What: Houston Center for Literacy Mayor’s Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast.
Where: River Oaks Country Club.
The 411: For the third consecutive year Ellie Francisco and Leisa Holland-Nelson chaired the annual literacy fundraiser, this time around enlisting the help of literacy supporters Bobbie Nau and Trini Mendenhall as honorary chairs. More than 300 literacy advocates, including seven city council members, rose early to make the gathering that set records in both attendance and fundraising.
Mayor Annise Parker led the morning with KPRC Channel 2 meteorologist Khambrel Marshall serving as emcee. The program included a testimonial from a young lady who passed her GED within only two months of enrolling in Houston Center for Literacy’s San Jose Learning Center. She received the Learner of the Year scholarship to help with her community college studies.
Who: On board for literacy were Maria and Neil Bush, Roxann Neumann, Dancie Perugini Ware, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Beth Wolff, Donna Vallone, Michael Francisco, Sarah and Bradley Bracewell, Lindsay and Jeremy Radcliffe, Val Gibbs, Samantha Kennedy, Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Susie Criner, Andrew Linbeck and Rhea Lawson, director of the Houston Public Library.