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Montgomery County Food Bank Raises Over $585,000 at the 2023 Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Gala

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – Montgomery County Food Bank’s annual Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Gala, presented by Woodforest National Bank, was held Saturday, February 11, 2023 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

Montgomery County Food Bank Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope Gala Space Themed One Small Step

The premier fundraising event’s proceeds benefit Montgomery County Food Bank and the food insecure children, families and seniors it serves. With the Food Bank’s strong buying and sourcing power, every dollar raised will provide up to four meals for those in need in Montgomery County. With over $585,000 raised, the Gala will help provide up to 2.3 million meals.

The space-themed Gala was titled “One Small Step,” encouraging the community that even one small step of action could make a giant leap in the fight to end hunger. The space theme allowed guests to dress in formal wear or spice up their night’s attire with galactic flair. It was a big hit among the crowd – presenting a fun, celebratory atmosphere while also raising money for a very important cause.

The Food Bank took its guests on a journey throughout the entire evening. Upon arrival, guests checked in with “mission control” volunteers. Then, entered the “launch pad” where guests could bid on silent auction items, purchase raffle and wine pull tickets, take a photo in the 360 photobooth, and more. The launch pad also featured a NASA experience trailer where guests could touch a real moon rock. Guests then entered “space” through a light tunnel where they enjoyed dinner and the event program. Finally, guests ended the night by “landing on mars” for the after party.




Patti Smith, Vice President of Communications for the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority, served as the Gala’s Emcee. Jim and Leigh Ann Carman were the Gala’s Honorary Chairs. Jim is the President of the Houston Region at The Howard Hughes Corporation and member of the Food Bank’s Board of Directors. Leigh Ann is a high school math and science teacher at Connections Academy.

The Food Bank also presented awards to its 2023 Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Gala honorees. Each of the award recipients played a significant role in the Food Bank’s impact in 2022. The honorees include:

  • Compassion United, Partner Agency of the Year
  • H-E-B, Community Partner Award
  • Western Midstream, Volunteer Service Award

“Currently, more than 73,000 individuals are facing hunger on a regular basis in Montgomery County, and we are serving more than one million meals each month,” said Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “Proceeds from the 2023 Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope Gala, will help provide up to 2.3 million meals for our many neighbors in need. An impact not possible without the community’s support. The Food Bank is blessed and humbled by the county’s generosity and giving spirit. Together, we are stronger in the fight against hunger.”

The event’s top sponsors included Presenting Sponsor, Woodforest National Bank; Diamond Sponsors, H-E-B, Huntsman Corporation, Southwestern Energy, and Western Midstream; and Platinum Sponsor, The Howard Hughes Corporation.




To learn more about Montgomery County Food Bank and how you can help fight hunger, visit

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Montgomery County Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger relief organization dedicated to uniting the community to fight hunger. Montgomery County Food Bank provides meals to families, seniors and children who lack access to wholesome nourishing food through a network of 80+ partner agencies, local school districts and community partners. Through partnerships with local retailers and wholesalers, Montgomery County Food Bank receives and purposefully distributes donated and surplus food. True to its mission, Montgomery County Food Bank works alongside volunteers, corporate and community partners, and nonprofit agencies to build a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food. Montgomery County Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partner of Houston Food Bank, member of Feeding Texas and distribution partner of Feeding America.