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The Rotary Club of the University Area is proud to announce the Rotary Firefighters Home (“RFFH”) is holding its first (annual) Gala on Friday, February 12, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at the Royal Sonesta Hotel located at 2222 W. Loop South, Houston, Texas 77027. This event is the first major fundraiser for the building of the home.  The theme for the Gala is "Hope Rises!" This year’s gala promises to be a superb event.  Our keynote speakers are Helen Reisler and Retired District Chief Steve Sparks.  Our MC is Emmy award winning talk show host, Houston's own Ernie Manouse.


Helen was the president of the Rotary Club of NYC on 9/11 and is the Rotary Alt. International Representative to the United Nations (2007-present).   Chief Sparks worked at "ground zero" on 9/11.  Both will bring their own unique personal perspectives about 9/11 and about firefighters and first responders.  We are thrilled to have these two distinguished speakers and of course, to have Ernie Manouse as our MC.

The theme is based on a Phoenix rising out of the ashes like NYC and America did after 9/11, on the hope cancer patients have when they begin treatment, on the hope people have when they are in a disaster and in need of rescuing, and of course, on our hopes to get the home built! 
For those of you who are not familiar with the project, the project vision is to provide temporary, fully-furnished housing to firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost, for use while they are undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center for any on-job injury or resulting work-related medical condition.
The Rotary Firefighters Home motto is "You were there for us; We are here for you."   It speaks to the ongoing and never failing commitment which firefighters give to the community, and of our commitment to help them when they fight their personal battle against cancer (the most common work-related injury firefighters face).
We are respectfully requesting that you become one of this very special year’s sponsors.  Being the first is a unique recognition on many levels, not the least of which, is your showing of support for this endeavor. For detailed information on what being a sponsor/underwriter entails, see the attached forms and for detailed information on the project itself, see the enclosed brochure. Please note RFFH is a 501(c)(3).
Please help us make this an evening to remember! To sponsor a table or to purchase individual tickets, please go to this website  and then click on Gala (on the right side of the screen).
For any questions or further details, contact Gala Chair Sonya Heath at 281-507-2424;