The sun was shining and the day was crisp. The line of people waiting to get into Kirby Ice House was so long that it wound around the building. Volunteers speedily checked people in, but this was no easy task. More than 200 people had shown up to participate in Candlelighters’ fundraising event for children battling and living with cancer.
The Margarita Taste-Off was a combination of high energy, deep conversations, exciting contests and prizes, lively music, and delectable treats, but most importantly, it was an event that brought the community together.
Richdale Apartments’ newest luxury apartment community in the heart of River Oaks, Le Palais was a proud sponsor of the event. Not only did we have the opportunity to contribute dollars, but Le Palais’ associates and residents also spent time speaking with attendees and participants. While food, music, conversations, and stories were a huge part of this event, it was the power of community that reverberated through the venue.
Ms. Kelsey Tarpinian, Development Director at Candlighters Houston, took a moment to talk with us. She beamed as she spoke of the support the organization received from businesses like Le Palais Apartments. A young father then stopped by Le Palais’ table and spoke with us about his two-year-old daughter who was battling cancer. He shared that while he worked full-time, his wife and the little girl’s mother stayed home as the primary caregiver. He spoke about the emotional and financial difficulties the family faced and strongly shared his gratitude for the support he was receiving from Candlelighters.
We then walked around the tables set up in the backyard and noticed memorials to children who had fought cancer not only in the United States but around the world. While everyone spoke openly, they also drew immense support and strength from each other. The result of which was an event pulsating with determination, hope, and the power of community … not to mention, great margaritas.
Erin Kenneavy, Leasing Consultant at Le Palais expressed it best when she said, ‘As a new member of the Houston community, Le Palais, located in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston at 1916 West Gray St., is honored to have played a strong supporting role at this event.’