Fund-Raisers Not On Vacation

Shelby Hodge
Houston Chronicle

WHILE it may seem that everyone who’s anyone is out of town this month, there are actually enough heavy hitters still on board to do some serious scoring in the charitable fund-raising department.

Steve Trauber, energy whiz for UBS Investment Bank, and Steve Farris, Apache Corp. prez and CEO, are heading up a power lunch this month for corporate honchos from the energy fields. Their goal: devising a strategy to raise $3 million to endow Fund for Teachers.

That charitable organization, which sends teachers on summer learning adventures to aid them in their work, was established by Apache founder and chairman Raymond Plank in 2001.

In celebration of Apache’s 50th anniversary as an independent exploration and production company, the local energy community is gearing up to raise big bucks. Trauber and his wife, Leticia, are chairing the endowment campaign.

The steering committee represents a who’s who of the city’s energy ranks. We’re talking CEOs, presidents and chairmen. Among them – Nabors Industries’ Tony Petrello, Anadarko’s Jim Hackett, Cooper Cameron’s Shel Erikson, Halliburton’s John Gibson and Noble Corp.’s Jim Day.

The Houston effort is just part of a nationwide $50 million campaign.