Our Heroes Support Networks
The Texas Sentinels Foundation program is dedicated to providing not only new homes, but a new life to the men and women who have selflessly given on behalf of their country. As a country and as united communities it is our responsibility to honor these American Heroes by providing for them once they return from war.
See below the extraordinary groups of men and women in communities all across Texas that are helping these True American Heroes of the Texas Sentinels Foundation realize thier families dreams and goals.
(L to R): Lee Kirgan, Jorge De Leon Jr., Alondra De Leon, Sgt. Jorge De Leon, Dan Vargas, Jeanne Filip, Dan Wallrath,Richard Filip & Patsy Oakley. Photo courtesy of Mychal Watts.
|Jorge De Leon Support Team – San Antonio
The San Antonio Team, led by RE/MAX Preferred Realtor Patsy Oakley, stepped up to the plate in supporting our first Texas Sentinel Jorge De Leon, and they met each challenge with determination and a focus on the end result. Tilson Homes also stepped up as the builder of Jorge’s home and remained at the heart of the project, coordinating and recruiting suppliers and contractors to get the home built. The San Antonio Texas Sentinels Team worked hand in hand with Tilson Homes, organizing fundraisers and involvement in existing community events.
Through the Team effort, Texas Sentinels was a beneficiary of prestigious annual charity events in San Antonio and statewide, including The RE/MAX San Antonio Golf Tournament, a special auction fundraiser at Billy Bob’s Texas in Forth Worth, and the San Antonio Monster Mash charity event which takes place every October. The team also organized several cocktail reception fundraisers at Klusoz Martini & Tapas Bar. Outside of formal event fundraisers, team members promoted their cause and solicited individual donations from across San Antonio, leveraging contacts to get the word out about the project and soliciting the community for support.
The team and Tilson Homes saw their hard work bear fruit when Jorge De Leon and his family were formally awarded their completed custom home on December 3, 2010, just 14 months after the announcement that the De Leon family would receive the Texas Sentinel Foundation Life Scholarship.
San Antonio Area Team Members
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
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|Johnny Wilson Support Team – DFW Area
It was on a cold December morning that Johnny Wilson and his family learned they would be receiving a new home from the Texas Sentinel Foundation, an effort that would be led by Kristina Hayes, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Masters in Southlake. As leader, Kristina organized a team of supporters that ultimately made the promised Arlington home a reality for the Wilson family. Builder Mike McKellop of Sierra Fine Custom Homes came on board as the home’s designer and builder and organizer of suppliers and contractors. Kristina also solicited the aid of Julianna Hagar of popular Fort Worth radio station WBAP, who helped promote Johnny Wilson’s story and solicit donations to the effort, as well as Scott Rathbun of Video General.
The DFW area community rallied around the Sentinels Team, and several large scale fundraising events made a great difference in the length of the project. RE/MAX DFW Associates adopted Texas Sentinels Foundation and Johnny Wilson as a preferred charity in 2010, and hosted three separate events benefitting Johnny: A Heroes 5K Run, Charity Golf Tournament and Bowling Challenge which raised considerable sums for the project. Hayes also spearheaded a charity poker tournament in Southlake, which brought in donations from many community members.
WBAP promoted the project on air throughout 2010 and took donations from listeners through their website. Johnny’s House was completed in early 2011, 14 months after the live on air announcement from WBAP’s Hal Jay.
DFW Area Team Members
RE/MAX Land & Homes
To Contact Veronica or Sarah
|Justin Rokohl Support Team – Victoria
The Victoria Texas Sentinels Team was formed in 2010 by Sarah Korczynski and Veronica McCants, Broker/Owners of RE/MAX Land & Homes. The team has rallied the community behind designated Texas Sentinel Justin Rokohl, as was seen when much of the community attended the luncheon announcing the project. With Brad Blanton of Blanton Builders and architect Chris Hessler at the project forefront, Sarah and Veronica were able to move the project forward with a groundbreaking in Victoria in April of 2011. The community at large is still lending a hand and the team continues to work toward making Justin’s home a reality.
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring
North Houston Area
To Contact Jacci or Carol
|Chris Sanford Support Team – The Woodlands
Agents from RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring spearheaded the creation of a Texas Sentinel Team in North Houston, led by agents Carol Knott and Jacci Kilgore. They are joined by builders Ryland Homes who is taking the lead on construction portion of the project along with John Post Custom homes. In addition, The Woodlands Development Company has graciously donated the lot to this project. The Team has already begun fundraising with a paper shred event taking place on May 14th in The Woodlands. Groundbreaking for the Sanford’s new home is scheduled for September 14th.
North Texas – Collin County Area
To Contact Mal Smith
|Justin Feagin Support Team – Collin Co.
The Collin County Texas Sentinels Team, led by Mal Smith, is made up of over 30 real estate professionals and concerned citizens who are already working hard to make the home of Texas Sentinels Sergeant Justin Feagin a reality. The team formed in late Spring, 2011, and has already secured a developer Hillwood Corporation, Builder Highland Homes, and a lot in the Liberty Subdivision in Melissa, Texas; the lot will even be on Patriotic Drive. On June 16th, the team will introduce Justin to the Melissa community and work to raise the remaining funds needed ($76,000) to break ground in late August/Early September.