2013 Casa de Amor Fundraiser

2013 Casa de Amor Gala Information



















George Foreman Sr. grew up impoverished on the streets of Houston’s 5th Ward. After he joined Lyndon Johnson’s Job Corps program, his counselor and boxing coach, Doc Broaddus, encouraged him to become a fighter. After only 24 amateur fights, his boxing career culminated at the 1968 Olympics upon winning a gold medal. In 1969, Foreman turned professional and became the heavyweight champion in 1973 after knocking out Joe Frazier in Jamaica. In 1974, George lost his title in what is considered one of the greatest fights of all time, known as the "Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire. After another loss in 1975, Foreman had a religious experience; he then gave up boxing and became a born-again Christian, being ordained as a  minister soon after. In 1984, he founded the George Foreman Youth and Community Center, a non-denominational place for kids who need direction as he once did. When not promoting his products, George focuses on his ministry and charitable work, including most recently his “Knock-Out Pediatric Cancer" initiative.










It all began with a simple question, “Charlie, can you help us with a  fundraiser?” Today, we are planning for our 8th annual Grunts Pachanga on March 1, 2014. Our goal is to host  a bigger and much better event each year. Ronny and Kim Grunwald, owners of Grunts Texas Cantina, have supported numerous fundraisers, such as the Lagarto Volunteer Fire Dept., Go Texans from George West, Taylor Allison Toy Run for Christmas, and (our favorite) the annual Ronald McDonald House  Pachanga. Charlie Toler is the owner of Toler Field Services, Inc. Charlie and Phyllis are involved with fundraisers for Toys for Tots, the Czech Fest at St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Largarto Volunteer Fire Dept. and RMHC. Although months of hard work go into the planning, it is our most rewarding fundraiser to host because "It’s for the kids!". Since the inception of the Grunts Pachanga, the Grunwalds and Tolers have raised $180,000 for the Ronald McDonald House.