Healthcare for the Homeless–Houston, the organization that champions accessible health care for homeless individuals, doesn't get a lot of celebrity attention. So leaders were floored when they found out that country singer Lee Ann Womack had donated $15,000 to the organization.
Helen Green, wife of U.S. Rep. Gene Green, presented the check during a recent HHH monthly board meeting.
The donation came after Helen Green asked Womack to perform at the Congressional Club's Centennial First Lady's Luncheon in Washington, D.C. The Congressional Club is a non-partisan organization made up of spouses of members of Congress, the Supreme Court and the president's cabinet.
" I'd never met Lee Ann Womack and had no idea why she selected us. We didn't know how it happened. But we were so happy!"
Green served as chair of this year's luncheon, which celebrated the organization's 100th anniversary. In addition to highlighting Texas singer Womack (Green is a big fan, recalling that at her son's wedding, they danced to "I Hope You Dance"), the luncheon featured such Texas touches as Blue Bell vanilla ice cream, yellow roses and gift bags featuring Texas wildflower seeds, chili mix and pecan coffee.
Womack donated her appearance and, to thank her, Green asked the singer to pick a charity to receive donation. Womack had learned of HHH because her sister-in-law, Houston singer Lise Liddell, attends class at Tejas Yoga, the Kirby Drive yoga studio, with HHH founder and president David Buck, and praised the organization.
Buck attended the luncheon where he met first lady Michelle Obama, who thanked him for the work HHH does, and was surprised to learn of the donation.
"I'd never met Lee Ann Womack and had no idea why she selected us," Buck recalled in a press release announcing the donation. "We didn't know how it happened. But we were so happy!"
He added that, having met his fiancée at the yoga class, and now with this donation, he plans to be a class regular.
See video of "I Hope You Dance"