Mayor's Office Press Release


Houston Recovers With Clay Walker + Friends
Benefit Concert to Aid Flood Victims on May 20, 2016

May 9, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner has teamed up with multi-Platinum selling country music star, Clay Walker, and Joel and Victoria Osteen of Lakewood Church, to raise funds and awareness for the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund – providing donations and financial assistance directly to the residents of our city who are suffering devastating loss from the recent floods. Houstonians are invited to a benefit concert, Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m. at Lakewood Church.

“So many people in our area suffered extreme loss due to these recent floods. Many lost more than possessions - jobs, family members, homes and in some cases their livelihood,” said Mayor Turner. “It is our privilege to come together and help our fellow Houstonians recover. I thank all of the wonderful people who have made this opportunity to help others in a big way possible.”

This benefit concert, headlined by Walker will include a talented line-up of locally and nationally known musicians, celebrities, community leaders and those who care about Houston, will engage and inspire the community to give in a number of ways. Individual donations will grant anyone entrance to the live concert, viewers and others not in attendance will be given the opportunity to give by texting HOUSTON to 91999, sending a check to the Greater Houston Community Foundation/Greater Houston Storm Relief Form; via wire or money transfer and credit card. All details can be found at www.houstonrecovers.org. Corporations and donors also will be honored for their support in this effort to bring relief to our community.

As a true fan favorite with a devoted legion of followers across the country Clay Walker has sold over 11 million albums; had 11 No. 1 hit singles, four RIAA Platinum and two Gold certified albums, under his belt. “Houston has been home to me for most of my life.  It is an honor to help those in need by joining together to heal hearts and repair the structures that shelter so many families who make up the rich fabric of our community,” said Clay Walker.  “This is an opportunity to do good and feel good inside by uplifting our neighbors and showing them we care and are willing to share in their struggle as we all rebuild.”

“We are proud of our Lakewood Church staff and volunteers for their efforts helping our fellow Houstonians recover from the recent flooding.  We are honored to continue these efforts as a part of Houston Recovers, and look forward to partnering with the Mayor's office, as well as business, civic, and faith leaders, city relief organizations, and celebrities to raise funds for those who need it most,” said Joel and Victoria Osteen, Pastors of Lakewood Church.

Mayor Sylvester Turner has established The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund, to accept flood relief donations that will stay in our community. The fund will focus on aiding storm victims “We’ve been hearing from residents who are confused about where they should donate to get assistance directly to the residents of our city who are suffering, said Mayor Turner.  “The creation of this fund will ensure the dollars donated stay in our community.  The fund will focus on aiding storm victims and relief organizations in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties,” added Turner. He said the fund will be administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity.

The concert will be broadcast and streamed LIVE on KTRK-ABC13 and SiriusXM Joel Osteen Radio, channel 128, 8-10pm CT, with multiple replays all weekend.

ABOUT CLAY WALKER:
Clay has been on the road all year impressing fans and critics alike performing some of his biggest hits including “She Won’t Be Lonely Long,” “What’s It To You?,” “This Woman and This Man,” “If I Could Make A Living” and “Live Until I Die,” as well as testing out new music. Outside of the stage and studio, Walker is the founder of Band Against MS (BAMS) a non-profit charity that funds MS research and education. Walker established BAMS in 2003 with the goal of helping others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996.  To date, BAMS has raised more than 5 million dollars.

ABOUT JOEL & VICTORIA OSTEEN
Joel and Victoria Osteen are the pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston Texas.  America's largest church with more than 45,000 weekly attendees, Lakewood is also one of the nation's most diverse.  Joel's weekly television program is viewed by more than 13 million households in the U.S. and millions more in over 100 nations across the globe.  For more information go to www.JoelOsteen.com or www.LakewoodChurch.com.