The Beard and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner got together and announced the donation at a press conference in front a group of displaced residents at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Harden’s donation comes after Rockets owner Les Alexander led the way with a $10 million donation of his own, and several other Rockets and ex-Rockets, including Chris Paul, Clint Capela, and Steve Francis, have also stepped up to lend a helping hand.
The Beard also made a point to thank J.J. Watt for everything he’s doing for the city of Houston, as Watt’s fundraiser has really taken off. Originally with a goal of $200,000, as of September 3, Watt’s fundraiser has taken in a mind-boggling $18.5 million.
One week ago the goal was $200k— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) September 4, 2017
We just passed $18.5 MILLION.
Your generosity knows no bounds. Thank you. https://t.co/SR6DmnNbyM
Way to go, guys. It’s great to see so many people step up with generosity for Houston in its time of need. You often see people’s character in time of tragedy, and the city of Houston and its residents have gone above and beyond to help out each other during this trying time.