Keller Williams Raises $31,000 for ALS Victim Stacie Rhea

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Posted on Saturday, March 22, 2008 @ 07:06:44 AM CDT

1206187396 Keller Williams Raises $31,000 for ALS Victim Stacie RheaPhoto: Stacie Rhea, center, a victim of the debilitating ALS disease enjoys the love and support of friends and family, including her mother-in-law Judy Hopkins and her father Steve Daugherty, at a benefit held in her honor on March 6 at Walden on Lake Houston Country Club. Photo by Pat & Ray Studios.

While the rain poured down outside, emotions were flowing inside the Walden on Lake Houston Country Club on the evening of March 6 as Keller Williams Realty agents and the community came together to raise money for Stacie Rhea, a victim of the terminal disease ALS also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Rhea, the daughter-in-law of Keller Williams Realty Northeast co-owner Judy Hopkins, was the guest of honor at the benefit hosted by Keller Williams which raised more than $31,000. The funds will go towards completing a renovation to Rhea’s home in Iowa, so that the 38-year-old mother of three can stay close to her family as her illness progresses.

 

A highlight of the ceremonies recognizing Rhea was when Anthony Trahan sang to her Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.” Rhea, overwhelmed with emotion, acknowledged the crowd of well-wishers: “People I don’t know have opened their hearts to me. I can’t thank you enough.”

She explained that she is the fourth generation in her family to be stricken with the disease and also the youngest. She said that she has been all over the country trying to find hope for her situation. Her hope has come from a doctor who told her that the people who live the longest with the disease have three things in common: a belief in God, strong family support and a positive attitude. “I have a 4 year old, a 6 year old and a 12 year old quadriplegic son. I have a lot of people depending on me and I refuse to surrender to this disease.”

The fund-raising event included a Taste of the Town with food donated by the following local restaurants: J Christopher’s, Windy City Pizza, Roma’s Cucina Italiana, Raffa’s, Amedeo’s, Tin Roof BBQ, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, Solo To Go, Panera Bread and Elite Treats. Money was raised through live and silent auctions of items donated by local businesses and individuals including: Celeste Creager, Diane Flicker, Terri Blewett, Debbi Dixon, Susan Molz, Jennifer Blalock, and the Orleans Square merchants in Atascocita.

Donations to the Stacie Rhea fund will continue to be accepted at: Keller Williams Realty Northeast, 20665 W. Lake Houston Pwky., Kingwood, TX; 281-358-4545.

Comments (6)

Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow
This is awesome that everyone came together and made this happen. 
Mar 22, 2008 02:12 AM
Dennis Sanchez
Coldwell Banker Tenafly - Hackensack, NJ
great job and great humanitarians
Mar 22, 2008 02:49 AM
Holli Boyd
Keller Williams Realty Capital District - Averill Park, NY
Yes! We have had several fund raisers but never even close to this amount. It's awesome!
Mar 22, 2008 03:12 AM
Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

I was checking out my high school reunion site last night and one of the girls I went to high school with died of ALS two years ago.  It was the end of the day and I was tired so I didn't google it since I didn't know what it was. Thanks for bringing this to light.

Congrats on the fundraiser too!

 

Mar 22, 2008 05:14 AM
Jim Fischetti
The Fischetti Group/Keller Williams - Wake Forest, NC

OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Great job!

 

Jim

Mar 22, 2008 07:07 AM
Holli Boyd
Keller Williams Realty Capital District - Averill Park, NY
Ok, so embarassing but this isn't my office - I just wanted to publicize how awesome it is that the community came together for the good of a family member!
Mar 22, 2008 07:31 AM