Announcing the Honoree for the 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala!

We are thrilled to unveil that local businesswoman and philanthropist, Gisela Houseman, will be honored at the highly anticipated 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala on April 20.

Gisela Houseman, Owner and CEO of The Houseman Companies in Orange, Texas, has an inspiring journey. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, she embarked on her American journey at the age of six, eventually obtaining citizenship in 1956. Her path led her to Dallas, where she met her late husband, Tony Houseman, before settling in Southeast Texas in 1987. Together, they made significant contributions to land development and home construction projects across Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Following Tony’s passing, Gisela assumed sole leadership of the business, continuing their legacy with unwavering dedication.

Her impact extends far beyond the business realm. Gisela Houseman and the Houseman Foundation played a pivotal role in bringing the recently-opened CHRISTUS Hospital – Orange facility to life by generously donating the land on which it was built. Named in her honor, the 20-acre Gisela Houseman Medical Campus is a beacon of health care in the Orange community, offering a wide range of services including 24/7 emergency care, extended stay units, diagnostic imaging, and a dedicated women’s center.

“We are deeply grateful to Gisela Houseman for her remarkable generosity and commitment to improving healthcare in the Orange community,” said Teri Hawthorne, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation executive director. “Her donation of land for the new CHRISTUS Hospital – Orange is a testament of her compassion and concern for the well-being of others. We are honored to recognize her contributions at our 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala.”

Gisela Houseman’s philanthropic endeavors have left an indelible mark on the community. She has established scholarships at local educational institutions and serves on multiple foundation boards. Her dedication has earned her various honors, including Southeast Texan of the Year, the Frances Monk Award for Leadership, and induction into the Women’s Conference of Southeast Texas Hall of Fame.

Join us for the unforgettable 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala, where we celebrate philanthropy, community, and honor Gisela Houseman’s extraordinary contributions. The evening promises refined entertainment, exquisite dining, and an intimate performance by the legendary Goo Goo Dolls. Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support acquiring life-saving equipment at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System.

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