Socially Speaking with Jennifer Pierce December 2016

| December 1, 2016

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Photo-Debi Beauregard

Autism Rescue Angels

For those fortunate enough to secure a ticket, the Second Annual Fall Luncheon at the Houston Racquet Club on Sept. 27 was an inspirational event filled with heartfelt glimpses into the lives of families touched by autism. Autism Rescue Angels is a nonprofit providing financial assistance to autism families in the Houston area for medical, therapeutic or respite needs and funding for programs benefitting those with autism spectrum disorder. The room was brimming with guests, goodwill and generous donations to help alleviate the hardships created by the fastest-growing disability in our country.

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1) Board of Directors: Leslie Mogil, Martha Rivera, Jennifer Jumonville, Penelope Khuri, Dr. Lisa Graham-Garza, Elaine and Jim Turner

2) Elaine Turner, “Houston’s Handbag Queen” and Carolyn Farb , honorary chairperson

3) Liz Stephens and Sharon Buckle provided a warm welcome to each guest

4) Katy Autism Support President Cynthia Reece and Secretary Claire Dempsey

5) Tammy Nguyen and Alyssa Hightower

6) Melissa Wigington, Elizabeth Walker, and Anne Reardon

7) Channel 11’s Mia Gradney, Gloria Clouser, entrepreneur Lynn Clauser-Kelly of Once Upon a Praline, and Shandy Moore show off their delectable pralines.

Photos 1-2 credit: Priscilla Dickson



Katy Fire & EMS 34th Annual Fund Raiser & Dinner

The Merrell Center of Katy served as the spacious venue for the 34th Annual Fund Raiser and Dinner to benefit the Katy Fire and EMS Association on the evening of Oct. 18. An absolute outpouring of support could be felt as guests admired and bid on table after table of items donated for auction in support of those who do so much for our community. Whether gathering for a family meal, reconnecting with old friends, or serving as a business meeting the chicken fried steak dinner was the perfect way to unite Katy’s diverse population.

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1) Mayor Pro Tem Charles A. “Chuck” Brawner and Andy Wohlgemuth show off a few of the donations.

2) Keith Meier with the Katy ISD Police and his wife Karen have fun deciding on auction items.

3) Diane Walker and Paula Hughes welcome guests.

4) Firefighters Ben Crowell and Chad Dismukes.

5) Joe Villarreal and Kellie Sissom stop for a photo and a line for dinner forms in an instant.

6) Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes and City of Katy Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Payne catch up with previous Katy firefighter Mike Wampler, who was visiting from the state
of Washington.

7) Dana Massey hosts the popular raffle ticket station.

8) President of the Rotary David Loesch, Don Massey, General Manager Katy Mills, and City Administrator Byron Hebert.




Farm & Vineyard Faire And
Pop-Up Supper
At Fulshear Run

The weather was warm and welcoming as Fulshear Run presented its first annual Farm & Vineyard Faire on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 2-5 p.m. Created especially for lovers of food and wine, tastings of gourmet dishes prepared with the freshest of ingredients were paired with fine wines to the delight of guests. Afterwards, live entertainment filled the air as one of the most unique dining experiences of the season took place under a canopy of trees. Guests enjoyed al fresco dining as Celebrity Chef Monica Pope, popular for her farm-to-table cooking style, created a locally sourced gourmet dinner. The Pop-Up Supper tables abounded with wines specially selected to complement the elegant meal.

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1) Welcoming guests with a souvenir glass are Jennifer Woeste, Natalia Blachuta and April Canik.

2) Kim Bennet, Susan Leszczymski and Rhonda Schmitt don their sunglasses and prepare for an afternoon of relaxing.

3) Jimena Vilchis and Haidee Villegas host the elegant booth of Katy restaurant,
Salt & Pepper.

4) Event hosts Sheri Roane and Wendy Cederberg pause to capture the moment.

5) Jennifer Plihal and Peg Turrentine with Three Sisters Farms give a presentation.

6) Carole McCann and Hal Bengrady visit with the Mayor of Richmond, Evalyn Moore.

7) Jessica Saathoff and Soni Holladay grant a sneak peek at table centerpieces for the Pop-Up Supper.

8) Daniel VanHolten, Jill Knowles and Karen Van Holten.

9) Sophia and Dori Marzuola with event host Monika Maslak.

10) Sharon Staley and Barbara Bleil reconnect in the VIP tent.

11) Audrey Friedman and Laurie Szantay find the tables welcoming and filled with wine.

12) A charming evening with old friends and new at the Fulshear Run Pop-Up Supper.



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Voted by the community as the Best Annual Community Event and named one of the Houston Area’s Top Ten Festivals, the Katy Rice Harvest Festival is two days of non-stop live entertainment and fun for the whole family. Picture-perfect weather on October 8 and 9 set the stage for the 36th annual event, boasting a carnival for kids and a quaint, unique shopping experience set in Historic Downtown Katy. With an entire block of food truck offerings and drink stations at every corner, guests could easily shop and play all day.


1) Taylor Guidry and Desiree Rodriguez visit with volunteers Kim Rendon and Christina Schoenle.

2) Irina Kendrick and Oksana and Dino Pezzarossi take their little one on her first stroll around the festival.

3) Terry and Donna Hastings.

4) Travis Trial and Jude Heiliger.

5) Kevin and Robin Smith and daughter visit with Sydney Byers in front of the Country Goose Boutique.

6) Maria Dabrowski shows off her Christmas creations at her boutique, Little Mademoiselle’s Closet.

7) Sheila Lawes peruses the many gift options at Kay’s Tea Parlor booth, hosted by Katy Houston and Conor McGlone.


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