Students, Mentors and Supporters of ACE Mentor Houston come together November 21, 2015 to build benches for charities at their annual scholarship fundraiser

HOUSTON, TX - 11/10/2015 (PRESS RELEASE JET) -- Construction, Architecture, and Engineering professionals from the greater Houston area are getting ready to Build It Forward.  The ACE Mentor Houston’s annual scholarship fundraiser is scheduled to be held November st, at AM at the Marek Bros. office located at 2115 Judiway, Houston, TX.  Over twenty teams of students, lead this year by the “Leadership AGC Class of 2016”, mentors and program alumni are scheduled to get some hands-on learning and an opportunity to give back to the community, while they build storage benches.  Teams will build the benches, which will then be delivered to other non-profits throughout Houston.

“The intent of the fundraiser,” states Angela Cotie, ACE Mentor Houston Chairman, “is to have the students understand that they have the ability to give back to others simply by using their hands.  I am not certain of another fundraiser that gives back to so many, and sends kids to college.”

In conjunction with the building event, a College and Career fair will be held for the students to learn about opportunities, at Universities, Trade Schools and Tech Schools.  This is ACE Mentor Houston’s TH Build It Forward event, with previous builds including storage sheds and convertible picnic benches.

The following groups were recipients of storage benches from our 2014 event:

  1. Friends 4 Life Shelter
  2. Girls Scouts of San Jacinto
  3. Habitat For Horses
  4. Helping a Hero
  5. Houston Arboretum
  6. Memorial Assistance Ministries
  7. Foster Family YMCA
  8. Good Shepard
  9. The National MS Society
  10. Northland Christian School
  11. Houston Humane Society
  12. Nature Discovery Center
  13. Ronald McDonald House Houston
  14. Avondale House
  15. Covenant House
  16. Morning Glory Ranch
  17. Inspiring Possibilities
  18. Summer House
  19. The Joy School
  20. Casa de Esperanza
  21. Generation One

More than thirty local architecture, engineering and construction firms provided 100+ volunteers to mentor the students throughout the school year.  Currently over 300 students are enrolled in the mentoring program at 7 different locations throughout Houston.  A selection of participating and sponsoring companies include: Gensler, Gilbane Building Company, Pinnacle Structural Engineers, Walter P Moore, Arch-Con, Golden West, Benchmark, FSG Electric, HOAR Construction, HOK, I.A.Naman & Associates, LBJ Inc., EEReed, American Marble, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Kenmor Electric, Lakey Electric, Inc., Milam & Co. Painting, Inc., Ward, Gerz & Associates, LLP, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., Kirksey Architecture, Terracon and Marek Bros.

Jose Palacios, a mentor and support of ACE stated following the previous Build It Forward event, “My team and I had a great time this past Saturday.  (student) Juan De la Vega was crucial to a quick and professional job.  ACE mentor has a great vision to provide guidance to young minds.”

Photo captions:  Group photo from Build It Forward 2014.

About the ACE Mentor Program

The Houston program is an affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America. The ACE Mentor Program was founded in 1995 by the principals of leading design and construction firms.  Its mission is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to careers in the integrated construction industry through mentoring; and, provide a means for their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants. ACE’s 72 affiliates in 36 states organize 1,800 volunteer mentors to deliver the program to 8,000 students.  Since its founding, ACE has awarded $10.5 million in scholarships.  For further information, visit

Media Contact

Company Name: ACE Mentor Houston, Inc.
Name: Angela Cotie - Chairman of the Board
Phone: (281) 830-4966
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