David Brewer.   In the bidding wars for chic ensembles, the crowd readily parted with an average of $100 per outfit, with City Councilman Adrian Garcia’s dapper suit and tie bringing in a record $250!  Dee Jay Mark Linabury kept the music going throughout, providing theme music for Indiana Jones, The Big Valley, Casablanca, and James Bond 007, just to name a few.  The silent auction and the shopping area brought in even more money for a great cause – AABY Animal Park.  Faces in the crowd: Tom Broad; Allison and Kathryn Ulrich; Janet and Brianna Huberty; Devon Alexander; Jane and Elizabeth Christensen; Connie Savage; Robert Scarfo and Jayme Snowden.  Kay and Jim Pass extend a “big thank you” to all who made this event possible.  More on the “post AABY party” at CJ’s –event chairs Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford (with hubby Dave), and Tracy Zacek were exhausted, but ready to celebrate!  In spite of the very warm (dare I say HOT!) temperatures, it was lovely around the pool, with plenty of beer, wine, pizza and yummy snacks.  Guests enjoying CJ’s great hospitality included:  CJ’s mom Judy; Mark Linabury and son Marky; Danny and Geralyn with daughter Kelly; Richard and Len Leofsky, Cheryl and Tony Austin, Paul and Denise Krieger;  David and Judy Luquette, Holly Oberst, Chris Stanzel, Dwayne Ulrich, Gary Carriere and Angela Leviner. That very same day a golf tournament was held at Newport Golf Club in Crosby, a fundraiser for Bill Cantrell who is battling an aggressive form of Small Cell Lung Cancer. Bill and his wife, Dianne, found an alternative treatment called Intravenous Poly-MVA, with a success rate estimated at nearly 80 percent.  Because this kind of treatment is not covered by traditional insurance, Bill will need a little more than $100,000 to pay for all the procedures needed to assure his complete cure, along with a lot of prayers!   More than 125 friends and supporters turned out to play golf for Bill including Mike Byers, Larry Shiflet, Jerry Walters, John LiBerda and Dan Huberty.   Friends cooked homemade barbecue for the golfers after the tournament. Bill and Dianne, owners of Golf Plus Gifts, are experts in raising monies for charity, having raised more than $100,000 since the company’s founding in 2000.  Their generosity helped such good causes as our area American Heart Association, Humble Area Chamber of Commerce, NFL Alumni “Caring for Kids,” UH Houston Alumni, and Gary Blair’s Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Texas A&M Women’s Basket.  In fact, you may own (as we do) some of their golf memorabilia.  If you would like to help two good friends who mean a lot and have given a lot to our community, please contact Sevala Sadic at Lone Star Mailing and Printing for more information: call 281-319-6245 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It was (very!) hot outside, but the jazz was cool inside as the packed house at Amedeo’s enjoyed July Jazz Night.  Beth Duncan and Tony Raffa made everyone feel welcome, and the great food with friendly service were just a part of what makes Amedeo’s a neighborhood favorite.  While many of the “regulars” were there, so were some new faces:  Ron and Halene Crossman; Gene and Linda Battelle; Kim and Barbara O’Hara; Owen and Mary Ruth Jones; Howard Pitman and Cherryl Young; Ed and Peggy Glazier; Walt and Valerie Hesser; Ted and Diana Price; Richard and Len Leofsky; Paul and Denise Krieger; Christopher and Jill Bagley Curran; Milan and Julie Saunders; CJ Johnson and mom Judy. A special treat for all was Leslie Raffa making the rounds of the tables.  Bruce and Karen Menke recently hosted a meet and greet in their home for Diane Trautman, Atascocita resident and candidate for Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector.  Faces in the crowd included Kay Powledge; Dori Barajas, Walt and Marlene Canty; Patty Pinkley; Paula Brizgys; Eric and Kathy Linnes; Millie Watson; Mary Koroscik; Sally Hicks, Betsy Bohlen; Nancy Watkins; Krystafer Redden.  Diane, husband Tim, and family have lived in our area for 23 years. Happy wedding anniversaries to:  John and Linda Denny – 41 years; Ted and Diana Price – 36 years; Rick and Susan Hestley – 26 years. For more than 25 years Society of St. Stephen has been providing school supplies and back packs each new school year to area students who cannot afford them.  This year, they are providing supplies and a Payless Shoes Gift Card to nearly 600 students, ranging from kindergarten to high school!  This is a very worthwhile cause, and if you would like to help, please drop off or mail a $15 Payless Gift Card or a check for $15 to Kingwood United Methodist Church; 1799 Woodland Hills Drive; Kingwood, TX  77339.  Please indicate “Society of St. Stephen/school shoes” on your donation.  I’ll see you out and about!

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