In 1987, Woody Hunt and his wife, Gayle, established the Hunt Family Foundation supporting charities and initiatives that focus on El Paso and the Paso Del Norte region. The Foundation continues to invest in community programs and infrastructure that target advancements in healthcare, access to education, proliferation of the arts, preservation of local heritage, improvements in quality-of-life initiatives, and regional economic development. The Foundation is committed to community involvement and improving the El Paso area.
The Hunt family has been involved with El Paso for generations, ever since M. L. Hunt (Woody’s grandfather) arrived from the Cimarron/Raton area of New Mexico, where his Midwestern family had settled via covered wagon and the Santa Fe Trail.
By 1955, M. L.’s two sons, Jack (Woody’s father) and Kelly, bought M. L.’s interest in his Hunt Sales Company. Hunt Sales Company was a retail lumber, hardware, and building materials business. It would soon add the construction component. The brothers incorporated as Hunt Sales, Inc., and construction fueled the Hunt business’s successes and expansion. Today their business is known as Hunt Companies, Inc., a national developer, investor, and manager of real estate assets providing a broad range of services to public and private sector clients, with Woody Hunt as Executive Chairman.