A Fortieth Fiesta Pull for Kids!

On Saturday, April 27, we hosted our annual Pull for Kids Classic. This signature fundraising event honored longtime supporters Amanda and Jon Weeks, who have been dedicated to creating memorable experiences for Child Advocates’ children for over fourteen years.
 
The event kicked off Saturday morning with a sporting clays tournament at American Shooting Centers. Teams had the opportunity to compete together on two different courses. This year, Child Advocates raffled off a Beretta shotgun donated by American Shooting. The proceeds went toward providing funds to give more advocates to Houston’s abused and neglected children.
 
On Saturday evening, Bayou City Event Center was filled with nearly 400 guests to close out Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month and commemorate the organization’s fortieth year with a fiesta. The evening featured silent, big board and live auctions as well as a Whiskey Pull and Wine Pull, where guests had the opportunity to take home bottles chosen at random. The live auction included a one-week getaway to San Miguel, a VIP Houston Texans experience, a five-night escape to Scottsdale, a chef’s dinner at Steak 48, an ultimate H-Town weekend experience and an Argentinian dove hunt. The live auction brought in over $44,000, and the Sponsor a Child portion of the evening brought in over $92,000 for Child Advocates’ mission.
 
After dinner was served, the program began with Greg Bailey and Sonya Galvan sharing words of praise for Amanda and Jon Weeks’ generosity and commitment to giving back to the community. As a tenured Texans player, Jon and his wife Amanda have donated over 3,600 tickets to Texans games, hosted annual holiday shopping sprees and have created countless other unforgettable experiences for Child Advocates’ children. After words of gratitude from Amanda and Jon, Greg Bailey introduced a video that shared stories of children who have been helped by advocates throughout the years. From young children to teenagers, these children experienced life-threatening abuse or neglect. The common thread between them was that their advocates provided hope through instability and helped them get to a better place where they could thrive. Kathi Davis, a tenured advocate emphasized that this work takes a whole team of people to accomplish. This team goes beyond just the volunteers and staff of Child Advocates, it includes everyone who makes a contribution of any size.
 
By the night’s end, the 2024 Pull for Kids Classic raised nearly $630,000! A special thank you to all sponsors, especially Main Street Capital. Continued thanks to event chairs Autumn and Mike Davidson and Alice and Ron Orsini, and tournament chair Dwyane Hyzak for their dedication and support to the 32nd annual Pull for Kids Classic.
 
 
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