The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes May 2009
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Life’s Images Photography Donates $5,000 to Montgomery County Womens Center. In its second annual event, the 2009 Hope Calendar project donated $5,000 to its beneficiary, Montgomery County Women ’s Center.
Two years ago, Debi Gomez of Life’s Images Photography, created this fundraiser for local family charities using her skill of photographing children. With the support of local businesses, she photographed local kids aged newborn to 9 years, and created a calendar, which was sold to benefit the charity.
“I wanted to create an annual event that would inspire hope and the community could participate in to support organizations focused on the family, ” Gomez said. “The Hope Calendar blends an innate love for children with the desire to do charitable work in a  really fun way and has gathered an outpouring of support. I am excited to have such a great response to the project. ”
Local organizations underwrote the calendar production, allowing 100 percent of the proceeds to be donated to this year ’s recipient.  

The Woodlands Dog Park Club Pet Food Drive. The Woodlands Dog Park Club sponsored a pet food drive April 11 for The Friendship Center ’s Meals on Wheels program. More than 150 pounds of pet food was collected and will be delivered to homebound seniors to help feed their pets. Like their owners the pets who are cherished by seniors also need nutritious meals to stay healthy.
For some seniors their pet is the only family they have and with limited resources they would go without to take care of them. The Friendship Center would like to thank the community and especially The Woodlands Dog Park Club for their generosity and commitment. Pet food donations are always welcome at any Friendship Center.
For more information, call 936-756-5828.
Debi Gomez (right), owner of Life’s Images Photography, presents a check for $5,000 to Donna Wick, director of outreach and communications for the Montgomery County Women ’s Center.
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woodlands mom designs photo albums that help autistic kids. Laura Miranti, a Woodlands mom, designed the Take Your Pix
board book photo album (patent pending) to help her daughter, Lucia, with her speech delay.  The sturdy, kid-friendly album idea came when
Lucia (then 18 months) tore up the photo album that her speech therapist recommended her
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A Texas Laurels National Charity League team participates in the Random Acts of Cleaning event.  
NCL Participates in Random Acts of Cleaning. Working with Interfaith of The Woodlands, the district-wide National Charity Leagues participated in the Random Acts of Cleaning event, a philanthropy program where
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Mrs. Woodlands Crowned Mrs. Texas 2009. Woodlands resident Bonnie Hubert was crowned Mrs. Texas International 2009. Hubert competed among accomplished married women from all over the state of Texas to win her title. The areas of competition included: interview (on-stage and personal), evening gown and fitness wear.
Mrs. Texas 2009 Bonnie Hubert with other pagaent contestants.
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mother make for her. After developing her own sturdy book, her daughter’s speech began to improve.
The books can be used with the PECS system that is used as a communication system by some autistic children who are unable to speak. For more information, go to 
mothers and daughters worked together cleaning homes of 50 local senior citizens.
“This was a fun and memorable day,” said Leslie Carpenter, district philanthropy specialist of the National Charity League. “Fifteen chapters with more than 120 volunteer teams of moms and daughters worked side by side cleaning homes of local seniors. ”
The NCL chapters performed a number of light housecleaning projects included dusting, vacuuming, cleaning windows inside and out, and much more.
Hubert, 33, is a licensed professional counselor. She is the crisis intervention specialist for the Conroe Independent School District. In addition, she is a spokesperson for CASA Montgomery County. She serves in the community in other capacities as well as an equine volunteer with disadvantaged children and a Destination Imagination coach. She and her husband, Skeeter, have been married for 12 years and have three children, Olivia, Blake and Kyle.  
As Mrs. Texas International, Hubert will continue to advocate and serve as a spokesperson for Court Appointed Special Advocates, promoting her message that “Every child has a voice.”
Hubert will go on to compete against contestants from the other 49 states and countries around the world for the title of Mrs. International on July 18 in Chicago.
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