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Famed Singer Jewel Headlines Gala Honoring Bush Family Legacy of Service 

What:             Big Black Tie Ball: Points of Light Night

When:             Saturday, September 21

Where:           Omni Hotel

                        4 Riverway Houston, Texas 77056


HOUSTON, TX – August 6, 2013 – Six hundred guests are expected for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ gala at the Omni Hotel with a rare performance by four-time Grammy Award nominated singer Jewel. A committed supporter of the youth mentoring agency, Jewel will entertain the audience at this year’s Big Black Tie Ball: Points of Light Night. The event honors Neil and Maria Bush. Neil serves as the chairman for the Points of Light organization.

“Our thousands of Big Brother and Big Sister mentors are shining examples of America's legacy of service,” said Ron Hadley - Greater Houston President. “We have set aside this illuminating evening to showcase our mentors as Points of Lights in the Houston community. Neil and Maria Bush are champions of volunteerism and believe in our impact of changing young lives for the better, forever.”

Following the legacy set by his father - former President George H. W. Bush, Neil and his wife are passionate philanthropists, who have dedicated themselves to serving others in Houston and across the nation.  Arty and Mona Howard will serve as the gala chairs. Mona is a physical therapist and Arty is a partner with K&L Gates, an international law firm.  The couple is especially happy to be a Big Family to Little Brother Kevin. Arty also serves on the regional board of directors and as a committee chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  

Gala ticket sales, sponsorships and auction items will all go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters’ $1 million Events Fundraising Goal for the year, helping provide mentors for Houston youth. During a live auction, guests will also bid on the Ultimate Ralph Lauren Fashion Week Experience. The winner and a guest will attend the exclusive Fall 2014 Ralph Lauren Collection Runway Show. The prize includes round trip tickets on American Airlines to New York City and a two-night stay at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel.

Funds will change the lives of children in the Houston community through one-to-one youth mentoring, provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters. For each $500 raised one child can be taken off the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ waiting list. Tickets cost $300 and can be purchased online at

Event Sponsors: K&L Gates, United Airlines, Amegy Bank, H-E-B, C. James & Carole Walker Looke Family Fund, John P. McGovern Foundation, Midway Foundation, Frost Bank, Capitol One Bank, Castleton Commodities, Comcast, and Momentum Audi

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.  The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 85-year history. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star serves over 30,000 children, volunteers and families through 20 offices and over 100 counties in Texas. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life - donate or volunteer at

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