October 25, 2016

HomeAid Houston, a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), recently held a fundraiser at Lakeside Country Club.  The event was HomeAid's 8th annual Amazing Ladies' Organization (HALO) luncheon.  Nearly 400 women representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance.  After networking and a special viewing of HomeAid's homeless photography exhibit Picture This, speakers shared the challenges that children who are facing homelessness endure, as well as their victories. 

Leading the program were speakers, Toy Wood, past CEO of the GHBA and luncheon co-underwriter; Bette Moser, executive director of HomeAid and Cindy Hinson, Lennar/Village Builders and president of HomeAid. 

Guest speaker Rebekkah Wallin, from Boys and Girls Country (B & G C), told her story of being  rescued and restored by B & G C to the point where she was able to attend Baylor University, funded by an anonymous B & G C donor and is now working for Oracle in Austin.  Susan Molitar, the Director of Programs for Casa de Esperanza de Los Ninos, shared her experiences of working for Casa for the last 25 years, including stories of children and their parents whose lives were changed for the better .

Barbara Page, CFO of Santa Maria Hostel described what it meant for the women and children clients, and the staff, to have HomeAid as a partner.  Regina Hearne, a Gracewood mom, “brought the house down” with her rendition of “The Greatest Love”. 

Other special guests attending included the following elected officials:  Senator Sylvia Garcia; State Representatives Carol Alvarado and Sarah Davis; Council Members  Amanda Edwards and Brenda Stardig; the Mayor of Sugar Land, Joe  Zimmerman and his wife, Nancy; from the office of Judge Ed Emmett, Barbara Koslov; Sarah Jane Swanson, Republican candidate for the 127th Civil District Court; from District Attorney Devon Anderson’s office, Kapriva Hutchinson and Leeja Thomas.

"HomeAid's 8th annual HALO luncheon was a wonderful event that brought together nearly 400 of Houston's finest women with very generous hearts," said Bette Moser.  "The event continues to grow each year as it inspires more discussion about the serious issues that surround homelessness in all communities.  The entire HomeAid board and staff thank all our guests and sponsors for the largest HALO event to date."

HomeAid’s vision for HALO is to inspire more women within the industry to join the challenge in giving hope to Houston’s homeless community by making HomeAid Houston their personal charity of choice.  For more information on HALO and HomeAid Houston visit www.homeaidhouston.org or call 281-970-8970.