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TinT acknowledges 2016 Women of the Year Awards

Submitted by on April 1, 2016 – 5:07 pm

2016-honorees-texas-tea-awards2Dee Scott, Ann Malone and Charlcya Wheeler are the 2016 recipients of the Tea in Texas (TinT) Community Mentor Awards. In conjunction with the City of La Porte, TinT will present Community Mentor Women of the Year and Women Business Leadership Awards, to honor the giving spirit of tea and recognize the women who embody tea’s intrinsic qualities of wisdom and service.

Women Business Leaders Beth Brady (Farmer’s Agent), Deb Gallington (Mainly Drinks Bistro), Kim Boyd (Mustard Seed Tea Room) and Sherrie Thomas (Painted Pony N’ Quilts) will receive appreciation for guidance and tenacity in their respective fields. Lee Q Garcia, editor of Texas Tea & Travel publications, will present the awards at a sit down Texas Tea Affair at Sylvan Beach Pavilion during La Porte’s Tea Weekend April 15-17.

Dee Scott (League City) and Charlcya Wheeler (La Porte) will be recognized for their contributions to education over more than 20 years. Ann Malone has arduously endeavored to preserve the heritage of historic La Porte. “Dee and Charlcya are truly genuine, passionate and selfless people,” said Garcia. “They have worked hard to build up local elementary schools and have always focused on giving back. With their many years of experience they are now looked upon as a mentors for those starting out.”  Scott shares a favorite quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Mrs. Malone has been a wealth of historical knowledge for the region for over 40 years, championing the Sylvan depot museum and authoring Around La Porte that chronicles the history of the bay area.

Woman Business Leader Award recipient Sherrie Thomas is celebrating her 30th year in the retail quilt/decorative industry in La Porte. “It doesn’t feel like it, so I must be enjoying the experience,” Thomas shares.  Also honored, Deb Gallington is the proud owner of Mainly Drinks, a restaurant in historic downtown La Porte that she opened after leaving her law degree in search of a new path. For her, owning a business isn’t just about the money but the connection she makes to the community she loves. Beth Brady, an insurance professional since 1995, has become one of the few woman agencies in the greater Houston area and currently presidents over La Porte’s active Rotary Club. Lastly, Kim Boyd operates Boyd’s Blossoms and the Mustard Seed Tea Room in Baytown where her talented floral bouquets and community dedication have created a faithful clientele.

During the affair, honorees will volunteer as hat models for the charity event that benefits the Bay Area Turning Point shelter.  “Over the years I have met some incredible and inspirational women who have led others by example,” says Garcia. “They do what they do because of love and ultimately a commitment to sharing knowledge, information and skills. It’s for the benefit of our wonderful gulf coast communities.”  Each year, the Texas Tea Affair celebrates Texas women with a high tea and interactive day of elegance and delightful treats. On April 17 join modern tea lovers in La Porte, discount tickets at texasteaaffair.com.