20th Anniversary Celebration

>20th Anniversary Celebration
20th Anniversary Celebration2020-01-22T09:58:11-06:00

Thursday, April 16, 2020

6:30p       Marriott Marquis Houston

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Keynote Speaker

CDF-Texas is thrilled to welcome Tara Westover, author of the New York Times bestseller Educated, as keynote speaker. Ms. Westover’s memoir debuted at #1 on the Times’ bestseller list and was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2018. We look forward to hearing her share her story of courage, resilience and empathy, knowing that her message will be a powerful reminder of the challenges facing Texas children,  and an inspiration to continue investing and advocating on their behalf.

Event Co-chairs

Melanie Gray & Mark Wawro

Alexandra & David Pruner

2020 Host Committee

(in formation)

  • Jesus Acosta
  • Brenda and Tommy Atkins
  • Lan and Adele Bentsen
  • Tina Bentsen
  • Katy and Dan Burton
  • Pierce Bush
  • Kathryn Case and Jeff Cohen
  • Greg and Brooke Caudell
  • Amy and J. Moises Cedillos
  • Tony Chase
  • Rachel Clingman
  • Morton A. Cohn
  • Valerie and Tracy Dieterich
  • Dr. Cheryl Fielding
  • The Honorable Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Scott Fletcher
  • Ann and J. Kent Friedman
  • Mary Jane and Mike Gallagher
  • Cullen Gieselman
  • Dagney and Carlos Gomez del Campo
  • Dr. Christopher Greeley
  • Dr. Shannon Guillot-Wright
  • Lindsay Holstead
  • Courtney Hopson
  • Jean and Rick Jenner
  • Jean and Greg Kenney
  • Melanie Lawson and John Guess
  • Diana and J Martin
  • Jeanne and John McDowell
  • Sherea McKenzie and Carl Poston
  • Amanda McMillian
  • Betty and Erich Mundinger
  • Dianna and Eddie Patterson
  • Angela and David Peterman
  • Marvin Pierre
  • Beverly and Jim Postl
  • Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer
  • Regina Rogers
  • Julie and Mike Taetz
  • Phoebe and Bobby Tudor
  • Andrea and Bill White
  • Kimberly Griffin Williams
  • Stuart Saxton Williams
  • Rev. Itang Hope Young

So Much to Celebrate

Join us to commemorate the many accomplishments of Children’s Defense Fund since they first came to Texas two decades ago.

6p Reception for Major Donors/Meet and Greet with Author Tara Westover

6:30p Dinner

All proceeds will help support the vital programming of CDF-Texas and enable us to expand our relentless efforts to lift up the voices of children across the state.


Marriott Marquis Houston (Downtown)

The beautifully redesigned Marriott Marquis Houston
1777 Walker Street, Houston TX 77010

Parking: Valet at hotel or self park in Avenida North Garage

Self-parking available at discounted rate of $13.

Ways to Support

Sponsorships available

Many options and benefits for becoming a sponsor!

All proceeds go to support CDF-Texas programming throughout the year.

All ticket and table purchases are tax deductible.

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