Clear Lake Chatter: Assistance League plans some ‘Boot Scootin’ Fun’

Assistance League Annual Event Chairman Sharon Guzzino, from left, and her committee members, Linda Kelly, Sandra Kelver, Jayne Dannecker, Melanie Lovuola and Mavis Irvan, arrive at the meeting at Sundance Grill in Waterford Harbor all dressed up and ready for some “Boot Scootin’ Fun” at their annual gala March 25.

By Mary Alys Cherry

ONE MAY WONDER how a nonprofit raises funds during a pandemic. Good question! Assistance League of the Bay Area’s Annual Event Committee members are not letting that hurdle stop them from forging ahead.
Save the date Thursday, March 25, 2021, they say. That’s when the Assistance League will be hosting “Boot Scootin’ Fun” at Butler’s Courtyard in League City. The committee recently met at Sundance Grill in Waterford Harbor to solidify plans for the western-themed event. Because of the uncertain times, the committee discussed different options including a virtual component.

Annual Event Chairman Sharon Guzzino and Vice Chairman Kathleen Guzzino Courville said it was time to “saddle up and gather all your cowboy and cowgirl friends to join the Boot Scootin’ fun.” The committee announced plans to have entertainment, a live DJ, line dancing, and games along with barbeque from Red River Barbeque. Assistance League is known for clever twists to raising funds so expect some exciting additions, in person and virtually, to keep the festive atmosphere going.

Lisa Holbrook, left, a past president of the Assistance League, and Sandra Kelver offer suggestions to make the gala a big success during the planning session at Sundance Grill in Waterford Harbor. 

Event underwriting and sponsorship packages are available ranging from $100 to $5,000 and may include tickets, as well as invitation, event, program, or website recognition.  For information, contact [email protected] Online ticket sales will be forthcoming on the organization’s website, Marketing Chairman Jill Smitherman says.

Two of the chapter’s philanthropies, Operation School Bell and Operation Support Our Schools, are expected to receive substantial requests due to increased needs as a result of the pandemic. A donation of $100 provides new school clothing and accessories per students in need. So, “Dust off your hats, shine your boots, and don’t put away your 2021 Rodeo attire until after you attend this event. Happy Trails will be here again,” Jill adds, with a ditto from committee members Linda Kelly, Sandra Kelver, Jayne Dannecker, Melanie Lovuola, and Mavis Irvan.

Assistance League of the Bay Area is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that changes lives through philanthropic programs in the Houston Bay Area community.  For more information on how you can help change lives, visit the website at

Mickey Hobbs on
BAWNC agenda

BAY AREA Welcome Neighbor Club plans to meet Thursday, Dec. 17 at Bay Oaks Country Club at 10 a.m. to enjoy the amazing sounds of Mickey Hobbs, who has been entertaining folks with his unique style for more than 20 years. He is able to sing all genres of music from blues and country to R&B and soul and covers music from the 40s to present day.  “We’re thrilled to have Mickey with us for our Holiday Luncheon entertaining us with holiday classics to brighten our holiday.

“We have just recently resumed our luncheon/program at Bay Oaks Country Club, and we ask that safe practices at Bay Oaks be strictly followed. Masks are required by the club and are to be worn at all times except when eating/drinking. We also ask that social distancing be practiced as much as possible. We appreciate everyone adhering to these guidelines for the safety of yourself and others,” Publicity Chairman Donna Baumer said, adding that BAWNC is a non-profit social organization for women offering a variety of activities for members such as Bunco, Book Clubs, Mah Jongg, Movies, Gourmet Group and much more.

“Whatever your interest may be, we have something for you.” For luncheon reservations call Bonnie Rimmel at 281-380-9277.

Clear Lake Chamber
honors officers

CLEAR LAKE Chamber members honored 2019-2020 Chairman Shawn Bailey of Amoco Federal Credit Federal Union and welcomed Attorney Robert Davee of Greer, Herz & Adams as the 2020-2021 chairman of the board at their Leadership Awards Luncheon Nov. 10 at South Shore Harbour Resort. Also honored at the event which, due to the pandemic replaced the annual Chairman’s Ball, were:

  • Chairman Elect Kristi Koncaba, Texan Bank
  • Vice Chairman Administration Jonathan Cottrell, Cottrell Realty
  • Vice Chairman Finance J.P. Morris, Texas Citizens Bank
  • Vice Chairman Membership Jacob Bigger, Kemah Boardwalk
  • Vice Chairman Research Rebecca Lilley, Memorial Hermann

Due to the pandemic, the chamber leadership chose to not have their annual Chairman’s Ball, hosting the Leadership Awards Luncheon in its place. Covid-19 guidelines were in place reducing the number of people per table to six and limiting the total number of guests to 250.

They also honored retiring Directors Brian Freedman, Doug Meisinger and Carlos Sierra and expressed thanks to the 2019-2020 division chairman and industry liaisons.

“This has been an unprecedented year and we look forward to a brighter future,” Chamber President Cindy DeWease said, asking the crowd “to take this opportunity to celebrate with us.”

Robyn Weigelt, Kari Kushner, Jennifer Peacock. Photo: Bonner Rhae Photography

Woodhouse Day Spa
hosts grand opening

Evelyn Baldwin and her husband, Chad Hanak, sample the refreshments at the Woodhouse Day Spa grand opening. Photo: Bonner Rhae Photography

IN CELEBRATION of the official opening in June, The Woodhouse Day Spa – Baybrook hosted a Red Carpet Holiday Grand Opening Nov. 5. Originally planned for earlier this year, Woodhouse finally had the chance to celebrate safely with guests just in time for the holidays.

The spa was decked in beautiful holiday decor and partygoers enjoyed champagne from The Bubble Tap Trailer, bites from Perry’s Steakhouse, live music and the chance to win luxe spa services. Even Santa made an appearance and snapped selfies with guests, including Linda Steele, Evelyn Baldwin, Daniela Dickson, Aldarita Parker, Chantal White, Erin Stonestreet and Tracy Florez.

As they arrived, partygoers Kari Kushner, Jennifer Peacock, Robyn Weigelt, Crystal Chicola and Colleen Leach, were greeted with a glass of champagne or rosé from The Bubble Tap Trailer before making their way inside the spa. The first 100 guests received a luxe swag bag filled with goodies and attendees tried their luck to win one of the spa giveaways that was announced every 15 minutes, including the grand prize of one free year of spa services.

Throughout the night, David and Amanda Haverer, Tammy Severance and Sharlene Howard enjoyed light bites from Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille while others sipped on signature cocktails including the Mistletoe Martini Bliss and the Woodhouse Whiskey Wish. Live music by Kelly Williams filled the spa as partygoers perused the curated selection of items in the boutique area and staff gave tours of the 5,800-square-foot spa. Later in the evening, Santa handed out gifts from Farmhouse Fresh.

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