Update: July 17, 2:30 p.m.

After a week-long fundraising campaign, Angelina Allen, an administrator of the Facebook group Katy/Fort Bend Foodies, said that the group raised more than $8,000 between July 9-15.

"We were able to raise $8,033 over a week for nine different charities," Allen said in a Facebook post to the group.

The money was raised in the following amounts:

  • Texas Borders raised $1035 for Fulshear Family Hope.

  • Fish City Grill raised $547 for the Snowdrop Foundation.

  • Pablo’s raised $2000 for Texas Children’s Hospital.

  • PDQ raised $400 for The Ballard House.

  • Anthonie’s raised $2000 for Behind the Badge.

  • Star’s Sports Bar raised $150 for Almost Home Pet Rescue.

  • Peli Peli raised $500 for Pug Hearts Houston.

  • Dish Society raised $1200 for Recipe for Success.

  • Local Bar raised $201 for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center.

Allen said the group plans to hold a second Give Back Week in January.

Originally Posted July 13 at 6:46 p.m. 

In honor of reaching a membership of 30,000, the Katy/Fort Bend Foodies Facebook group has partnered with nine Katy-area restaurants to raise money for a variety of charities. One of the largest local groups, the Foodies group shares restaurant recommendations, recipes, dining experiences and other food culture information with locals.

Angelina Allen, an administrator of the online group said the administrative team for the group had been brainstorming what they should do to celebrate reaching the 30,000 member benchmark, when she received a message from Antonio Moreno, the owner of Fish City Grill.

“Antonio from Fish City Grill wrote me and asked if he could include us in his next charity night,” said Allen.

The first Tuesday of each month, Fish City Grill donates 15 percent of its sales to charity and Moreno wanted the Katy/Fort Bend Foodies to choose the next charity to benefit from the event.

Soon after, Sean Fitzsimmons, another administrator for the group suggested a charity drive as well, and the idea formed from there, Allen said. Other than choosing Snowdrop for the Fish City Grill portion of the drive, the moderators did not pick charities.

“We came in with the idea that people are passionate about certain charities anyway and wanted to leave it to the owner…,” said Allen. “We were hoping for local but it didn’t really matter to us. We just wanted to help people.”

Fitzsimmons works for Microsoft and used tools available to him to vet each of the charities business owners chose.

As of 11 a.m. on Friday, July 13, the group has raised more than $3,600 with the help of Texas Borders Bar & Grill, Fish City Grill, Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen, PDQ, Anthonie’s Market Grill and Peli Peli’s Cinco Ranch location.

Diners who want to participate can visit the restaurants below and mention the Katy/Fort Bend Foodies group or the charity the restaurant is raising money for to have ten to 15 percent of their total bill donated to the restaurant’s chosen charity.

Allen said the group is considering making this an event semiannually with another event possibly occurring in January of 2019 and another in July 2019. Restaurants interested in participating in future events should contact Allen or Andrew Leeper, the founder of the group, via Facebook.