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Mayor Parker celebrates low-key inauguration with reception at Houston Food Bank

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8 Alice Aanstoos, from left, Bob Ryan and Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
Alice Aanstoos, from left, Bob Ryan and Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Jack Christie and Carol Alvarado at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Jack Christie and Carol Alvarado at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Olivia Arena and Noah Horwitz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Olivia Arena and Noah Horwitz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5 Brian Greene, from left, Leila Perrin, Helen Perry and Morris Fountain at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Brian Greene, from left, Leila Perrin, Helen Perry and Morris Fountain at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Stephen Costello, from left, with Jill and Carl Jarvis at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Stephen Costello, from left, with Jill and Carl Jarvis at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
14 Minnete Boesel and Alfred Moran at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Minnette Boesel and Alfred Moran at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Gene Wu, from left, Julie Evans and Kristen Brauchle at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Gene Wu, from left, Julie Evans and Kristen Brauchle at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Dalton DeHart, from left, Juliet Stipeche and Erica Lee at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Dalton DeHart, from left, Juliet Stipeche and Erica Lee at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6 Sonia Soto, from left, Kim Padgett, Jessica Michan and Roxana Heredia at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Sonia Soto, from left, Kim Padgett, Jessica Michan and Roxana Heredia at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Jim Mills and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Jim Mills and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Mayor Annise Parker and Brian Greene at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
Mayor Annise Parker and Brian Greene at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Alex Blair and Bobken Simonians at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Alex Blair and Bobken Simonians at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 crowd venue at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
The crowd at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Rhonda Arnold, left, and Helen Cavazos at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Rhonda Arnold, left, and Helen Cavazos at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Mayor Annise Parker and Wayne Klotz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
Mayor Annise Parker and Wayne Klotz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Alice Aanstoos, from left, Bob Ryan and Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
9 Jack Christie and Carol Alvarado at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
1 Olivia Arena and Noah Horwitz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
5 Brian Greene, from left, Leila Perrin, Helen Perry and Morris Fountain at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
13 Stephen Costello, from left, with Jill and Carl Jarvis at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
14 Minnete Boesel and Alfred Moran at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
4 Gene Wu, from left, Julie Evans and Kristen Brauchle at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
3 Dalton DeHart, from left, Juliet Stipeche and Erica Lee at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
6 Sonia Soto, from left, Kim Padgett, Jessica Michan and Roxana Heredia at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
15 Jim Mills and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
11 Mayor Annise Parker at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
12 Mayor Annise Parker and Brian Greene at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014.
16 Alex Blair and Bobken Simonians at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
10 crowd venue at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
17 Rhonda Arnold, left, and Helen Cavazos at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014
2 Mayor Annise Parker and Wayne Klotz at the mayoral inauguration reception at the Houston Food Bank January 2014

Eshewing a glamorous party to celebrate her inauguration, Mayor Annise Parker and her inaugural committee hosted a low-key reception at the Houston Food Bank Thursday night to highlight the plight of feeding the hungry in a booming, prosperous city.

"The first inauguration, we had a big outdoor party (at Discovery Green). The second inauguration, I had a nice reception to show off the Ideson (the newly-renovated Houston Public Library Julia Ideson Building)," Parker said. "This time, I wanted to send a message that not everybody is enjoying the benefits of this economy. We need to give back."

Amid the industrial surroundings in a meeting room with concrete floors and stark white walls, spirits were high as the mayor — in her third and final term — was surrounded by several hundred supporters who took turns hugging her and posing for cell-phone photos.

 "This time, I wanted to send a message that not everybody is enjoying the benefits of this economy. We need to give back." 

"Two years ago I made a commitment to homelessness, and I reiterated that commitment today," Parker said, referring to her inauguration speech. "Part of addressing homelessness is making sure that people have enough to eat every day, and most of the people that the Food Bank serves actually have homes, many of them have jobs, but they can't put enough food on the table to sustain themselves. In one of the richest cities in the richest country on earth, we ought to do a better job."

Attendees were asked to donate to the Houston Food Bank. The final amount is still being tallied, but it includes a $5,000 donation by AT&T.

Several city council members, including Stephen Costello, Jack Christie, Michael Kubosh, Jerry Davis and Ed Gonzalez, were on hand, along with U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and her daughter, Harris County Board of Education trustee Erica Lee, and Texas State Reps. Carol Alvarado and Gene Wu.

Also in the crowd were AT&T regional vice president Alice Aanstoos, Houston Food Bank president Brian Greene, Leila Perrin, Morris Fountain, Bob Ryan, Tom Conry, Bart Truxillo, Kim Padgett, Olivia Arena, Noah Horwitz, Wayne Klotz, Dale Conger, Cindy Clifford, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Minnette Boesel, Dalton DeHart and stylist Helen Perry, who helped Parker pick out the chic winter white jacket by Lafayette 148 designer Edwin Wilkerson that the mayor wore during the swearing-in ceremony at the Wortham Center earlier in the day.

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