Houston Community Gathers to Raise $2 Million for At-Risk Children

Thank you to our underwriters, volunteers and guests for making the 2019 Heritage Award Dinner a wonderful success. Together, we raised over $2 million for children from families in crisis! Your gifts are an investment in their future, helping them to make a mark on the world.

Hosted at the Hilton Americas Hotel on Wednesday, October 30, the event featured stories of the impact BGC makes on children’s lives, a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions and entertainment by Jeff Foxworthy. It attracted more than 1,000 guests, including Houston’s influential philanthropists and business owners.

The event honored the philanthropic achievements of the Scianna family who invest their time, talent and treasure in various community organizations like Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Waller Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Reach Unlimited and others. Chuck Scianna is the President and Co-founder of Sim-Tex, L.P., a leading supplier of oil country tubular goods to the oil and gas industry. Chuck has served on the BGC board of directors, and the entire family has been involved for more than a decade with Spring Festival and sponsoring one of the cottages.

“We believe in having a diversified philanthropic investment portfolio, and BGC is on top of our list. We can go out and see the return on investment every day. We can see the productivity, we can see what the kids are getting and we can see the dedication of the staff out there and the teaching parents. It’s a huge payback,” shared Mr. Scianna during the award acceptance speech.

“We are blessed because of all of our supporters; they have stepped up and shown just how much they care. Even though our children come from hard places, I am here to tell you that they find hope and they find healing at BGC,” commented Vincent Duran, Chief Executive Officer at Boys and Girls Country.

Major underwriters of the event included American First National Bank, Hugesen Polymers USA, L.P., Gatewood Family Foundation, Herr Family, Stephens Family, Amegy Bank, Lisa and Bo Pierce, Sim-Tex, L.P., Paul and Staci Sorensen, Southwestern Energy. For more information about Heritage Award Dinner, visit this page.

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