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Randy Travis and Children at Risk Say NO
To Human Trafficking


Randy Travis and Dr. Carolyn Farb

Randy Travis and Dr. Carolyn Farb


Anne Nemer and Mike Nemer

Anne Nemer and Mike Nemer


Tiffany Hopper and John Hopper

Tiffany Hopper and John Hopper


Bob Sanberg, Carol Poe, U.S. Congressman Ted Poe and

Bob Sanberg, Carol Poe, U.S. Congressman Ted Poe and
 Dr. Carolyn Farb



Event Raises Over $300,000 to Combat
Child Trafficking


HOUSTON (June 15, 2010) – Chaired by Dr. Carolyn Farb, hc, Stand Up for Houston’s Children with Randy Travis, a benefit for non-profit CHILDREN AT RISK, was a resounding success.  The record-breaking event, held on Friday, June 11th at the Verizon Wireless Theater, raised more than $300,000, as well as created awareness of the major issue of child trafficking in Houston.

President George H. Bush and Barbara Bush were honorary chairs of the event.   All proceeds will benefit CHILDREN AT RISK’s Center to End the Trafficking and Exploitation of Children, an action-based institute that works to generate solutions to this crisis through policy, advocacy, education, and collaboration. Houston has become a major hub of human trafficking within the United States, and CHILDREN AT RISK is at the forefront of the advocacy efforts to combat this growing illegal industry.

CHILDREN AT RISK honored United States Congressman Ted Poe with the CHILDREN AT RISK Founders Award for his advocacy and legislation on behalf of child trafficking victims. After taking office in 2005, Congressman Poe established the bipartisan Victims Rights Caucus, and he has since played a central role in the passing of the Child Predator Act and other groundbreaking legislation that safeguards our children. The congressman was accompanied by his wife, Carol, and his parents Virgil and Doris. 

A crowd of more than 750 guests filled the Verizon Theater, which was decorated with vases of sunflowers and a mixture of coral and yellow flowers, and taupe, blue and gold table overlays in celebration of our country western theme. Grammy award winning artist Randy Travis had guests dancing in the aisles as he played his many top hits and old favorites, including “Forever and Ever Amen. 

Mercedes Benz, the major sponsor, provided guests with elegant gift bags. And, an exquisite chocolate delight from Araya Artisan Chocolates was at every place setting.  Guests were also feted by the amazing three course dinner created by Michael Cordua of Cordua Catering which included an expertly prepared steak and salmon entrée, and the indulgently rich tres leches cake.

A fast-paced live auction brought in $30,000 with such show-stopping items as a luxury vacation for two to London, complete with air transportation provided by Continental Airlines – won by John Leggett and his wife. Sallymoon Benz and Dr. Alan Bentz had the winning bid for the beautiful Starry Night work by Andreas Nottesbaum, donated by Colton and Farb Gallery. The showstopper, TexAnna, a stunning shoe sculpture made from wood, leather and barbwire, by distinguished Houston woodworking artist Omar Perez, went to art collector Rowena Young.

Other faces in the crowd included emcee
Bob Boudreaux and date Margaret Alkek Williams, incoming CHILDREN AT RISK Board Chair David Roylance and wife Deborah, current Board Chair Bob Zincke and his wife Janet, Denver Pioneers hockey player J.P. Testiwuide and Carley Smith, Jason and Allison Spencer, Alex and Frankie Coscarelli of Mercedes Benz, Meagan Sutton-Reed and her husband
Chris Reed, John Schwartz of Texas Children’s Hospital, John and Tiffany Hopper of El Paso Corporation, and Gina and Dr. Devinder Bhatia.



CHILDREN AT RISK believes that every child has the right to a safe, stable home in which to grow; sufficient shelter, food and medical care; and adequate opportunity for social, emotional and intellectual growth.  The focus of CHILDREN AT RISK is to ensure children’s needs come first and that ample resources are available for children and their families.        

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact Rashena Lindsay at 713-301-4577.


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