HOUSTON (APRIL 4, 2018) – DePelchin Children’s Center hosted its annual spring luncheon Wednesday, April 4, at River Oaks Country Club, highlighting the need for more loving foster and adoptive families for children and raising more than $275,000. The Families for Kids event also honored DePelchin’s longstanding partnership with the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl as the Bowl’s charitable beneficiary, having received nearly $1.4 million in funding and millions in publicity and promotional support since the partnership began in 2006.

Luncheon co-chairs Janna and David Webber and Mary and Temple Webber along with DePelchin board chair Pam Brasseux made sure attendees understood the great need in our community and how their support helps DePelchin care for vulnerable children and families statewide. Luncheon guests were also moved by speaker Jimmy Wayne, a former child in foster care turned award-winning country recording artist, whose songs and story highlight his mission to raise awareness for children in foster care. He is also the author of Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way, a three-time New York Times best-selling memoir.

“Jimmy Wayne’s inspiring story demonstrates how one individual can make a profound difference in the foster care system and in the lives of its vulnerable children. We see this every day through our partnership with the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl which provides not just financial contributions and unique opportunities for our kids, but it also helps us raise awareness of the need for loving foster and adoptive families across Texas,” said Jenifer Jarriel, DePelchin president and CEO.”

About DePelchin Children's Center:

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 who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system. Founded 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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