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‘Shelter for Shelter’ event returns on May 2 to benefit YES to YOUTH

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After a hiatus last year, the popular and festive “Shelter for Shelter” fundraising event benefiting YES to YOUTH returns on May 2, 2024, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In its seventh year, “Shelter for Shelter” is presented by the Richmond Realty Group and offers an incredible evening of food, spirits, entertainment, and networking to support a local non-profit that serves at-risk youth in Montgomery County. Attracting community leaders and local businesses, guests will enjoy heavy appetizers, desserts, and adult beverages provided by local restaurants and beverage partners.

This year, the event will be hosted in the lobby of the Howard Hughes corporate office located at 9950 Woodloch Forest Drive. The festivities will include a Cinco de Mayo theme highlighted by a much-anticipated gender reveal of Zach and Rachel Richmond’s second child, along with a special plot twist! The evening will wrap up with lively DJ music to inspire a fun dancing scene.

Shelter for Shelter 2022
Pictured at the 2022 Shelter for Shelter event, from right, are: Zach Richmond, Vicki Richmond, Matt Beasley – Montgomery County Precinct 3 Judge, Marlys Mulkey, Nadji Richmond, and Rachel Richmond.

“This is among the ‘Don’t Miss’ charity fundraising events in The Woodlands,” said Zach Richmond, who created the fundraiser in 2017 along with this business partner (and mother-in-law) Marlys Mulkey, both of Richmond Realty Group. “Make plans to join us and network with the Who’s Who of the local community as we raise funds to support the important work and outreach generated by YES to YOUTH, which is very near and dear to our hearts.”

YES to YOUTH (Montgomery County Youth Services) is a community-based youth services nonprofit celebrating its 45th anniversary of serving Montgomery County youth and families. The mission of YES to YOUTH is to strengthen the emotional and mental health development of youth and families by providing crisis intervention, counseling, and suicide prevention services. They provide a safe and nurturing home where abused, battered, sex-trafficked, homeless, and at-risk youth begin healing from the past and become empowered for the future. Their programs, which are offered at no cost to youth and their families, include:

  • Individual, Group, and Family Mental Health Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention for Youth and Families
  • Suicide Prevention for Youth and Families
  • BridgeWay Emergency Youth Shelter (Ages 10-17)
  • Prevention Presentations and Crisis Counseling in Schools
  • Parenting and Youth Skills Groups
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline 888-756-8682

Funds raised by ticket sales and sponsorships will help support YES to YOUTH’s mental health and homeless services as well as the daily and operational expenses of its recently expanded emergency shelter.

“We are so grateful for the Richmond Realty Group’s continued support by presenting Shelter for Shelter once again,” said Michele Kooken, CEO of YES to YOUTH. “Our newly expanded BridgeWay emergency shelter is fully operational and filling with youth who need a safe and nurturing home environment to navigate crises. The funds raised help us to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to help these young individuals stabilize and gain access to the intervention, counseling, and coaching they deserve in order to make a pathway to a brighter future and productive lives.”


According to Ann Wolford of The Wolford Group, which has provided event management since the inception of Shelter for Shelter, sponsorships are available for $1,250 and include two tickets. Individual tickets are $125 per person. Sponsorships and tickets, as well as donations, are available at For questions, please contact Pamela Bunn at832-418-5736 or email her at

This year’s sponsors (as of April 5th) include Aloha Pools, America’s ER, Judge Matt Beasley, Baidy Racine – British Swim School, Budget Blinds, Del Frisco’s, Derrick Bryant Photography, Events by Jen, Constable Ryan Gable, JRC Home Solutions, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, Haynie & Company, Image 360, IR Code, I Promote You, Liz Grimm Public Relations, The Loan People, North Italia, Post Oak Motors, Richmond Realty Group, Vicki Richmond, Rivela Plastic Surgery, Starfox Financial Services, SVN | J. Beard Real Estate, Texas Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, Tommy Bahama, Truluck’s, The Wolford Group, and WorkLodge. For the most up-to-date list of sponsors, visit

To learn more about YES to YOUTH – Montgomery County Youth Services visit, visit their Facebook page at, or call 281.292.6471 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. YES to YOUTH also offers a 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1.888.756.8682.

To learn more about Richmond Realty Group, visit