Bryan, TX (May 3, 2011) Faculty and staff from Texas A&M Athletics along with volunteers from Texas A&M Sports Properties, various student athletes, and Whataburger employees are coming together on Saturday May 7th to work alongside Videncia Casas to ensure that by the end of the day, her new home will be painted – inside and out!


“We’re thankful for the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity to paint Videncia’s home,” said David Lawrence, general manager, Texas A&M Sports Properties, the multimedia rights partner for Texas A&M Athletics. “This will be a meaningful experience for our staff, as well as for the coaches and student-athletes who can join us.”


Coach’s from Texas A&M University will be on hand, including; John Corbelli from volleyball and Jo Evans from softball. Other Athletic Department faculty and staff as well as several student athletes will be working on the Habitat project this Saturday too.


The Casas family home is this year’s Corporate Challenge home and the affiliate’s 199th home. It is just one of several homes Whataburger has helped sponsor over the years, and is the culmination of the company’s “Bring Home the W” program, a partnership with Texas A&M Athletics, now in its third year. As part of the “Bring Home the W” program, each time the Aggies win a football, basketball, baseball or softball game, Whataburger makes a donation to benefit Bryan/College Station Habitat for Humanity. In addition, Whataburger employees annually volunteer with Texas A&M students, athletes and coaches to help build a Habitat home and provide breakfast and lunch for the volunteers.


“Whataburger’s ‘Bring Home the W’ program is something our local employees and customers love,” said Rob Rodriguez, Senior Regional Director of Operations, Whataburger Restaurants, LP. “It is an honor to work with Habitat for Humanity, as it gives us the chance to show our Aggie spirit and hometown pride by helping to give local families, like the Casas, a new home.”


Videncia Casas is employed as a Physical Therapist at St. Joseph Regional Health Center. “I am so grateful to all these amazing people – that they would come out and spend an entire Saturday painting my house,” said Ms. Casas. “It just really warms my heart that there are so many people in this community that truly care.”


Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2011