All of us at Gallery Furniture are honored and humbled by the many expressions of love and support from the people of Houston that have been coming in since the night of the warehouse fire.
In letters, emails, cards, web postings, and personal visits, so many people have taken time to express their feelings about Gallery Furniture and the staff.
By reaching out to us, you are helping more than you can know.
Friday morning, another message of support came into the Post Oak store in the persons of Leslie Soria and Sh'riff Hasan from the KIPP Houston High School, the dance instructor and Theatre Arts director.
They wanted to tell us that their students in the theatrical ensemble had staged a show to benefit Gallery Furniture and bring by letters of support and donations they gathered at the show. As we've said, money is not needed so the proceeds from the kids' raised will be given to the Peace of Mind Foundation, a mental health charity.
Gallery Furniture appreciates the students donations of time and talent, and the money they raised.
Hasan and Soria said that the show Wednesday night a great performance and gave credit to their students for taking the time to rehearse for the program even during finals week.
KIPP has an important place in the community -- if you don't know about KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) and the movement that began in Houston, go to their web site at www.kipphouston.org. KIPP founder Mike Feinberg is a special friend.
By the way, the Class of 2009 at KIPP Houston High School is graduating now and like last year's class each them has been accepted to college. That's an unmatched record of excellence.
Gallery Furniture is proud to be a supporter of KIPP and honored by the students' show of support. KIPP's motto is "There are no shortcuts" and that is a guiding principal for Gallery Furniture too.