HOUSTON (Feb. 7) — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Oiler legend Dan Pastorini and a host of former NFL stars will join Guest of Honor Earl Campbell and Master of Ceremonies John McClain at this year’s Bejeweled fundraiser, which takes place Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Alara Garage on 11th Street.
The almost sold-out event benefits the scholarship fund for at the Center for Success and Independence (TCSI), Houston’s premier facility for residential and intensive outpatient treatment of kids aged 12 to 17. Patients at TCSI are dealing with psychological and emotional disorders, addictions and/or a history of trauma that’s impaired their behavioral functioning and adversely impacted their everyday lives.
“We are honored that Mayor Turner, my great friend and former quarterback Dan Pastorini and so many of my former teammates have joined the party and are lending their names to support our event,” said Robert Woods, M.Ed., co-founder of TCSI and Houston Oiler wide receiver. “We also have a bunch of former clients coming to lend their stories to the next generation, which is just fantastic.
“My wife (Marylou Erbland, Ph.D.) and I made it our mission 20 years ago to help local kids who are struggling with addiction, emotional problems, abuse or other traumas including human trafficking and we’re thrilled to have seen the growth and success of our programs through the years.”
All funds raised for Bejeweled 2019 through ticket sales and sponsorships are earmarked for the Center’s scholarship fund that extends treatment for clients and their families who need help beyond what the state or private insurance will pay.
Joining Mayor Turner, Campbell, Pastorini and McClain will be former Houston Oiler stars Curley Culp, Willie Alexander and CL Whittington. Country music singer and songwriter Travis Meadows will also be on hand, providing the entertainment with an acoustic set of his top songs, many of which focus on his past addiction issues.
Aside from visiting with guests, Pastorini has donated a private hunting excursion that he will host, which will be offered during a live auction. There are numerous other items up for grabs in both a silent and live auction slated to take place, including a “Day at the Races,” the use of private vacation homes, dinners at local restaurants, golf outings and more.
A very limited number of individual tickets remain at: https://tcsi.org/donate/events/as well as a handful of sponsorship opportunities at: https://tcsi.org/bejeweled-sponsorships/. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, all financial commitments to TCSI are tax deductible.
Gourmet food and unlimited beverages will be served followed by private tours of Alara Garage.