HOUSTON – They are passionate rivals on the football field, but the Longhorns and Sooners are teaming up in Houston this week to support the victims last week’s tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma.
The OU Club of Houston and Houston Texas Exes are co-hosting a "We Are One" benefit at Cottonwood Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday, 5/29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"We have all been saddened by the tragic devastation suffered in Moore, Oklahoma this week. The hearts and prayers of the Longhorn Nation are with the families affected by the tornadoes," Texas Exes President David Bain said in an email to members. "Several of you have asked how the Longhorn community can help in the recovery effort, and I am glad to share opportunities for us to help make an immediate impact."
Longhorns are asked to wear crimson and Sooners are asked to wear burnt orange to the party as a sign of unity.
A moving van will be at Cottonwood to collect donations for tornado victims. Cottonwood will contribute a portion of all food and beverage sales to the victims.
Alumni from both schools are also encouraged to make online donations at Houstonsooners.com. All proceeds will be used to purchase essential supplies and provisions desperately needed in Moore, such as: diapers; baby formula; pet food; water and other drinks; and nonperishable food such as energy bars.
The OU Club of Houston will accept donations of clothing, toiletries and other necessities to transport to the Oklahoma City area in the next week to ten days. If you have something you’d like to donate, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-560-3645 and they can arrange pick up of your items.
The alumni chapters will have a friendly competition to raise the most money. The winner gets the "Golden Boot" trophy.
Cottonwood is located at 3422 North Shepherd Drive, near the 34th Street intersection.