Pictured from left are Rummel Creek Elementary moms and neighbors Shari Jones, Kate Evetts, Christy Pearl, Tara Loud, Amy Goldstein Rincon, Amy White and Nancy Cofran. The gals took a weekend trip to Park City, Utah, this fall and stayed at Amy Goldstein’s beautiful mountain retreat. They enjoyed their time there with plenty of shopping, sightseeing, hiking and even ziplining down the mountain.
Bringing joy to children in need
Blue Willow Bookshop made a difference in the community by partnering with the Houston Fire Department and Community Outreach to bring books and toys to children in need this holiday season. Valerie Koehler (right), Blue Willow Bookshop’s owner, is pictured with staff member Barbe Bozeman. They encouraged customers and community members to stop by and select a book or toy suitable for children up through 12 years old. Blue Willow provided a matching donation for each donation made by a customer. All of the gifts were delivered to the fire department and Community Outreach in time for the holidays.
A week of worldly fun
Bunker Hill Elementary celebrated heritages from around the world with a week of festivities. Highlights included belly dancing performances from the Middle East, Australian Outback demonstrations of the boom-a-rang and an aboriginal music instrument called a didgeridoo, and a Brazilian performance of martial arts mixed with music and dance know as copoeira. For the finale, 340 students paraded wearing their own cultural outfits. Parade Day wrapped up with a reception of food tasting from around the world. Pictured after Parade Day are (from left) Erin Hamilton, Stephanie Fairbairn, Logan Morris, Natalie Hur, Erin Loh-Johnsen and Justin Hamilton.
Speaking out for children
Children at Risk celebrated two decades of speaking out for Houston’s children at its annual Accolades Luncheon. The $200,000 that was raised will help to serve more than 1 million children in the Houston area. The luncheon honored Susan Kellner, judge John Phillips, Shell Oil Company and the founding board members of Children at Risk, including Carole Driscoll, Chris Jessee, Barbara McCormick, Virginia McFarland, Jim Mickelson, Maconda Brown O’Connor, Betty Oertel, Laura Palmer, Janet Pozmantier, Deacon Joseph Rubio and Jeffrey Starke. Event chairs were Joan Shook and Jeffrey Starke. Pictured at the luncheon are (from left) Philamena Baird, Duncan Klussman, Robert Sanborn, Melissa Wilson and Jeffrey Starke.
Kids on the front line
Vicki Brentin, general chair of the 40th Annual Rotary Lombardi Awards, was all smiles as this year’s Lombardi Award finalists, Alabama’s Terrence Cody, TCU’s Jerry Hughes, Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy and Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh, visited with “Front Line Kids,” pediatric cancer patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Texas Children’s Hospital. The Front Line Kids enjoyed visiting with the top college football linemen and were invited to be special guests at the Lombardi Awards Banquet held later that evening. Pictured enjoying the pre-banquet events are (from left) Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer, Bucky Ribbeck, a 2009 Front Line Kid and senior varsity lineman at Strake Jesuit, Bob McNair, recipient of the inaugural Rotary Lombardi Humanitarian Award, and David Anderson, also a lineman at Strake. Suh went home to Nebraska with this year’s pink granite trophy.
Toasting the Queen
“Gaylah Garlah, a Little Brit Different” was the theme of The British American Business Council’s annual gala held at the Intercontinental Hotel. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani was on hand to offer a toast to England. Volunteers who made the evening a success include Debbie Ballard, Mike Benson, Mary Jo Beyer, Ann Campbell, Julie Harris, Becci Himes, Joanne Howard, Kevin Howard, Irene Lawder, Clare Mawson, Joan McGuirk, Liz Oliver, Rob and Allison Schoenbeck, and Carole Serjeant. The St. Thomas Episcopal High School bagpipers entertained guests and received rousing applause. Proceeds from the gala support the British American Foundation of Texas, which funds cross-cultural scholarships and education for Texas students in financial need. Pictured are (from left) Susan Howard, president of BAFTx, Rudy Giuliani and Kevin Howard, chairman of BABC. Check out www.babchouston.org.
Memorial High School’s Homecoming Court was chosen by the senior class of 2010. More than 570 students voted, and the students selected are Megan Scott, Molly Walker, Katherine Christie, Candice Pink and Ashley Helms (pictured from left). Due to bad weather, the court was not able to participate in the annual homecoming parade. Phillip Hotze was chosen as Homecoming King and Katherine Christie was selected to be this year’s Homecoming Queen.
To understand the plight of Houston’s homeless, seniors at The Kinkaid School organized a Sleep Out for Homelessness awareness event. Upper school students paid a fee to sleep out on the Kinkaid campus, either on the ground or in boxes, and left their cell phones, computers and other luxuries at home. Pictured is Ben Hoffman, who made his home inside an empty refrigerator box. Other students who participated include Emily Beckham, Katy Broesche, Demetrios Cokinos, Skylar Dabbar, Molly Gilbert, Gilian Levy, Glen Mason, Kathryn Moore, Allison Schuette and Grace Ann Watson. Funds from the Sleep Out are earmarked for Kinkaid’s sponsorship of a Habitat for Humanity home, which begins construction this month and is scheduled to be dedicated in April.
Celebrating with snowflakes
The third birthday of Adaire Owen Cramer was celebrated in snowy style the day after the unexpected snowfall hit Houston on Dec. 4. Adaire’s parents, Owen and Cristina Cramer, enjoyed her special day at Lakeside Country Club with a sunny afternoon of moonwalks, face painting and balloon artistry. Joining in the festivities were her grandparants, Alfred and Patricia Cramer and Berta Tolpo. Adaire’s classmates from Pines Presbyterian preschool joined in the snowball fight.
Game, set, match
The Memorial High School Tennis Team was a semi-finalist in the state tournament in Austin this fall, placing third in the state. Team members are pictured with head coach Bud Booth and assistant coach Leann Burke. The last time Memorial qualified to compete in the state tennis tournament finals was back in 1984.
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