Chamber Names Gala Awardees

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October 23, 2018
Chamber Names Gala Awardees

Northwest Houston, Spring, Klein, Champions - The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors named the recipients of the two recognitions presented each year at the Chamber’s Diamonds and Ice Gala. The 2019 Diamonds and Ice Gala: Red, White & Blue – A Patriotic Affair will take place on January 26, 2019 at the Houston Cityplace Marriott Springwoods Village.

Becky and Mark Lanier have been named the 2019 Gala Honorees, an honor presented to an individual or couple demonstrating community leadership and that have had a significant impact on the economic health of the local economy and the well-being of the community. Mark Lanier is the principle of The Lanier Law Firm, personal injury attorneys with offices in Houston, New York and Los Angeles. The Laniers have been ongoing supporters of the Grow Northwest Initiative as well as many other community improvement efforts throughout northwest Houston. Additionally, they generously provided executive on loan talent of Kevin Roberts and Charles Herd to Chamber committee and Board roles. The Laniers have opened their home, the Lanier Library and the chapel on their property for many community uses over the years and this gesture is greatly appreciated.

Fallbrook Church has been named the recipient of the 2018 Diamond Award, the Chamber’s pinnacle award bestowed on the individual or organization that contributes significantly to the economic health of the region and to the community well-being. Fallbrook Church is a large denomination that has partnered with the Houston Northwest Chamber since 2008. Fallbrook Church operates the Fallbrook Classical Academy serving over 300 students. Last year, the school received two distinctions out of seven from TEA.

The Fallbrook Church becomes involved in numerous community issues, such as the “Second Chance Job Fair” for recently released prisoners, sex trafficking, sports programs and the “Prayer-Mobile” that takes donuts and prayers to Dekaney High School and Westfield High School. Most recently, Fallbrook Church agreed to provide land and a 50,000 square foot building to Lone Star College for college and workforce development programs. Lone Star will provide the programming and Fallbrook will provide the facility. A child will be able to move from pre-school through a two-year college or workforce program at Fallbrook Church.

“It is our long-term vision to give those wanting a college degree or vocational path an opportunity to have one”, states Pastor Michael Pender, senior pastor of Fallbrook.

“There is nothing more powerful as an economic driver than educating our young adults,” adds Gala chairwoman Sucre Woodley, director of marketing, communications and PR at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Sucre is also a Board member for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce.

Kaci Hancock, senior marketing and communication specialist, at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is the Gala co-chair.

The Diamonds and Ice Gala will announce sponsorship and reservation opportunities very soon. The Gala represents the Chamber’s most important fundraising event that supports the operations and economic development efforts of the Northwest Houston region. For more information about the Gala or about the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, contact the Chamber at 281-440-4160 or visit

2019 Gala Honorees: Becky and Mark Lanier


2018 Diamond Awardees: Fallbrook Church’s Senior Pastor Michael Pender and Fallbrook Church's Executive Pastor Olus Holder

Barbara Thomason, President, (281) 440-4160