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2021 Building a Dream Luncheon

Join us for Houston Habitat’s only fundraising event.

Leela Krishnamurthy

The Carl Umland Award

Leela Krishnamurthy exemplifies the same tenacity and passion for serving the Houston community as the organization’s founder, Carl Umland.

Leela is well known for her work as a local community activist and philanthropist. Leela has a longstanding record of service to the Houston community. Most recently, Leela was honored as a 2020 Woman of Substance by The Mission of Yahweh and a Hats Off to Mothers Awardee by Easter Seals. Leela and her husband Nat were named a Top 20 Power Couple Impact Maker by Caring Kindness Wisdom. Leela has generously served on the board of UNICEF and Houston Habitat for Humanity.  During her term as a board member, and then President of Indo American Charity Foundation, two Houston Habitat houses were sponsored by the foundation. Leela was head Librarian of the Barbara Bush library where she initiated innovative programs including famous authors like Stephen King.  She is a current trustee and president of Sankara Nethralaya, fighting blindness in India. Leela has also served as president of Bharathi Kalai Manram and treasurer of India Cultural Center.

Photo courtesy of Gittings Photography

Keynote Speaker to be announced

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For more information please contact Marla Endieveri at or 713-671-9993 x284.

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Leela and Natesan Krishnamurthy


 Comprehensive Financial Design Group

Marek Family

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Josh Beasley and Andrew Hayes
Hancock Whitney Bank
Houston Housing Finance Corporation
Hughes Watters Askanase, LLP
Christie Obiaya and Mahesh Konduru
Gail Boyd Rogers
Amy and Thomas Stroh
TAS Realty
Antonio D. Tillis
Wallace T. Ward
Rosy C. Zuklic

If you missed our 2020 virtual luncheon you can still view it here.