Texas Oilman’s gala aids in fight against hunger

HOUSTON — Just six weeks ago, the Texas Oilman’s Gala was sketchy concept.

Dan Henderson, founder and president of DrillingExchange.com, wanted to hold a festive party for a great cause during the Offshore Technology Conference. Then his friend Misti Jeter, who is the reigning Mrs. Texas USA, had the idea of a “Texas Oilman’s Gala.”

On Tuesday — the second day of OTC — some 300 oil and gas professional turned out for the first Texas Oilman’s Gala at the Majestic Metro in downtown Houston. The Western-themed event was a fund-raiser for Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief agency started in 1998.

Inside the theater, oilmen — and women — donned Western hats, boots and stylish accessories for the party, which featured music by the band Professor D., a silent auction of sports memorabilia and casino tables.

“Everyone is tired of walking around OTC all day,” Henderson said. “Let’s have a Scotch and raise some money for world hunger. The energy industry is a worldwide industry, so why can’t it be part of solving a world problem?”

Stop Hunger Now’s founder and president Ray Buchanan said the organization, which serves 65 countries, is opening a Houston branch.

“Every day 25,000 people die of hunger and hunger-related illness. Our goal is to end hunger in our lifetime. Dan said he wanted to help us get started in Houston. This event is the latest in that effort,” he said.

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