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Please Help Flooded Houston Fencers

$800 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 7 months
Created September 1, 2017
Dear fencers and families,

This is Nicole Pustilnik of Team Touche Fencing Center in San Diego, CA.

As you all know, Hurricane Harvey and the flood following it brought devastating destruction to Houston. Our fellow fencers there were not spared,  either. There are four fencing clubs in Houston, and I contacted them all to see if their fencers or coaches need our support. It turns out- they really do!

Several fencing families lost their homes in the floods. We are trying to help Liz (epee), Dan (saber), Liv (foil) and Troy, a 10-year-old fencer who lost all his fencing gear. (The main photo is of Troy’s house. The stories are in the Updates section.) Please join me in raising money to support these and, perhaps, other Houston athletes who need help in these difficult times. While we cannot replace their homes and cars, we definitely can contribute to replacing and fixing their equipment and gear.

The recovery and the rebuilding will be a lengthy process. Red Cross, FEMA, Salvation Army are trying to take care of the immediate needs. However, to help these students recover from the trauma caused by this catastrophe, it is imperative that they return to their standard routines as soon as possible. For the fencers, it means being able to go back to the gym to fence. I started this campaign to help that happen.

I will keep updating this website with more information about our fellow fencers in Houston (please check the Updates tab above). At this moment, the coaches are still in the process of reaching out to the families of their students. The connection has been spotty, but more information will emerge soon.

Every dollar helps! Thank you so much for your support and generosity!

Nicole Pustilnik
(foil, San Diego, CA)
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Liv is 13 and has been fencing foil for two years. She evacuated to Dallas with her mom, older sister, and grandmother. They are just returning to their homes today (Saturday) and are faced with removing drywall, carpets, flooring, furniture and possessions from both Liv’s home and her grandmother’s… and then replacing everything.

Thank you to all the people who already donated! Every dollar is greatly appreciated.
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We just found out about another affected family. These are some pictures from his house.

Troy is in fourth grade and has been part of an after-school fencing club for over a year. Among the items damaged by the flood was his fencing bag – a starter set purchased for him as a Christmas gift last December. Troy has had to miss fencing practice since the hurricane as he and his family work to move damaged furniture and tear out ruined walls.
Troy's driveway
Inside Troy's house
Troy's family trying to...
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Dan and Liz are both fencers – Dan is a saber fencer, three-weapon coach and club owner, and Liz is an epee fencer. They got two feet of water in their home. This is actually the third time they’ve flooded in three years. They spent the days before the hurricane raising most of their possessions well above the previous flood levels, but got a lot more than expected. Many of the things they’d saved through two previous floods were destroyed, as was most of the replacement furniture they’d collected.

Their daughters (ages 5 and 8) had a chalk wall in their room. Before it was torn out, you could see exactly how high the flood waters had come in their room because everything below that line was washed completely clean.

Thank you to all the people who already donated! Every dollar is greatly appreciated.
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$800 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 7 months
Created September 1, 2017
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