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Banquet recognizes 2019 Pillars of the Community

February 25, 2019

Community leaders and their guests gathered to recognize the latest Pillars of the Community at The Clubs of Kingwood’s rebuilt Kingwood clubhouse on Friday.

Humble Area Assistance Ministries, a faith-based group who helps residents overcome crises honored their 2019 pillars — Devon and Chad Alexander, Louis Flory and the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce — at a banquet-fundraiser event.

Kelly Paull, the Pillars chair, said they were faithful volunteers and supporters of HAAM and forces behind the community’s betterment.

The Alexanders, Flory and members of the chamber were given a pillar-shaped transparent trophy, a flag once flew over the Texas Capitol presented by Sen. Brandon Creighton, a proclamation from Commissioner Jack Cagle and another from Mayor Sylvester Turner that designated Feb. 22 as the respective recipient’s day.

“I fell in love with HAAM’s mission of help and hope,” said Devon in a press release. “They accomplish so much for the families in our community who need it the most. I knew I had found an organization where I could commit my time that truly brings value to Lake Houston.”

Committed she did: Devon held many positions on the HAAM Board such as chair-elect, chair then past-chair and for the past three years Devon was the Pillars’ co-chair. Chad, an oil-and-gas veteran, supported her throughout and coached children’s football, baseball and softball. Both are Kingwood residents.

Flory, a Humble native and CEO of staffing agency Effex Management Solutions, compared being awarded to feeling the embrace of the community he both cherished and had the opportunity to give back.

“It’s an honor beyond my own words,” he said. “For me, giving is food for the soul.”

Flory’s company was also the event’s “Doric Sponsor,” or a party that donated $5,000 to HAAM. It is the second-highest donation level.

Jenna Armstrong, the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO, had no idea that Turner would proclaim the day as her organization’s. The chamber was honored for its efforts in finding and collaborating with groups focusing on recovery after Hurricane Harvey.

Armstrong also expressed joy at how Pillars of the Community was the “first major event” to be held in an establishment once ruined by floodwaters.

“There’s no other perfect place to do it than here,” she said.

nguyen.le@chron.com