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Career and Recovery Resources to Honor Community Leaders, Star Clients at Barrier Breaker Awards Luncheon-15th Anniversary Luncheon to Honor Jack and Ellie Sweeney

Houston, TX.- Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. (CRR), a non-profit United Way agency that helps individuals identify and overcome barriers to employment, will honor Jack and Ellie Sweeney for admirable community leadership during the Fifteenth Annual Barrier Breaker Awards Luncheon scheduled for 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Houston. The luncheon will also recognize several of the organization’s Star Clients who, with the help of CRR, have successfully overcome personal barriers to achieve employment and lead productive lives.

“We are so pleased to celebrate the 15th year of Barrier Breaker Luncheons with a new host of Star Clients and two very special honorees, Jack and Ellie Sweeney,” said CRR CEO Dr. Vernus C. Swisher. “Through involvement with numerous deserving organizations in the Houston area, The Sweeney’s lead by example and continuously prove that the efforts of two individuals can have a real impact in the community.”

Jack Sweeney, president and publisher of Houston Chronicle, actively serves on the boards of United Way of Greater Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, Central Houston and the ADL’s Coalition For Mutual Respect. Committed to improving the Houston community, he also spearheads local fundraising initiatives that aim to increase involvement of individuals and businesses in order to raise additional funds for local programs.

“In a state with such a large population of people in need, and not enough money to address every issue, I feel that I, along with other businesses and individuals in the community, have a responsibility to do what I can to make a difference,” said Jack Sweeney. “I am thankful that these efforts have been recognized, and very glad that my wife, Ellie is also being honored, as she does an unbelievable amount of hands-on work in the community under the radar.”

A local champion for children, Ellie Sweeney volunteers as a court-appointed guardian ad litem and board member for Child Advocates, Inc. to help abused and neglected children through the court system find safe and supportive homes. She also serves on the boards of DePelchin Children’s Services and Harris County Protective Services for Children & Adults.

“It’s very nice to be honored by Career and Recovery because we don’t do what we do for the recognition, but because it’s something we want and need to do for the good of our community,” said Ellie Sweeney. “Personally, I believe that no matter what your resources – financial or time– there is a way for everyone to give back, and I feel lucky to live in a great city like Houston where there is a large population of people that find ways to volunteer and do just that.”

In addition to honoring Jack and Ellie Sweeney, Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. will recognize a number of its Star Clients who have worked to overcome personal barriers and achieve success at this year’s Barrier Breaker Luncheon.

This year’s Luncheon Host Committee Co-Chairs are Alice Aanstoos and Mark Yust, Leslie and Jack Blanton, Jr., Beverly and William Harmon, Vrinda and Dinesh Pejaver, Marsha and Tom Ramsey, Joyce and Amb. Arthur Schechter, and Patti and Gary Tuma. Event sponsors and major supporters include The Houston Chronicle, Macy’s South, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Regina Rogers, Jeri and Marc Shapiro, Wells Fargo, the Steven & Sheila Miller Foundation, Scurlock Foundation, and H-E-B.

As CRR’s main fundraiser, all luncheon proceeds benefit the organization’s programs, which are dedicated to providing persons in need of employment with sound career advice, resources –including interview apparel – job skills and guidance which equips each client with the confidence to gain successful employment. In 2010, the agency served more than 9,800 adults through a variety of service delivery programs and helped nearly 13,000 youth through substance abuse prevention and education programs.

Tables and sponsorships range from $2,000 – $25,000, and individual tickets start at $200. CRR also offers VIP couple tickets for $500. For more information and to RSVP for the luncheon, please call 713.754.7065 or visit careerandrecovery.org. Interested parties are invited to stay connected by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/careerandrecovery.

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