Assisting the Community Circles back to Pay it Forward

By: Margie Taylor
| Published 08/25/2021


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Assisting others without recognition truly can come back in unexpected ways when you give of your heart and passion. This is an example of service to the community through narrating the legacy of three men in The Woodlands by a publication, Woodlands Lifestyle, an art contest at the John Cooper School for the cover of the publication, and the cumulated auction that raised funds from the awarded artwork to support Angel Reach, a local nonprofit serving youth.

A new publication, The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine, featured an article in June focused on Professional Men in The Woodlands and their contribution to the community. Three men were chosen, Robert Heinemann, George Lindahl, and Mike Seder.

Robert Heinemann is a visionary who worked with George Mitchell to bring the concept of development of the community known as The Woodlands over 50 years ago with a mission to preserve as many trees as possible. George Lindahl served as past president/CEO of Union Pacific Resources and served as Vice Chairman of Anadarko Petroleum. He is a philanthropist supporting The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Montgomery County Women’s Center, Interfaith of The Woodlands, a Lifetime Board Member of Goodwill of Houston, serves as Vice Chair at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (serves as a lifetime trustee) and supports Angel Reach of Montgomery County. Mike Seder, recognized as one of the top realtor teams in Texas and in the country with the Mike Seder Group Re/Max, he worked alongside George Mitchell to develop the Custom Home Center and vision of residency in The Woodlands.

The article emphasized their legacy and contribution to the community of The Woodlands.

After The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine took photos for the publication of the three men, they asked the John Cooper School if they wanted to have their students contribute to the magazine with art images taken from the photography of the men. The Students at John Cooper have been partners of the publication since the launch in November of 2020. Late last year art students from the school had the opportunity to participate in an art exchange project painting portraits of students from other schools in other countries. Art Instructors Deborah Arnold and Bob Mosier chose the students that would benefit with this experience for their college portfolios.

“The paintings were all so unique and wonderful, but Nancy Lee won the opportunity for her artwork to be featured on the Front Cover”, said publisher of The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine, Tonya Butler. “Nancy received prize money and a copy of her canvas and graciously allowed us to auction off her painting to raise funds for youth in our community that really needed the assistance”.

Nancy Lee, John Cooper School Class of 2021 will be honored by The Woodlands Lifestyle Magazine as an aspiring and talented designer with a bright future as her artwork was selected for the magazine cover, featuring prominent men who have made a difference in The Woodlands community in June 2021. Lee is majoring in computer animation at Ringling College of Art.

After a private auction of the painting, $5,000 was raised to be donated to Angel Reach, a faith-based non-profit organization helping youth between the ages of 16 - 24 achieve their full potential despite the obstacles placed on them by broken families and a broken system. George Lindahl purchased the painting,” Gentlemen Leaving a Legacy”, for $5,000 donating it back to Angel Reach. The philanthropy of a few circles back to the community paying it forward.

“Thank you to our readers for their great feedback, our wonderful students at Angel Reach and our Men of The Woodlands Leaving a Legacy that helped start this great story of giving”, said Butler.

Learn more about Angel Reach at or call (936) 202-8498.

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