Houston Treasure for 2020
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Monica Hartland was born a giving soul. As the third oldest child of 14, she quickly grew to care for her younger siblings. Fueled by a compassionate heart and an innate willingness to help others, Monica has dedicated much of her life to philanthropic causes. Even when her own financial situation was unstable, she committed to donating more than she could afford every month for five years to the homeless women and children at The Mission of Yahweh. Having experienced hard times in her own life, she vowed to be a champion for those who were less fortunate, and the Mission of Yahweh has been the primary beneficiary of Monica’s philanthropy efforts ever since.
Monica has chaired The Mission of Yahweh’s most successful fundraiser, the Women of Substance Luncheon, and for ten years she has produced “Christmas on a Mission” for The Mission of Yahweh. This incredible event provides a snow-covered, fantasy Christmas for each homeless woman and child at the Mission, fulfilling the gift wishes of every child and providing comfort- and confidence-building supplies for moms working to get back on their feet, gain stable employment, and move into permanent homes.
Monica co-chaired the inaugural Jubilee of Dance dinner to benefit Houston Ballet, has chaired the WorkFaith Spring Chicks luncheon, which brought in scores of new donations and donors, and has co-chaired the Children’s Assessment Center’s Spirit of Spring luncheon. She has been honored several times as being among Houston’s 25 Most Beautiful in H Texas magazine and honored as a Fresh Face of Philanthropy.
Monica joined the Institutional Advancement team at Baylor College of Medicine in 2019 to expand her development efforts in raising funds to help discover new treatments for the most threatening diseases facing society today. Monica’s strong determination, generous spirit, contagiously positive attitude, and tireless perseverance have made a tremendous impact on the Houston Community, and she is the true personification of a Houston Treasure.