Rare Doubleheader Fundraiser Powers Houston’s Child Advocates With Sporting Clays and a Blue Dinner

What: Child Advocates’ 31st Annual Pull for Kids Classic

Where: American Shooting Centers and Bayou City Event Center

PC moment: Child Advocates’ dual fundraiser began in the morning with a clay court athletic tournament, with competitions spread across three different courses. A raffle for a Beretta shotgun donated by American Shooting Centers and a Yeti cooler contributed to the end result of the day.

Many of the 450 guests who flocked to the Bayou City Event Center for the fundraiser’s celebratory dinner wore blue attire in response to the evening’s theme, “Paint the Town Blue.” Blue is the official color for supporters of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which took place in April. fan Kelly Hawkins went so far as to paint himself blue in honor of the cause.

Zsaques Jordan, Kira Jordan at the Children’s Advocates Dinner. (Photo by Priscilla Dickson)

The tournament chairman spearheaded the record fundraiser of more than $850,000 Dwyane Hyzak and dining room chairs Donette And Jeff Manley.

Support for the event stemmed in part from the popularity of the awardees, longtime supporters of Child Advocates Traci And Derrick Jensen and Quanta Services, a Houston-based contractor providing fully integrated infrastructure solutions for the power, underground utilities and communications industries. Derrick Jensen is Executive Vice President of Business Operations for the international company.

The dinner program included a video of a little boy named Cooper and his advocate Jana. Cooper entered foster care just days after his birth with high levels of heroin and other opioids in his system. Jana supported Cooper’s foster parents and uncovered more background information about the birth parents and their real intentions. Jana told the court that it would be in the boy’s best interest if he were adopted by his foster parents.

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Today, Cooper enjoys a safe forever home and appeared in the video as a vivacious, courageous toddler overcoming challenging life obstacles.

PC seen: CEO of Child Advocates Sonya Galvan, Kristen And Brian Turpen, Bobbi Jo And Chad Miller, Jennifer And Kasey Kilgore, Kristy Hyzak, Courtney And Bill Bucy, Zsaquez Jordan, Annie And Tyler McQueen, Kira Jordan, Eric Tonsul, Kelly Hawkins, Glenda And Ken Morrison, Haylee Morrison, Katherine And Thomas Novosad, And Martin Angermiller.

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