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You are cordially invited to join Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman and Texas Executive Director Patrick Bresette on May 18th for the 18th Annual Beat the Odds® Awards Luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel - Houston Galleria. The annual awards program celebrates the resilience and courage of five local high school seniors who have beaten the odds, demonstrating leadership both inside and outside of the classroom. We will also honor change-makers Dr. Susan Tortolero Emery and long-time CDF-Texas Advisory Board Member Dr. Peggy B. Smith for their work to change the odds for children and teens through research, education, and action in health sciences.
Seating is limited so purchase your tickets today to reserve your place! Tickets start at just $250 - and all proceeds will help support our Beat the Odds scholarship program and enable us to expand our relentless efforts to lift up the voices of children across the state. If you can’t attend on the day of the event, we ask that you consider making an In-Spirit Donation to support our honorees and the thousands more from our city and across Texas who are beating the odds every day.