It was an honor for Krause Children’s Center in Katy to be selected as “Charity of the Year” by one philanthropic organization, but to be chosen for the honor by two, is extra-special! Both the Bayou Belles and the Houston Association of REALTORS® raised right around $11,000 for the troubled girls (ages 12-17) who receive therapeutic care while living and healing at Krause.
Krause was chosen the recipient of funds raised at the 5th annual Bayou Belles Charity Gala, chaired by Angeline Labbe’-Auzenne and Byron Auzenne. Coppelia Rivera, morning KSBJ co-anchor, and former Miss Venezuela Carmen Maria Montiel Avila, served as MCs and presenters. The Gala featured a concert by Barbara Padilla, a classical crossover soprano recording artist, and was followed by silent and live auctions, a performance by local singing artist Halston Dare and a presentation by Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. The Danmar Academy of Performing Arts then dazzled the crowd with a Venezuelan-style dance.
Bayou Belles CSO, Inc., is a grass roots, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers their services to small charities in Fort Bend County, while providing an outlet for women in the community to participate and serve. Their mission, “to improve the basic quality of life for children in Texas, and break cycles of under-achievement within low-income families”, matches perfectly with the children’s services provided by LSS and Krause.
The halls of Cinco Ranch Golf Club’s banquet room were decked on December 11 for the Katy Area HAR Networking Luncheon and Christmas Auction. Laura Deyo, and a group of hardworking volunteers, did a great job collecting silent and live auction and raffle items for the event that has been held for more than 10 years. Waller County Judge, the Honorable Glenn Beckendorff, served as auctioneer for more than 50 live auction items.
The auction is coordinated by local title company offices who team together to solicit donations from local real estate offices, realtors and other affiliated businesses that support the Katy and West Houston Area real estate market. Approximately 150 HAR members and affiliates attended, and this year’s total of nearly $11,000 was the highest earned in years!
Several realtors present at the luncheon have been personal Krause supporters for years and we are so grateful for them. They help us spread the word about Krause and the deserving young girls who live there. We thank Linda Blackmon of Keller Williams for telling the group about Krause. “I cannot think of a better investment of my time and money than to help the children who are our future. The children at Krause are here through no fault of their own, and to take the time and patience to show them their true worth in the eyes of God is a blessing,” Blackmon said.
We were delighted that this year our Katy chapter of the HAR association chose the Krause Center as the recipient of the annual Christmas luncheon and auction. We believe strongly in the great work that Krause does to support and mentor young girls whose lives have been troubled. We continue to support the Center personally through our church, and are now happy to add our realtor association as a supporter also. Keep up the good work!
– Bob and Lisa Miles, realtors with Better Homes and Gardens/Gary Greene
I have been supporting the Krause Center for many years now. One reason is because they fulfill a need in our society that is rarely talked about, much less accomplished, and certainly not accomplished as well as the Krause Center. The entire community is the beneficiary of their hard work. The children who are placed in the care and protection of the Center learn crucial life skills not acquired through positive parental influence. This helps these children become strong and productive members of our society … which is a positive for all involved. I cannot think of a better way to help my fellow man than to help a child in need.
– Christi Borden, HAR board member and realtor with Better Homes and Gardens/Gary Greene
Founded in 1918, the Houston Association of REALTORS® is a 25,000-member organization of real estate professionals engaged in every aspect of the industry, including residential and commercial sales and leasing, appraisal, property management and counseling. It is the largest individual membership trade association in Houston as well as the second largest local association/board of REALTORS® in the United States.