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Fall Seminar 2017



AWBD presents the most important and timely Fall Seminar ever on Wednesday evening, October 25th.  Join us and our featured speaker, Jeff Lindner, Director Hydrologic Operations Division/Meteorologist, Harris County Flood Control District, for his insightful look back at Hurricane Harvey, the most damaging natural event in our history.  The total of Harvey’s destruction is still being tallied but estimates run into the billions of dollars. The number of houses damaged runs into the hundreds of thousands and the toll on water district facilities is still being assessed.

Unlike Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Ike or even Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey impacted our entire region.  There’s not an AWBD member who wasn’t personally affected by this hurricane in some way, either directly or through friends, family or colleagues.  The reach of the storm and its lengthy stay touched thousands of lives. With 50 or more inches of rainfall, Hurricane Harvey became known as the flood event of all time.

And, at the center of the storm was Jeff Lindner. He became the voice of reason and factual integrity through days of rain, wind and destruction.  At the Fall Seminar, he’ll take us step-by-step through days of immeasurable tragedy, as the tale of damages is recounted against the fascinating story of how could this happen.

A capacity crowd is expected, so make your reservations today to attend this one of a kind, can’t miss event.

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Location: Marriott Westchase

2900 Briarpark Dr.
Houston, TX 77042
Phone:  713.978-7400

Reservation deadline:  Thursday, October 18, (subject to availability);

Dinner and seating not guaranteed after October 18

6:00 p.m. – check in begins

6:30 p.m. – dinner served

7:00 p.m. – program begins                                                                   

Cost: $95 per person for AWBD members; prior to October 18th deadline,                                   

$135 per person for reservations after October 18th and for non-members             

$160 per person for walk-up participants

For reservations:   Visit the AWBD website, register.awbd-tx.org

All reservations are subject to availability. You will receive an event confirmation from the office.

FOOD DRIVE:  AWBD is conducting a food drive to help our friends and neighbors in need.  Bring non-perishable food items with you to the Fall Seminar – peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned meats and canned pasta items are especially welcome.  AWBD will deliver the food items to the Houston Food Bank.  Your donation will make a real difference!

Most Needed Food Drive Items (NO GLASS):

The following list includes the food items most needed by the hunger relief agencies served by the Houston Food Bank.

Please choose plastic containers or canned items rather than glass.


  • Canned tuna or chicken, packed in water
  • Canned stews and pasta with meat (easy on salt and fat)

Peanut butter
Canned fruits in light syrup, natural applesauce
100% juice in cans or boxes (no glass, please)
Canned vegetables, tomatoes, tomato sauce
with meat and/or beans, meal-in-a-can (easy on salt and fat)
Cereals and cereal bars (easy on sugar and fat)
Pasta, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles
Packages of dry beans

For the safety of those we serve, the Houston Food Bank is unable to accept open packages, baby food, homemade food items, perishable foods, or items with expired dates.

Houston Food Bank Most Needed Items (PDF)