Houston Treasure for 2019
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Alan Helfman is following in his father’s footsteps in the automobile industry, and the family runs five dealerships in the Houston area. Alan has one of the biggest hearts in Houston and doesn’t look for recognition when he gives. One of Alan’s passions for community work is his interest in the law enforcement community. He has led more than sixty fundraisers for the Houston Police Officers Union. He accomplishes this by donating items from his extensive collection of autographed sports memorabilia. His interest in law enforcement led him to help Houston Community College establish the Public Safety Institute of HCC-Northeast. In addition to HPD, he has donated to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Alan is an active fundraiser for Texas Southern University, the University of Houston, the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Crime Stoppers and Houston Firefighters. He has averaged working on a fundraising event per month for the past 25 years.
After Hurricane Harvey, Alan helped raise over 4.7 million dollars for the Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Center, one of the largest fundraisers ever in Houston.
The Helfman family has donated generously to other Jewish organizations through the years. At The Emery/Weiner School, where their children attended, they helped build the Helfman athletic field to honor Jack Helfman and their late brother-in-law Nason Feldman.
Alan is a Houston Treasure in business and philanthropy and is committed to continuing the legacy of the Helfman family in Houston.