On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, deBoulle Diamond and Jewelry hosted a VIP Cocktail Reception honoring major sponsors, event chairs, honorary chairs and event committee for the TexProtects 7th Annual Fundraiser. Guests were entertained in deBoulle’s beautiful, sophisticated 13,600 sq. ft. salon with a historical flair in the style of a two-story French villa located at 6821 Preston Rd. The evening’s amenities included a private showing of their collection of fine diamonds, jewelry and timepieces, light hors d’oeuvres, wine and valet parking. The event showcased a beautiful, platinum vintage diamond drop pendant necklace Circa 1920 from deBoulle will be auctioned off at the fundraiser on October 15th.



TexProtects’, The Texas Association for the Protection of Children, 7th Annual Fundraiser will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15th at the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. This year, TexProtects will honor the Meadows Foundation with the 2013 Children’s Hero Award for their extraordinary support over the past nine years. The Meadows Foundation has played an invaluable role in aiding efforts by TexProtects and other organizations to prevent child abuse and promote educated, mentally healthy, and successful families. The 2013 Children’s Champion Award recipient is Senator Royce West for his leadership and legislative support of TexProtects in promoting public policy and funding for child abuse prevention and supporting the safety, health and successful development of foster children.

Proceeds from this event will support TexProtects’ mission to reduce and prevent child abuse by educating and organizing its members to advocate for child protection to government officials. TexProtects creates broad-scale change via major public policy innovations in child protection systems and leverages private funds with public funds to bring high-impact prevention solutions to scale. TexProtects is the only autonomous, nonpartisan, statewide membership organization advocating for reforms and funding by taking a holistic approach to child abuse on a prevention continuum. For over nine years, TexProtects has led passage of more than 37 pieces of legislation and raised $71 million in state funding for home visiting programs, including the Texas Nurse-Family Partnership program.

In 2012, Texas led the nation in total child maltreatment fatalities; 212 Texas children died from abuse or neglect – more than four children on average each week – many at the hands of their caregivers. Furthermore, an average of 176 Texas children were abused or neglected every day, and seven children were maltreated every hour.

The Honorable Florence Shapiro is Chairperson; Carol and Don Glendenning and Mike Modano are Honorary Chairs. Major underwriters (not including anonymous donations) include: Serena Simmons Connelly, Carol and Don Glendenning/Locke Lord LLP, Madeline and Jim McClure, Annette and Harold Simmons, Lisa Simmons, Mary and Steve Watson, Bob and Brenda Barkley, Jean and James Barrow, Capital One, John and Helen Carona, John and Dorothy Castle, H-E-B, Denise and Bill Lindquist, Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge, Debra and Michael Decker, John and Pat Harloe, Hunt Consolidated, Inc./Hunt Oil Company, Ray Nixon, Jr., The Honorable Florence Shapiro and Southwestern Medical Foundation, Naomi Aberly on behalf of the Lebowitz Aberly Foundation, Ebby Halliday Acers, Anthony Family Foundation, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Dallas Mavericks, Fluor Corporation, Foundation for Community Empowerment – J. McDonald Williams Fund, Jane Gilday, Ann and Fred Margolin, Chris and Dick Rogoff, Greg Swalwell and Terry Connor, and The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.

Help give Texas’ children a voice, build awareness and honor the Meadows Foundation and Senator Royce West by signing up for alerts on the TexProtects website, by “liking” TexProtects on Facebook, and by “Tweeting” to your followers on Twitter.