We attended this year’s British American Business Council (BABC), Houston Gala with clients to support a worthwhile cause.
The BABC, Houston held its Bi-annual Gala on November 11, 2011. For almost 30 years, the British-American Business Council Houston has fostered and promoted business relationships and personal contacts between the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as assisting the British Consulate-General in Houston with its role in promoting trans-Atlantic trade.
For the past eight years, Faithful+Gould and Atkins have been members of the BABC, Houston and have sponsored the Gala along with many Fortune 500 companies. This year, the sponsors list included: British Airways, RBS, ConocoPhilips, ExxonMobil, Enterprise Products Partners, Wood Group PSN, Linn Energy, Hess, Aux Sable, Marathon Oil, Dynamic Offshore Resources, Equinox, American Airlines, Energy XX1, Faithful+Gould, Spectra Energy, Apache Corporation, Wood Mackenzie, Turner & Townsend, Maxwell Drummond International, Anadarko Petroleum, Milagro Exploration, Western Refining, Coffeyville Resources, CB&I, Crestwood Midstream Partners, Abraxas Petroleum, Williams/ The Williams Foundation, Tesoro, Mayer Brown LLP, Cameron, ERG Resources, Peabody Investment Corp, Cadwalder, Wickersham, and Taft, CB Richard Ellis and Caza Petroleum.
Since 2006, the funds raised during this event benefit the British American Foundation of Texas (BAFTx), a public charity that focuses on raising scholarship funds for academically gifted, yet financially disadvantaged youths. The scholarships are awarded at various increments and programs to finance aspiring middle school, high school, undergraduate and postgraduate students, from both Great Britain and the United States. BAFTx also provides funding for special needs children and young adults who require specialized education. For scholarships and other details go to www.baftx.org.
Early numbers indicate that more than $200,000 was raised at this year’s event. “Almost $1,000,000 has been raised and distributed since the inception of BAFTx. I feel very proud to be a part of this enormous achievement,” says Tim Horner, a founding board member of BAFTx and former president of BABC Houston.
This year, Tim Horner, Mike Beveridge and Dave McNamara hosted the event for Faithful+Gould and brought as many clients. “This event gets more fun each year,” said Dave McNamara. “Our clients got to see some of the zany antics of a great international crowd, while supporting a worthwhile cause."