Welcome back to Out and About ¡­ where you can find out what¡¯s happening in our community! The Nathaniel Center was the scene of tuxedos, taffeta and tiaras ¨C and those were on the dogs! It was, of course, the fourth annual AABY (Animals Always Believe in You) Cocktails, Canap¨¦s and Canines Gala. This fun event gets bigger, better, and more entertaining each year. The live auction included amazing and architecturally stunning replications of homes that most of us would love to live in, but they were dog houses! Kudos to event chairs Danell Fields and Karen Boughton, along with AABY executive director Kay Pass and emcee Jill Curran for this creative and charming evening. Congressman Ted Poe, honorary chair, was in Washington and unable to attend, but participated through a video and a proclamation; honoring AABY and the work they do, not only for the animals, but also by helping senior citizens afford care for their pets. The tantalizing buffet provided by Cherrie Ledoux and her Grand Affair Catering team included a beautiful array of food ranging from cheeses and nuts to salmon, shrimp and pork tenderloin. Animal lovers in the crowd included: Bob and Gail Fry; Dr. Charlie and Kyle Campbell; Larry and Connie Jaeger; Dave and Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Kenny and Nancy Shortsleeve; Sonny and Laure Adams; Frank and Allison McCrady; Gerard and Nanette Charles; Dwayne Ulrich and CJ Johnson, with CJ¡¯s friend Bryan Gutraj who flew in from Chicago to surprise her and attend the gala; Paul and Denise Krieger; Cherryl Young; Larry and Deborah Wedekind; Jane and Elizabeth Christiansen; Ashley and Michelle Parnell (stunning in her white St. John evening suit), and the men behind the women: Jess Fields, Phil Boughton; Jim Pass; Christopher Curran; Daniel Ledoux. The sixth annual FamilyTime Women of Achievement gala was held in the exquisitely decorated ballroom of the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel. The tablecloths were ivory silk, with sage green silk napkins and chair covers. Long-stemmed blush roses in tall vases, provided by Flowers of Kingwood completed the elegant look. Faces in the crowd: Mike and Barbara Byers; Michael and Kim Sullivan; Dr. Martin Basaldua; Joe and Tracy Stunja; Ralph and Joan Imperato; Phil Lively and Sharon Lewis; Gay Nord; Tom Broad; Red and Linda Dumas Bernal; Joe and Corinn Price; Leonard and Kim Brusatori; Tony and Marilyn Crossley; Evelyn Walters; Robert Scarfo and Jayme Allen; Hector and Robin Martinez; Molly Webb; Carol McCord; Judy Cox; Ron and Halene Crossman; Richard and Len Leofsky; Andy and Katherine Persson; Grant and Elizabeth Chapman; Chad and Devon Alexander; Victor and Diane Blanco (who went home with the gorgeous bracelet from the live auction). The prestigious FamilyTime Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Judy Whitehead Fowler. Aggie Green delighted everyone with her two separate pledges of $5,000 to FamilyTime and an additional $5,000 pledge to Including Kids. Congratulations one more time to the deserving winners (and their families) of Women of Achievement 2008: Ruth Ann Goodwin; Colene Joiner; Janet Huberty; Peggy Pickens; Ellen Delap; Karin Werlang; Jennifer Dantzler; Linda Wuest; Norma O¡¯Donnell; Monica Hains; Brigitte Collee; Marilyn Mann; Dr. Noel Boyd. Dr. Claude Larose was surprised by members and spouses of the Kingwood Executive Club who hosted a ¡°Retirement Celebration¡± party for him in Amedeo¡¯s Wine Room. Dr. Claude was toasted, roasted and gifted (from golf clubs to wine to a Congressional proclamation) by such luminaries as Congressman Ted Poe; Larry and Connie Jaeger; Milan and Julie Saunders; Alan and Cheryl Potok; Sharon Lewis; Phil Lively; Sharon Carson; Paul Rochman; Laurie Ward; Hector and Robin Martinez; Ted and Diane Price; Alan and Nancy Jo Derby; Fred and Donna Frey; Jack and Karen Eastman, and many more. The Kingwood Chamber of Commerce annual Travis McCormick Kleenwood Day was another great success! Braving the cold to clean Kingwood ¨C hundreds of civic-minded citizens doing their part, including: Sparky Nolan; Rick Alspaugh; Christina Dallago; Gwendolyn Condeleo Crawford; Mark Linabury; Mike Fuhre; Carla Alvarez; father/son team Doug and Cam Stanley; Denise Krieger; Charlie Buschemi; Jeff and Renee Battenberg; Dan Huberty; Keith Lapeze; Tracy Dupree; Tracy Zacek; Wayne Garrison; Debbie Coschik, and many more. Special thanks to sponsors and teams: Regent Care; 1-800-GOT JUNK; Houston Police Department; the Mayor¡¯s Citizen¡¯s Assistance Office; Stanzel Construction; Eastex Rentals; Wal Mart Neighborhood Market; Waste Management; Richmond Lawn Care; Service Master; K-Park basketball and football teams; Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts; and the icing on the cake: William Trout of Caf¨¦ Du Bois grilling hot dogs for the hungry volunteers. A big thanks to the hundreds of you who came out to help¨Dwhat a great day! What¡¯s on my calendar: The Humble Chamber of Commerce Annual Chairman¡¯s Ball ¨C Save the date for Feb. 20 at the Houston Airport Marriott Hotel. Individual seating is $50 per person; a table for ten reserved at $500, with event sponsorships available. Donations for live and silent auction items are now being accepted. Contact Stephanie at 281-319-8902 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The new Chamber board will be sworn in, and the 2008 Haden E. McKay Citizen of the Year will be announced. Creekwood Middle School is spearheading a service learning project that you will want to see¨Da World War I exhibit at the Humble Civic Center Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. - noon. Admission is free; donations to the memorial will be appreciated. For more information, visit www.humbleisd.net/cms. I¡¯ll see you Out & About!

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