ICM KICKS OFF HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH 20TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES
LEAGUE CITY- Interfaith Caring Ministries (ICM) held its 20th Annual
Festival of Trees Fashion Show & Dinner on Dec. 5 at South Shore Harbour
Resort and Conference Center(SSHR). The Festival of Trees, ICM’s largest
fundraiser of the year, brought together close to 300 attendees to kick
off the holiday season with this festive event. The gala featured a
fashion show and dinner, live and silent auction and a mystery wine pull
in the SSHR Crystal Ballroom, adorned with twinkling lights from trees
decorated by volunteers from the community.
“The event was a great success,” said ICM’s Communications and Special
Events Coordinator Haley Lusson. “At ICM we are thankful for the
continued support from the community members and businesses that support
this event each year, as well as the new faces that attended this year.
So many people come together to make this event great.”
The event opened with a reception, including live entertainment by
Hollywood musician Mark LeVang, followed by a fashion show where 11
models, styled by Anita’s Cut Above, displayed fashions by Stein Mart.
Erin Webb from YourTownTV emceed the evening, which also included a
moving client testimonial and a live auction officiated by League City
Mayor Tim Paulissen. Also, there were close to 100 wreaths, all
decorated by community members, sold in addition to the silent auction
items. The night’s events were captured by Sandy Adams of Sandy Adam’s
Photography. Photos from the event can be found on her Web site at
ICM is thankful for the sponsors, underwriters, and volunteers of the
event. The League City Lions Club was a Gold Sponsor for the event and
MRI Technologies and The Enos Law Firm were Silver Sponsors.
Underwriters included Minute Man Press Bay Area, The Sign Shop, Hometown
Bank, Texan Bank and The Enos Law Firm. Tree Sponsors included Magtech,
Frank Toman- Allstate Insurance, Dr. David Gordon, DDS, Harbour
Insurance, Cimarron, TechTrans International, Bay Creek Animal Clinic,
Ryan Klibert- Edward Jones, the Law Offices of Neil Baron, Methodist
Retirement Communities, Albemarle Foundation, Houston Pilots
Association, Security National Mortgage, San Lorenzo Mexican Restaurant
and Cantina, Moody National Bank, Houston Community Newspapers,
Oiltanking Texas City, County Court-at-law 3 Judge Kerri Foley, and Mrs.
Diana Robinson. Without support from them and community members, ICM
would not be able to continue to assist neighbors in need in the Bay
The beautiful trees, all decorated by ICM volunteers, will remain on
display in the SSHR lobby throughout the holiday season. In addition to
those trees, various local Bay Area businesses sponsor trees that adorn
The Festival of Trees committee chairs included Greg Enos, Chairman;
Annette Snow Falks, Wreath Chair; Susan Bailey, Wine Pull Chair; Ryan
Klibert, Tree Sponsor and Decorator Chair; and Terry Lynn Lange,
Decorations and Favors Chair.
Proceeds from the event will benefit ICM’s ongoing services which assist
local families who are in an economic crisis due to issues such as
illness and unemployment. Agency services include: emergency rent and
utility assistance to prevent homelessness; hunger prevention through an
on-site pantry; childcare assistance for those furthering their
education; a community computer lab for at-risk students and outreach
for homebound senior citizens. Last year, with the community’s support,
ICM was able to assist 8,902 Bay Area residents.
Pictured is Suzy Domingo, ICM’s Executive Director, Greg
Enos, Festival of Trees Chairman and Haley Lusson, ICM’s
Communications and Special Events Coordinator at the first
Festival of Trees meeting.
This year, Greg Enos, ICM’s Board of Directors Past
President and Attorney at The Enos Law Firm, has committed to chair the
event with great enthusiasm. Together, Enos and Haley Lusson, ICM’s new
Communications and Special Events Coordinator, as well as other
committee members, promise to make it an evening you won’t want to miss.
The Festival of Trees committee chairs include Annette Snow Falks,
Wreath Chair; Susan Bailey, Wine Pull Chair; Ryan Klibert, Tree Sponsor
and Decorator Chair; and Terry Lynn Lange, Decorations and Favors Chair.
“Past & Presents” is the theme chosen for this year’s
event, honoring the longstanding past community supporters and those
involved with the Festival of Trees, all of which are incredible gifts
The Festival of Trees will feature a fashion show,
dinner, live and silent auctions, a mystery wine pull and live music by
Hollywood musician Mark LeVang. LeVang is multi-faceted recording
keyboardist, musical director, and performer, having worked with artists
including Elton John, Kid Rock, Jennifer Hudson, Colbie Caillat, Stevie
Wonder and many more. He is the son of Neil Levang, a musician best
known for his performances on The Lawrence Welk Show. For more
information about LeVang, visit
his Web site.
The Festival of Trees, ICM’s largest fundraiser of the
year, is hoping to attract more than 300 community members and leaders
from our community, but it can’t be a success without the generous
support from others. There are many opportunities to get involved with
this year’s event, including: sponsoring or underwriting the event,
sponsoring a tree, decorating a tree, decorating a wreath to be sold,
donating a silent or live auction item, donating a bottle of wine for
the mystery wine pull, volunteering to help set up the event or
purchasing a table or tickets to attend the event.
Proceeds from the event will benefit ICM’s ongoing
services which assist local families who are in an economic crisis due
to issues such as illness and unemployment. Agency services include:
emergency rent and utility assistance to prevent homelessness; hunger
prevention through an on-site pantry; childcare assistance for those
furthering their education; a community computer lab for at-risk
students and outreach for homebound senior citizens.
For questions or more information, please contact Haley
Lusson at (281) 332-3881, ext. 1112 or at