POSTPONED - June Luncheon: Rodeo Houston – The Spirit of Volunteers

June 24, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Hilton Americas - Houston
1600 Lamar St,
Houston, TX 77010

We have postponed our June 24th Event. More information to come!



Rodeo Houston – The Spirit of Volunteers

Richard L. Gruen, Vice Chairman, Public Speaking Team
HLS&R Speakers Committee

Richard is an active community volunteer and consultant specializing in nonprofit fundraising.  He moved to Houston in 1970 after receiving his Master’s degree in education from the University of Iowa.  His career includes almost 50 years as a nonprofit program director and fundraising professional. In February 2018 he retired from Today’s Harbor for Children, formerly Boys & Girls Harbor, after working for 13 years as their Director of Development and Communications. 

He is a Life Member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has served on the Speakers Committee since 1999.  In addition to speaking to business and civic groups about RODEOHOUSTON, he also spends time telling children and adults all about the Rodeo as “FLAME” the Rodeo Clown.  In 2002 he was selected as the Committee’s “Speaker of the Year”, in 2010, 2011 and 2019 he was recognized as one of the Committee’s five “Top Producers”, and in 2012 he was named “Top Special Events Speaker”.  Last year he was Captain of the “Rodeo Rangers” team that won the Committee’s “Team of the Year” award.  This year Richard is serving as a first year Vice Chairman responsible for the Committee’s Public Speaking Team.       

Community involvement includes membership in the Rotary Club of Houston Heights and the Houston Downtown Optimist Club.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Greater Houston Chapter and the Apollo Chamber Players.  Volunteer activities include the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Speakers Committee, Astros Foundation, Houston Food Bank and Project C.U.R.E.  In his spare time, he enjoys bass fishing. 



Thank you to our event sponsor!


$30.00 Member Registration

$45.00 Guest Registration