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Humble Reality TV Star Who Lost his House in Harvey Just Keeps Giving to Others

Country Boy Spends $14,000 on a Fancy Charity Dinner

BY // 09.28.17

Even after winning Season 11 of The Voice, signing a contract with Republic Records and out on the road for 90 days of concerts, Sundance Head remains on the quiet side, not quite shy but not verbose. And he is amazingly generous. Though the country/soul singer and songwriter lost his home in Porter under 14 feet of Harvey water, he jumped into the live auction at Wednesday night’s Best Cellars fundraiser at Hotel ZaZa to bid a winning $14,000 on a dinner evening starring himself!

“I feel so blessed,” he said over the four course gourmet dinner prepared by four of the city’s top toques. “I try to help people whenever I can.”

In fact, his wife, Misty, was bidding on a quail hunt in South Dakota to give to a buddy and his son. “I don’t have time to do it but I want to give it to him,” Head said. At the same time, he noted how lucky he felt to have finally been able to buy a house for his wife and their three children. (Not the one that flooded as they had not moved in yet.)

A country boy at heart, who loves dogs and to date has taken in eight strays (which explains Misty packing the leftover short rib bones to take home), he dove into the fancy dinner plates with the enthusiasm of a true connoisseur.

In fact, few could resist the scrumptious dishes overseen by retired chef Mark Cox (his fifth year orchestrating the charity dinner) and prepared by BCN Taste & Tradition‘s Luis Roger, State of Grace‘s Bobby Matos and chef/restaurateur Frederic Perrier.

And, of course, the gourmet fare was accompanied by fine wines contributed by table hosts as is tradition with the seventh annual benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Leading the cause was evening chair Franelle Rogers and honorary chairs Carolyn Faulk, Dean Putterman, and Jeanie and Jim Janke. Robert Sakowitz reprised his role as wine host chairman.

Holiday Gifting

  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Wayne Smith
  • Wayne Smith
  • Cotton Club
  • Asher Gallery
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Cotton Club
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats

Adding to the evening’s star power were legendary country star Randy Travis and Sony recording artist Chris Young, who along with Head generously posed for selfies throughout the night. A star in his own right was Stephen Lewis who amiably served as both emcee and compelling auctioneer, squeezing record proceeds out of the crowd. The final total of the night was a record $250,000, which the foundation has earmarked for for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The night ended with a rousing set by Sundance Head, who performed his wining tune fromThe Voice ,”Me and Jesus,” and his own song “Darlin’ Don’t Go.”

Who: T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly in from home base in Nashville, Mary Travis, Mark Bermann, Hallie Vanderhider, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Monica and Ben Berg, Lori and Darryl Schoreder, Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak, Elizabeth and Michael Hatfield, Cathy and David Herr, and Laura and Jerry Kent.

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