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2022 Building Hope Gala: An Enchanted Evening Raises over $700,000 for Habitat for Humanity

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THE WOODLANDS, TX — The 2022 Building Hope Gala kicked off on April 2nd at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, sponsored by LGI Homes and coordinated by the Building Hope Gala committee, celebrated homes, friends and the future and raised more than $700,000 to build safe and affordable housing in our community. The night was co-chaired by Kelsey Casey and Shirelle Chimenti and honored Lisa and Fred Koetting and the Red Hat Crew.

Habitat for Humanity Building Hope Gala An Enchanted Evening 2022 committee
The 2022 Building Hope Gala: An Enchanted Evening raised over $700,000 for Habitat for Humanity.

As a part of the evening program, guests heard from future homeowners, Alven and Angelica Estrada. Alven and his family are currently going through the Habitat homeownership process. His inspirational speech helped shed light on all the hard work and dedication that goes into becoming a homeowner.

The program also included the exciting announcement of an 80-plus acre gift of land from Shirelle and Dr. Brian Chimenti, Dr. Jeffery Chimenti, and Danette Chimenti for Habitat Montgomery County’s future affordable housing development in West Montgomery County.




2022 Building Hope Gala Sponsors: LGI, Danette Chimenti, Dr. Jeffrey Chimenti, Shirelle and Dr. Brian Chimenti and Family, Lisa and Fred Koetting, Schulte Building Systems, Sherwin Williams, Larry Abston, Laurie and Mark Lashier, Mark Pharo, Allison and Michael Wortley, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Candi and Gerald Glenn, Huntsman, Cheryl and Robert Sanford, Smart Sand, Kathleen and Dave Stover, The Tipler Group, Deborah and Wayne Austin, Barbara and Stephen Crain, H-E-B Robin and Burnis Hebert, The Historic Hillhouse and Farm Karen and Gary Lach, Ally and Mike Seder, Signorelli Company/First American Homes, Bill and Susan Thacker, Bisaga/Krueger/Nicholson Families, Brownstone Group/Kathy Sexton/Keller Williams, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center, Realty ONE Group Iconic and Kristin Carter Group, SpeedPro Magnolia, Vogt Engineering, Debbie and Mac Winston, Gerhard and Diane Hill Charitable Foundation, Ryan Flores- Northside Imports Houston, and Women Build.

2022 Building Hope Gala Underwriters: Mark Pharo Extraordinary Jewels, Melissa and Gregg Jacobson, Chicago Title Houston, Waste Connections, The Kink Team, Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP, Sandstone Pool Service, Adcetera, Cypressbrook Company, and Tris.




habitat for humanity

Since 1989, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Texas has worked with the loving hands of volunteers and donors to improve the lives of families and individuals through affordable homeownership. With a hammer in hand, Habitat Montgomery County volunteers are building strength, stability, and self-reliance through affordable shelter. You can help us build foundations for life by volunteering your time or your resources to Habitat Montgomery County at

For more than a decade, Habitat Montgomery County has been building affordable homes in the 37-acre all-Habitat neighborhood of Cedar Creek in Conroe. Participants in the program are called partner families. The Habitat home program is based on a model that provides “a hand up, not a handout.” To become a partner family, the family must be qualified through an application process that includes background and financial credit checks. Family members must earn 350 hours of sweat equity by working on the homes of their neighbors and their own home as well as taking financial management and home maintenance classes before taking ownership of their home.

The process is designed to increase the success of partner families and for them to be invested in the sense of community the Habitat neighborhood can provide. The results of this model make a truly transformational change for partner family homeowners and their children with a focus on breaking the cycle of hopelessness and uncertainty that many low-income families experience.

Learn more about Habitat Montgomery County their homeownership program, related initiatives including Women Build, Veteran Build, and Aging in Place, and their home repair program by visiting their website at or Facebook page at




Habitat Montgomery County manages ReStore-a home improvement store and donation center that sells gently used or new furniture, home accessories, building materials, fixtures, and other sellable home products at a reduced price. All income generated by the ReStore directly supports the home build and repair programs. The ReStore is located at 9407 State Hwy 242 in Conroe and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Donations are tax-deductible and may be dropped off at the ReStore or you can schedule a pickup by calling (936) 441-5888.

Habitat’s Mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat’s Vision is to have a world where everyone has a decent place to live.