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Children at Risk Gala

Stand Up for Houston’s Children with CBS’ The Late Late Show Host Craig Ferguson, a benefit for non-profit CHILDREN AT RISK, was a record-breaking event held earlier last month at the Verizon Wireless Theater. They raised more than $250,000 as well as awareness of the major issue of child trafficking in Houston.

“Stand Up for Houston’s Children” chair Dr. Carolyn Farb, said, “It was such an honor for me to be able to support the life-saving work of CHILDREN AT RISK. The spirit and generosity of Houstonians always answers the call.”

All proceeds will be directed toward the creation of CHILDREN AT RISK’s Center to End Trafficking and Exploitation of Children- a collaborative and multi-faceted effort to restore the innocence lost by the child victims of this terrible crime. The Center is a much needed resource in Houston, which has become the largest hub of human trafficking in the country.

Craig Ferguson and Carolyn Farb

CHILDREN AT RISK honored Lt. Governor David Dewhurst with the CHILDREN AT RISK Inaugural Founders Award for his support in passing into legislation one of the toughest Jessica’s Laws in the country. He advocates for all children and their right to a happy and purposeful life. The Lt. Governor was accompanied by his fiancée, Trish Hamilton.

Over 1,200 hundred guests attended. Benefactor hosts were given Big Bertha drivers generously provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Mr. Ferguson’s comedy routine had the audience in stitches. He covered topics from marriage, family and politics, to his becoming an American citizen in 2008. The guests were also feted by the amazing three course dinner provided by Chef Bruce McMillan of famed restaurant Tony’s. Chef McMillian debuted his chocolate mascarpone "Tuxedo" cake. 

In keeping with the theme of the evening, several men opted with the traditional Scottish kilt including Ceron, Mark Sullivan, Robert Nowak, Drew Wilson and fashion designer Caesar Galindo. Other faces in the crowd included: Emcee Bob Boudreaux and wife Jennie Moroney, Deborah and Bill Colton, incoming CHILDREN AT RISK Board Chair David Roylance and wife Deborah, Trish Hamilton, Garry Huddleston, Erica and Jeff Bagwell, Cappy and Darlene Bisso, Tena Faust, Jo Lynn and Gregg Falgout, Jerry and Lisa Simon, Rachel and Dr. Michael Brown, Edward Sanchez, Doug and Jennifer Bosch, Betty and John Hrncir, Debbie and Rudy Festari, Amy and Roy Marsh, Alicia and Lance Smith, Jerry Davis, Charles Ward, and Dr. Fred Aguilar.

CHILDREN AT RISK believes that every child has the right to a safe, stable home in which to grow; sufficient shelter, food and medical care; and adequate opportunity for social, emotional and intellectual growth. The focus of CHILDREN AT RISK is to make Greater Houston a place where children’s needs come first, where families thrive and where ample resources are available to children and their families.


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