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Jeans & Jewels Gala has Largest Fundraiser Ever for Northwest Assistance Ministries

| December 1, 2015

Chairs of the 2015 Jeans & Jewels Gala were Brenda Anderson (left) pictured with her husband, Paul, and Peggy Jo Coker, with her husband, Elbert.

Chairs of the 2015 Jeans & Jewels Gala were Brenda Anderson (left) pictured with her husband, Paul, and Peggy Jo Coker, with her husband, Elbert.

More Than $735,000 Raised At Event Of Rustic Elegance

Photos by KW Photography

Despite torrential rain outside, supporters of Northwest Assistance Ministries (NAM) turned out for for a grand celebration of “Cowboy Up with Boots & Bling” at the 17th annual Jeans & Jewels Gala on Saturday, Oct. 24 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. This fundraiser for NAM raised more than $735,000 for its programs to help Neigh­bors in Need.

The gala honored Dr. Joe and Linda Fowler, who have been business owners in the area for more than 45 years and generous supporters of NAM since the 1980s. With rustic western décor, live music from The Drywater Band, a full dance floor and one-of-a-kind auction items, it was an evening to remember.

“NAM’s donors are the absolute best,” said Carole Little, president & CEO of NAM. “The weather didn’t make it easy to get to Jeans & Jewels this year — but still they came, full of energy, full of passion, ready to give their very best to make it a great night and make a huge difference for Neighbors in Need.”

This year’s gala was attended by more than 450 guests. The event was chaired by Brenda Anderson and Peggy Jo Coker, who, along with their volunteer committee, invested nearly a year in planning and creating a wonderful evening.

The ballroom was decorated in rustic elegance, with soaring floral centerpieces, flickering candlelight and projected images of wild horses running through a field.

Major sponsors included CenterPoint Energy, Margie and Rick Crump, Cynthia and Richard Foley, Linda and Joe Fowler, Houston Methodist, Lawrence and Nancy Padfield Foundation, Reneé and Danny Rea, Jackie and Pat Riley, Judy and Glenn Smith, Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC, Ultra Petroleum Corporation, Valerie and John vonBerg, Annette and Ron Young, and two anonymous donors.

Top-selling auction items included two round-trip, first-class tickets to anywhere United flies, which sold for $14,500; a luxury suite for the Texans vs. New Orleans Saints football game, which sold for $13,000; a private dinner for 10 prepared by chef Mark Cox of Mark’s Restaurant, which sold for $10,000; and a week-long Colorado getaway in a beautiful 6-bedroom home, which sold for $10,000. Guests were also invited to “Stand up for NAM” and make a cash donation to its Homeless Services. Those contributions resulted in more than $80,000 for the programs, which offer comprehensive services to help families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless find stable housing and move toward self-sufficiency.

“I really just want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the community who supported Jeans & Jewels,” said Carole Little. “Whether you attended the event, stepped up as a sponsor, donated an item or volunteered your time, you made a difference for Neighbors in Need. And we are truly grateful for your support.”

Northwest Assistance Ministries is a nonprofit, community-based, social service agency that strives to meet basic human needs through Neighbors Helping Neigh­bors. It provides assistance with areas such as food, shelter, health, education, safety and financial education. In fiscal year 2014-2015, NAM touched the lives of more than 127,000 people.

To learn more, call 281-885-4555 or visit namonlinc.org.

(L-R): Rick and Margie Crump, Glenn and Judy Smith, and Jeannie and Nolan Lehmann at Jeans & Jewels Gala.

(L-R): Rick and Margie Crump, Glenn and Judy Smith, and Jeannie and Nolan Lehmann at Jeans & Jewels Gala.

 

Linda and Dr. Joe Fowler were honored at the Jeans & Jewels gala on Oct. 24. The 17th annual event raised more than $735,000 for Northwest Assistance Ministries.

Linda and Dr. Joe Fowler were honored at the Jeans & Jewels gala on Oct. 24. The 17th annual event raised more than $735,000 for Northwest Assistance Ministries.

The Drywater Band kept the dance floor full at the Jeans & Jewels Gala.

The Drywater Band kept the dance floor full at the Jeans & Jewels Gala.


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