HOUSTON (APRIL 28, 2015) – DePelchin Children’s Center hosted its annual spring luncheon Thursday, April 28, at the Hyatt Regency Galleria, highlighting the need for more loving foster and adoptive families for children. The Families for Kids event also recognized the unwavering support of one remarkable family – Pat and Tom Powers - whose personal commitment for the vulnerable children in DePelchin’s care has helped sustain the organization for more than 25 years.

Luncheon chair Susie Distefano along with DePelchin board chair John Bass made sure attendees understood the great need in our community and how their support helps DePelchin turn lives around for children and their families. Luncheon guests were also moved by speaker Steve Pemberton, child advocate and author of A Chance in the World, who shared his personal story of triumph over adversity having grown up in the foster care system.

“Steve Pemberton’s inspiring story demonstrates how one individual can make a profound difference in the life of a child.  We see this every day through our foster and adoptive families and committed supporters like Pat and Tom Powers,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO.”

The AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl Board Chairman Don Faust also presented Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO, with a record breaking donation of $175,000. The donation came from the proceeds of the 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl.

Seen in the crowd: Pat and Tom Powers, Hannah McNair, Don Faust, Susie Distefano, John and Ellen Bass, Emily Croswell and Lisa Stone, Pam Lovett, Flo McGee, Rahul Mehta, Ginni Mithoff, Pam Brasseux, The Honorable Vanessa Gilmore and luncheon emcee Melanie Lawson.

Photos by: Michelle Watson

DePelchin Children’s Center believes that every child deserves to be safe and healthy.   An accredited foster care and adoption agency, DePelchin serves the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and works to break the cycles of abuse and neglect.  Our approach to caring for children integrates prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children at risk of entering or within the State’s child welfare system.  Founded as an orphanage in 1892, DePelchin is a nonprofit organization with locations throughout Houston and across Texas and gratefully receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, government grants and the United Way.

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