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Houston Kids With Parents in Jail Get Vital Help From No More Victims Program

This Luncheon Sets a Record for Good

BY // 04.08.19
photography Daniel Ortiz

What: Cherish Our Children International (COCI)third annual luncheon

Where: The Junior League of Houston

PC Moment: The gathering of more than 330 was held at rapt attention during the discussion of No More Victims, COCI’s program, which is established in three Houston high schools thus far, to help teens whose parents are in jail. On stage to discuss the benefits of and need for No More Victims were the program’s founder Marilyn Gambrell; Dr. Chris Greeley, director of the child abuse pediatrics program at Texas Children’s Hospital, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez; and Khalilah Campbell, Worthing High School principal. A video featuring teenagers of incarcerated parents who have gone through the No More Victims program brought home the life-changing help it provides.

The luncheon honored Benjamin Berg as Spirit of Community honoree, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church as Spirit of Ministry Honoree, the Texas Bar Foundation as Spirit of Advocacy Honoree, and Arlene Levy as Heart of COCI Award honoree.

Thanks to the efforts of chairs Franelle Rogers and Caren and Darrell Rosenthal and host committee chair Heidi Rockecharlie, the event set a record, raising more than $206,000 for the No More Victims program.

PC Seen: Maureen Hackett, Joelle Rogers, Sheri Roane, Cathy Brock, Carol Hunton, Candyce Rylander, Donae and Rob Chramosta, Ericka Bagwell, Jack Rains, Lou Savarese, Jordan and Dylan Seff, Alistair Dawson, Ileana Treviño, Robert Sakowitz, Lynda Transier, Susan Osterberg, Terrie Turner, Nicholas Rockecharlie, and the Rev. Gary Lillibridge.

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