Clear Lake Chatter: Rodeo style show better than ever

Hundreds gathered at the Gilruth Center for the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Style Show including, from right, Courtney Atchley, Jo Nell Hunter, Kay Lee Benoit, Jill Reason, Ondi Lyon, Michelle Richardson, Lisa O’ Brien and Sue Ellen Jennings.

MASKS MINGLED with cowboy hats as the Bay Area Go Texan Rodeo Committee unveiled this year’s Black and White Masquerade Fashion Show and Ball Friday, Jan. 20.

And, what a great time was had by all!

Bay Area Capt. Dianna Jones and Assistant Capt. Anita White were at the door welcoming the happy crowd to NASA’s Gilruth Center and inviting them to join the fun.

And fun it was seeing friends from all over the Bay Area before emcee Greg Schroder introduced one and all to what is one of the most enjoyable events in the Houston area – the Rodeo Style Show, featuring some 25 models, including Nassau Bay City Manager Jason Reynolds, singer and former Kemah Councilor Kelly Williams, Space Center Automotive owner Todd McIntosh, Clear Lake Chamber VP Sherry Sweeney and Webster Fire Chief Patrick Shipp.

Model Nancy Buffaloe models an elegant gown during the Bay Area Rodeo Style Show.

Others showing off an array of outfits from Casanova’s Downfall, Cavender’s Boot City, Adelaide’s Boutique, The Clotheshorse, Dillard’s-Baybrook Mall, Kendra Scott Baybrook and Jill’s Fashions and Bridal Included Anna Babineaux, Karla Boddie, Mel Bosley, Nancy Buffaloe, Jeremiah Corbin, Sarah Elliott, Kellie Gross, Karen Jordan and John Kocher.

Plus, Kimberly Konkel, Logan Lester, Stephanie Ludwig, Peggy Morrow, Bobby Osoria, Shelley Rhodes, Debbie Salisbury, Jamie Sausser, Stacy Stockwell, Lee Ann Vogel, Joe Wilson and Marka Woodard with fashion guru Lenny Matuszewski producing the show.

Faces in the audience included Clear Lake Chamber President Cindy Harreld DeWease and former Chairman Jane Sweeney, League City Councilman Keith Gross, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell, Norman Frede Chevrolet GM Joan McKinney, CPA Olive Murphy Riker, and a number of rodeo aficionados such as Rocky Mauldin, Irene Pavig, Gene Hollier, Emmeline Dodd and Anita Fogtman.

Glancing around, you might also have spotted Jill Reason, Mary Ellen Arledge, Johnette Norman, Marcy Fryday, Patty Kane, Lillie Harman, Courtney Atchley, Kay Lee Benoit, Jo Nell Hunter, Lisa O’Brien, Ondi Lyon, Michelle Richardson and Sue Ellen Jennings, to name a few, all having a great time.

Drew and Sandy Lewis, left, stops to talk with Lauren Kutac and Chris Lewis as they arrive at St. Cecelia Community Center for the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Foundation’s Annual Wine Tasting Event, “HAPA in NAPA.”

Area residents attend fundraiser
A NUMBER of Clear Lake faces were in the crowd attending the recent Wine Tasting hosted by the Houston Alumnae Panhellenic Association to raise funds for scholarships for collegians in the Greater Houston Area.

Among those HAPA President Connie Zieba of Taylor Lake Village welcomed were Drew and Sandy Lewis, Polly Kent, Lauren Kutac and Chris Lewis of Clear Lake.

Cooky Mays and Susan Banks served as co-chairmen of the Wine Tasting event at St. Cecilia’s Community Center in Houston.

The annual event raises funds for fraternity women of the Greater Houston Area in financial need for continuing their education. Last May, 24 women were awarded scholarships totaling $58,000. These women represent 14 sororities and 13 universities located across the United States. In the last 30 years, HAPF has awarded $789,800 in scholarships to 500 women.

League City was well represented at the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership’s Jan. 17 luncheon by Mayor Pat Hallisey, at right, and City Councilmen Greg Gripon and Larry Millican, from left, and Mary Hammer with MHM Consultants.

Mayor updates BayTran
GALVESTON MAYOR Jim Yarbrough drew quite a crowd when he updated the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership on his city’s three major economic engines – tourism, the port and education – and what is best for the island’s 52,000 residents at the BayTran luncheon at the Hobby Marriott Hotel.

Some of his thoughts include vertical parking at the nation’s fourth busiest cruise terminal and encouraging development along Harborside Drive and replacing and reconfiguring the Pelican Island bridge to allow growth at Texas A&M Galveston.

Meanwhile, he said City Manager Bryan Maxwell and his staff are doing a terrific job, and that includes Assistant City Manager Rick Beverlin – a former Kemah city administrator and BayTran board member.

Among the crowd BayTran President Theresa Rodriguez welcomed were Mayors Pat Hallisey of League City, Glenn Royal of Seabrook and Louis Rigby of La Porte; City Councilors Amanda Fenwick of Clear Lake Shores and Larry Millican and Greg Gripon of League City; Galveston County Commissioner Ken Clark and Port Commissioner John Kennedy, UHCL Business Dean Dr. Ted Cummings, United Way Bay Area Executive Director Melinda Garcia, and former BayTran President Barbara Koslov, now with Judge Ed Emmett’s office.

Time for 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon
CH. 2 ANCHOR Syan Rhodes will emcee the 2017 Bay Area Go Red for Women Luncheon Friday, Feb. 24, in South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom.

Bay Area Regional Medical Center VP Santiago Mendoza Jr. is chairman of the popular event with Tama Brantley, Golnar Doroudian, Theresa Riggs and Darcy Whatley on his leadership team. Sandy Adams is the Heart Throb chairman with Laurie Dahse heading up the Auction Committee, Fay Picard as Open Your Heart chairman and Stephanie Rice chairing the Fashion Show. For tickets, visit

Coasting around….
RETIRED ASTRONAUT Michael Fossum has been named vice president and chief operating officer of Texas A&M Galveston. Until his recent retirement, he was assistant chief of the International Space Station in the Astronaut Office….Cheryl Bordwine of League City, has been nominated for the prestigious Heroes of Military Medicine Award. She serves in the U.S. Army Reserves and is a division medical operations officer, overseeing medical readiness before deployment for about 500 soldiers and is also the College of the Mainland Medical Assisting Program coordinator….1981 Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore Bernard Aaron “Bunny” Pearl of Seabrook, passed away Jan. 16. A Celebration of Life was held in Lakewood’s Ballroom Jan. 22 when friends shared amusing and cheerful memories of Bunny.

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