It was a power force of Houston Texans that turned out at Reliant Stadium in support of Impact a Hero's ninth annual Hall of Fame dinner. And with the clout of Texans owner Bob McNair along with the muscle of J.J. Watt, Chris Myers and Matt Schaub, the event raised a record of more than $1.2 million.
McNair and wife Janice McNair joined Impact a Hero board chairman Jim Hoelker in hosting the event that honored severely wounded servicemen and women.
The "Diamonds & Denim" evening recognized more than 50 wounded heroes and family members and inducted four veterans into the Hall of Fame along with Myers. For the past two years, the Texans' center has been giving tickets, through Impact a Hero, to wounded vets for every home game at Reliant and he has served as honorary chairman of the last two Impact A Hero 5K fun runs. His involvement with the non-profit includes one-on-one mentoring.
KPRC Channel 2 sports director Randy McIlvoy served as emcee of the evening that welcomed guests including Impact A Hero founder and president Dick Lynch, Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, Laurie Staub, Jenny Myers, Cody and Eddie Wright, Ralph Vasami, Brenda and Larry Boyd and Debbie and Ed Hare.