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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ – Black Heritage Committee Hosts Annual Western Gala

WHO: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Black Heritage Committee

WHAT: 18th Annual Black Heritage Western Gala

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

WHERE: Reliant Center, Hall E (Kirby at McNee Entrance)

TICKETS/TABLES: $50/$500, $1,000 and $2,500 (donor tables)

For more information or ticket purchases, please call Bettye Bruno at 713.828.0055 or e-mail

For media inquiries, please contact Kandyace Mayberry, 713.419.4018 or

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 19-$15,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors in 2010.

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 Cynthia Clay Briggs, executive director, Communities In Schools Houston, Inc.; George Durham, retired-Harris County Sheriff’s Department; Karen Levingston Franklin, Chairman and CEO-World Youth Foundation; Evelyn Henry, executive director, Health & Medicine Services, Houston Independent School District; Rissie Owens, chairman, Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles; Kimberly Ratcliff, vice president, 100 Ranchers-Texas; Wesley Ratcliff, former chairman, Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas.

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 $265 million to Texas youth.

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