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Cy-Fair People and Events with Kathy Crosby “Scene”-ry September 2010

| September 1, 2010

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY IN CYPRESS

Merche Restaurant explored the Russian River Valley during a special celebration of DeLoach Vineyards Winery, named “Top 100 Winery of the Year” last year by Wine & Spirits Magazine. During the celebration, Merche served an extravagant five-course meal, each course paired with a DeLoach Vineyards favorite. More than 60 guests were in attendance, enjoying the savory food, wine and fun. A live band, including a saxophonist, keyboardist and cellist, complimented the candlelight ambiance of the restaurant. The event resulted in the perfect night to enjoy with family, friends and loved ones.

1) Belinda Fultz and Jim Fultz

2) Diane Green and Eddie Green

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EXTREME MAKEOVER

COMES TO HOUSTON!

HHN Homes had quite a surprise when ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition came calling just over a month ago. ABC chose HHN Homes to build a new home for a deserving family in the Houston area. Immediately, the builders, Lee Harris and Linda Stewart, gathered a team of architects and suppliers to build a “green” sustainable home.

First Baptist Church of Houston kicked off the exciting week with a Pep Rally where volunteers were able to get information about the needs for the build.   Houston Texans’ TORO and Houston Astros Junction Jack were in attendance pumping up the crowd

The Johnson family was the lucky recipient of all the planning and hard work. Elaine and Eric Johnson are marriage counselors whose mission is to keep African American families together in their community, which is located in South Houston. Their 700-square-foot home was a gift of inheritance for Elaine, and was in poor condition. With damage from Hurricane Ike and the state of the economy, it was an impossible feat for the Johnsons to repair their home; a home where they had to step lightly for fear of falling through the floor.

ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition recognized their need and called on the city of Houston to help rebuild not only a home for the family but help a community. With a goal of building a home in 106 hours, HHN Homes got to work along with major donors including Fort Bend Mechanical, Studio Red Architects, Cool A Zone, Detering Company, Occasio Productions, Montalbano Lumber, Kafoglis Enterprises and thousands of volunteers.

Upon their return from Paris, a trip arranged by Trafalgar Tours, the Johnson family helped yell “Move that Bus” and laid their eyes upon a gorgeous, “green” and sustainable 4,500-square-foot home.

The Houston showing of Extreme Makeover Home Edition is scheduled to air in late September on ABC.

3) (L-R) Home builders with the Johnson Family: Lee Harris of HHN Homes, Eric and Elaine Johnson with daughters Reagan, Zoe, Evan, Angela and Jessica, and HHN Homes’ Linda Stewart.

4) Sue and Jim Pugliese show their support for the Johnson family and Extreme Makeover Home Edition at a fundraiserr hosted by Damian’s Cucina Italiana.  They bid enthusiastically at the live auction and walked away with a fabulous restaurant package.

5) ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition personalities encourage the crowd at Damian’s to participate in the Houston project. (L-R) EMHE’s Michael Maloney, Judy Nichols, who handled PR here in Houston, and EMHE’s Paige Hemmis and Ed Sanders.

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A NIGHT IN PARADISE

The Astros Wives Organization hosted its 21st Annual Gala benefiting Houston Area Women’s Center. Heather Byrdak and Morgan Keppinger co-chaired the spectacular event, attended by more than 400 people.

Guests were greeted by music of the tropics and “shooters” of Caribbean cocktails as they mingled with friends and the Houston Astros baseball players. All were delighted to  welcome the organization’s co-founder, Patty Biggio, who attended with her husband, Astros superstar Craig. Another special guest star in attendance was Jeff Bagwell with his wife, Ericka.

As emcee Milo Hamillton and Vikki Vines facilitated the live auction, players stepped up to the plate by making themselves available for exclusive experiences with a lucky winner. Tim Byrdak, Jeff Kepppinger and Humberto Quintero were thrilled to auction themselves as part of a deep sea fishing package where five guests go out on a 46-foot Hatteras, courtesy of Tim Wilson Investigations, Castaway Bar and Grille and Howard Covens.

Mary and Carlos Lee upped the ante by offering a visit to their private ranch located in Panama, including horseback riding and fishing. Sybil Roos was the high bidder for the fabulous package. The Lees extended their generosity by agreeing to a second package purchased by Patricia and Randall Swearingen, who offered to match the winning bid. Continental Airlines swooped in and donated four first-class round trip tickets to make the second package just as fabulous as the first.

Johnny V from Mo’s… A Place for Steaks offered dinner for 10 with former Astros player, Doug Brocail, whom now serves as the special assistant to the general manager. Biggio and Bagwell saw a great opportunity to raise even more money for HAWC and threw themselves into the package to attend the dinner. Even emcee, Milo Hamilton jumped on board. Ultimately, the dinner was purchased by Kelli and John Weinzierl and includes a wine pairing.

Others in attendance included honorary chairpersons Elizabeth and Drayton McLane, Melissa and Michael Weaster, Trish and Gregg Perkin, Greg Miller, Lisa and David Befort, Jeff Heberling, Chris and Don Sanders, Lisa and Paul Hill, Sandy and Slade Lewis of Lewis Jewelers, Dr. and Mrs. Amir Halevy and David Huntington.

6) Jennifer Littlefield attends the gala and poses with Jeff Bagwell.

7) Humberto and Michelle Quintero, who served as 2009 gala co-chair.

8) Elizabeth Mayfield and Meredith Phillips enjoy the evening.

9) 2009 Gala co-chair Pamela Michaels with husband, Astros player Jason Michaels

10) Cy-Fair’s Independence Bank Northwest Area President John Shirley with his wife, Ann

11) Patty and Craig Biggio

12) Ericka and Jeff Bagwell

13) Enjoying the festivities are Trey and Julie Comiskey with volunteer Cindy Young and event guest Jeff McClanahan.

14) Milo Hamilton and auctioneer Vikki Vines work together to raise the most money for HAWC.

15) The always beautiful Beverly Wren chats with artist Opie Otterstad after receiving his latest original oil as a gift from Brian Teichman. Opie donates an original work each year to the event.

16) HAWC board member Carrie Potter, event co-chair Heather Byrdak, HAWC chairman of the board Shawn Raymond, and event co-chair Morgan Keppinger

17) The lovely Cooke girls, Kathleen and Caroline

18) Hunter Pence poses with David Costa, who won his autographed baseball in a raffle drawing.

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SAVE THE DATE

Sept. 11: North Cypress Emergency Room at Willowbrook hosts a Grand Opening Celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your families and neighbors for the festivities including free health screenings, fun activities for kids, sno-cones, popcorn and an inflatable moonwalk.

Sept. 22: “Black Bag Affair” benefiting Dress for Success will be held at La Hacienda from noon-2 p.m. Dress for Success’ mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, contact Tere Kelly at 281-517-1008; terekelly@entouch.net.

Sept. 26: On Ur Left Sports and Memorial Hermann Houston present the triathlon/duathlon at Towne Lake. This athletic challenge will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and is open to all ages and fitness levels. Volunteers are needed to help at the event. Volunteer groups with 10 or more members who represent a nonprofit organization will receive a percentage for working at the event. For information and registration, visit www.onurleft.com.

Oct. 16: North Cypress Medical Center hosts Project Pink Breast Cancer luncheon and fashion show from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information and reservations, call 832-912-3820.

Please contact me with your event information via e-mail.
I look forward to showing off Cy-Fair’s “scene”ry!

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