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7947 Sheri Foreman Elder, from left, Kathy Hubbard, Mayor Annise Parker and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Sheri Foreman Elder, from left, Kathy Hubbard, Mayor Annise Parker and Leisa Holland-Nelson. Courtesy photo
7847 Michael Francisco, from left, Liz Kennan, Gregg Ring and Ellie Francisco at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Michael Francisco, from left, Liz Kennan, Gregg Ring and Ellie Francisco. Courtesy photo
7936 Rhea Lawson, left, and Cyndy Garza Roberts at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Houston Public Library director Rhea Lawson, left, and Cyndy Garza Roberts. Courtesy photo
7906 Susie Peake, left, and Dancie Ware at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Susie Peake, left, and Dancie Ware. Courtesy photo
7854 Samantha Kennedy, from left, with Jeremy and Linsay Radcliffe at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Samantha Kennedy, from left, with Jeremy and Lindsay Radcliffe. Courtesy photo
7832 Nicole Katz, left, and Donna Vallone at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Nicole Katz, left, and Donna Vallone. Courtesy photo
7852 Leisa Holland-Nelson, from left, Neil Bush, Maria Bush and Jack Christie at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Leisa Holland-Nelson, from left, Neil and Maria Bush and City Councilman Jack Christie. Courtesy photo
7787 Ellie Francisco, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Bobbie Nau and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Ellie Francisco, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Bobbie Nau and Leisa Holland-Nelson. Courtesy photo
7776 Margaret Young, left, and Julie Baker Finck at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Margaret Young, left, and Julie Baker Finck. Courtesy photo
7762 Giti Zarinkelk and Stephen Costello at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
Giti Zarinkelk and City Councilman Stephen Costello. Courtesy photo
7947 Sheri Foreman Elder, from left, Kathy Hubbard, Mayor Annise Parker and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7847 Michael Francisco, from left, Liz Kennan, Gregg Ring and Ellie Francisco at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7936 Rhea Lawson, left, and Cyndy Garza Roberts at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7906 Susie Peake, left, and Dancie Ware at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7854 Samantha Kennedy, from left, with Jeremy and Linsay Radcliffe at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7832 Nicole Katz, left, and Donna Vallone at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7852 Leisa Holland-Nelson, from left, Neil Bush, Maria Bush and Jack Christie at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7787 Ellie Francisco, from left, Trini Mendenhall, Bobbie Nau and Leisa Holland-Nelson at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7776 Margaret Young, left, and Julie Baker Finck at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014
7762 Giti Zarinkelk and Stephen Costello at the Mayor's Literacy Breakfast May 2014

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.  

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