Rachel's Philanthropic Activities
Giving has always been a part of Rachel's life. Since she was a young child she has shared her gift of music and other talents benefit numerous organizations.
SuperFeasts - Houston, TX
National Charity League - Lake Houston Chapter
For three years, Rachel received many awards recognizing her contributions to the many charities in the Humble/Kingwood area. She contributed the most service hours in her group and enjoyed her participation with the girls to better the community.
Texas Children's Hospital - Houston, TX
Sharing time with the children at Texas Children's Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Facility, has been a highlight of Rachel's philanthropic activities. The children always love to see the queens visit them and try on their crowns.
Vanderbilt Children's Hospital - Nashville, TN
Rachel collected over 200 CD's for the patients at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN per a request of the Music Therapy group. They also needed guitar picks and Rachel donated over 150 to assist the therapy sessions. "Before leaving Nashville, I wanted to do something special for the city that I lived in for 2-1/2 years." This is also a CMN Hospital.
Rachel has participated in the Thanksgiving and Christmas SuperFeasts at the George R. Brown Convention Center for many years. Many thanks to Duc Nguyen for arranging this and always inviting Rachel to help serve and/or perform.
Cook Children's- Fort Worth, TX, Dallas Chilldren's & Texas Children's Hospital-Houston, TX
Rachel donated children's CD's to Cook Children's in Fort Worth, Children's Medical Center in Dallas and Texas Children's in Houston. Rachel delivered over 150 CD's in April. The basket contained many different children's stories on CD as well as many children's music CD's. In the basket was also a bag of toys for the older children. (CMN Hospital). She continues to collect and will continue this support next year.
Special Olympics
At the games, Rachel enjoys performing, socializing with the participants, and handing out the awards. Even though they are the focus of the event, the Olympians always make her feel so welcome and special too!!
Make a Wish Foundation
Along with her Chi Omega sorrority sisters, Rachel supports the Make a Wish Foundation thorugh fundraising events. Most recently, they visited the Make a Wish headquarters in Houston and delivered donations collected this year. They also sponsored "Swish for a Wish" - a basketball tournament to raise money to help grant a wish.
Commit for LIfe
Rachel regularly donates blood to help save lives and would like to encourage anyone healthy enough to contribute to make this commitment.
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial PGA Golf Tournament Pro-Am Party
"We sold a record number of raffle tickets this year and continued the tradition of the Meet & Greet with the golfers, raising a lot of money for their charities, including Children's Miracle Network" - Faith Bates
Special Olympics - Arlington, TX & Humble/Houston, TX - Sing National Anthem and support athletes
Veteran's Hosptial - Dallas - Memorial Day Performances
DIFFA Events - Numerous events to support the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. This is an amazing program that raises funds and grants those funds to organizations which fight HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection and treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Akola Project - Consultant - Developed a sustainable model for truck shows to benefit women of Uganda