Welcome back to Out and About … where you can find out what’s happening in our community. Carl and Colene Joiner pulled out all the stops to host the “party to remember” honoring outgoing Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce President Mike Byers and lovely wife Barbara. It was truly a “who’s who” of local celebs gathered at the Joiner home to toast and share memories with two great friends. Beautiful Valerie Trigg Copley was on hand to oversee the meal perfectly prepared and served by Trigg’s Catering. Best surprise of the night was the Byers’ daughter Tammy making a surprise appearance, after telling Mike she could not be there. Faces in the overflowing crowd included Jess and Danell Fields; Larry Shiflet; Melinda Stephenson; Katherine Persson; Owen Parker; Steve and Linda Head; Mickey and Wilma Kahn; Paige Roane; Tricia Racine; Marietta Winters; Theresa Harper; Nancy Shortsleeve; Bill Shank; Dave and Karen Kilby; Bob Schorr; Mark and Jenny Micheletti. It was a night of fabulous fun and “bling, bling, bling” as Keller Williams Northeast hosted their annual charity gala “Viva Las Vegas,” benefiting FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center and The Door. Gorgeous gala co-chairs Diana Heffner and Leticia Whipple left guests amazed at how they continue to outdo themselves from year to year! The silent auction was overflowing with great items, including a unique “Wine Pull.” For $20, guests could pull a wrapped bottle of wine from a display. All bottles were worth at least $20, with many costing $50 to $100. What clever fun! Neon-lighted gaming tables illuminated the darkened ballroom, and the crowd was thoroughly entertained by the marvelous Tony Mac, a professional singer who is also a Realtor with Keller Williams in The Woodlands. “Lucky” patrons in the crowd included Mark and Star Heinrich; Judy Hopkins; Michael and Laura Clapp; Buddy and Donna Wall; Roland and Donna Duhon; Robert and Lisa Dempsey; Dan Huberty; Phil and Linda Dalton; David and Gian Ballands; Chester Harris; Brian and Diana Coleman; Ted LeBlanc; Andrew and Halina Duncan; Dr. Vaishali Parikh-Casanova; Dr. Edward Casanova; Mike Proctor; Kirk and Cathy Munden; Diana Livingston; Kevin Clark; Bob and Terri Blewett; Jim and Susan Meinholz; Judy Cox; Tamara Paul; Cheryl “CJ” Johnson and handsome date Jim Jette who left with a truly mesmerizing black and white portrait of John Belushi, painted by renowned artist Richard Nunez of Dallas. This year’s recent “Tasting The Town” was the event to “see and be seen” at the Humble Civic Center.  Hundreds of folks enjoyed the music of Ralph Holder, Dave Williams, and American Idol contestant Sundance Head, along with a great variety of food by too many restaurants to count. Lanny Griffith (most recently of Fox 26) and his former radio colleagues from the Stevens and Pruett Show, Martha Martinez (The News Muchacha) and Brian “Eddie Sanchez” Shannon assisted with judging and sampled some great wines. Tin Roof built a “mini-me” version of their restaurant replete with a Texas ice sculpture and neon signs; while Italiano’s went over the top with a dome, water fountains and lights. Hector’s Mexican Grille & Cantina showed up in style with mariachis and folklorico dancers, and was for the second year voted “Best Overall Booth” by event attendees. Dan Huberty, Dr. Guy Sconzo, Dr. Michael Say, Gwendolyn Condoleo, Jennifer Dantzler, David and Linda Prator were among those enjoying the evening. Auction Action: Joe and Corinn Price hosted a “Cancun package” bought at last spring’s Humble ISD Education Foundation gala for Administaff’s “ministry to ministers” week and invited clergy friends and their spouses, including Buddy and Carolyn Hicks and Jeff and Laurie Hiett, to refresh and rejuvenate as their guests. The group just returned from a relaxing vacation at a beautiful seaside hacienda. Que` Buenos amigos! The Clubs of Kingwood have started out the fall season with several fun events, including “Denim and Diamonds” in which they partnered with the Downtown Club to host the third annual Charity Golf and Casino Gala. The all-day event featured fabulous prizes, including $10,000 for a hole in one donated by Toyota, and a rare commemorative coin valued at $1,000 donated by the Gold Exchange. The golf tournament was of course held at the beautiful Kingwood Country Club, and the Casino Gala was held at the Plaza Club downtown. Faces from Kingwood included Deborah Wedekind and husband Larry, who won the Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, Cheryl Johnson, Jim Jette, and Mike and Carolina Feild. Among the charities benefiting from this event were ClubCorp’s Employee Partners Care Foundation, MDA/Augie’s Quest and each club’s local charity of choice. Save the date for the next Keller Williams Northeast free concert at King’s Harbor on Friday, Oct. 15. Beautiful Latin music artist Yelba is the entertainer. Kingwood Women’s Club and Mission Northeast are the selected nonprofits that will benefit from the event. I’ll see you out and about!

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