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Houston society and sports stars rise and shine to toast literacy leaders

Houston society, sports stars rise and shine to toast literacy leaders

Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Khambrel Marshall, Leisa Holland Nelson, Stephnie Tsuru and Mayor Sylvester Turner
Khambrel Marshall, Leisa Holland Nelson, Stephanie Tsuru, and Mayor Sylvester Turner.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Bobbi Nay Brian Ching
Bobbi Nau and Brian Ching.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Susan Sarofim and Nory Angel
Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Stephanie and Frank Tsuru.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast
Bailey Tsuru, Liane Phillips, and Stephanie Tsuru. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Khambrel Marshall, Leisa Holland Nelson, Stephnie Tsuru and Mayor Sylvester Turner
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Bobbi Nay Brian Ching
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Susan Sarofim and Nory Angel
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast Stephanie and Frank Tsuru
Mayor's Literacy Breakfast

What: Mayor's Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast

Where: River Oaks Country Club

The scoop: More than 320 of Houston society, business leaders, community philanthropic leaders, and elected officials came out for Houston Center for Literacy's (HCL) annual Mayor's Literacy Leadership Award Breakfast. Emmy winner Khambrel Marshall, host of Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall, emceed the event as Mayor Sylvester Turner headlined his third breakfast and stressed the importance of improving adult literacy.

Turner also acknowledged HCL’s “Mayor’s Circle” and “Ally for Literacy” award winners for being donors who made significant gifts to the organization this past year. PJS of Houston, Inc., Susan and Fayez Sarofim, along with Stephanie and Frank Tsuru were recognized as “Leaders in Literacy” for being major financial contributors to the event. 

Chris Canetti, president of the Dynamo Organization accepted the award on behalf of the honorees the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash organizations. A testimonial by the 2018 HCL Learner of the Year, Marleni Medrano, brought the crowd to their feet as they applauded her inspirational story. More than $110,000 raised for adult literacy at the event. 

Seen in the crowd: HCL board president Leisa Holland NelsonSusan Sarofim, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Bobbie Nau, Kim Tutcher, Chris BrownCathy and Joe Cleary, Diane Englet, and Mary and David Klein.