It’s another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley ...

Congratulations to the community of McAllen, who recently came together to hold another great Relay For Life event at McAllen High School Stadium!! A wonderful community turnout and outpouring of support for the American Cancer Society made for a very special evening. Special thanks go to the fantastic volunteers who made this Relay so special: Evanna Cramer, Nora Melendez, Laurie Rock (and family!), Annabel Tellez, Brittany Melendez, Dale Cramer, Erica Womeldorf, Terry Pruneda, Mary Lou Trevino, Wanda Silva, Cherie Stiers, and so many more who contributed their time and talent to this event!  Saw LOTS of great folks at this event--Juan Morales, Leonor Fletcher, MaryLou Jesness, Robert Ramirez, Lyn Graham Pierce, Kate Merrill, Blanca Chavez, Cindy Alonzo, Suzan Daghestani, Bill Matson, Nelly Faz, Marisa Mir, Mayra Espinal, Tim Brown and Brenda Montemayor, just to name a few!

Congratulations to my fellow classmates who have graduated from Leadership McAllen! McAllen Country Club was the location of the graduation dinner and program, with Mike Blum serving as the keynote speaker.  Outgoing board president, Michael Fallek, passed along the gavel to Gretchen Kreidler, who will take over the board in the coming year.  Class XXX graduates included: Crystal Alvarez, Rachel Carreon, Ray Pedraza, Rafa Adame, Lucy Garcia, Robbie Ramirez, JoAnn Wright, Kathryn Chacra, Victoria Hirschberg, Rick Barrera, Francisco Pena, Lesly Chavez, Josh Stansberry, Andre Acuna, Annie King, Carolina Civarolo, Emily Nielson, Jonathan Rodriguez, David Carr, Belinda Leal, Ruben Garza, Nancy Reeder, Cullum Wallace, Alfredo Montenaro, Isaac Cardona, and Chris Hoffman.  Disclaimer:  I am recalling class members by memory, so if I've forgotten you I'll buy you lunch to make up for it!  :)

Enjoyed a great dinner and conversation at the home of Kathleen Pebley recently, all in celebration of the upcoming nuptials of Jill Pebley and Michael Deck.  Loved visiting with Rosann Pebley, Flo Henderson, Janey Murray, Stephanie Moore, Gretchen Kreidler, Linda Blackwell, Lindsay Runnels, Melissa Baldree, and Tricia Reavis.

Attended a recent lunch meeting of the 22/40 Exchange held at Embassy Suites in McAllen. Learned much from featured presenter Karen of The Ryan & Brian Real Estate team, who spoke about credit repair services they offer. Also seen at the luncheon were Danielle Reed, Pablo Tagle, Ryan Solis, Kenneth Hammonds, Brian Reed, Ryan Peterson, Sabrina Walker-Hernandez, and OJ Lozano, among many others.

As for birthdays for this week…

Belated birthday wishes this week go to Betty Brann and Fran Yzaguirre, who celebrated Monday. Laura Harrison, MaryJo Brisnahan, Yazmin Trevino-Fuentes and Mike DeLeon are celebrating today, while KeriAnn Stiers Clifford and Lesley Holland have birthdays tomorrow.  And weekend birthday wishes go out to: Ashley Purcell, Gretchen Kreidler and Denisse Warshak!  Happy Birthday everyone!!

Upcoming events you should know about…

A benefit for Chanel Cantu will be held Wednesday May 25th 2011 at 5:30pm at Empire Lounge in McAllen.  The goal is to raise $3,000.00 for Oxygen Chamber Therapy for this young woman. This amount covers the costs for just 10 sessions--Chanel needs about 40 or more sessions.  There will be a raffle with great giveaways and a silent auction!  A $10 suggested donation will be collected at the door and 50% of all sales from the bar will be donated from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.  If you have any questions at all please feel free to call Cynthia Salinas at 956-569-8788?.

I wish you love & blessings in the coming week and I hope to “see you” soon!


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