You could call Jep Robertson the bad boy of the Duck Dynasty clan. And he might well have earned the title when he was a rambunctious young buck in the Louisiana backwoods. But since his reconciliation with his family and papa bear Phil Robertson's scandalous comments, youngest son Jep looks like an all around hero. Just ask the folks at LifeHouse Houston.
As guest speaker at the "Call for Life" dinner, Jep Robertson helped the non-profit double its expected proceeds, bringing in $420,000 for the housing and outreach ministry that serves young pregnant women in need.
Addressing the 450 guests filling the Omni Hotel ballroom, Robertson said, "I lived the Nike slogan, 'Just do it' when I was young and it wasn't pretty."
In the Q&A with Fox 26 news anchor Katie McCall, he added, "When I came back home and asked for help, my family welcomed me . . . just like LifeHouse does for girls who come to them. I know these girls are afraid and often have no place to go after learning they are pregnant.
"I love how LifeHouse meets them where they are and cares for them in a family setting until their babies are born."
The once self-described prodigal son, youngest in the Duck Dynasty family, is now married and has four children.
Current and former LifeHouse residents addressed the gathering and executive director Sue Baumgarten talked about the organization's future plans.
Supporters, who dressed in everything from camouflage to cocktail attire, included Mindy Hildebrand, Laura and William Wheless, Stella Cockrell, Susan and David Light, Susan and Charlie Neuhaus, Mary Rebecca and Cody Dick, Buzz Baker, Laura and Jay Moffitt and Paige and Houston Lane.