The Texas Bowl presented a check for more than $100,000 to DePelchin Children’s Center at the Center’s annual spring luncheon today.  The donation came from the proceeds of the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. 

Texas Bowl Board Chairwoman Philamena Baird presented a check in the amount of $102,358.08 to Pam Lovett, the Chairwoman of the DePelchin Board of Directors.  The gift was the largest in Bowl history and marked the second time in that the Bowl contributed $100,000 or more to DePelchin.  Its donation in 2009 was $100,000. 

“With this generous donation from the Texas Bowl, we will continue to turn lives around and help children and families in Houston and throughout the state of Texas,” said Jenifer Jarriel, President and CEO of DePelchin Children’s Center. 

DePelchin Children’s Center was named as the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary in 2006.  Over its seven-year history, the game has donated nearly $600,000 to DePelchin and has generated over $11.9 million in promotional support and publicity. 

“The relationship with DePelchin is extremely special to our volunteers, staff and Board of Directors,” Mrs. Baird said. “We feel honored to be able to provide a significant annual financial contribution to DePelchin and look forward to continuing to grow the game and our partnership with DePelchin for many years to come.” 

Founded in 1892 by Kezia Payne DePelchin, the Children’s Center is the largest and most comprehensive provider of children’s social and mental health services in the Houston area.  DePelchin Children’s Center serves 16,000 children and family members annually through 30 programs, including adoption, foster care, counseling and drug and alcohol prevention. 

The agency was originally founded to serve as a shelter for orphaned children, and has grown and changed over its century-plus history to continue to meet the needs of the greater Houston community.  Today, DePelchin Children’s Center serves communities across the state of Texas. 

Last year’s 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas matched Texas Tech and Minnesota in the third year of the bowl’s partnership with the Big 12 and the Big Ten.  In front of a crowd of 50,386, Texas Tech rallied for a 34-31 win thanks to a 28-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.  

About DePelchin Children’s Center

DePelchin Children’s Center is committed to meeting the needs of children as one of the largest providers of mental health, foster care and adoption services in Texas. Through its clinical expertise and special brand of caring, DePelchin turns lives around, providing a full continuum of care including psychiatric services, counseling, residential treatment, programs for at-risk youths, parent education, foster care and adoption. DePelchin is a not-for-profit organization and gratefully receives its support from individuals, foundations and corporations; government grants and fees; and United Way agencies.  Visit to learn more.