The 2014 holiday season for giving was a good one for Houston residents when it came to the generosity of others.
SHOES FOR KIDS:
For the sixth consecutive year, national footwear retailer Rack Room Shoes and community volunteers committed their time, energy and resources to serve Houston-area families in need donating 2,500 pairs of shoes to at-risk children at the 26th Annual Houston Shoes for Kids events.
Each child received professional sizing, along with a free pair of new shoes from Rack Room Shoes.
“This is a special occasion that our employees really look forward to year after year. It is truly rewarding to see how something as simple as a new pair of shoes can bring such joy to children, especially during the holiday season,” said Joe Terrell, regional manager for Rack Room Shoes. “We are thankful for volunteers who are willing to sacrifice their time and give back to the families in our community.”
Additional corporate partners who supported Houston Shoes for Kids include AT&T, Coastal Securities, Halliburton, Perry Homes and Whataburger. Over the years, Rack Room Shoes has donated more than 18,000 pairs of shoes to Houston families through this local event.
BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER:
Sarah Lavine-Kass, principal of Stone Acorn Builders, and Dr. Lourdes Eco-Jea, an Internal Medicine specialist at UT Physicians Bayshore Family Practice Center, proved by hosting two Bunco for Breast Cancer events in their respective homes to benefit The Rose during November’s Southern Living “Home for the Holidays” Showcase in West University they could make a difference.
What started as a house-warming party to showcase Dr. Eco-Jea’s new West University home, also built by Stone Acorn Builders, turned into a multi-night event of food, fun, breast cancer education and Bunco.
The Bunco for Breast Cancer Benefitting The Rose evenings included a private tour of each home along with beverages, hors d’oeuvres, prizes and of course, Bunco! Participants were asked to make a $100 donation which raised more than $3,600 for The Rose. Representatives from The Rose were onsite to discuss the mission of non-profit and the need for all women to schedule a yearly mammogram.
“I did not know how to play Bunco,” said Dr. Lourdes Eco-Jea. “But once the concept was explained, it sounded like a unique way to bring friends and colleagues together in my new home. The game was tremendous fun and we all felt great that money was raised for such a worthy cause. As a breast cancer survivor, I know first-hand the importance of mammograms and how early access to screenings can save lives.”
The Rose provides access to quality breast health care to women in the Houston area and throughout Southeast Texas — regardless of their ability to pay. Screenings and diagnostic care by breast health specialists and a trained and compassionate staff have been offered to nearly 500,000 women since 1986. For more information, visit www.TheRose.org.
Stone Acorn Builders LP is a family-owned and operated home construction company that has been building quality homes since 1999 in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Braes Heights, Meyerland, Medical Center, South Side Place, Memorial and Spring Branch.