Black Heritage Committee Hosts Annual Western Gala
Houston- The Houston Livestock Show and RodeoTM Black Heritage Committee will host its 17th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Reliant Center, Hall E, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Entertainment and traditional Western fare will be provided.
The mission of the Black Heritage Committee is to promote the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in the African-American community through awareness and involvement while emphasizing the strengths and contributions of the black cowboy to the time honored sport of rodeo.
The Black Heritage Western Gala is the committee’s premier fund-raising event. The annual gala helps to raise scholarship funds for urban youth. Since the first gala, funds from this event have grown five-fold, with proceeds benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Because of the success of this event, and others throughout the year, the Black Heritage Committee was able to present 17-$15,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors in 2009 through the Show’s Educational Fund.
Each year, the gala honors black cowboys, educators, community figures and other individuals that have made a significant contribution to the community. This year’s honorees include Edward Cline, President-Landowners Association of Texas; Kandi Eastman, Radio Personality-KMJQ, Majic 102.1; Frances Goodbeer, Manager-Child Study Department, Houston ISD; Dr. Marion Henry, Professor and Director of Teacher Certification-Prairie View A&M University; Lois Moore, Chief Administrator, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center; William “Bill” Plummer, Former Deputy Superintendent-Aldine ISD; Geraldine Sam, first African American Mayor-LaMarque, Texas; Dr. Kathy Scott-Gurnell, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Director at UT-Harris County Psychiatric Center and Rev. Leslie Smith, Founder and CEO-Change Happens! (formerly FUUSA)
The Black Heritage Committee was established as an official Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee as the Black Go Texan Committee in 1993. The committee is dedicated and committed to educating youth about our rich Western culture. Through community involvement and outreach efforts, the committee has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships for the youth of Texas. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the southwest’s premier entertainment event and educational charity. Since the Show’s beginning in 1932, it has committed more than $200 million to Texas youth.
WHO: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee
WHAT: 17th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010
WHERE: Reliant Center, Hall E (Kirby at McNee Entrance)
TICKETS/TABLES: $50/$500 and $1,000
For more information or ticket purchases, please call 713.419.4018.