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Seeking Auction Items for the ESCAPE Celebrity Serve Benefit April 15

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Since ESCAPE Family Resource CenterAuctionForm opened its doors to prevent child abuse and neglect more than three decades ago, our programs have helped hundreds of thousands of ‘at-risk’ families in the Greater Houston area. With help from Houstonians like you, we are able to provide positive parenting programs with the goal to end the cycle of abuse, and bring sunshine smiles to our children.

We are requesting donations to auction during our annual Celebrity Serve Benefit, “Toy Box” to be held on April 15, 2012 at Tony’s Restaurant. KTRK-TV Morning News Anchor Tom Koch will serve as auctioneer. This year our headliners are Houston Texans Owner, Bob McNair and his wife, Janice.

This legendary event is supported by local celebrities who entertain and mingle with over 300 guests as they help raise money to benefit these families. With a goal of $320,000, this evening will contribute to ESCAPE’s ability to provide parenting programs to more than 6,000 parents and children in the Greater Houston area this year!

Last year Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, came to support our cause. Other acclaimed national celebrities who have attended include: Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, Mary Ann Mobley, Gary Collins, Connie Stevens, Phyliss George, Alex Trebek, Robert Goulet, Ivana Trump, Cheryl Tiegs, Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black, Tony Curtis, Jackie Collins, and Debbie Reynolds.

To confirm your donation, simply complete the attached donation form and return it to the ESCAPE Family Resource Center, 1721 Pech Road, 3rd Floor, Houston 77055. Your contribution will be recognized in our auction catalog at the Celebrity Serve Benefit, and on signage displayed at the event. We look forward to receiving a favorable response from you.

With appreciation,

Joan Schnitzer Levy Gerald Franklin
Event Co-Chair Event Co-Chair

April 15, 2012 ‐ Tony’s Restaurant
The 31st Annual Celebrity Serve Benefit
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ESCAPE Family Resource Center is a 501©3 tax exempt organization. Tax I.D. # 76-002-9184
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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 and click on the “Toy Box.”

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Three Fathers’ Journeys: From Probation to Promise: ESCAPE Family Resource Center Helps “Dads Count”

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Houston – June 16, 2009. . . . ESCAPE Family Resource Center helps make a difference for Dads in their children’s lives by providing the parenting programs necessary to help prevent abusive relationships and build healthy families. This Father’s Day, three local graduates of ESCAPE’s “Dads Count” (or “Building Confident Families”) course share their personal journeys from fathers on probation to those with promising futures.

According to ESCAPE Family Resource Center CEO Lidya Osadchey, “We called the class ‘Dads Count’ to remind Dads that children count on their fathers to be there to guide and protect them.” “I’d like to help other men so they don’t get caught up in the system,” explains ESCAPE “Dads Count” graduate Robert Robertson. He, Derwin P. Williams and Glenn Robinson, dealt with the emotional and financial ravages of divorce in ways that directly impacted their children, including being delinquent in their child support payments. Referred by the Domestic Relations Office to take ESCAPE’s “Dads Count” class, each enrolled in the class begrudgingly and only because of the mandate. However, by the end of the eight-week, interactive course, each had attained a new perspective on how to co-parent their children with the mother (some were never married to their children’s mom) to the betterment of the son or daughter’s development and everyone involved.  Here are their stories:

Robert Robertson and his wife had been in the nightclub and restaurant business as partners. When their marriage broke up, Robert claimed his wife took child support payments out of the business for their daughter, who was 9 or 10 at the time. Not only had his relationship soured with his wife, he says his ex was putting their daughter in the middle, making her “pick sides.” Robertson bought things for his daughter, but the court viewed those as “gifts,” not child support. Before he knew it, he got a court summons and was jailed for contempt of court.  He was, in his words, “forced” to take the “Dads Count” class. He admits now that he had an “awesome instructor” who made sure everyone (20 Dads) participated in class to release whatever frustrations they were feeling. “We all had a common thread — all of us love our children and wanted to be good Dads, but couldn’t deal with the pressures of relationships gone bad.” Robertson’s daughter graduates this year from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in broadcast journalism. For the first time in years, he gave his ex-wife a Mother’s Day gift, including a card and an orchid, to tell her what a great job she did as a Mom.

When Derwin P. Williams and his common-law wife split up in 2008 after eight or more rocky years, she took their son, age 5, and her two sons (ages 10 and 12) from a previous relationship with her. In July the children were going to a pool party with their mother, aunts, uncles and cousins. The youngest cousin, age 4, was left in the car and died of heat exhaustion. CPS took all the children away from the mothers. Williams, whose son is currently living with his paternal grandmother, took ESCAPE’s “Building Confident Families” class because it was something he needed to do to get his sons back. “I don’t think I’m a bad parent, but if you want to show me how to be a better parent, show me. I’m willing to learn,” he said.  “Going to the ESCAPE class, I gained a better understanding of myself and how to help my son become a better person,” said Williams. His birth son, 6, recently finished Kindergarten and made honor roll. Williams has another court hearing coming up; his best Father’s Day gift ever would be to get custody of his son and be able to adopt his two stepsons.

Glenn Robinson has a make-up class to do before he earns his “Dads Count” graduation certificate. Self-described as a “nice guy who has a good relationship with his kids,” Robinson got behind in his child support payments after getting laid off from his job in 2007. Though he says he made partial payments, his common-law ex-wife took him to court and the judge ordered him to take the ESCAPE classes.  Like the other Dads, Robinson was not looking forward to spending his Sunday afternoons in a parenting class. However, he says after the first day, he had a different opinion. He told his new wife that he really had learned a lot about how he could help mold their children (and those from his previous relationship) and guide them. “This class opened my eyes a lot.  I keep up with my (child support) payments.  The class is about LOVE,” he says with joy, quoting ESCAPE’s catch phrase to “Listen with your heart” and learning to ask your children questions and really listen to what they are saying. “I wish I’d known then (as a younger Dad) what I know now,” Robinson said.  “I came to the class nonchalant, but I really learned a lot.”

“Dads Count” classes are held in a safe group environment with other fathers who are experiencing similar situations.  Sessions are led by master’s level facilitators who lead Dads through classes on managing stress and anger, creating positive co-parenting arrangements, identifying the feelings and needs of one’s children, and speaking and listening from the heart, among the lessons.

For those looking for a Father’s Day gift for the Dad who has everything, they may sponsor a Dad for an ESCAPE “Dads Count” parenting class for $135 in one’s father’s name.

ESCAPE Family Resource Center,, is committed to providing child abuse prevention programs, parenting classes, relevant information and tools to anyone who cares to positively shape the future of children.  Its mission is to give moms, dads and other caregivers the strength to open their hearts and minds to the light that loving parenting sheds on a child’s world.

For further information on ESCAPE, contact Myron Day,, 713-942-9500.

More Than $2 Million Raised for ESCAPE Programs 25th Annual British Airways ESCAPE Golf Classic Set for Monday, June 22 at Champions Golf Club

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Houston – June 15, 2009. . . .The British Airways ESCAPE Golf Classic will celebrate its 25th Anniversary Monday, June 22, with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start at Champions Golf Club.  Chaired by ESCAPE Family Resource Center Executive Board Member John D. Schiller for the 10th year, the day-after-Father’s Day event raises funds for ESCAPE to provide the parenting programs necessary to help prevent abusive relationships and build healthy families throughout the Houston metropolitan area.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate the British Airways ESCAPE charity golf classic’s silver anniversary with John Schiller at the helm for the 10th consecutive year,” said ESCAPE Board President David Ferdman. “Under John’s extraordinary stewardship, the tournament has raised more than $2 million for ESCAPE to deliver much-needed programs to help local families in crisis.”

As in the past eight years, British Airways will donate 16 round-trip Houston-to-London airline tickets for an ESCAPE Golf Classic Team Grand Prize Raffle.  Two foursomes (each with a guest) have the chance to win flights to London; the entire team must be present to win. The British Airways ESCAPE Golf Classic, a four-man scramble with no mulligans, will be held on the Cypress and Jack Rabbit Courses at the premier Champions Golf Club.

Registration/Lunch/Driving Range Practice is scheduled from Foursome team sponsorships start at $3,000, or $750 per player.  To date, Masters sponsors are:  W&T Offshore, Castex Energy, Inc., Energy XXI, Fulbright & Jaworski, Wood Group Production Services, Baker Hughes and CW Technical Services, Inc.  Texas A&M Head Golf Coach J.T. Higgins, coach of the 2009 NCAA Golf Champions, will play in the tournament.  noon to 1:15 p.m.  Dinner and awards receptions immediately follow the tournament. To sponsor a golf team or “Dads Count” parenting class for Father’s Day (deadline is Friday, June 19), contact 713.942.9500, ext 14.

Non-golfers, or those unable to attend the British Airways ESCAPE Golf Classic, also may consider sponsoring a Dad for an ESCAPE “Dads Count” parenting class for $135, or $540 for four dads to attend parenting classes.  “Sponsoring a ‘Dad’s Count’ class in your Dad’s name would make a great Father’s Day gift,” said Schiller.

There are awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams on both courses, and contests for “Closest to the Pin,” “100-foot Charity Challenge Putt — Win $25,000 Cash!” and “Hole in One — Chance to Win a Car!”  Raffle items include 10 sets of golf clubs, bags, utility clubs, golf accessories and golf rounds at exclusive golf clubs.  No purchase is necessary for the raffle.

Champions Golf Club, one of America’s premier tournament sites, has carved its place in golf history hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup Matches in 1967, the U.S. Open in 1969 and the Champions International, a PGA tour event. With over 70,000 trees, wide fairways and enormous greens, it remains.

ESCAPE Family Resource Center,, is committed to providing child abuse prevention programs, parenting classes, relevant information and tools to anyone who cares to positively shape the future of children.  Its mission is to give moms, dads and other caregivers the strength to open their hearts and minds to the light that loving parenting sheds on a child’s world.

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