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Interfaith celebrating 2017 Hometown Heroes

August 2, 2017

Four individuals, one business and one nonprofit have been selected as the 2017 Hometown Heroes. Rob Johnson, Amy Lecocq, Bob Milner, Melissa Young, Cassidy Joined for Hope and The Woodlands Christian Academy are the honorees who will be recognized for their many contributions to the community at The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala, benefiting Interfaith of The Woodlands.

The gala will be Saturday, Oct. 7, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center with Honorary Chairs Mr. Peter Huntsman and Mrs. Brynn Ballard Huntsman. The 2017 Hometown Heroes were chosen by a selection committee comprised of Hometown Heroes alumni, a group which includes 109 residents of The Woodlands and 14 businesses who have contributed to the educational, civic, cultural and spiritual fabric of the community. This annual tradition of honoring Hometown Heroes began in 1999 as part of The Woodlands 25th Anniversary Celebration and has continued ever since. This year, there was an overwhelming response for nominations of nonprofits; and the selection committee decided to add a new nonprofit category to highlight philanthropic efforts in the community.

“Honoring Hometown Heroes is a treasured tradition that celebrates the amazing individuals, businesses and organizations that continue to enrich our community with numerous contributions. Each honoree’s incredible generosity and dedication have made a lasting impact that will inspire generations to come,” said Missy Herndon, president & CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Criteria for the selection of the Hometown Heroes included, but were not limited to:

Positive role model

History of volunteerism

Sacrificing personal gain to achieve noble goals

Leadership and courage

Embodies the values of The Woodlands community; family values, importance of education, the arts and culture, environmental consciousness

Dedication to public service

The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence honoring Hometown Heroes is the largest annual fundraiser for Interfaith of The Woodlands, the first social services organization in the community. The event is sponsored by many businesses and organizations in The Woodlands. For sponsorship or underwriting opportunities, contact Meagan Jamaluddin, director of Development at Interfaith of The Woodlands, at 832-615-8230 or by email at mjamaluddin@woodlandsinterfaith.org. Individual tickets went on sale Aug. 1. This year, The Woodlands Celebration of Excellence Gala Committee is excited to debut the Hometown Heroes Giving Circle. This is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to make a donation in honor of a 2017 Hometown Hero (or in honor/memory of a past Hometown Hero) as a way to pay tribute to their incredible commitments to serving the community. Donations to the Hometown Heroes Circle will be directed to Interfaith of The Woodlands to directly help individuals and families in crisis through financial assistance for rent, mortgage, utilities, gasoline, prescription drug assistance, emergency shelter, food, clothing, senior programs and offers counseling, job training, and child care. Interfaith of The Woodlands exists to build a more loving and caring community through service. To honor a hero today, donations can be made online at woodlandsinterfaith.org/gala or by calling Rachel Ray at 832-615-8225.