The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund is pleased to announce that its recent 3rd Greater Houston Gala raised $850,000 in support of its mission of giving back through educationto military veterans and their family members.

More than 375 people attended the eventon April 6 at The Houstonian Hotel. The event was hosted by Anthony Anderson, star and executive producer of ABC’s “Black-ish.” The keynote speaker from Washington, DC, provided perspective about current military initiatives.

The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund was founded by fellow graduates and classmates at West Point and is inspired by Col. John “Johnny Mac” McHugh, who was killed in action in Afghanistan May 18, 2010. An Army aviator, McHugh served 24 years in the U.S. Army and is remembered as a selfless soldier, leader, family man, and friend.

“We’re honoring our veterans and fallen comrades by helping take care of their educationalneeds and those of the children they’ve left behind," said Tony Guzzi, co-founder of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and president and CEO of EMCOR Group. "They have served, and now we havean obligation to serve — we must serve. It’s a part of who we are. We must take care of our own. Through the mission ofJohnny Mac, we can all give back in a small way that has immeasurably large impacts onthose who have sacrificed so much for all of us.”

“We have aresponsibility to give back to veterans and their children who have given up so much — their moms and dads — in service to our country," said Stephen Cannon, co-founder of the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and CEO of AMB Group. "As a country, we need to come together and pay that back. Johnny Mac’s mission is to step into the gap and, through educational assistance, help support veterans and children whose parents made the ultimate sacrifice — that’s 16,000 kids whose lives we can impact right now.”

Top sponsors for the event were Mercedes-Benz, 7-Eleven, AutoNation, ComfortSystems USA, EMCOR Group, Keystone Concrete, and NCI Building Systems.

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