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Leadership North Houston announces 16th annual graduation ceremony

HOUSTON (May 11, 2011)-  Leadership North Houston welcomes the community and LNH alumni to join in the 16th annual graduation celebration and awards dinner Thursday, May 26 at Shirley Acres, 217 Woerner Road.

This memorable evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a silent auction, dinner and the graduation and award ceremonies.

The 2010-2011 LNH class is comprised of 24 area business men and women with an interest in learning more about key issues facing our community, developing relationships with other leaders in the North Houston area, making a difference in the future of the community in which they live and emerging as leaders rather than followers.

In addition to honoring the 24 graduates of LNH Class XVI, the evening will also include the presentation of the John Pickelman Leadership North Houston Fellow Award and the Distinguished Community Leadership Award. 

The LNH Board presents the John Pickelman Leadership North Houston Fellow Award annually to a worthy community leader who has shown outstanding leadership qualities that benefit the entire community. This year’s award recipient is Lou Shirley. Shirley has served as an executive board member of Northwest Assistance Ministries, board member and chairman of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Northwest Women’s Club. She has served on the advisory board of the Northwest Medical Center, is a founding member of the North Harris Montgomery Community College Foundation Board (now the Lone Star College Foundation) as well as the Centrum Foundation Board. She has also served as an advisory member of the Pearl Fincher Museum. Shirley and her husband Ralph opened Shirley Acres in 1991, a facility for special events.

The Leadership North Houston Alumni Distinguished Community Leader Award was established in 2004 as an annual award to be presented to an LNH Alumni whose leadership has made a significant impact in the North Houston community.  The award showcases individual excellence in leadership as demonstrated by outstanding initiative, impact of work and inspiration of others and the winner is announced each year during the LNH Graduation Celebration.

This year’s nominees include Cynthia Calvert, Tribune Newspapers; Kelly Ann Norton, LSC-CyFair; Connie Maxfield, Maxfield Productivity; Reginald Lillie, Reginald Lillie Insurance Service; Kathi Schmidt, Reach Unlimited, Inc.; and Mike Sullivan, Houston City Council Member.

Tickets are $35 per person. Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsor tables of 10 are available for $1,000, $500 and $350 respectively. For reservations or for more information contact Kay Fitzsimons at 832-813-6623 or kay.l.fitzsimons@lonestar.edu.

LNH is a multi-community based program formed in 1995 committed to educating and enhancing the involvement of existing and emerging leaders in the North Houston area. Lone Star College System in partnership with Cy-Fair Houston Chamber, Community Chamber of Commerce of East Montgomery County, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, North Houston Association, Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce, Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, and African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston serve as sponsors of the program. For information about Leadership North Houston visit http://www.leadershipnorthhouston.com/.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.