HomeAid held its 11th annual HomeAid’s Amazing Ladies’ Organization (HALO) luncheon on November 1 at The Westin/Memorial City. This year’s theme was “New Beginnings.” Nearly 500 women and several gentlemen, representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance. The event raised nearly $130,000.
Over a decade ago, Toy Wood, then GHBA CEO, invited six women to a lunch held in the kitchen of one of HomeAid’s homeless care agencies. Her vision was to build a core of accomplished females who would share in HomeAid’s mission ‘to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.’
Since then HALO has become a hallmark event each year, as the number of attendees and industries represented has grown dramatically.
“It was so humbling to look out over the room and see the nearly 500 guests that attended this year’s HALO,” said Carole Brady, executive director of HomeAid.
“This event brings hundreds of accomplished women together to hear the intimate side of homelessness that affects men, women, children, families and veterans. It is impactful to share with them that the funds from the event will go directly toward the construction and remodeling of homeless care shelters for the non-profit agencies HomeAid has partnered with,” she added.
Leading the program was Cindy Hinson, HomeAid past president and director of community affairs for Lennar/Village Builders. Additional speakers included Toy Wood, Casey Watts Morgan, executive vice president and CEO of the Greater Houston Builders Association, and Carole Brady.
Guest speakers included LaKeisha Jones, senior vice president of Human Resources for Perry Homes, and Jessica Penney, executive director of Family Promise of Lake Houston.
Special guest speakers who have worked to transform their lives through crisis situations were Alma from Boys and Girls Country and Caren from Family Promise of Lake Houston; both shared their personal stories. Bel Canto Choir, a girls’ choir from Atascocita Middle School, performed “I See the You in You” to conclude the program.
“HALO has become a hallmark event for HomeAid as we’ve passed the 10th year anniversary and are reaching out to nearly 500 individuals,” said McCalle Fryar, chair of the HALO Committee and a HomeAid board member. “Our speakers share their personal stories that give us a first-hand account of how the agencies we partner with have changed their lives. We all leave inspired to continue our efforts to help those less fortunate.”
HomeAid’s vision for HALO is to inspire more women within all industries to join the challenge in giving hope to Houston’s homeless community by making HomeAid Houston their personal charity of choice.
THANK YOU, HALO SUPPORTERS!
Perry Homes Foundation
2-10 Home Buyers Warranty
On-Target! Marketing and Advertising
HEAD TABLE SPONSOR
Bank of America | Merrill Lynch
The Howard Hughes Corporation
TONER Home Matters
AUDIO VISUAL SPONSOR
Schwartz, Page & Harding, LLP
LEGACY TABLE HOSTS
BMC Building Materials
Oppenheimer & Co.
Partners In Building
Westco Grounds Maintenance
Wilson Cribbs + Goren
CORNERSTONE TABLE HOSTS
AIRIA Development Company
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson
Environmental Development Partners
Lennar | Village Builders
Municipal District Services, LLC
Taylor Morrison | Darling Homes
GUARDIAN ANGElS ($1,000+)
Huguette Abrunhosa, Tammy Beene, Kathy Britton, Eva Brunell, Susan Caldwell, Breah Campbell, Lisa Clark, Christina Cole, Lisa Connell, Lawrence Dean, Sandra Ferguson, Tom Frank, McCalle Fryar, Lisa Gentry, Jessica Goehring, Soni Graves, Sara Green, George Guattare, Cindy Hinson, Hanna Holliday, Beth Holman, Lynne Humphries, Sharon Johnson, Jennifer Keller, Toner Kersting, Teri Laguarta, Hien Le, Rebecca Marcucci, Kendall McDermott, Anthea Moran, Karina Moreno, Lindy Oliva, Kim Phillips, Larissa Poindexter, Becky Ratcliff, Amy Rino, Amy Ross, Kim Sachtleben, Cecille Sangalang, Tiffany Soltis, Tasha Steiner, Julienne Sugarek, Lacey Swonger, Jennifer Taylor, Greg Tomlinson, Becky Ullman, Laurie Wilson, Toy Wood, Sarah Woodruff
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS ($500+)
Renee Agonis, Salam Barazi, Barbara Carroll, Susan Edwards, Cathy Falke, Christine Lukin, Amy McFarland, Bette Moser, Jane Wise
ANGEL WINGS ($250+)
Daniela Alldredge, Kristy Cormier, Kim Courte, Carmen Deatherage, Melanie Folkert, Lana Holder, Holly James, Jeanine Jones, Stephanie Lampe, Angel Lindsley, Theresa McCampbell, Diana Miller, Renea Mohr, Myla Moon, Christina Morales, Cynthia Olsen, Juanita Orsak, Debbie Page, Gina Saour, Debbie Shelton, Martha Stein, Aussie Van Daalen, Jamie Virkus, Maggie Williams, Faye Wyatt