Socially Speaking – Michelle Anderson May 2017

| May 1, 2017




Katy Taste Fest

Where are my foodies? This festival made a grand entrance this year showcasing sample cuisines and tastings from a variety of local establishments. Nearby restaurants, caterers and wine and beer merchants served up their very best! Guests also enjoyed live music, a silent auction and a family friendly kids’ zone with food and activities for the youngest at heart. All proceeds benefited local children’s charities.

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1) (L-R): Caroline Corbin, Michelle Corbin, Keely Hughes, Crystal Everett and Erin Monticue working hard to greet and register attendees.

2) (L-R): Diane Walker, Jennifer Day, Allison Stark and Gail Edmonson, all representatives from Katy Cares, one of the beneficiaries of the Taste Fest proceeds.

3) (L-R): Carol Wilson, Cathy Pettit, Darla Taylor.

4) Local residents enjoying the food and festivities (L-R): Nancy Medina with her daughter, Elena, and husband, Sy.

5) Thai Spice owners Vim and Kelley Ferrer served a customer favorite, Chicken Pad Thai.

6) Bernie’s Burger Bus served up juicy “Kindergartener” sliders. (L-R): Rene Portillo, Javier Tomayo, Ashley Gray, Jake Weber.

7) Live music performed by School of Rock Katy Adult Grad Band, Perpetual Crisis.

8) Sara LaRocca (left) and Ginger Logan served up small bites from Katy’s newest hot spot, Local Table.

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson)


Katy Sip N Stroll

Katy’s biannual Sip N Stroll held on April 1 was not April Fooling around… it was a big success! Attendees from across Houston gathered to taste fine wines and bubbles at various vendor booths sprinkled across the landscape of Villagio Town Center. Ticket proceeds benefited Cinco Charities The Ballard House.


1) Yolanda Escamilla and Faron Blanchard with Katy Lady – one of the many vendors, displaying their unique wine corks that have an artistic flair!

2) Ballard House volunteers (L-R): Dean Schnitzler, Judy Schnitzler, Melissa Nunmaker, Dave Brown (in back), Kathy Alt, Scott Alt.

3) Guests enjoying the evening (L-R): Alexandré and Alexandra Bourgeois; Ana and Robert Sanchez; Leona and Greg Hamrock.

4) (L-R): Pi Beta Phi Sorority also contributed event proceeds to Texas Children’s Hospital West campus from their silent auction fundraising booth. Auction volunteers (L-R): Liz Hartwig, Beth Matocha, Christy Coleman, Lori Dow and Stephanie Troeger.

5) (L-R): Christin Schneefuss, Becki Rea, Jessica Schneefuss

6) (L-R): Auction winners Richard and Sarah Spadola show off their prizes.

7) (L-R): Laura Blake displaying her auction prize – a signed Darth Vader helmet!

8) Jamie and Josh Beller enjoying a date night at the Sip N Stroll.

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson)


A New Chapter: 40th Birthday Party!

Since it was displayed across my front yard and all over social media, I guess the cat is out of the bag! I have officially entered the 40’s club! And, honestly, turning 40 has been wonderful so far. It was such a blessing to have been surrounded and loved on by many family and friends that celebrated alongside me. Here are some of my favorite moments from my 40th surprise birthday party.


1) Party hostesses (L-R): Elly Hinojosa, Patti Gonzales and Connie Perez.

2) Delia and Henry Dibrell share a special moment.

3) Photobooth fun and silliness (L-R): Melissa Wiginton, Michelle Anderson and Larissa Plunto.

4) (L-R): Rebecca Fox, Michelle Anderson and Norma Fedewa.

5) Guests were encouraged to bring their favorite hat or headpiece. (L-R): Jeff Robinson won the most creative hat; my husband, Rob Anderson, was “captain” for the night!

6) (Front row, L-R): Angie Belcher, Stacie Hawkins, Stacey Mills, Jennifer Yates; (back row, L-R): Todd Belcher, Craig Hawkins, Troy Yates.

7) (L-R): Melissa Morse, Jenny Dodson,

Kelley Ferrer.

8) (Front row, L-R): Michelle Anderson and Elizabeth Walker; (back row, L-R): Cindy Wingo, Anne Reardon, Larissa Plunto, Lori Ann Belin, Chakilla White, Melissa Wiginton and Gina Scherwitz.

9) Beautiful (and absolutely delicious) homemade princess cake by Lisa Lamb!

Photo credits: photo #4, Larissa Plunto; photo #8, Melissa Wiginton; remaining photos, Michelle Anderson.


The Arc Of Katy Gala

We are so fortunate as a community to have organizations like The Arc of Katy, where they are meeting the needs of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through programs, services and recreational activities such as day programs and summer camp for its citizens. To help fund its mission, The Arc of Katy hosts an annual Gala featuring a wide array of silent auction items to bid on. Held at Pine Forest Country Club, this year’s event theme was “Fiesta” and honored Vicki Knowles for her countless volunteer efforts and dedication towards this wonderful organization.

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1) (L-R): Arc of Katy Board President Margaret Laney with honoree Vicki Knowles, recipient of The Arc of Katy 2017 Tribute Gala Ann Davis Founders Award.

2) (L-R): Live and silent auction co-chairs Gwen Roseboom and Suzanne Winkler with Karen Rosenfeld.

3) (L-R): Board member Amy Campbell; Patti Shafer; Board member Fred Shafer; Arc of Katy participant; Katy ISD Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt; Kathy Hindt; Margaret Laney.

4) (L-R): Helen Hall with daughter and programs participant, Lauren Hall; Amy Campbell

5) (L-R): City of Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes, Margaret Laney, Paula Hughes, and Arc of Katy program participant Sarah Brown.

6) (L-R): Radio show host and event emcee Maria Todd, with her mother, Phyllis Todd, and brother, Brandon Todd, who also partici-pates in The Arc of Katy social programs.

7) (L-R): Arc of Katy participant Susan Bode with Margaret Laney and Dr. Brett Donaldson.

8) (L-R): Board member Kristie Ondracek with Art Dysart, Susan Bode and Irene Brown.

9) Program participant Susan Bode with her mom, Donna Bode, who was surprised in the Gala program with a special volunteer recognition award!

10) (L-R): Walt, Ben and Judy Palen. Ben is a participant in The Arc of Katy programs. Supportive parents Walt and Judy are long-time volunteers of the organization.

11) (L-R): Program Coordinator Dawn Wethey with program participant Melanie Johnson, and Carla Mathes.

12) (L-R): Margaret Laney with Arc of Katy Board members: former Katy Mayor Don Elder and his wife, Ida Faye Elder.

13) Event honoree Vicki Knowles and her mother, Arlene Henslee.

14) (Back row, L-R): Arlene Henslee, Vicki Knowles, Steve Knowles, Mike Vince; (front row, L-R): Ann McIntyre, Lynn Fogelsong, Al Fogelsong, Ken McIntyre, Laura Vince.

15) (Back row, L-R): Steve Knowles, Vicki Knowles, Karen Redeker, Dave Redeker; (front row, L-R): Ken Bramlett, Pat Bramlett, Sue Martin, Pat Martin.

Photo credit: Michelle Anderson


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