A SEA OF RED greeted any late arrivals at the American Heart Association’s 2015 Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort as they looked over the crowd.
And, as AHA Communications Director Michelle Reed put it, “It was one for the books with a record-breaking $160,000 raised” by the 350 men and women who arrived clad in red.
The high-energy event, chaired by the Bay Area Regional Medical Center’s Chief Operating Nurse Susan White, hit an all-time high with its Open Your Heart donations and sales at its live and silent auctions, Michelle said. Fox 26 Anchor Rita Garcia served as emcee.
Highlights included a powerful story of learning how to have confidence by Michelle Aguilar, winner of The Biggest Loser; several inspiring stories told by heart attack victims; and the annual competition for the Heart Throb of the Year,
Five Bay Area men competed for the title of Heart Throb of the Year Award – Jason Mercer, Beau Harding, Dr. S. Benjamin Albright III, Dr. Monte Orahood and the winner, Dr. Alexander Sardina.
Others you might have spotted in the energetic crowd were Bay Area Regional Medical Center Chairman Dr. Michael Lyons and his wife, Loraine; Circle of Red Chairman Brandy Gates, Men Go Red Chairman Santiago Mendoza Jr., Heart Throb Chairman Sandy Adams and Auction Chairman Laurie Dehse.
Council elects Angela Braun
AS A THANK YOU for all Mayor Pro-tem David Braun did for his community before his death, the Nassau Bay City Council unanimously elected his wife, Angela, to fill his seat for the rest of his term at its March meeting.
Then, the council took a break from its deliberations to join Angela for a photo.
Harry Dollar, who filed for the Position 1 seat in the May 9 election and is unopposed, will take the seat after the May 9 election.
Bay Oaks ladies turn out for lunch
AUTHOR ANDY UPCHURCH presented an entertaining talk that had members of the Bay Oaks Women’s Association chuckling at their February luncheon.
Hospitality Chairman Judie Ferguson and her committee – Kaylee Benoit, Jo Cat Bruce, Danele Buehlar, Ann Dooley, Fran Gentry and Sue Ellen Jennings — were on hand to welcome the arriving crowd that included Judy Raiford, Courtney Atchley, Sharon Phelps and her guest, Jeane Olsen; Jean Hays, Carol Bobo, Sandy Lantz, Molly Gorrell, Diane Konick, Linda Herzfeld and Angela Swint.
After which President Sue Broughton and Vice Presidents Cambrey Rogers and Becky Hensley directed them to the registration desk.
They hardly had time to sign in when in walked Jackie Daley, Grace Cameron, Mary Smith, Annette Dwyer, Betty Woodhouse, Angela Bivens, Allyson Jackson, Joan Grant, Sylvia Resch, Sharon Christman, Betty McElvain, Pam Ploss, Emmeline Dodd, Jodi Schnabel, Linda Kelly and Eileen Hult.
Others you might have spotted enjoying the French Almond Chicken Sautee were Sharon Dillard, who had Joy Muniz, Badiha Nassar and Barbara Groh as her guests; Janet Greenwood, Terri Steinkamp, Mary Colombo, Bobbie Moutz, Barbara Dickey, Sarah McClintock, Ann Stephenson, who had Dina Stephenson as her guest, Trisha Gunn, and Karen Reed.
Connie Zieba chairs benefit
OUR AREA’S Connie Windes Zieba served as chairman of the recent Houston Junior Forum’s annual fundraising luncheon, “Conversations from the Heart” at the Junior League of Houston. The luncheon featured Jim McIngvale, founder, owner, and operator of the Gallery Furniture retail chain, author, and philanthropist. The luncheon raised funds for the HJF College Scholarship Fund and HJF Community Grants Program.
Emcee for the event was Bill Stubbs, a leading interior designer and owner of William W. Stubbs and Associates Interior Design Firm. Marilyn and Bob McDowell were the guests of honor. The McDowells are longtime HJF and community supporters.
Rotary plans Crawfish Boil
LOOKING for fun things to do this spring?
The La Porte Rotary Club plans to host its 7th annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in SeaBreeze Park at 1300 Bayshore Drive.
They invite everyone to come on over to La Porte and enjoy some crawfish.