Socially Speaking with Jennifer Pierce October 2016

| October 1, 2016

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Dear Readers,

Hello! As the newest member of the Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Homes magazine family, I look forward to bringing you photos from the events and happenings we treasure in our community. When my husband Wayne and I were ready to consider starting a family 18 years ago, the first thing we did was to purchase a home in the Katy area. Now the oldest of my three children is a senior in high school, and our area has expanded beyond belief, with more amazing events than ever!

Lori Gunn, who wrote this Socially Speaking column for more than 9 years, has mentioned to me how wonderful you all are at sharing events, and while I will attempt to fill her very fabulous shoes, she’ll always fill a special place in all of our hearts! The email to share your galas, parties and luncheons remains the same ( so please do keep me posted! I am looking forward to meeting more of you around town!





Photo-Debi Beauregard

Katy Summer Tailgate

Back by popular demand, the Katy Summer Tailgate was held on Aug. 13 from 6-9 p.m. Live music and delicious food filled the streets of historic downtown Katy, while a fun zone, vendor booths, and VIP tent ensured an evening of fun for all ages. Hosted in support of the YMCA’s Operation Backpack, the unique entry fee to this festival was a backpack or bag of school supplies. Not even stormy weather could dampen the spirits of those attending this year’s festivities.

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1) (L-R) Tricia Delaney, Kristin Catalano,

the Chick-fil-A Cow, John Delaney, and Don Lindgren.

2) (L-R) Liz Ibarra, Patricia Fuentes, Ximena Fuentes, Leila Alanie, Angie Zurek, and Breana Morris.

3) (L-R) Sean Dunbar, Griffen and Rowan Saacke, Debbie Hummel, Kim Boone, Cindy Rhoades, Alexis Dunbar.

4) Joseph and Stephanie say “cheers” as they enjoy the event with their sons, Jonathan and Xavier.

5) Dan Carlton and Maria Scarabin.

6) Tammi Perez and Dominic Roman having a great time, rain or shine.

7) (L-R) Pam Filip, Executive Director YMCA Katy Mainstreet; Matt Schomburg, Connie Stirgus, Dick Jack, Jenifer Stockdick, Ed Conner and Brian Haines, YMCA VP of Operations.

8) Committee members Heather and Matt Schomberg, Connie Stirgus, Brian and Jennifer Royo (No Label Brewery Owners), Jenifer Stockdick.


Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Benefit Dinner

On Friday, Aug. 12, support for ending Alzheimer’s began well before the official walk that was held Sept. 17. Watercrest at Katy, an independent living center, treated supporters to a fabulous meal, dessert, music, games and door prizes. The talents of DJ Wally Newman created a festive atmosphere for hosts and guests alike.

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1) Alicia Reyes and Ria Otwani host the welcome station.

2) Attendees enjoy a little bingo as the evening begins.

3) Sondra Cook and Larry Bennett.

4) Linda Jordan (left), and Alisha Saxon (right) with Keller Williams show off door prizes with Watercrest Executive Director DeDe Young.

5) (L-R) DeDe Young, WWII Navy Veteran Wayne Keith, Jose Agular, Aaron Gonzales and Vivienne Tran.

6) DJ Wally Newman hosts a round of “Name that Tune”, a party favorite.

7) Prize winner Dominique Booth claps excitedly as she decides which prize to choose.

8) (L-R) Tobi Kerbow, Residency Director, signs up Renee Wilson to walk with the Watercrest at Katy team.


Katy Area Chamber of Commerce
Brookwood Meeting

Set against the backdrop of beautiful gardens, the August 17 Katy Area Chamber of Commerce meeting at The Café at Brookwood was a delightful treat. A celebratory air filled the room as the members burst into song in honor of Ann Hodge’s birthday. The luncheon sponsor, Waggin’ Tails Pet Ranch, shared a heartwarming video. Additionally, Richard Phillips, Associate Vice Provost, University of Houston, continued the celebratory mood as he talked about the growth planned for the Katy Area, and increased higher educational opportunities created by the University of Houston.


1) Ann Hodge is surprised with birthday flowers and singing.

2) (L-R) Ann Hodge, Dick Phillips, Steve Pierson, Ted Krenek, and Vivian Shudde.

3) (L-R) Dr. Lance Hindt, the new Superintendent of Katy ISD, and Sebastian Herrera.

4) (L-R) Kendra Ketter, J.T. Basile, Mannie Gamez.

5) New member, Abi Morton, of Clothed by Faith.

6) New member, Donna Herzog, of Katy Ideal Weight Loss.

7) (L-R) ichard Phillips and Mayor Fabol Hughes.

8) Yvonne Streit, founder of the Brookwood Community, which is dedicated to providing an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and provides meaning and purpose for adults with disabilities.


Art in the Garden Tea Party

Held in the Mamie George Community Center, the Art in the Garden Tea Party with a wine and art reception sponsored by the Katy Contemporary Arts Museum was held August 19 from 4-6pm. An elegant string quartet played while guests enjoyed tea time delicacies and admired all the art created by senior citizens benefitting from the center.

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1) Nancy Trenery and Julie Lewis honor Terri Bieber with a beautiful corsage to thank her for inspiring the love of art as the Creative Aging Program Director.

2) Terri Bieber presents Sandy Meador (left) with a service award.

3) Dee Koch

4) (L-R) Donna Kay Tucker, Synda Frost and Dee Koch.

5) Nellie Anderson in lovely teatime attire.

6) Georgia and Beth Zarate spend a lovely afternoon together.

7) (L-R) Maggie Marquez, Kate Whitehead, Berta Quirch, Beatriz DeAlvarado, Mary Luna, and Mercedes Cook.

8) (L-R) Susan Small (Multiplicity), Kim Keith, Ana Roman (KCAM), and Emily Keith.

Photo credit: Debi Beauregard


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