Lake Houston ‘Pillars of the Community’ honored at The Overlook

Lake Houston Community Leader Mark Micheletti will headline Humble Area Assistance Ministries’ (HAAM) annual banquet on April 6 at The Overlook.

Micheletti is a long-time Kingwood resident and chief executive officer of Berkeley Eye Center, who recently was appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to the San Jacinto River Authority. He will recount the impact Hurricane Harvey inflicted on the Lake Houston community and on HAAM itself as staff worked day and night to provide relief to families who never thought they would need assistance.

Micheletti also will offer a very personal assessment and understanding of Hurricane Harvey’s effect on Lake Houston since his own Kingwood home was flooded.

HAAM’s annual banquet, called Pillars of the Community, will honor three Lake Houston-area couples for their long-time service to HAAM and to the Lake Houston community.

They are Ginny and Bill Power, Corinn and Joe Price, and Judy and Guy Williams, all of Kingwood.

Insperity is presenting sponsor for Pillars of the Community. Also supporting the banquet are Kingwood Medical Center, The Overlook in Atascocita which is hosting the event, and Marsalas Italian Grill in Huffman which is catering “Pillars.” Additional supporters include The Tribune Newspapers, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Randall Reed Planet Ford, Commercial State Bank, The Clubs of Kingwood, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Gordon and Donna Lewis, Humble ISD, Philippe and Mieke Cras, Danell Fields and Red Door Realty, and Connie and Darryal Chandler of Minuteman Press.

In addition to Micheletti and the presentation of the Pillars, the banquet will feature live and silent auctions. 

“We’ve got some wonderful auction items including an advertising package from The Tribune newspapers valued at $4,500, a year’s membership to the YMCA, a Kohler double granite kitchen sink and faucet, a signed Igor Medvedev print, a year of monthly flower arrangements from Flowers of Kingwood, a 30-bottle wine refrigerator, an antique Seth Thomas banjo clock, lots of spa packages, lots of wine, and that’s just the beginning,” said Terry Vaughn, HAAM’s board president.

Vaughn also spotlighted a particularly unique auction item “…a day with Houston City Council Member Dave Martin which includes lunch with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.”

Vaughn said there will be many auction items in the $30 to $250 range.

“And, once again, you’ll be able to have a big ‘green egg’ with your HAAM because back by popular demand, we’ll raffle off the ‘Big Green Egg,’ the ultimate cooking experience, valued at $1,100 and generously donated to HAAM by Dorothy Alspaugh, owner of Alspaugh’s Ace Hardware of the Woodlands and Dorothy May’s by Alspaugh in Galveston,” said Vaughn.

The “Big Green Egg” is a unique ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker with a devoted fanbase that has formed its own EGGhead fan club.

Pillars of the Community is HAAM’s major – and only – fundraiser of the year.

“Just once a year, we ask our Lake Houston community to participate in helping us to continue HAAM’s mission of help and hope,” says Devon Alexander of Kingwood Medical Center, Pillars Community Chair. “What we accomplish with the donations we receive is amazing.”

The overwhelming focus for HAAM since Harvey was disaster relief, according to Millie Garrison, HAAM’s executive director.

“All in all, thanks to our efforts to partner with Insperity and the Lake Houston Chamber as well as United Way, David Weekley Foundation, ACAM the Greater Houston Area Relief Fund, and the City of Houston, we were able to provide meaningful financial relief to more than 1,000 families and distribute more than $2.2 million in the four months following the floods,” she said. “None of this could have been accomplished without our volunteers, our donors and supporters, and our staff.”

Garrison emphasized, though, that the flood relief comes as an expense “…and we can only continue to operate as long as we have the funds to keep the doors open, lights on and a dedicated staff.”

Sponsorships are available ranging from a premier table with 10 seats for $5,000, as well as 10-seat tables for $2,500 and $1,250. Single seats are available for $100. Go to www.haamministries.org/donate or contact one of the HAAM board members.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.