Competition was fiery as recipes for boiled crawfish, jambalaya, etoufee and cocktail sauce were judged for the bragging rights to be their category's number one at the recent DPIS Engineering crawfish boil fundraiser called "Pinchin' Tails for HomeAid Houston". This annual event raised $20,000 for HomeAid's mission "to build new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach".
This is the second year that HomeAid Houston, a charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA), was the beneficiary of this popular event held at DPIS in the Tomball area. Dozens of volunteers organized and ran the crawfish boil that hosted a record 1000 guests. Entertainment included the band Stringbenders and a special appearance by Austin Allsup, among the top ten winners of The Voice.
“We are honored to be a part of HomeAid Houston and their mission," said Brannon King, vice president of sales and marketing for DPIS. "We support this great organization because of the work they do in providing the homeless dignified housing while they work to get back on their feet. We could not think of a better organization to support within our industry."
The event sponsors were: On-Target! Marketing & Advertising, DPIS Builder Services, Builder's Post-Tension, CenterPoint Energy, Trus-Joist by Weyerhaeuser, Toll Brothers, Sunbelt Rentals, Capital Insulation, PE Square Engineering, Castlerock Communities, Tamlyn & Sons, IES Residential, Sprint Waste, Prodigy Insurance Group, DATASMART, Dow Building Solutions, OneDigital, Clean Air Restoration, Excell Concrete, Suncoast Post Tension and Weatherization Partners-DuPont/Tyvek.
Cooking teams were: DPIS Builder Services, IES Residential, Builder's Post-Tension, Design Tech Homes, Lennar Homes, Colina Homes & 84 Lumber Yard, Go Crawfish, Weatherization Partners- DuPont/Tyvek and Woodforest National Bank.
"Pinchin' Tails for HomeAid Houston has been such a blessing to the HomeAid cause," said Salty Thomason, president of HomeAid. "DPIS and the many sponsors, cooking teams and volunteers who make this event so successful, reflect the tremendous generosity and spirit of giving that is so prevalent in the building industry. We thank DPIS for their continued support in building hope and homes for the homeless."
HomeAid is a 501 c 3 charity of the Greater Houston Builders Association. The agency was started in 2003, and the first shelter was dedicated in 2005. Since then, 42 projects have been completed, adding over 437 beds and 12.6 million dollars in real estate construction and improvements to Houston’s homeless community. Annually, HomeAid's projects serve over 5000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in Houston.