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Harvey Relief: Friends come together to raise funds for Houston Habitat for Humanity

Friends come together to raise funds for Houston Habitat for Humanity

Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Christina Halliburton
Cristina Halliburton and her dog, Murphy. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Tony Dabit, Nick Scurfield, James Wilson, David Galic
Tony Dabit, Nick Scurfield, James Wilson, David Galic. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Caroline Walter, Kevin Walter
Caroline Walter, Kevin Walter. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Judy Hernandez, Margot Delaronde, Ashley Dockall
Judy Hernandez, Margot Delaronde, Ashley Dockall. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event,  Scott Hildebrand, Jonald Veneracion, chef Ryan Hildebrand
Scott Hildebrand, Jonald Veneracion, Ryan Hildebrand. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Steve Zito, Don Whitehead, Natalia Zito
Steve Zito, Don Whitehead, Natalia Zito. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Erika Camerlengo, David Camerlengo
Erika Camerlengo, David Camerlengo. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Blair Bentley, Sergio Marazita
Blair Bentley, Sergio Marazita. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Jeff Paxton of The Tomes
Jeff Paxton, lead singer of The Tomes. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, FM Kitchen and Bar exterior
The event was held at FM Kitchen and Bar. Photo by Quy Tran
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Christina Halliburton
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Tony Dabit, Nick Scurfield, James Wilson, David Galic
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Caroline Walter, Kevin Walter
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Judy Hernandez, Margot Delaronde, Ashley Dockall
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event,  Scott Hildebrand, Jonald Veneracion, chef Ryan Hildebrand
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Steve Zito, Don Whitehead, Natalia Zito
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Erika Camerlengo, David Camerlengo
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Blair Bentley, Sergio Marazita
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, Jeff Paxton of The Tomes
Houston, Marcy, Friends of Habitat for Humanity event, FM Kitchen and Bar exterior

What: Houston Habitat for Humanity fundraiser.

Where: FM Kitchen and Bar.

The scoop: Four young professional leaders in the Houston community came together to ask their friends and fellow Houstonians to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Regional vice president at Pacific Life insurance Tony Dabit, president at Scurfield Communications Group Nick Scurfield, Morgan Stanley financial advisor David Galic, and NAI Partners associate broker James Wilson organized the fundraiser, benefiting Houston Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that works to help build homes for local low-income families.

The event featured live music on the patio from two bands, The Tomes and If You Have to Ask, plus beer donated by 8th Wonder Brewery and several raffle and auction items including tickets to Texans, Astros, and Rockets games and gift certificates to Q Clothier Houston, SoulCycle, Bosscat Kitchen and Libations, and Riel Restaurant.

Taking a page out of J.J. Watt’s playbook, the hosts created a crowdfunding link on YouCaring.com. Including online and cash donations, more than $18,000 has been raised to date, surpassing the original goal of $15,000.

At least 176 Houston Habitat homes flooded during Harvey, with water 2 to 5 feet deep. Proceeds will offset the cost of construction materials (cabinets, flooring, baseboard) and subcontractors (electrical, painting, sheetrock).

“Our homeowners and staff are grateful for this needed support, and we look forward to using these funds to help Houston Habitat homeowners recover from Harvey’s devastation,” Houston Habitat executive director Allison Hay said in a statement. 

Houston Habitat for Humanity is still welcoming contributions online. To donate, click here and designate funds to "flood relief."

Who: Former Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter with his wife Caroline, Erika and David Camerlengo, Judy Hernandez, Margot Delaronde, Steve Zito, Ashley Dockall, Sarah Jawda, Saba Jawda, Justin Boyar, Blair Bentley and Sergio Marazita, Don Whitehead, Madison Payne, Margot Delaronde, and Hunter Wright.