In a heartwarming kick-off event, the Fabric House set the stage for the annual Holiday Toy Drive, a charitable initiative benefiting (MAM) the Memorial Assistance Ministries Christmas Share. Unwrapped toys and blankets adorned the Fabric House showroom, transforming it into a winter wonderland that drew in a diverse crowd of designers, Houston Design District members and guests, Houston Design Center firms, and Somerset Green residents.

The festive gathering featured a tapestry of holiday decorations, including an enchanting oversized nutcracker, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Hosted by Connie LeFevre along with the dedicated staff of Fabric House, the event welcomed approximately 75 guests, including notable names such as Melanie and Scott Brown, Anne and Jean-Louis Breux, Carol Hunton, Marilyn Biles, Pamela Cortes, Janie Moore, Teri Pugh, Allison Dominguez, Bill Ogdon, Ann Thomas, Will Kob, and Neville Henry.

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Marie Oeler, Hailey Olmedo, Connie LeFevre, Pilar Liles, Fatima Rivas, and Brooklyn Newell

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Jeff Kunz, Melanie Brown, Janice Willett, susan Kunz, Scott Brown, Mike Willett

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Alison Dominguez and Candice Rogers
Alison Dominguez and Candice Rogers

Denzil Hollingsworth, the Managing Director of The Houston Design District, took the stage to provide opening remarks. He introduced Taylor Brock, who thanked the attendees for their generous support of Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM). The mission of MAM focuses on providing training and education, financial empowerment, and social inclusion for Houston’s most vulnerable residents.

The three-week-long toy drive through December 7th, 2023, was officially launched at this event and is sponsored by various showrooms and design studios within The Houston Design Center and the Houston Design District. These sponsors, including Design House, Fabric House, Johnson Simon Resources, Manchester Carpet, Thorntree (Slate, Marble, & Porcelain), Somerset Green, Turkish Rug Co., Kudela & Weinheimer Landscape Architects,  Core Office Interiors, Teri Pugh Studio, and The American Society of Interior Designers, and Memorial Lifestyle, play a crucial role in making the MAM Christmas Share Program successful.

This initiative aims to bring holiday joy to hundreds of children in the community, particularly those facing financial difficulties. The Holiday Toy Drive’s goal is to provide toys, gift cards, and blankets to brighten the holiday season for families in need. The support from the Houston Design District community ensures that the MAM Christmas Share Program can continue its impactful work, creating a ripple effect of positive change for Houston’s residents.

As the holiday season unfolds, the Houston Design District Members and friends remain committed to spreading joy, warmth, and compassion through initiatives like the Holiday Toy Drive, exemplifying the spirit of giving within the community.

The Houston Design District