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LOCAL FOOTBALL COMMUNITY TAKES A STAND WITH DEPELCHIN AGAINST CHILD ABUSE IN HARRIS COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT:           University of Houston football team players and Rice University football team players along with the Texas Bowl Executive Board will join DePelchin Children’s Center Tuesday morning in tying blue ribbons for the 5,812 victims of child abuse in Harris County in 2016.

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there were 5,812 confirmed victims of child abuse or neglect in Harris County last year.  DePelchin has set a goal of tying 5,812 blue ribbons to its fence line, with help from the community, throughout the month of April.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017; 10am

WHERE:
DePelchin Children’s Center
100 Sandman, Houston TX 77007

VISUAL:

  • University of Houston football players and Rice University football players along with the Texas Bowl Executive Board tying blue ribbons to give a voice to children of Harris County impacted by child abuse and raise awareness to this issue
  • Check presentation to DePelchin as the charitable beneficiary of the Texas Bowl for their 2016 donation
  • Remarks by DePelchin President and CEO, Jenifer Jarriel
  • Remarks by Texas Bowl Executive Director, David Fletcher
  • Experts available to speak on the topic of child abuse

CONTACT:    Analisa Warren cell: 713-306-5651; awarren@depelchin.org

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.

About the Texas Bowl:

The Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next three years. The Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 11 years as it is the 4th most-attended bowl overall since 2014. The bowl generates nearly $50 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated over $1,200,000 in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

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