This year marks the third annual Raise the Roof for HAAM, a community-wide event featuring a chili cook-off and a lot of family fun, with proceeds benefiting the Humble Area Assistance Ministries Building Fund as well as other families that are in need in the community. The event will be held Sunday, Feb. 22, from 12:30-3 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. Children under the age of 6 are free. “This is really a lot of fun for the whole family,” said Diana Garbis, executive director of HAAM. “There’s an opportunity for people to do a lot of different activities, and we’ve geared it to be a family event.” Garbis said there are several ways to participate, from being a sponsor and providing a tax-deductible donation, to committing a band, choir or music group to be part of the entertainment, making a donation to the silent auction, or participating in the chili-cook-off. Registration for the cook-off is $25, and last year, nearly 14 teams competed in the event. Local music from Atascocita United Methodist Church, Lake Houston Church of the Nazarene and Christ the King Lutheran Church have already lent themselves to HAAM. “It’s a nice way for a family to spend a Sunday afternoon together, and it’s a good way to give back to the community,” said Garbis. New this year, is a HAAM Baazar featuring hand-painted glassware, crystal and Easter decorations. There will also be a children’s area that will include a beanie baby cake walk, carnival games, face painting and clowns. Junction Jack from the Astros will perform at 1 p.m. There will be a silent auction, with items such as two tickets on Continental Airlines, golf packages from Tour 18, Oakhurst, Windrose and Kingwood Country Club, tickets to the Shell Houston, Astro tickets, Aeros tickets, autographed Houston Rockets memorabilia and restaurant packages, as well as four tickets to each of the Houston Rodeo nights, including the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and more. HAAM has been serving the communities of Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita and East Montgomery County for more than 18 years. The organization provides emergency assistance, food, clothing, adult education, job assistance and a Family Mentoring Program. “We desperately need more building and storage space for programs,” said Garbis. “Just as the school district and community has been growing, so have the needs at HAAM. The proceeds from this event will go a long way toward helping us help the community.” For more information, call 281-446-3663, ext. 121 or visit

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