41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala Set to Honor Local Businesswoman and Philanthropist Gisela Houseman


The CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation is pleased to announce it will honor local businesswoman and philanthropist Gisela Houseman at its highly anticipated 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala on April 20.

Houseman is owner and CEO of The Houseman Companies based in Orange, Texas. She and the Houseman Foundation played a pivotal role in bringing the recently opened CHRISTUS Hospital – Orange facility to fruition by generously donating the land on which it was built. Named in her honor, the 20-acre Gisela Houseman Medical Campus is anchored by the new hospital, which offers 24/7 emergency services, an extended-stay unit, full diagnostic imaging and lab services and a dedicated women’s center.

"We are deeply grateful to Gisela Houseman for her remarkable generosity and commitment to improving health care in the Orange community," said Teri Hawthorne, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation executive director. "Her donation of land for the new CHRISTUS Hospital - Orange is a testament of her compassion and concern for the well-being of others. We are honored to recognize her contributions at our 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala."

Houseman originally hails from Hamburg, Germany, and embarked on her journey to the United States with her family at the age of 6, eventually obtaining citizenship in 1956. Her path led her to Dallas, where she met her late husband Tony Houseman before settling in Southeast Texas in 1987. Together, they worked in land development and home construction projects spanning Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Following Tony’s passing after 23 years of marriage, Houseman assumed sole leadership of the business and continued overseeing homebuilding operations for an additional decade. Today, Houseman remains at the helm of the company, supported by two dedicated long-term employees, and continues to uphold the legacy of The Houseman Companies.

Houseman has a long history of making an impactful difference for the community. She has established scholarships at Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology and Lamar State College-Orange, and currently serves on all three foundation boards, among others. Over the years, she has received various honors, including Southeast Texan of the Year, the Frances Monk Award for Leadership from Leadership Southeast Texas, Citizen of the Year from the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce, and others. She was also inducted into the Women’s Conference of Southeast Texas Hall of Fame in 1991.

The CHRISTUS Gala promises to be an unforgettable evening of celebration, philanthropy and community. Attendees can look forward to a refined entertainment experience beginning with cocktails and conversation, followed by an exquisite gourmet meal, culminating in an intimate performance by the legendary Goo Goo Dolls. Proceeds from this year's Gala will go toward acquiring life-saving equipment at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System.

For more information about the 41st Annual CHRISTUS Gala or to inquire about table reservations, please visit ChristusSoutheastTexasFoundation.org or call the Foundation office at 409-236-7555.