UPDATE: Willis, TX—July 2021


“To hat or not to hat,” Spring Thing chair Odette Agostino said, “is up to whatever makes you happy!” Coming off chairing New Danville’s successful first-ever golf tournament, Odette now chairs the return of the fundraising festivity for New Danville that was formerly known as Tea on the Lawn.  It was recognized for the opportunity for attendees to wear big, festive, spring hats.

The past two annual luncheon events had to be cancelled because of the pandemic, according to New Danville CEO Eva Aguirre. “The cancellations created a hit to our budget, and to our relationship building.  The event had grown so much over the years that we had to move it from our site in Willis to a larger facility. We can’t wait to get together with long-standing and new friends in the unique style and presentation that our event was known for. We know that it can’t be too early to get the word out. The anticipation for the event’s return has been great.”

Odette, also a New Danville board member, said that Troy Ball has again agreed to be the keynote speaker. Originally scheduled for the events that were cancelled, Troy will share her story of life and resilience while raising two children with special needs, and also starting a distillery in North Carolina. She has attracted audiences around the country and her story is detailed in her book Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit and Whiskey.

Spring Thing will be held on April 22, 2022 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center.

New Danville is a nonprofit rural community in Willis for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

For more information:
Dion McInnis:  Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org; 936-253-5757

UPDATE: Willis, TX—January 2021

2020 was, undoubtedly, a year like no other, filled with unprecedented challenges. We certainly hope you and your family find yourselves in good health.  Like most everyone, our energy has been keeping up with the latest COVID-19 developments and making necessary adjustments to our program and services.

With no certainty of when this crisis will end, and after much prayer and consideration, it is with great disappointment that we once again must cancel our 2021 event scheduled for March 26, 2021, and move it to 2022.  The guidelines for large events continue to be questionable and makes it quite challenging to hold a meaningful indoor event.  

This has been an extremely difficult decision and we apologize in advance for once again rescheduling the event.  We are hopeful that by 2022 we will be able to host the biggest and most successful event to date.  Our much anticipated speaker is on board to help make our Spring Thing event bigger and better than ever before.

UPDATE: Willis, TX—July 8, 2020

Hello friends!  

What a year it’s been! We certainly hope you and your family are well.  Like you, we‘ve been closely monitoring the Covid-19 situation.  After much prayer and consideration, it is with great disappointment that we decided to cancel our 2020 event scheduled for September 25 and moved it to 2021.  The guidelines for large events make it quite difficult to hold a fun event; therefore we made the decision to forgo an event in 2020.

But mark your calendar because our 2021 event will be fabulous! We are planning to make it bigger and better.

Our new date is March 26, 2021.

Location: The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands.  

Doors open at 10:30 am, lunch will be served at noon. We are excited that our special speaker, Troy Ball, is available for our 2021 event. 

Additional details will be available at a later date.

2020 Guest Speaker

“I decided to learn how to make moonshine. I liked the authenticity of it, the fact that it was America’s original spirit, and it filled a niche.”

A Vanderbilt grad, former national equestrian champion, and the mother of three sons including two with special needs—Troy Ball and her business partner husband, Charlie, opened Troy & Sons Distillers in Asheville, North Carolina, making what some old-time shiners call “real good boot.”

Born and raised in Texas, she and her husband left their native home for Asheville, North Carolina, because the climate was better for the health of her two special needs sons. In her new home, this dynamic mom found something she never expected: time for herself. Little did she know she would become the first woman to build a whiskey distillery since Prohibition.

Her story of grace and grit is an inspiration. Her work with her eldest son, Marshall, who is confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak, resulted in the publication of two books, including Kiss of God: The Wisdom of a Silent Child. She also cofounded Thoughtful House Center for Children (now named the Johnson Center) in Austin, Texas, for children with autism and other developmental disorders.

Read more about Troy at Country Living

Contact Spring Thing
E-Mail spring-thing@newdanville.org
Call or Text: ‪(936) 628-9691‬