Clear Lake Chatter: Go Red for Women Luncheon raises $225,000

April 1st, 2019

These ladies make a pretty picture as they enjoy the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City. They are, from left, standing, Becky Reitz, Jill Reason, Anita Fogtman; seated, Marcy Fryday, Marsha Taylor, Julie Osburn, Mary Ellen Arledge, Sandra Sellers and Shelley Rogers Scoggin.

IT TOOK A LOT of people forming a sea of red, but the American Heart Association coffers are bulging with some $225,000 raised at the 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon.
And, what fun it was seeing all the fancy dresses the ladies arrived in and bright red ties the guys wore.

Co-Chairmen Jim and Jane Sweeney couldn’t stop smiling as they mingled with the arriving crowd, as did members of their Leadership team – Tama Brantley McEwen, Sarah Ferguson, Gloria Greene, Santiago Mendoza Jr., Theressa Riggs and Darcy Whatley.All could hardly wait to see the fruits of their work over the previous months.

Likewise for the Event Committee Chairmen Stephanie Rice, Sandy Adams and Laurie Dahse and their volunteers – James Blasczyk, Abbie Contreras, Brandy Gates, Hilary Hart, Kim Keen, Donna Orozco, Mandy Pistone, Teresa Provis, Kelli Reddinger, Elizabeth Quigley, Darcy Santala and Meloney Bean, who also spoke to the audience about surviving heart problems after the luncheon emcee, KPRC Ch. 2’s Jonathan Martinez, welcomed everyone.

Five victims of heart disease, Victoria De La Garza, Kelli Reddinger, Aubrey Allensworth, Carol Firmin and Sarah Weinman, shared their stories of survival for those attending. Sarah, for example, explained how she had won the battle with ovarian cancer only to find that the aggressive chemotherapy regimen had resulted in congestive heart failure. After a 10-year fight, she finally received a heart transplant in April 2018 and is doing well today and looking forward to the future.

Much to the delight of the donors known as Circle of Red members — Audra Bentley, Melaney Bean, Sherri Beisley, Tama Brandley McEwen, Kristie Brown, Laurie Dahse, Emmeline Dodd, Brandy Gates, Karen Keesler, Jane McFaddin, Darcy Santala, Dr. Amber Shamburger, Marilyn Sims, Jill Williams and Darcy Whatley and the Men Go Red members – Earl Armstrong, Brent Cockerham, Lance Dahse, Brad Gerke, Stephen K. Jones Jr., Dr. Monte Orahood, David Smith and Jim Sweeney.

State Sen. Larry Taylor was named the 2019 Iconic Heart Ambassador, winning over Dr. Bill Fisher, CPA Tom Richards and Dr. Selvin Sudhakar.

But the most memorable moment came when Jim and Jane Sweeney took the audience on a ride with them around town via video, singing, making up poems and in general just having a great time as the crowd cheered them on.

Just ask Jill Reason, Marcy Fryday, Becky Reitz, Marsha Taylor, Anita Fogtman, Julie Osburn, Sandra Sellers, Mary Ellen Arledge and Shelley Rogers Scoggin, Dawn Jackson, Jennifer Meekins, Robyn Weigelt, Sumer Dene, Rick Clapp, Amber Sample, Matthew and Angie Weinman or Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda.

Most can hardly wait until next year.

Astronaut addresses Museum Guild crowd
ASTRONAUT Jeffrey Williams was the speaker for the Bay Area Museum Guild’s monthly meeting at the museum, which was filled with members and their friends who wanted to hear about his space travels.

Colonel Williams, a retired Army officer, is a veteran of four space missions, and for some time held the American record for the most time spent in space, which was surpassed by his fellow astronaut, Peggy Whitson, in 2017.

Guild President Ava Galt, who came with her husband, Taylor Lake Village City Councilman Tony Galt, joined Vice Presidents Louise Russell and Gail Devensin welcoming Colonel Williams and his wife, Ann Marie, and showing them around the museum.

He also got to share his book, The Work of His Hands, A View of God’s Creation from Space, with the crowd, which included Mary and Dr. Terry Williams, Gib and Jan Larson, Sandi Allbritton, the vice presidents’ husbands, John Russell and Don Devens, Dave Kuenneke and son David Jr., Recording Secretary Lois Costinand her husband, Neldon, and Mary Ann Shallberg.

Looking around, you also might have spotted Taylor Lake Village Mayor Pro-tem Einar Goerland and his wife, Linda; Leo and Rose Marie Symmank, Julie Hayes, Cindy Pinson, David and Kandy Johnson, Judith and Michelle Scheuring, Lorie Duval, Roberta Liston, Barry and Betsy Poor, Jackie Myers, Marie Sumner, Ron Lohec, Ric Taylor, Kathy Herman, Gayle Nelson, Cathy Lee and Judy Staliwe.

The night would not be complete without a photo of Rosebud Caradec and CPA Tom Richards, dressed up as a leprechaun for the St. Patrick’s Day Party at Lakewood Yacht Club.

A St. Patty’s Day we’ll remember
ONE OF THE Bay Area’s liveliest St. Patrick’s Day parties no doubt was the one at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, where most everyone was Irish – at least for the night.
There was Irish music and Irish tap dancers to go with a variety of good Irish meals such as corned beef and cabbage –  all of which added up to quite a lively evening.

Popular CPA Tom Richards came dressed as a leprechaun, and everyone wanted a selfie with him – so many in fact, one would have thought he was George Clooney.

Among those who were successful were Lou and Alice Marinos and Jim and Ann O’Malley,who earlier had joined Earl and Barbara Phillips, Barbara’s mother and Mary Alys Cherry for dinner; Jim and Jane Sweeney and Rosebud Caradec.

Jane and Jim Sweeney To Chair Bay Area’s 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon

September 1st, 2018

In its ongoing effort to elevate public awareness about heart disease, the American Heart Association will host the Bay Area’s 2019 Go Red for Women Luncheon. This annual event brings together over 400 guests in celebration of women’s heart health and the collective passion women possess, while addressing the importance of combating the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of women – heart disease and stroke.

Jane and Jim Sweeney of Minuteman Press- Bay Area & Galveston, will co-chair this year’s Go Red for Women Luncheon and both evoke deeply personal reasons for taking part of this annual event. “I think you’d have to search far and wide to find someone who hasn’t been touched by heart disease. My father died from it and my mother and husband have struggled with it. Jim and I have three daughters and two granddaughters, and I don’t want their life’s story to include heart disease,” Jane said.

Co-Chair Jim Sweeney notes his involvement in the Go Red for Women campaign is for the great loves of his life, his wife, daughters and granddaughters, “The statistics say that 1 in 3 women will develop heart disease or have a stroke in their lifetime. In my immediate family we have my wife, Jane, our 3 daughters and our two granddaughters…2 of these precious people will develop heart disease or suffer a stroke. I want to be part of the movement that will help stop this, or at the very least continue educating them about what they can do to improve their odds.”

The 2019 Bay Area Go Red for Women luncheon takes place on Friday, Feb. 22 at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center. The luncheon begins at 11 a.m. The AHA is grateful for the sponsors of this event including: All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute, Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Big League Dreams, Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room – League City, Friendswood Women, Marilyn Sims, Memorial Hermann Southeast, Minuteman Press- Bay Area & Galveston, Moody National Bank, Norman Frede Chevrolet, Texan Bank and U.S. Anesthesia Partners.

At the luncheon, attendees are invited to bid on fabulous silent auction items, hear the story of an amazing survivor, and vote for the 2019 Iconic Men Go Red Heart Ambassador (formally known as the Bay Area Heart Throbs).

The Go Red for Women campaign inspires, educates and urges women to be advocates for their own health. Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 threat, claiming the life of a woman every 80 seconds. Still, only 17 percent of women realize this. By making a Go Red commitment, women everywhere are coming together to further the fight against heart disease and stroke in women. The Go Red for Women luncheon combines education, outreach, and the opportunity to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men, and it is deadlier than all forms of cancer combined. Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, yet experts estimate that about 80 percent of cardiac events are preventable. Women often have different heart disease symptoms than men, and those symptoms can be misunderstood. During the past 14 years, the American Heart Association and the Go Red for Women Campaign have helped educate millions of women on heart diseases, risks and prevention. Funds raised at the Go Red for Women® luncheon support research specifically geared toward women, education and legislative advocacy programs.

For more information on how to get involved please visit or contact – Sara Martin at 832-918-4086 or [email protected].

Clear Lake Chatter: Go Red for women raises $200,000 for AHA

April 1st, 2017

Among the many spotted enjoying the Go Red for Women Luncheon were from left, seated, Kathie Wiley, Becky Day, Emmeline Dodd and Karen Reed; standing, Kimberley Fleming, Anita Fogtman, Karen Keesler, Sandy Records, Kim Barker, Ellen King and Ann Brannen.

THERE’S NOTHING quite like it, our Go Red for Women Luncheon. You walk in, and there before your wondering eyes is a sea of red – lovely ladies in fashionable red outfits, mingling with handsome men in black suits and red ties. All for a wonderful cause: to raise money to help the American Heart Association.

And, best of all, the 2017 Go Red for Women Luncheon raised more than $200,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke, AHA Gulf Coast Division Communications Director Michelle Mason told us later — $40,000 more than last year.

Men Go Red Chairman Jim Sweeney, right, welcomes Bay Area Regional Medical Center Chairman Dr. Michael Lyons, left, and Dr. Rizwan Chaudhry, a 2017 Heart Throb, to the Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

This year’s luncheon, chaired by Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Bay Area Regional Medical Center Santiago Mendoza Jr., had its biggest crowd yet with nearly 500 guests filling the South Shore Harbour Resort Crystal Ballroom to nearly overflowing.
Walking into the foyer, you might have bumped into Co-Chairmen Darcy Whatley, Theressa Riggs, Tama Brantley and Goinar Doroudian, who were busy checking with Heart Throb Chairman Sandy Adams, Open Your Heart Chairman Fay Picard, Auction Chairman Laurie Dahse and Fashion Show Chairman Stephanie Rice to make sure all was ready for the arriving crowd.

As were Event Committee members Amanda Fenwick, Brandy Gates, Melissa Vidrine, Teresa Provis, Hilary Hart, Kelsey Richardson, Elizabeth Quigley, Donna Orozco and Abbey Lee.

Wasn’t long before we spotted Karen Reed, Emmeline Dodd, Kathie Wiley and Anita Fogtman as they checked in before tagging up with Karen Keesler, Becky Day, Kimberley Fleming, Ann Brannen, Ellen King, Sandy Records and Kim Barker.

En route to their table, they passed three tables of folks from the University of Houston-Clear Lake including attorney and alumnae Marilyn Sims, Leigh Ann Shelfer, Mary Sue Anton, Karen Barbier, Joyce Delores Taylor, Mary Ann Shallberg, Alex Malone and Theresa Presswood.

Lots of physicians in the happy crowd, too, including Dr. Rizwan Chaudhry and Dr. Larry Cato representing Bay Area Regional Medical Center, Dr. Kyle W. Stephens representing Houston Methodist St. John Hospital, and the 2017 Heart Throb winner, Dr. Matthew Higgs, representing All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute; and Bay Area Regional Medical Center Chairman Dr. Michael Lyons.

Circle of Red Co-Chairmen Tama Brantley and Darcy Whatley and Men Go Red for Women Chairman Jim Sweeney also circulated through the crowd, stopping to visit with first one and then another before Ch. 2’s Syan Rhodes took the stage to emcee the program and fashion show, which featured JoAnn Armstrong, Meloney Bee Bean,dSandra Cruz, Keishia Gatson, Janice Gunnin Wilson, Kimberly Ito, Linda Reppert, Rita Torres, Sandy Williamson, Geraldine Zidek, Debbie Robinson, Rhonda De La Moriniere and Veronica Weir.

Men Who Cook chefs Barry Terrell, Rick Clapp, John Collins, Chip Boettler, Hans Mair and Chris Kurzadowski, from left, prepare to serve the crowd at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.

Meanwhile, Seabrook men were busy cooking . . .
WHILE THE WOMEN were all in red, the Seabrook Men Who Cook were busy getting into their black and white chef outfits and serving a delighted overflow crowd at Lakewood Yacht Club.

Mostly, they work like old pros, and truthfully, they are. Many have been serving up delightful dishes for years. Longest serving are Hans Mair, owner of the Sundance Grill II, and Rick Clapp, Bay Area Houston Magazine CEO, who have been celebrity chefs for 21 years.

Some of the other long-time chefs include Tom Davis and Charles Clemmons, 19 years; Mike DeHart, 18 years; and David Imbrie, 16 years.

Many others have multiple years of pleasing the crowd – Trey Hafely, Chip Boteler, John Collins, Chris Kurzadowski, Steve Hegyesi, Thom Kolupski, Kim Morrell, Tom Diegleman, Michael Giangrosso, Darrell Picha, Paul Dunphey, Gary Johnson, Warren Rocky Miller and Rick Wade.

Proceeds benefit the Seabrook Rotary Foundation and the Seabrook Police Department Association’s charities.

Clear Lake Area Chamber President Cindy Harreld DeWease, second from left, asks Chris Wallace, center, president of the Texas Association of Business and speaker for the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee Luncheon, to pose for a photo with, from left, Brian Freedman, Chamber Chairman Carl Joiner, and emcee Lisa Holbrook, who is chairman of the committee.

Chamber hosts special speaker
THE CLEAR LAKE Area Chamber had a very special speaker at its Government Affairs Committee Luncheon — Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, who listed the TAB’s 2017 legislative priorities.

Lisa Holbrook, who has been active in several legislative sessions as a key aide to former State Rep. John Davis and now serves as president of the Texas PTA, emceed the event and introduced the speaker.

Covering an amazing amount of ground, he quickly stressed how important education is, promising to work to raise education standards across Texas, support both full day Pre-K and the training of community college students for jobs in the workforce and higher education.

He supports the proposed Coastal Barrier to protect the Gulf Coast from storm damage, he said, opposes the bathroom bill and advocates for quality health care and access to choices of care. And, that was just some of his many priorities.

All in all, an interesting event.

Bay Area Houston Magazine