FEC: Dave & Buster’s CEO issues Harvey statement

Dave and Buster’s CEO, Margo Manning, has released a statement regarding the recent disastrous floods caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

“In 1991, Dave & Buster’s built its first Houston, Texas store. D&B was welcomed warmly by the community as Houstonians found the fun on Richmond Avenue and discovered they loved to Eat, Drink and Play! With more fortune 500 headquarters within its city limits than any other municipality, Houston has become even more vibrant through the years. Today, D&B has three stores in Houston and the surrounding metropolis with over 400 team members.

“On August 24th, 2017, the city of Houston and much of southeast Texas were ravaged by Hurricane Harvey. Winds reached up to 145 miles per hour, and rainfall exceeded 50 inches in several areas locally, breaking the national record for rainfall. The total estimated damage from the flash floods is initially estimated to exceed $50 billion, and it is considered to be one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States.

“Many members of the D&B family lost their homes, cars and all of their family possessions.

“In the wake of this tragedy, the spirit of Houston persevered. Our teams have been on the ground ensuring our team is safe and working to help them rebuild their lives. This continues to be our priority and since Monday the HEART fund has provided over $100,000 in assistance. Mike Corbell, our Regional Operations Director, is in Houston working side-by-side with our teams and General Managers Tom Au-Yeung, Adrian Williams and Andy Oreskovich.

“We recognised that with our stores closed there are negative financial implications to our team. Fortunately, our stores sustained minimal damage, and our teams have put great effort into getting them reopened. It is with gratitude that we share all three Houston stores will reopen today at noon.

“Despite the fact that many have suffered near total loss of all their possessions, when we reached out to the teams they were excited to return to work and help us reopen.  We were told by many that this was the
first step in regaining normalcy in their lives.

“The outpour of donations from our broader D&B team that has come together to provide support in this time of great need has been moving. Lastly, we want to thank our people of Houston for showing us the extraordinary power of the human spirit. We are proud to be a part of this community and
believe the city will recover. Texas Strong!”

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