This year, Chef Chris Shepherd’s Southern Smoke fundraiser will focus its efforts on raising cash for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The annual fundraiser, now in its third year, typically raises cash for the National MS Society, which provides services and support to people living with multiple sclerosis. This year, though, Shepherd and his team have chosen to team up with Legacy Community Help, which will assist service industry employees impacted by the floods that, at one point, covered more than 85% of Houston.
"Right now, we need to focus on our city," said Chris. "Houstonians are fighters, and we are going to fight for our city,” said Shepherd in a statement announcing the decision. “It's going to take a lot to make Houston whole again. I want to bring the country together--whether you can attend this event or not--for my city, my hometown.” Next year, Shepherd will return his focus to the National MS Society.
Southern Smoke is set for October 22, 2017. Tickets for the event are currently available for purchase.