|KHOU 11's Chita Johnson & Courtney Zubowski at last year's event|
Texas energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens will serve as CEO (Celebrity Executive Officer) at the event where he will direct the Houston celebrity servers who will be mingling with guests to help raise funds to help prevent child abuse and neglect in the Houston area.
Joining Pickens will be: “Live” Auction Auctioneers KTRK-TV News Anchor Tom Koch and Houston PBS TV Host Ernie Manouse; Celebrity Servers KTRK-TV Reporter Sonia Azad and “Live Well Network ‘Deals’ Host Kat Cosley; KPRC-TV Anchor Andy Cerota; Bob Allen of Bob Allen Media; KHOU-TV Reporter Courtney Zubowski, Meteorologist Chita Johnson and Morning Traffic Reporter Katherine Whaley; KTRH Radio Morning Anchor Shara Fryer; Lopez Family Taekwondo Olympic Champions; The 9-5-0 Radio Host Michael Garfield, Astronauts Walt Cunningham and Gene Cernan; KRBE Radio/FOX 26 Personality Dave Morales; CBS Radio/FOX 26 Personality Cleverley Stone; Buzz Lady Roseann Rogers; “Delicious Mischief” Radio Host John DeMers, Celebrity Stylists Ceron, Todd Ramos and Edward Sanchez and Houston icons in the world of philanthropy and business, Lynn Wyatt and Robert Sakowitz.
The Celebrity Serve Benefit is a major annual source of funding for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is held in April as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. ESCAPE, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is harmed, helps promote happy childhoods by providing intervention, education and support programs to families in crisis. Founded in 1983 by the Houston-area chapters of The National Exchange Club, ESCAPE relies on private support to prevent and combat emotional, physical and sexual violence towards children.
Tickets to the “Color My World” ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit start at $400 and table sponsorships range from $4,000 to $15,000. For those interested in purchasing tickets or tables, or donating to the live auction, please call Chris Rambeaux at 832-367-9117 or ESCAPE, Sandi Mercado, (713) 942-9500, ext. 14, or go to learntoparent.org and click on the “Celebrity Serve Benefit.”
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