The last thing that Sheila Aron wanted to do was hit up her friends to attend another gala for a worthy charitable cause. So instead, the Houston dynamo came up with the idea of the "Blue Plate Special" and enlisted leading restaurants to take part during the month of April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
She reasoned that people can enjoy a good meal and conversation with friends, knowing that a percentage of food sales will go to The Thread Alliance, the non-profit Aron founded to end the cycle of child abuse.
Now in its fifth year, the "Blue Plate Special" has grown to nearly 30 restaurants that offer popular main courses and desserts to help out Aron's cause. Among the restaurants taking part are Armandos, Brennan's, Dish Society, Ragin' Cajun, Tony's, Jerry Built Homegrown Burgers, Sud Italia, and The Houstonian. For a full list of restaurants visit the Thread Alliance website.
Aron welcomed supporters at Taverna in River Oaks District to kick-off "Blue Plate Special" month. Among those who turned out were Sonia Soto, Michelle Fishtorn, Joyce and Gary Nimetz, Roy Murray, Lynn Kamin, Laurette Veres, Vivian and Stanley Lipman, Evelyn and David Schwarz, Larry Buck, Sarna Sunshine, Ingrid and William Noe, and John Dascoulias.
Proceeds from last year's "Blue Plate Special" activities were donated to eight Houston nonprofits that address the issue of child abuse prevention, awareness, treatment and training. The beneficiaries included BEAR...BE A Resource for CPS Kids, Boys and Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza, Child Advocates Inc., Crime Stoppers of Houston, ESCAPE Family Resource Center, Jewish Family Service, and Houston Area Women's Center.