The flood has brought many people to a standstill, still unsure of what to do and how to move forward with their lives. So much was lost by so many. Between the cars and the homes and the personal belongings, there are some that are still shaking their heads in disbelief. Not Remy Marks. This 21-year old is taking matters into her own hands and doing something about the lost car that she can not afford to replace. The car that was not only her only mode of transportation, but also had sentimental value to her because it had belonged to her Grandmother, and she had used that car to drive her Grandmother around in it before her she had passed on. She’s having a Car Concert and she’s the headliner!
The Memorial Day Flood
Remy was out to dinner with some friends at a sushi restaurant off of I10 and Bunker Hill, when it had been raining steadily and the restaurant had decided to shut down. The friends all got into their cars, and Remy was just past the u-turn at Gessner on the South side of I10 going East when the rain was coming down so hard she couldn’t see anything in front of her, other than the fact that other cars were still moving. As she continued onward, the waves from the trucks around her were so large, they rose up into her engine and caused her engine to stall and die. Soon her car was filling with water.
Remy quickly called her father on her cell phone and he told her to call the insurance company, who told her to call the Houston Fire Department. The Houston Fire Department told her to get out of the car and abandon it, as the water was rising rapidly. With some quick thinking, she gathered all the papers from her glove box and put those along with her phone into the safety of her purse and tucked that under her shirt to try to keep it dry. She made her way to the underpass and higher ground, where she found someone who held onto her purse in their car to keep it dry for her as she waited out the storm.
After about 25 minutes, two men offered to help her wade back into the water and push her car into a safe place out of the water. Although her car was now on higher ground, the car was already totaled and a complete loss. She called her friend, who had made it 1/2 mile down the road from her and was sitting under an under pass on higher ground in his car. Remy hitched a ride in the back of a pick up truck, with her purse riding in the cab, to keep her cell phone and papers safe and dry and was dropped off with her friend, who was waiting for his mother to pick them up. 4 hours later they made it back to his home in Sugar Land.
We made the best of it. I just kept thinking, at least my shoes were waterproof and I wasn’t in sneakers.
Remy Marks is from Birmingham, Alabama, but moved here because of family. She works for a property management company in Houston and she is a part of the Houston Jewish Community. She has always loved to sing, and has been singing since she was 12-years old. When she was in college at the University of Maryland, she was in a Jewish Acapella group that traveled and sang a mix of Hebrew and English songs. Since moving to Houston, she became involved in a Youth Recovery Program that met at Faith Lutheran Church in Bellaire and one year she sang in the talent show. The Choir director for the Church heard her and asked her if she would be interested in singing at a Sunday service they have called a “Coffee House Service”, which is a mixture of faith and English songs. She has been singing at the Church ever since, where she sings everything from traditional rock and roll to the Mi Sheberach.
The Car Concert
When Remy realized what the Insurance Company was going to pay for the car, she knew she wasn’t going to be able to afford to replace it and she needed a car. So, she and her father put their heads together and came up with the idea of throwing a Car Concert. The Church agreed to donate the time and the band also agreed to donate their time. Remy will sing a set song list, and from that song list, each donor can purchase a song for $100. Before Remy sings that song, she will not only thank and dedicate that song to the donors, but those donors will also get a DVD of the concert with a personalized DVD cover that has all the donors names on them to thank them. The concert itself will have an entry fee of $5 and there will be beverages and food served.
The Car Concert
Sunday July 12, 2015 at 4 pm at Faith Lutheran Church 4600 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX, 77401
$100/donated song (Name will be called out before the song and you will receive a DVD of the concert with a special cover that has all the donor names on it)
The Set List of Songs:
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack
Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot
You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Say Something – A Great Big World
Fix You – Coldplay
Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
In The Arms Of An Angel – Sarah McLaughlin
Always On Your Side – Sheryl Crow
Fields Of Gold – Sting
Umbrella – Rihanna
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
Dr. Clayton Faulkner – Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Alan Balius – Piano and Keyboard
Tim Griffith – Bass Guitar
Gene Ellison – Drums and Percussion
To RSVP and/or Reserve a Song/Make a Donation to the Car Concert
Remy Marks firstname.lastname@example.org
*ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TOWARDS REMY MARKS REPLACEMENT CAR THAT SHE LOST IN THE FLOOD. SHE IS HOPING TO RAISE $10,000!
Remy Marks is one #VibingKid. She is making it happen for herself. She is taking a talent she has and instead of expecting something for nothing, she is giving her talent, voice, light and love in return. We love that.
We asked Remy why she never worried during this entire ordeal, and she told us this…
Because I knew that God had a plan and that everything would end up okay. I had tremendous support over the past couple of weeks that has reassured my faith in God and that there is always something I can do with friends, family and support of the community to make my situation better.
And, this is why we LOVE Remy Marks and hope you will ALL support her in her Car Concert!