Tuxes & Tennies Gala: Journey Towards Home Base
This past Saturday, November 4, Bay Area Habitat for Humanity celebrated our Tuxes & Tennies Gala: Journey Towards Home Base at South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center! With support from our incredible sponsors, cherished community members, and so many loved ones, our 3rd annual fundraising gala raised around $50,000!
Our evening began with a warm reception in the South Shore Harbour’s Crystal Ballroom foyer. Guests enjoyed tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks as they also participated in our wine pull and Grand Slam Raffle. Our guests posed for our photobooth, danced for the 360-video booth, and browsed unique auction items as our talented string quartet performed.
At 7:00pm, we found our seats and enjoyed a delicious meal as the dinner program began. Not only did we have memorable special guests like Mayor Dedrick Johnson of Texas City and Reverend Kathleen Davies, but we also heard testimonies from our inspiring Habitat homeowners. Yvonne and Yesenia shared heartwarming stories of their journeys toward home base, and we were additionally blessed with the opportunity to watch a touching video of the first Habitat homeowner in La Porte.
The night ended with lots of fun and dancing – we were all grateful for the tennis shoes! Our homeowners, volunteers, staff, board members, incredible speakers, and lovely community truly made this night a home run.
Bay Area Habitat for Humanity would love to thank all who made this event possible! You all knocked it out of the park!
Volunteers: Clear Brook High School PALS & Mary Queen Catholic Church’s Ark Families
Gala Committee: Marge Ellison, Page Rander, Philip Golden, Greg Goodman, May Phan, Megan Scheffer
BAHFH Staff: Philip Golden, Charles Broussard, May Phan, Megan Scheffer
BAHFH Board of Directors: Greg Goodman, Elaina Polsen, Page Rander, Haley Svrcek, John Basil, Brenda Donnelly, Andre Douglas, Rachel Douglas, Greg Dugat, Marge Ellison, Abe Gallagher, Mike McCroskey, Maryanne Presley, Steve Regan, Russ Rhodes, Elaine Rister, Julio Rodriguez, Betsy Salbilla, Fulvia Shaw, Matthew Sherman
Photography: Don Smith Photography
DJ: Joseph Mire
Speakers: Senior Pastor Brian Brooks, Mayor Dedrick Johnson, Philip Golden, Yvonne Reyna, Greg Goodman, Yesenia Plancarte, Reverend Kathleen Davies, Bernadine Haggerty, Julio Rodriguez, Marge Ellison
String Quartet: Kevan Clarkston, Brandon Cornett, Sarah Cullen, Esther Park
Vocalists: Brandon Falknor, Halle Goodman, Luke Lawrence, Kiley Phillips, Braden Simpson, Skyla Sonnenburg, Cameron Strieder
Instrumentalists: Emmanuel Acevedo, Halle Goodman
Pianist: Bob Simpson
We are endlessly grateful for the support we have received from our community. It is through this support that we can continue building safe, affordable homes for very deserving families!
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