Houston MMA Giving Back

Normally, when we cover or sponsor an event such as the one we sponsored back on Saturday May 29, 2010, we would do a complete write up with all the details about the event.  In this case, the video speaks volumes about the kinds of people that joined together from all over the city to work toward a common goal; giving back.

In just under 3 hours, these 15 individuals managed to make and distribute over 200 lunches to the homeless population in Houston.  Rich and I could not be more proud to be associated with such an outstanding group of people.

A very special thank you to all of the businesses that helped us out. With out them, none of this would have been possible. If you have the chance, please visit them.  They are good people doing great things, and have been very supportive of the Houston community and the MMA scene.

Calliope’s Po Boy – 2130 Jefferson Street – (713) 222-8333 - Lisa and crew donated ALL of the bread, cheese and wraps. Not to mention her and her team stayed light Friday night cutting up the bread into indiviual portions so it would be ready for us on Saturday.  If you are near downtown, do yourself a favor and pay them a visit.  I recommend the grilled shrimp po-boy and shrimp chips myself!

Kroger – The good folks at Kroger donated bagels for us to include in the lunches as well as giving us the plastic bags to put the lunches in.  Thanks Kroger!

Logan Farms – 10560 Westheimer Road – (713) 781-4335 – They stepped up and donated 2 hams to use.  When the holiday’s rolls around and you need a Honey Glazed ham, head on over and pick one up from them, you’ll be glad you did.

The Mezzanine Lounge – 2200 Southwest Freeway #150 – (713) 528-6399 - You can’t make lunches if you don’t have a place to do it, and that is exactly what the great folks at The mezzanine Lounge provided us.  I sent a message to Tonya asking if it would be possible to use her place to meet and make lunches and within 5 minutes she had responded with a resounding yes.  Not only did she open up on a Saturday morning for us, but she provided so much of the little things that we didn’t have to make this all happen (like knives, gloves, cutting boards etc..).  If you are looking for a place to watch the UFC, Strikeforce or WEC pay per views, PLEASE head on over and grab a table.  Tonya and staff are great, and you’ll have a blast, I promise!

Noah’s Kitchen – Amber and Noah’s Kitchen provided something invaluable to us – INSPIRATION!  After spending a Sunday with them making and delivering lunches, we knew this was what we wanted to do with the MMA community.  Not only did we get the ideas and methods on how to pull this off from them, but Amber and Noah actually came out and helped us!  Do yourself (and the community) a favor and join Noah’s Kitchen on Facebook.  They meet every other Sunday to make lunches and pass them out, and they always need help.  You can find out when the next event is by following them HERE.

Also a very special thank you to Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide.  Mike was instrumental in putting this event together and making it happen.  He’s a good friend and even better person who continues to give back and help others. Thanks Mike!

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