DANCING FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS
Local Houston Celebrities Dance for Halo House: Houstonians compete to win and give generously as part of Halo House’s “Dancing for a Cause”
The hit TV reality show “Dancing with the Stars” has its allure, but the Houston Stars outshone their Hollywood counterparts during the 2nd annual Halo House Foundation “Houston Stars -Dancing for a Cause.” The gala was held at the Houston Royal Sonesta Hotel on Saturday, October 20. Next year’s event already has several Houston glitterati clamoring for a chance to dance!
Nearly 600 guests helped raise over $200,000 for the Halo House Foundation, a Houston-based nonprofit, which makes furnished apartments available – for $20 a day – to people diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, who come from out of town for treatment at the Texas Medical Center.
Although it was a very tough decision for celebrity judges Evelyn Leightman, James Harren, Lori Freese, and Olga Johnson, the “2012 Judges’ Choice” award went to Chita Johnson and her partner Lance Estridge.2The “2012 People’s Choice Award” went to Dale Tyczkowski and his partner Marietta Johnson. Dale also won the ‘Brightest Star Award” for the most online votes.
“Halo House has provided over 2,500 days of housing to cancer patients since it’s opening,” said Kathleen Fowler, Executive Director of the Halo House Foundation. “Many of these people would not be able to get treatment without an affordable place to stay near the Texas Medical Center. Our long-term goal is to build our own apartment complex in 2015. With the help of the community, we believe it can happen. The dancing stars efforts here today will get these apartments ready and help educate the community about the critical need.”
Rounding out the star dancer list were notable movers and shakers: Kat Cosley, Jo Furr, Patti Gras, James Rodriguez, Jared Lang, Chita Johnson, and Lynn Lumsden. The see and be seen event brought out notable socials: Jo and Jim Furr, Uchenna Agu, Andy Cerota, Sonia Azad, and Angie and Dr. Nathan Fowler.