On Wednesday, Brian Ching and Kroger honored the eight members of the Houston community who were chosen as Ching's Champions. The Ching's Champions initiative was started by Ching and Kroger as a way to pay tribute to those members of the Houston community who are perfoming selfless acts and asking for little in return.
Ching and Kroger selected the eight champions from the group of nominees. Each winner received a Ching's Champions medal and a four-minute shopping spree at Kroger. In total, the eight teams collected more than $7,700 worth of groceries.
Marvin Marcia - Active volunteer in his church, at the Boys and Girls club of America, local food banks and other local charitable organizations throughout the Houston area.
Susan Leining - Raised more than $20,000 over the past five years for The Snowdrop Foundation through her annual Chelsey's 5K Run.
Emily Newsome - Serves as a leader of Community Cloth, a micro-lending organization in Houston that helps refugee women create arts and crafts that they can sell to help support their families.
Gina and Mike Dockal - Started Zoey's Angels, which was founded to bring comfort to families who lose an infant child after a lengthy struggle in the hospital.
Steven David - Raises money and awareness for the Snowdrop Foundation, an organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer.
Gary Coffman - Organizes an annual food drive around the holiday season, which provided food for more than 150 families last year.
Renita Sheppard - Captain of Nita's Forget-Me-Nots, a walk team started in 2003 to help promote awareness and raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association.
Jim and Debbie Abney - Raised more than $14,000 for Sammy's Supporters, a benefit to assist with the medical costs for a local family whose son was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
Last Saturday, the Houston Dynamo and KPRC Local 2 kicked off their new partnership with a 30-minute feature titled "The New Home of the Dynamo." The feature was the first of a series of monthly TV shows on KPRC dedicated to Dynamo news, on and off the pitch. The first episode was scheduled to air at 5 p.m. CT, but due to a double-overtime hockey game, the start time was pushed back until 6:30 p.m. For those that were able to watch the show at home, we hope you enjoyed and look forward to hearing your feedback. For those that were not able to catch it, KPRC was kind enough to post it on their website.
The first episode featured interviews with Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and the voice of the Dynamo, Glenn Davis. Randy McIlvoy also went inside BBVA Compass Stadium with Brian Ching and Brad Davis and took a look at a series of community initiatives called Building a Better Houston presented by BBVA Compass.
Most importantly, Dynamo fans got their first look at a series of promos shot with Davis, Ching and Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell and Geoff Cameron. Trust me, these are things you do not want to miss.
If you haven’t heard by now, Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of his 20 for 20 campaign. Although Cameron is raising money for the cause, he is also part of the Man and Woman of the Year competition. Each year, the man and woman who raises the most amount of money is named the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man and Woman of the Year.
If you haven’t donated to Cameron’s campaign yet, there is still time. If you are on the fence about donating, I’m here to provide you ten reasons why I think you should get off that fence and donate to the cause.
- Cancer sucks. We all know someone who has had it or currently has it and we all wish there was a cure. Raising this money will bring us one step closer to finding a cure.
- Geoff Cameron off the field. Since the Dynamo drafted Cameron in 2008, he has been a model person and a great representation of what the Dynamo stand for. He regularly visits patients at local area hospitals and last year, he raised $20,000 for The Fisher House and The Ronald McDonald House.
- Geoff Cameron on the field. Two-time all-star. Finalists for Defender and Rookie of the Year. 2011 Dynamo Golden Boot winner. Need I say more? For the past five years, Cameron has given his all for the club and for the fans and now it’s our turn to help repay the favor.
- Dynamo Charities. Each year, Dynamo Charities raises money to help fund various projects in Houston that promote healthy lifestyle and the sport of soccer. It is a staple to the Dynamo’s commitment to remain a partner to the Houston community. Dynamo Charities already made a contribution to Cameron’s campaign, and so should you.
- Winning tradition. For the past two years, the Dynamo have won the Man of the Year competition. In 2010, it was Rocky Harris who raised the most money. Last year, it was Danny Cruz. Let’s not let the tradition die.
- Clint Dempsey. The man known simply as “Deuce” donated an autographed jersey to be auctioned off for Cameron’s campaign. If a man who is scoring goals left and right for Fulham thinks this is a good cause, shouldn’t you?
- Tim DaPonte. Tim is the motivation behind Geoff wanting to raise this money. He is a former youth soccer teammate of Cameron’s and a very close friend. Tim was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma in 2011 and has been battling the disease for the past year. You can help Tim by supporting Geoff.
- Celebrity Pour. Interested in donating to the cause and having fun while doing it? You can come out to Cameron’s celebrity pour on Wednesday, April 18 at Bar Munich. Cameron and his teammates will be serving drinks and all tips will benefit his campaign. Come out and have a beer (or some water!) and have fun while supporting a great cause!
- Because Sarah Pepper said so. The HOT 95.7 morning emcee is a candidate for Woman of the Year and has teamed up with Geoff for the celebrity pour. What you doing at the courthouse? More like what aren’t you doing at Wednesday’s celebrity pour?
- Because you want me to stop listing reasons. Trust me, I could go all day and night if I needed to tell you why I think you should support this campaign, but I promise to spare you all and leave you with this…
No donation is too small and every dollar counts toward helping Cameron reach his goal and helping the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society reach their goals. For more information about Cameron’s campaign and to see the various ways you can participate, please visit HoustonDynamo.com/20for20.