On August 25, less than sixty days ago, the eye of Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm, barreled into the quiet coastal town of Rockport, Texas causing catastrophic damage to the nearly 8,000 residents that permanently reside there. Two of those residents are Barbara and Mike Patton, my parents. Harvey went on to dump an unprecedented amount of rain in the Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur areas leaving many Texans battered and displaced. I grew up in Houston and my father is from Beaumont. I am a Texan through and through and a feeling of helplessness grew as I watched in horror from my new home in Brooklyn, New York.
Immediately there were stories of heroism, neighbors helping neighbors, and volunteers far exceeding the roles they came to fill. Churches, businesses, first responders and people from every walk of life came together to help those in need. It has filled my heart every day to see the resilience of my home state and the overwhelming response of others extending a hand when their brothers and sisters were down. And while Harvey may be out of the news, there are years of work ahead for the people of the Texas Coast to clean-up and rebuild.
In my small way I want to help. I have partnered with my friend and top jewelry designer Karla Witukiewicz of kWIT to produce an earring, a 14K gold Lone STAR of Texas. 100% of the proceeds are going to fund the relief efforts in Rockport, Texas through the Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation. The mission of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation is to support the social welfare and improvement of Aransas County through education, training, resident, business and governmental involvement, leadership development, infrastructure enhancement and assisting the community with recovery from community wide natural disasters.
I speak to my parents everyday and hear stories of sadness, loss, and of hope. Rockport is a special place for so many who appreciate it as a sportsman’s paradise, an artist’s haven, and a peaceful home for abundant wildlife. I hope you will find this opportunity to help the community of neighbors working to rebuild worthy of your support. You don’t have to be a Texan to proudly wear this symbol of hope and resiliency. We all have the ability to shine!
Cost – $495