Paws for Patriots

Belles of Houston and Hunters Creek Retrievers Honor Marine Corps Veteran Erik Perez

Belles of Houston Supports the Lone Survivor Foundation
Belles of Houston Gala Event featuring puppy giveaway by Hunters Creek Retrievers

During the annual Belles of Houston Ball Gala, December 8, 2016, the Belles had the distinct honor of hosting over 400 guest and featured speaker Erik Perez. Hunters Creek Retrievers Championship Labs stole the show as beautiful Trained Yellow Lab Puppy was auctioned off and then graciously donated back to the Lone Survivor Foundation for a worthy veteran. In January, both the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Belles of Houston unanimously nominated Erik Perez to receive a Championship Labrador from Hunters Creek Retrievers. After Erik’s dog completes Top Dog Training USA’s canine companion training regime Erik and his new bride Courtney will have the opportunity to work with their lovable Lab before they take him home to become part of the family.

On January 31, 2017, Erik was able to enjoy his first ever day hunting waterfowl, as a guest of Hunters Creek Retrievers, guided by owner John Tate, on a cool crisp Texas morning the former marine displayed his marksmanship abilities bagged his first duck on his second shot. Congratulations Erik!

Marine Corps veteran, amphibious assault crewman, Erik Perez, inspired to serve his country at 18 after witnessing the events of 9/11, he proudly served his country eight years going from the pleasant winds of Gainesville Florida to the sand storms of Iraq. Eric was deployed three times, once to Fallujah for operation “Vigilant Resolve”, next on the 11th marine expeditionary unit on ship and trained in Kuwait aboard the USS German Town, and the final deployment to Okinawa Japan, maintaining a platoon of amphibious assault vehicles and training in jungle warfare.

Honorably discharged in 2011, he made his way to the great State of Texas, fell in love with both Texas, where met and married his wife Courtney a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, and settled in Bryan/College Station, or Aggieland as it’s known to any SEC fan that has traveled to the former train stop in the middle of nowhere for a gridiron battle at a school where tradition runs deep and military roots of the college that has produced more commissioned military than any university other than the military academies.

Erik is dedicated to serving military veterans around the community and committed to working with LSF, when asked what he thought about the programs Erik was quick to respond, “Lone Survivor Foundation has been a huge blessing in my rehabilitation.”

Join the Belles of Houston, in their continuing efforts to benefit veterans through the Lone Survivor Foundation. The efforts of this group of power house and dedicated women from the Oil and Gas Industry has allowed a number of worthy veterans and veterans families to experience the regenerating retreat programs of the Lone Survivor Foundation. Join in their upcoming with a little bit down home Cajun Cooking and pounds of crawfish on the same plate as Texas Best selection of finger licking Barbecue.


Erik Perez, Marine Corps Veteran and Jeweler

Erik Perez, Nov 2016 recipient of a companion labrador puppy

My name is Erik Perez, I served in the Marine Corps for eight years as an amphibious assault crewman. I was born in Miami and raised mainly in Gainesville Florida. I was 18 years old when 9/11 happened and I had a great desire to serve and protect my country after that attack. I enlisted In the marine corps in February 2003.

I was deployed three times, once to Fallujah for operation “Vigilant Resolve”, once on the 11th marine expeditionary unit on ship and trained in Kuwait aboard the USS German Town, and the final deployment to Okinawa Japan for six months. When I was in Japan, I maintained a platoon of amphibious assault vehicles and trained in jungle warfare.

I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 2011 and currently working as a jeweler in college station TX, married to my beautiful wife , Courtney. We have a lab mastiff mix dog. I am always looking for ways to get involved with veterans around in my community and working with the Lone Survivor Foundation, which has been a huge blessing in my rehabilitation.

Erik Perez