2014 Halo House Gala a huge success!
The most fun gala in Houston was held on Saturday, November 1 at Bayou City Event Center to a full house of over 500 guests.
The silent auction and cocktail reception began at 6:15 pm with about 150 silent auction items including original works of art, exquisite jewelry, fine dining, sports memorabilia, “staycations,” travel packages, and so much more, followed by dinner at 7:30. Entertainment by Cirque Imagination was a delight. Following the program the dance floor was taken over by the young, and young at heart.
Thank you for your overwhelming support!
18th Annual Galleria Area Library Society Christmas Party at Crow Bar
Admission: An unwrapped toy or book, or a cash contribution.
Toys for Precinct One, Contributions and silent auction proceeds for Halo House. Entertainment and hors d’oeuvres provided. Cash Bar. Questions? Call Becky at 713-208-2695.
Halo House Foundation Selected as Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament Recipient
Halo House Foundation was selected as one of 36 nonprofit organizations across the US to be a recipient of this year’s Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, and was presented with a check for $15,000 by Jeff Miller, Halliburton president, and Dave Lesar, Halliburton’s chairman and CEO.
Since 1993, The Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament has given almost $11 million to help nonprofit organizations strengthen our communities and improve the lives of those in need.
“Being a good corporate neighbor is embedded in our company’s culture – it’s part of who we are,” said Dave Lesar, Halliburton chairman and CEO. “The annual Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament raises millions of dollars in donations each year through our sponsors and participants to help charities that work diligently to fill the gaps in our communities. The charities we support through the tournament are the true champions.”
Sunday, November 16 – Food Fight Against Cancer
The Food Fight Against Cancer is an event that unites Houston’s world-class cancer care with its amazing restaurant culture to give the gift of health and hospitality.
For one night, restaurants all over Houston will come together to showcase delicious, cancer-fighting foods. Each restaurant will create a special dish comprised of ingredients that are known to fight cancer and alleviate the many side effects of treatment and provide samples of that dish to ticket holders. Proceeds will be used to provide nourishing, health-supportive meals for out-of-town visitors living at the Halo House, a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing to blood-cancer patients during their treatment.
The contenders: Sparrow Bar & Cookshop, Uchi, Sorrel Urban Bistro, Triniti, Radical Eats (2013 winner!), Pondicheri & Indika
AND Food Fight guests will determine the winner of The Food Fight Against Cancer by voting on the tastiest dish!
Tuesday Socials for Halo House Residents
Battling cancer in a new city, especially one as large and busy as Houston, can be overwhelming. For most of our Halo House families, they have had to leave their support system back home, hundreds or thousands of miles away. Their children, friends, and pets aren’t here to hug. Once a month our volunteers plan a get-together for Halo House families to share stories and make friends.
Dr. Nathan Fowler Appears on PBS’s “Healthy Body, Healthy Mind” Series
Halo House’s founder, Dr. Nathan Fowler, was selected to present information for Public Television’s special Health and Wellness series. To view the video, which focuses on non-Hodgkins lymphoma, click on this link: Dr. Fowler/PBS
Halo House Welcomes 100th Family!
Halo House hit another milestone, welcoming our 100th family to a Halo House apartment, on December 17. Carlos and his wife, Leider, are from Caracas, Venezuela, and they have been in Houston battling Carlos’ myeloma, for over a year. Soft spoken and smiling, Carlos is determined to beat his cancer and get back home. In the meantime, we are proud to be able to help.
Once a family is offered a Halo House apartment, they can stay with us for up to three months. The average time a family must wait after applying for an apartment is 3 months from the time we receive their application.
To date, about 50% of the patients and caregivers we serve are from Texas, but we have had people from 18 states, and 3 foreign countries stay with us. We wish we could do so much more.
What is Halo House?
Halo House is a public charity serving children and adults with blood cancers during the time the patient must live in Houston near the Texas Medical Center.
Halo House Foundation’s mission is to make life easier for people with leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma by providing them with temporary housing while they are in active treatment at the Texas Medical Center (TMC).
Since we opened the doors to our first two apartments in January, 2011, Halo House has expanded from two to eight apartments, provided over 8,000 days of housing, and has helped 137 families from 19 states and four countries.
Unfortunately, the demand for our service is increasing. We have received hundreds of applications for help this year alone, and we are forced to turn away patients nearly every day.
We are currently providing housing in apartments we lease, but our goal is to build our own 22 unit apartment complex. We believe that owning a dedicated facility for patients and caregivers will enable us to provide housing at a low, sustainable, operating cost. Your donation will help us reach our goal!
|THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to all of you who have been a part of making Halo House possible. We could not have done this without your generous support, your “hands-on” help, and your great ideas.|