Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community! Happy New Year! Today we take a look back at just some of 2008’s most successful events, thanks to our giving community, generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers: Following their Dec. 1 luncheon, Mothers Against Cancer took a check for $280,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital! These holiday elves also took a bag filled with Christmas goodies to each child and mother on the cancer floor. This dynamic group was founded in Kingwood in 1989 and have raised $2 million to date! Golfers Against Cancer, also founded in Kingwood, was established in 1997 and has been a catalyst in raising more than $100 million (!) to fund cancer research projects through galas and golf tournaments. This November, Allen and Joy Criswell did their part by submitting the winning bid on a BMW 128 Ci donated by the Houston BMW Group. Some of the folks quietly working behind the scenes: Bobby Jones; John Dewberry; Sarah Longpre’; Brian Clary; Tom Mahone; George McClellan; Bob Spinetti; Sally Roberts; Laurie Ducey; and many more. Be An Angel serves disabled and profoundly deaf children, including those in Humble ISD and surrounding school districts. They raised $421,300, in less than five weeks, to purchase and distribute wrapped Christmas presents for 3,694 children! Kudos to executive director Marti Boone, the board of directors, and hardworking volunteers. In spite of Hurricane Ike, the first annual “In the Pink” luncheon raised more than $21,000 for the Cancer Center at Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital! Ike was, of course, no match for the incredible Host Committee: Lisa Aaron; Clo Berlin; Cynthia Calvert; Carolyn Denman; Lynn Fields; Ellen Grayson; Alison Harrell; Sue Hearnsberger; Janet Huberty; Judy Luquette; Corinn Price; Nancy Shortsleeve; and Kristi Williams. Save the date for Oct. 16, 2009, and stay tuned here for more information. Ladies’ Night Out grossed more than $26,000; $2,150 of which is earmarked (each year for seven years) for the $15,000 “Women Helping Women” scholarship at Lone Star College- Kingwood. Hats off to the Humble Area Chamber’s Stephanie Biondolillo and chairman Yvette Bryars, owner of Versatile Virtual Assistant, and co-chair Charlotte Foster, owner of Margarita Senoritas. The American Heart Association “Go Red for Women” luncheon netted more than $77,000, with more than $12,000 in a “purse-onality” auction, breaking previous national records! The American Heart Walk, held last November, (with Administaff chair Randy McCollum) netted more than $55,000. It’s no wonder that Lindsey Mulholland, our local chapter liaison with the American Heart Association, was selected as a 2008 Rome Betts winner. This annual, national achievement award is given to a select few American Heart staffers who demonstrate excellence in fundraising. Great job, Lindsey! Village Learning & Achievement Center (VLAC): Gala chair was Marie Halvatzis; her planning committee included Dennis Martin, Kim Brusatori, Eliza Hudson; Lisa Sostack. Thanks to these leaders and their awesome teams, the event raised at least $12,000 more than last year, and continues to grow each year. Special recognition to auction committee members, in addition to those mentioned above: Sharon Crubaugh; Celeste Galizioli; Kathie Gentry; Dixie Frantz; Louise Hite; Janet Huberty; Jeanie Keel; Susan Pluhowski; Deb Slottje; and Clare Zeagler. Including Kids April gala netted $120,000, thanks to a strong and dedicated team of involved parents and grandparents, and the auction of two George Strait guitars for $25,000 each! A special salute to Theresa Johnston, Roger and Evelyn Bethune and Chet and Ce Ce Harris. If you got a new pair of boots for Christmas or need an excuse to buy a new pair, send your old boots to InKids for the April 4, 2009 “Boots and Bling Gala.” Call Theresa at 281-852-0501. The RE/MAX Associates Novemberfest benefitted Children’s Miracle Network and Texas Children’s Hospital with approximately $27,000. Once again, a pat on the back for chairs Tony Burt, Suzanne Noonan Murphy and Beverly Sadler and all those who worked so hard to make it happen! Lake Houston YMCA broke ground on their $5 million expansion project in December. Among those attending: Clarke Baker; Richard and Dawn Rawson; Andy Dill; Christie Harrison; Mark Heinrich; Cynthia Calvert; Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Doug and Beth Stanley; Jack and Robin Stout; Bo Tavel; Denise Krieger; Jean Waldrop; Charlie Martin; John Sheridan; Cezar Gonzalez; and Carol Sutton. The Sunday after Christmas, brunch at Raffa’s was the place to be! Heading some of the tables: Cindy Orman with oldest daughter Lindsay, an associate editor at Random House in New York City; Rod and Eunice Dennis with Barbara Smith; Jim and Barbara Williamson; Bob and Liz Smith; Ron and Tina Denoville. Anniversary congratulations to: Steve and Lauri Brunner on their 27th; Paul and Whitney Parish on their 1st. Wedding congratulations to Stephen and Brianna Whitehead Smith. What’s on my calendar: Jan. 8 (Humble) and 9 (Conroe): Jesse Aron, Elvis tribute artist; contact Steve Fountain: 832-623-4812; Jan. 10: Community Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet; call 281-354-0051 for sponsorships and reservations; Jan. 21: Kingwood Area Republican Women’s Club; Kingwood Country Club; Bill King guest speaker; for lunch reservations 281-360-1125; www.kingwoodarearepublicanwomen.org Keep those New Year’s resolutions! I’ll see you out and about!

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