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Dine out at top restaurants in April and join the fight against child abuse

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Sheila Aron, left, and Deborah Thompson at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
The Thread Alliance founder Sheila Aron, left, and Deborah Thompson. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Carl Walker at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Brennan's general manger Carl Walker. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Andrea Files, left, and Joanna Hughes at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Andrea Files, left, and Joanna Hughes. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Sheri and Mark Bernstein at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Sheri and Mark Bernstein. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Evelyn Decker and David Schwarz at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Evelyn Decker and David Schwarz. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Bernadette Cashon, from left, George Ford and Trish King at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Bernadette Cashon, from left, George Ford and Trish King. Photo courtesy of © Stephanie Maierson Photography
Sheila Aron, left, and Deborah Thompson at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Carl Walker at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Andrea Files, left, and Joanna Hughes at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Sheri and Mark Bernstein at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Evelyn Decker and David Schwarz at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014
Bernadette Cashon, from left, George Ford and Trish King at the Blue Plate Special kick-off April 2014

Only the day before the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month and the launch of Houston's Blue Plate Special fundraising efforts for that cause, news broke of the starving 5-year-old who was kept in a closet under a stairway in a Houston suburb. That discovery served to bring home the mission of The Thread Alliance and it's second annual awareness and education campaign.

Thread Alliance founder Sheila Aron was joined by supporters at Brennan's to kick off the month-long dining opportunities, the Blue Plate Special, in which a portion of proceeds go to the non-profit. The organization reports that Texas has the highest rate of child abuse and neglect fatalities in the country. Its mission is to provide a central registry of local, state and national resources for those seeking child abuse prevention, intervention or treatment information and services.  

During the cocktail gathering on the Brennan's patio, Aron announced the participating restaurants which include Ciao Bella, Buffalo Grille, Prego, Brennan’s, Mariposa, Armandos, Adair Kitchen, Federal Grill, Tony’s, Giacomo's, Center Court at the Houstonian, Frank’s American Revival, Alicia’s Mexican Grill, Fresh Market, Island Grill and Mia Bella. 

Supporters on hand included Brennan's general manager Carl Walker, Child Protective Services executive director George Ford, CPS's Debra Cashon, family law attorney Deborah Thompson, Sheri and Mark Bernstein, Evelyn Decker and David Schwarz.

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