The Coast Guard Foundation hosted its Inaugural Texas Reception Wednesday, September 19 in Houston, raising important awareness for our mission in the Gulf Coast region, as well as providing support for two Marine Safety Units: a beach volleyball court at Texas City and softball equipment in Port Arthur, Texas.
This event was made possible by a small but dedicated committee — Niels Aalund, James Black, Ray Botto, Paul Caruselle, Bill Diehl, Robert Goolsby, Tom Marian and Robert Thompson — which put forth a great deal of time, talent, and resources in organizing the reception. Also in attendance were District 8 Commander RADM Roy Nash, Coast Guard Foundation Trustees Will Jenkins, Otto Candies, George Kampstra and Judith Roos.
Jenkins addressed the audience, introducing them to the work that the Foundation does supporting the men and women of the Coast Guard.
"As a board member, I see first-hand the great work of the Coast Guard Foundation and the amazing impact the programs have on the members of the service," Jenkins said. "In finding ways to support the Coast Guard, the Foundation is very good at identifying what the real needs are in Coast Guard communities all across the country."
Jenkins touted the core pillars of the Foundation: education, support and relief.
"Is it money for higher education? We've got that. Is it a treadmill for one station, but ocean kayaks for another," Jenkins said. "We ask the essential question, what does that Coast Guard unit need, what will make a real difference, have an impact on that community? And then we work to make it happen."
Coast Guard Foundation President Anne B. Brengle thanked the committee members for their hard work in organizing the Texas reception. The event was such a hit, that the committee has already begun fundraising for next year.
"We intend to build this into an annual celebration and raise funds to support our morale-boosting projects here in Texas and throughout the country," Brengle said. "I'd like to thank everyone who helped make this event a success."