Transwestern Houston helped raise money for more than 15,000 meals for the Houston Food Bank through the “Chipping in for COVID-19” virtual poker tournament. Transwestern Senior Vice President Louann Pereira organized the fundraising event, which attracted more than 70 poker players and 90 donors.

“We are seeing a drastic increase in the need for food assistance in our communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lorena Avillaneda, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Houston Food Bank. “We are grateful for supporters like Transwestern and its partners for helping us continue to address food insecurity in our area. With these funds, the Houston Food Bank will be able to provide more than 15,000 meals to families across Southeast Texas who are struggling.”

Transwestern teamed up with CORE Office Interiors, CDI Douglass Pye, Lighting Associates Inc., and some of its top clients including Brookfield Properties and AEW, along with building sponsorships by Houston Center, Heritage Plaza and Eldridge Oaks.

“We were looking for a fun and innovative way to bring the commercial real estate community together during this challenging time and also raise money for a good cause,” Pereira said.

The fundraising event was hosted on Faded Spade’s platform and included a live poker host with raffle items ranging from gift cards to home office furniture and cash prizes for the winners. Jeff Cairns with CBRE placed first in the tournament, with Paul Gilliam at Valbridge Property Advisors in second place and Jay Moulton with Iron Horse Builders in third place.