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Clear Lake Chatter: Go Red for women raises $220,000

April 1st, 2018

Cindy Deaton, Tracey Adams and Marilyn Sims, from left

A BEAUTIFUL sea of red filled South Shore Harbour Resort’s Crystal Ballroom as hundreds of Bay Area women – fashionably dressed in red — and quite a few men, gathered to take up the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease by raising $220,000.

The occasion, of course, was the annual Bay Area Go Red for Women Luncheon, chaired this year by Loraine Lyons, who with her husband, Dr. Michael Lyons, joined Men Go Red For Women Co-Chairmen Jim Sweeney and Santiago Mendoza Jr. in welcoming some of the early arrivals – League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and his wife, Janice, Jana and Chris Reed, Pat and Wendell Wilson, Kristy Cormier, Colene Joiner, Sara Martin, Michelle Stoddard, Katie Pistone, Brooke Villanueva, Emmeline Dodd and Kenneth and Kristi Koncaba.

Pretty Elissa Rivas of ABC Ch. 13 served as emcee of the “Survivors With Style” fashion show that featured models Sherri Grisham, Caroline Smith, Andrea McGhee, Amber Trueblood, Michele Metts, Barbara Welch, Carolann Peters, Veronica Wier and Kelli Reddinger showing off fashions from Macy’s while those who played key roles in making the day a success looked on – Circle of Red Co-Chairmen Darcy Whatley and Tama Brantley McEwen, plus Gloria Greene, Tamara Ostermayer, Marilyn Sims and Theressa Riggs, to name a few.

Emmeline Dodd, right, walks into South Shore Harbour Resort to find Pat and Wendell Wilson at the Luncheon.

Others included Heart Throb Chairman Sandy Adams, Open Your Heart Chairman Fay Picard, Auction Chairman Laurie Dahse and Fashion Show Chairman Stephanie Rice and their committee members – Meloney Bean, Abbie Contreras, Amanda Fenwick, Brandy Gates, Hilary Hart, Donna Orozco, Tamara Ostermayer, Teresa Provis, Kelli Reddinger, Nancy Suarez and Elizabeth Quigley.

The event came to a lively close with the showstopper – the annual Heart Throb of the Year Competition featuring Dr. Jason Gukhool, representing Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room– League City; Jonathan Bender and James Blasczyk, representing Bay Area Regional Medical Center; and Chris Reed, representing All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute.

After an exciting vote by the audience, Chris Reed emerged the winner, taking home the Heart Throb of the Year Award, sponsored by Texan Bank.

Almost all the area’s medical facilities helped sponsor the event, including Bay Area Regional Medical Center, UTMB-Health, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, Kindred Hospital Clear Lake, Elite Care 24-Hour Emergency Room of League City, U.S. Anesthesia Partners, All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Chi St. Luke’s Health, Cornerstone Hospital, Pam Rehabilitation Hospital of Clear Lake, Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation and AMED Medical.

Along with Moody National Bank, Norman Frede Chevrolet, BB&T, Texan Bank, ABC Ch. 13, Bay Area Houston Magazine, Leidos Women’s Network and Big League Dreams.

The Clydesdales draw cheers from the Mount Belvieu crowd.

Clydesdales lead Wismer celebration
CONGRATULATIONS to Michael and Ann Wismer Landolt and Jim and Tonya Ferris on their beautiful new Wismer Distributing facility that just opened in Mount Belvieu.

Had quite a celebration the other day with the Budweiser Clydesdales, the iconic Dalmation and members of the Baytown Rotary Club taking part in the parade through town and grand opening festivities at Mount Belvieu City Hall.

Speakers included Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Harris County Precinct 3 Judge Don Coffey and Mount Belvieu Mayor Nick Dixon as hundreds gathered to celebrate.

HEB hosts event for Guild members
BAY AREA MUSEUM Guild members were in for quite a treat when HEB hosted a complimentary Wine Tasting at the museum for members.

Jan Larson served as chairman for the event, which drew quite a crowd, including Jack and Marcy Fryday, Peter and Pam Culpepper Cronk, Mary Ann Shallberg, Beverly Giacone, Donnie Johnson, Linda and Rich Steber, Lisa and Manuel Clobanu, Ava Galt. Leo and Rose Marie Symmank, Barbara Spencer, Kathy Herman and Sandi Allbritton, to name a few.

A variety of hors d’oeuvres and cheeses that match up perfectly with the type of wine served delighted one and all, who really enjoyed the evening.

American Heart Association Kicks-Off Heart Month With Awareness Activities Across Houston

January 31st, 2018

American Heart Month Begins Feb. 1

February marks the national celebration of American Heart Month, when the American Heart Association (AHA) shines its torch on the number one killer of all Americans – heart disease. While heart disease is a risk for all Americans, it’s no secret that women are at a greater risk. In fact, cardiovascular diseases cause one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. Over the past decade, the AHA has made remarkable progress through its Go Red for Women® Campaign; however, there is still much work to do and awareness to raise so more women can be reached and more lives saved.

Throughout this iconic month, the Greater Houston area is encouraged to join the AHA’s efforts by participating in National Wear Red Day (Feb. 2), committing to a healthy lifestyle, and spreading the message that heart disease is the primary health threat for those that are near and dear to our hearts.

The AHA invites Houstonians to help amplify the month’s mission by taking part in the following events over the course of the next month:

Feb. 1 – 28, 2018:

Free Heart Month Guest Speaker:
AHA can provide a speaker to come and share the signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, and speak about numerous topics. Organizers kindly request six-weeks lead time and an audience of at least 50 people. To request a speaker, click here: Bureau-Form_UCM_316657_Form.jsp

Jan 30 – Feb. 5, 2018:

Macy’s Wear Red Sale:
The Go Red for Women® national sponsor, Macy’s, will again offer all-day savings to customers that purchase a Red Dress Pin for $3.00. If customers purchase the pin or wear red they will receive a special 25% savings discount. Macy’s will donate 100% of all pin sales to Go Red for Women® – and the funds stay local! So shop your area Houston Macy’s that week!

Feb.2, 2018:

The 15 th Annual National Wear Red Day:
Wear Red Day:
Show your support by wearing red on Friday, Feb. 2, and throughout the month to build awareness and inspire action. #GoRedAndGive

Red Buildings:
Many Houston institutions will celebrate National Wear Red Day on Feb. 2 and Heart Month by turning their building red. Houston City Hall will light up its walls with up lighting, while buildings around the City of Houston, The Woodlands, and other suburban areas will go red.

Feb. 3, 2018:

Houston Heart Ball at Hilton Americas-Houston:
AHA hosts the most anticipated social event of the season, the 2018 The Beat Goes On Heart Ball chaired by Cathy & Joe Cleary. This elegant, black-tie event will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction. For more information visit:

Feb. 23, 2018:

Bay Area Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center:
Join the AHA as we celebrate the fight against the women’s greatest health threat with the annual Bay Area Go Red for Women® Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will bring back the annual Heart Throb competition and the third annual Survivors with Style Fashion Show. For more information, visit

Feb. 24, 2018:

Montgomery County Heart Ball at Woodlands Waterway Marriott:
AHA hosts one of the best parties in town, the 2018 An Exhilarating Evening at the Grand Prix Heart Ball chaired by Marina & Bryan Frenchak. The elegant, black-tie event will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction. For more information and tickets visit:


About Go Red For Women
In the United States, cardiovascular diseases kill approximately 1 in 3 women each year. Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. Cardiovascular diseases in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and CVS Health, with additional support from our cause supporters. For more information, please visit or call 1-888- MY-HEART (1-888- 694-3278).

Find out more about American Heart Month and local Go Red For Women® activities by visiting and join the conversation with the #GoRedAndGive hashtag. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ahahouston.

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.