Coveted Austin Chef and His Father Host Benefit for Houston Jewish Family Service

Coveted Austin Chef and His Father Host Benefit for Houston Jewish Family Service

Austin chef Shawn Cirkiel (Parkside, Olive & June) along with his father Marty have announced their own Hurricane Harvey Benefit to support the work of Jewish Family Service of Houston on November 12 at Olive & June.

More than a month has passed since Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast leaving thousands of Houston families without homes. Critical aid is still needed, especially for the Houston JFS which has done some very heavy lifting in the wake of the storm.

The Cirkiels wanted to help so they decided to hold a benefit at one of Shawn’s restaurants to leverage their gift into something larger and more impactful than if they were to simply donate on their own. Marty reached out to Shalom Austin Chief Social Services Officer Gil Levy, who says he was happy to lend the support of JFS, not just as a sponsor, but also volunteers. Shalom Austin JFS will send staff to Houston to assist with their crisis response.

“Marty is both an attorney and a social worker and he was a member of the JFS cabinet here for several years. Because of this, he has some awareness of what JFS in Houston would need to do to help Houstonians in need during this time of crisis, and his desire was that their support be directed to JFS,” said Levy.

Austin For Houston will be on November 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Olive & June, located at 3411 Glenview Ave. Tickets are $75 and hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. All proceeds will go directly to Houston JFS. ■

For more information, visit shalomaustin.org/austin4houston.

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