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Clear Lake Lunar Rendezvous Festival is dedicated to providing community based support including scholarships for higher education, youth development and educational programs, funding for the arts and historical preservation in the Bay Area Houston/NASA area.

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Michelle Holland
2019 Lunar Rendezvous Chairwoman

Michelle Holland, the 54th Chairman of the Lunar Rendezvous Festival, has lived her entire life in the great State of Texas. Although born in Houston, Michelle spent most of her young life in the Dallas/ Ft. Worth Metroplex. It was in High School, at Arlington High, in Arlington, Texas, that Michelle met her husband Doug. High School sweethearts; the two have been together ever since.

The Holland family tree has deep roots in business, marketing, and sales, and Michelle is no different. After graduating with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Tyler, Michelle moved with her husband to League City to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales.

Over the last 18 years of living in the Clear Lake Area, Michelle has had a successful career not only in pharmaceuticals, but also in outside sales for several well know companies, and even as president of a small business. During this time, the current Lunar Rendezvous President also found the time to have and raise two beautiful daughters, Braeden Rose, 17, and Addison Elizabeth, 11.

Volunteerism and being an active part of the community has always been a part of Michelle's DNA. She has been involved and had leadership roles in many worthwhile organizations. These include the Junior League of Galveston County, where she is currently a sustainer, several school PTAs, and the National Charity League. Michelle feels that a quote from Margaret Mead, 20th century anthropologist, sums up her desire to volunteer. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Michelle starting volunteering with Lunar Rendezvous in 2014, when her daughter Addison was chosen as a Little Lady in Waiting. The Lunar Rendezvous festival has had a special place in her heart ever since. Michelle served as Fashion Show Co-Chairman in 2014, Fashion Show Chairman in 2015, and Chairman of the Coronation Ball in 2018.

When selected as the chairman of the 54th Lunar Rendezvous Festival, Michelle was overjoyed. "It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing organization that gives so much back to the Space City community. The Lunar Rendezvous organization not only gives amazing scholarships to students for higher education, but also provides financial support to many other youth development, education, arts, and historical preservation programs in the Bay Area."

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Festival History

The Lunar Rendezvous Festival began in 1965 as a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization formed to preserve the rich history and many accomplishments in the space sciences made in the Bay Area. The first Festival, which took place over two weekends in June of 1966 and included more than two dozen events, was a salute to the space program’s historic 1965 rendezvous of Gemini VI and Gemini VII in space. Since its inception, Lunar Rendezvous has hosted fun and entertaining festivals enjoyable for the entire family. Each year hundreds of volunteers join together to promote charity, celebrate, and honor our community. Festival proceeds are used to maintain the Bay Area Museum, award college scholarships to local students, and fund other non profit programs in our community.