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.