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HoustonWorks USA Uses Star Power to Put Houston Back to Work

Celebrities rally to benefit organization’s community programs

HOUSTON (October 4, 2011) – Paparazzi flashes will shine as HoustonWorks USA throws out the red carpet for Hollywood stars at the 2011 Biennial Black-tie Celebrity Gala. The gala, benefiting the agency’s workforce development and human services programs, will be on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 at the Hilton Americas and closes the HoustonWorks USA Putting Houstonians Back to Work weekend.

The gala will feature the following icons from the worlds of music, television and film:

•Jackson Hurst, Houston-native and currently starring on the Lifetime/Sony hit series Drop Dead Diva and the soon to be released film Bird of the Air.

•Jill Marie Jones, award-nominated actress, best known for her role on the television comedy Girlfriends and to be seen next as lead in the comedy Meeting Spencer.

•Brittany Booker, Friendswood native and Miss Texas USA 2012.

•Brett Cullen, award-winning actor, Houston native and philanthropist currently featured in the film Puncture. Cullen also serves as spokesperson for HoustonWorks USA.

•Kirk Whalum, Grammy-award winning jazz musician and recording artist.

“Houston will definitely be getting a touch of Hollywood as these stars join us for the 2011 HoustonWorks USA Biennial Black-tie Celebrity Gala,” Larry Green, CEO, HoustonWorks USA, said. “Our celebrities come from a variety of fields of the arts, but they all united in their support of HoustonWorks USA and our mission of putting Houstonians back to work.”

“The participation of our celebrity guests will generate an energy that will definitely make the 2011 HoustonWorks USA Biennial Black-Tie Gala a night to remember,” Chris Jones, Senior Counsel, Calpine Corporation and HoustonWorks USA Board Member, said. “By making a difference with HoustonWorks USA, our guests will align themselves with an organization that has been helping out-of-work Houstonians find employment for more than a quarter of a century.”

Whalum will provide the musical entertainment as the other celebrities will serve as guest presenters to the agency’s award winners for the evening. At the 2011 HoustonWorks USA Biennial Black-tie Celebrity Gala, more than 800 guests will gather to honor elected officials, community and industry leaders for their commitment to strengthen the Houston/Gulf Coast community.

Proceeds generated from Putting Houstonians Back to Work will benefit HoustonWorks USA employment and training opportunities for all local job seekers.

Celebrities will be available for interview and photo opportunities. For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact Andrew Ortiz, Marketing Manager, at 713.654.1919 or by e-mail at

Founded in 1984, HoustonWorks USA is the leading provider of services focusing on job placement, continuing education and vocational training. Serving more than 1 million annually, HoustonWorks USA provides job seekers with a variety of workshops including job search techniques, interviewing skills and resume writing, and use of the resource library with internet access and postings of local, state and national job openings.

Training is also available in career fields such as healthcare, business, computers and education. HoustonWorks USA manages several of the largest Workforce Solutions offices in Houston and the surrounding region for the Houston-Galveston Area Council. These offices offer a wide range of services for job seekers as well as employers looking for trained workers. HoustonWorks also provides numerous youth programs including internships, scholarships, summits and summer camps. HoustonWorks is a 501(c) 3, tax-exempt organization.

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Stephen Beringer
HoustonWorks USA
713.654.1919 x 1203

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