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McNairs to Headline ESCAPE 2012 Celebrity Serve Benefit

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Janice and Bob McNair, 2012 Headliners, ESCAPE Family Resource Center Celebrity Serve BenefitHOUSTON, TX (Feb. 8, 2012) – Fresh off their team’s best football season in franchise history, Janice and Bob McNair, founder, chairman and CEO of the HOUSTON TEXANS, 2011 AFC South Division Champions, will be the headliners of the ESCAPE Family Resource Center 31st Annual Celebrity Serve Benefit Sunday, April 15, 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s, 3755 Richmond Avenue. The fun-filled dinner and auction will feature more than 25 television, radio and sports personalities as servers to entertain and mingle with guests in the spirit of raising much-needed funds to help prevent child abuse and neglect in the greater Houston community.

“We salute the McNairs, who’ve supported and helped unify this city through their vast philanthropy and through the HOUSTON TEXANS. We’ll take this opportunity to show them our deep appreciation of the TEXANS’ 2011 AFC South Division Championship Season,” said Joan Schnitzer Levy, Celebrity Serve Benefit Co-Chair (and diehard football fan) with Gerald Franklin for an unprecedented 30th consecutive year.

Among the 2012 Celebrity Servers will be: KTRK-TV Sports Director Bob Allen, KTRK-TV News Anchor Tom Koch, who will serve as emcee/auctioneer KHOU-TV Reporter Courtney Zubowski, Stylist Todd Ramos, “LiveWell Network ‘Deals’ Host Katishia Cosley, KPRC Radio Host Michael Garfield, “Mirror/Mirror” TV Host Rebecca Spera, FOX 26 TV/ 650 CBS Radio Host Cleverley Stone and Stylist Edward Sanchez.

According to Lidya K. Osadchey, CEO of the ESCAPE Family Resource Center, the Celebrity Serve Benefit is a major annual source of funding for the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is held in April as part of National Children Prevention Month. ESCAPE, whose mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect before a child is harmed, helps promote happy childhoods by providing intervention, education and support programs to families in crisis. Founded in 1983 by the Houston-area chapters of The National Exchange Club, ESCAPE relies on private support to prevent and combat emotional, physical and sexual violence towards children.

In fiscal year 2011, ESCAPE provided 370 deliveries of child abuse prevention programs and parenting classes in 95 locations in Harris and Fort Bend counties in English, Spanish and Chinese. Within the last 11 years, ESCAPE has increased its program delivery from 116 to 370 and increased the number of parents and children who benefit from these programs from 2,316 to 6,480. ESCAPE Family Resource Center is committed, both locally and globally, to offering court ordered and CPS approved parenting classes, parenting tips and tools that anyone can use to develop positive parenting and appropriate discipline skills.

In 2011, CBS Houston, a division of CBS Radio Inc., named ESCAPE Family Resource Center the Best Resource For Single Parents In Houston and The Houston Chronicle designated ESCAPE Family Resource Center as one Houston’s top workplaces (small business category.)

Individual tickets to the ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit start at $400 and table sponsorships range from $4,000 to $15,000. For those interested in purchasing tickets or tables, or donating to the live auction, please call Chris Rambeaux at 832-367-9117 or ESCAPE, Sandi Mercado, (713) 942-9500, ext. 14, or go to http://www.learntoparent.org and click on the “Toy Box.”

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