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Helping Houston Sex Trafficked Children: Love to Give Back Affair

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Image via Quy Tran Photography

On September 19, 2015, Staci and Dr Quang Henderson hosted Love to Give Back Affair in their beautiful home in Memorial. The event chairs included: Staci Henderson Bela Thacker, Amanda Abiassi, Angela Lipsey, Neera Patidar, Jean Wilson, and Chiara Casiraghi. Courtney Gilmore with KPRC served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Over 150 fashionable guests attended and came red-carpet ready in boho-chic attire. The guests enjoyed a lovely evening and came together to help end child trafficking and exploitation.

The amazing, generous guests opened up their hearts and pocket books to purchase auction items and raised over $20,000 for Love146. Although Love146 is an international 501 non-profit human rights organization to help end child sex trafficking, Love146 is focusing on Houston child sex trafficking prevention and awareness. Cristopher Grady who is a Strategic Partnerships Coordinator at Love146 spoke about the organizations’ involvement with Houston child sex trafficking awareness and prevention. Dr. Melissa Bailar, a Professor in the Practice of Humanities and the Associate Director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice University spoke on sex trafficking.

Sex trafficking prevention and awareness, especially with Houston victims is near and dear to my heart. As a recent graduate with a Masters of Liberal Studies from Rice University, I wrote my 100 page Capstone/dissertation on America’s Sex Trafficked Children: A Study of the Victim—Trafficker Relationship from Victim’s Responses. During my research, I volunteered in a safe house and personally worked with traumatized victims who were sex trafficked children. Sex trafficking in Houston is a huge problem, and I love Love146.

The Love to Give Back Affair hosted at Dr. Quang and Staci Henderson’s home increased awareness for Houston child sex trafficking and raised funds to help support this fabulous cause. Be sure to purchase your tickets early next year for the Love to Give Back Affair. You do not want to miss this event, and it will sell out! For more information, visit Love146’s website at https://love146.org/

Be a Bowling Super Hero with Celebrity Guests and Chester Pitts

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Wear a cool super hero costume on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 6:00-10:00pm and join us for the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation’s 4th Annual Strike Out for the Arts located at Bowlmor Houston. This is going to be an awesome Bowling Tournament with over 20 featured celebrity guests. Celebrities include: Ben Jones, Brandon Brooks, Brian Cushing, Charlie Anderson, Chita Johnson, Duane Brown, Glover Quin, Jessie Tuggle, Jonathan Joseph, N.D. Kalu, Paul Wall, Robaire Smith, Shaun Rogers, Travis Johnson, Wade Smith, Whitney Mercilus, Xavier Su’a-Filo & MORE! The amazing Devi Dev from 93.7 The Beat will also be entertaining the crowd as the emcee.

Tickets start at $275 and include: entertainment, bowling, dinner, dessert, signature cocktails, swag bag, shoe rental and a door prize ticket. Get creative and the best dressed super hero team wins a prize package valued at $500.

The Host Committee includes: Stan & Amanda Abiassi, Joann Brito, Brian & Megan Cushing, Dr. Corbet Ellison, Dr. Quang & Staci Henderson, Dr. Charles & Tammie Johnson, Chita Johnson & Lane Craft, Angela Lipsey, Brad & Joanna Marks, Cal & Hannah McNair, and Neera Patidar.

The Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation’s Mission is to support the development of today’s youth through artistic and cultural programs that stimulate minds, broaden knowledge, and embrace the spirit of youth. I had the opportunity to ask Chester Pitts the following questions about his charity- CPCF:

1. Why did you choose this particular charity?

“The stars had to align,….I had to be passionate about however I chose to give back. My mom instilled the value of music in me and my siblings at a very young age, I believe it was a big difference in my upbringing and being successful. Most athletes’ foundations tend to focus on health and wellness, we wanted to set ourselves a part and be distinct. There had to be a need/problem or a broken system. So understanding what helped me and understanding the need, choosing to give back to the arts was a no brainer. There are always budget cuts for Arts programs-visual performing, music, dance, culinary and many more. What I have learned is that there is real value for kids and brain development for kids involved in the arts somehow; stats and numbers don’t lie. Kids that have the Arts are smarter, better students, and more productive.”

2. How many students has your charity assisted?

“Over 600 students with 150 to 200 students being helped this year.”

3. What do you hope to see the charity doing in the future?

“CPCF’s top goal is to find a way to get the Arts written back into the school district budget because every child should have access, and their best shot at being the most productive citizen possible.”

Be a bowling super hero with Chester Pitts and support the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation. “STRIKE OUT FOR THE ARTS” Charity Bowling event on June 30, 2015 at Bowlmor (925 Bunker Hill Rd., Houston, TX 77024) from 6:00-10:00 pm will be an awesome event and raise money to help transform children’s lives. Tickets are available at www.chesterpittsfoundation.org.