Houstonians have big hearts, and that’s no more evident than the Annual Houston Humanitarian Awards, held each year at Royal Sonesta Houston, a title sponsor. Established in 2014 in tandem with Houston Random Acts of Kindness Day (“RAK”), the invitation-only event honors ten recipients for their efforts to make the city a better place to live by action, philanthropy, volunteerism or involvement. Final honoree selections are chosen by an advisory board comprised of past winners, city council members and sponsors.
Scheduled for July 24 as a lead in to RAK Day, the celebration of altruism will again be emceed by KRIV-TV FOX 26 personality Isiah Carey with philanthropist and author Theresa Roemer.
Inspired by the heartfelt stories of the courageous individuals that risk their lives daily, tireless public servants committed to making a difference and those whose mission and passion are to serve in their communities by helping others, Random Acts of Kindness Day was made an official proclaimed day by Former Mayor Annise Parker.
Founders and coordinator David & Treveia Dennis and an all-volunteer team, supported by husband David Dennis’ LemonTree Foundation along with a host of supporting sponsors, are coming to the end of a busy season of outreach and activities culminating with the presentation. Past and present random acts of kindness include furniture donations to Care Take Inc., Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, First Metropolitan Church, New Vision Fellowship Church, True Light Missionary Baptist Church, Brentwood Baptist Church, Tinh Luat Temple, Miracles Baseball Academy and Home Run Hitters; the donation of shoes to special needs children at T.H. Rogers Elementary School with Samaritan Feet; non-profit networking events hosted by Chapman & Kirby, Bentley Houston at Post Oak Motor Cars and Fusion Taco; and an iFLY Woodlands/Microsoft field trip for the entire fifth grade class of Spring’s Mildred Jenkins Elementary School. Next up are two additional shoe donations with Houston native and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Brandon LaFell, Movie and Meal, A Seat at the Table Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless, Breakfast with our Buddies and annual Holiday Christmas Feast.
According to Dennis, “By lending a unified hand, we know we can immediately impact some of the more obvious issues of violence and poverty through monetary support, but I’m also drawn to large parts of our population that are struggling silently as a result of neglect, depression and the sorrow of losing loved ones. I know firsthand after personal losses that dollars are not always the solution to problems. Sometimes all it takes is a little compassion and a thoughtful gesture – something all of us can easily afford.”
David & Treveia Dennis
“Kindness is contagious”!