Adriana Gonzalez named Chairwoman of the 2018 Family Festival and Walk

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2018 Family Festival and Walk Grand Marshal Announced

Houston, Texas, March 1, 2018: Community Family Centers (CFC) is pleased to announce that Congressman Gene Green is the Grand Marshal of the 11th Annual Family Festival and Walk on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 and Adriana Gonzalez, President and CEO Empresarios Latinos our Chairwoman. The Festival will be held at the CFC main building at 7524 Avenue E in Houston’s East End. Funds raised by this event will support the programs and services of the organization.

Congressman Gene Green was first elected to Congress from the 29th Congressional District of Texas in 1992 after twenty years in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. In 1996, Green was appointed to the powerful U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, which he continues to serve on today. Today, he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, and also serves on the Subcommittee on Energy, Subcommittee on Environment, and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Rep. Green has been a champion of health issues, energy, education, labor, domestic manufacturing, and preserving Social Security and veterans’ benefits. He has worked hard to improve access to quality healthcare, support initiatives to improve our economy and job training, and maintain financial aid for students. He has been instrumental in securing federal funds for the expansion of the Port of Houston and Houston METRO’s light rail; supporting the expansion of community health centers in the Houston area, and pushing legislation to declare the Buffalo Bayou a National Heritage Area. His “Citizenship Day” and “Immunization Day” are two of his most successful annual events, along with dozens of neighborhood town hall meetings.

Green, a native Houstonian, graduated from Jeff Davis High School. He received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston in 1971. He attended Bates College of Law at the University of Houston and was admitted as a member of the State Bar of Texas in 1977. In 1970 he married Helen Albers Green. Helen retired after teaching math in the Aldine Independent School District for 26 years. They have two children; Dr. Angela Green Hewlett and Christopher Green, and four grandchildren, Lauren, Braden, Dylan, and Tristan. The Green family attends Spring Woods United Methodist Church in Houston.

Community Family Centers addresses educational, social, and basic needs by offering programs for families in the Magnolia Park – East End community where approximately 49% live on less than $25,000 annually. Programs offered are 1) Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, General Educational Development, and computer classes with complimentary nutrition, financial and workplace literacy components. 2) Early Childhood Education: preparing children for life-long learning through Montessori early education. 3) Youth Services: school-based Prevention Education/Intervention components to reduce risk factors linked to substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy and other related problem behaviors, and a 10-week summer camp for 4-16 year old students; and 4) Family Support Services: provides comprehensive services and crisis intervention through intake, information and referrals, emergency food pantry and weekly food distribution fairs, translation and assistance with forms, and periodic Health Screenings and Immunizations.

The Family Festival and Walk is a family and community-oriented fundraising event designed to provide education and information to Houston’s East End and surrounding communities. Activities include music, vendors, games, food and a silent auction. This special event offers many ways for members of the community to be involved as an individual walker, team or corporate sponsorship. For more information on this event, which includes the 5K walk, music, vendors, and games, please contact Lucy Gonzalez at (713) 923-2316 x223 or visit our website at www.communityfamilycenters.org.

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