Houston Treasure for 2019
Photo by: Gittings
Tena Lundquist Faust and Tyson Faust have been active in Houston’s charitable community for the past 21 years. As animal advocates, Tena and Tyson have a shared passion for creating awareness about Houston’s companion animal crisis and raising funds to support efforts that alleviate the suffering and help solve the animal overpopulation problem. Fueled by the desire to help give a voice to those who are in most need of help, Tena and Tyson also devote their time and efforts to causes that help protect children.
Tyson Faust is the President of Faust Distributing, a company that was started by his father, Don Faust Sr., in 1957. A native Texan and a University of Texas at Austin alumnus, Tyson serves as the Director of the 100 Club, an organization that supports the families of police officers and firemen in our community. In addition, Tyson is on the board of The Houston Achievement Place, a nonprofit that protects children and provides necessary skills to the care providers. For many years, he participated in hosting retreats at his family’s ranch benefitting young Texas Children’s Hospital cancer patients and their families. Tyson also holds active member status of the Houston Go Texan Committee; is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and is also a member of the University of Texas Ex-Students Association.
Tena Lundquist Faust, a leader in Houston’s animal advocacy community, has spent more than fifteen years working with our community’s homeless animals. She began her efforts in 2003, and in 2008 she started The Highland Village Adoption Center. In addition, in 2012, Tena served as a founding member of Houston’s BARC Foundation. For the past five years, Tena and her twin sister, Tama, have lead Houston PetSet as the 501c3’s Co-Presidents, and have co-chaired its annual fundraiser five times. At this year’s event in September, Tena helped raise nearly $500,000 to alleviate the suffering and homelessness of Houston’s companion animals.
Outside of the office, Tena and Tyson enjoy spending time with their Hurricane Harvey rescue dog, Finnegan.