Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Announces Honoree for 5th Annual Jungle Book Gala


Betty Hrncir to receive inaugural Childhood Literacy Impact Award

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is pleased to announce that Betty Hrncir has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Childhood Literacy Impact Award for her extraordinary dedication to advancing the Foundation’s mission of improving lives through the power of literacy. Betty will be honored at the 5th annual Jungle Book Gala on November 8 at The Revaire chaired by Amy and Kyle McCully and Morgan Stautzenberger and Cameron Stubbs.

The Childhood Literacy Impact Award recognizes an individual or company which commits significant time and talent in advancing childhood literacy rates across Houston. The Childhood Literacy Impact Award was created to spotlight the power of volunteerism in making a meaningful impact in helping more children learn how to read, write and comprehend.

“Betty Hrncir has given generously of her time, talent and treasure for many years to the Foundation and to other worthwhile nonprofit organizations across our city,” said Neil Bush, Co-Chairman, Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. “She is a point of light in our community and a shining example of the power of service to others. Maria and I can’t think of a more deserving individual to receive this prestigious honor and recognition.”

Betty played an instrumental role in forming and leading the Ladies for Literacy Guild, a volunteer auxiliary of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation. The mission of the Guild is: “In the spirit of service, the Ladies for Literacy Guild mobilizes resources to foster a love of reading through the power of literacy.” Since its inception just four years ago, the Ladies for Literacy Guild has become a thriving organization of more than 300 members. Betty served as the inaugural President of the Guild for two years and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Co-chair of the Grants Committee. Under her leadership, thousands of children have received access to new literacy programs and services through the Curiosity Cruiser mobile library and books to build their very own home library.  In addition, children’s libraries have been installed at Mission of Yahweh and New Hope Housing to foster a love of reading with children and their families.

“The Jungle Book Gala Committee is proud to honor Betty Hrncir at our upcoming event,” said Kyle McCully, Co-chair, Jungle Book Gala. “She is the quintessential role model volunteer, continually demonstrating that one person can make a meaningful difference and help more children have brighter future by learning how to read.”

Through Betty’s countless hours of volunteer service and stewardship, the Ladies for Literacy  Guild has become a thriving organization, providing valuable literacy programs and resources to underserved children and their families across Houston. The annual Power of Literacy Luncheon, the Curiosity Cruiser, the annual Community Book Drive are just a few examples of the initiatives spawned during Betty’s tenure.

In addition, Betty and her husband, John, have served as co-chairs of A Celebration of Reading for more than a decade. The annual charitable event has raised more than $2 million each year for the past five years, providing vital funds to support local and national literacy programs and services locally through the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and nationally through the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

The Jungle Book Gala will be held on Friday, November 8 at The Revaire. Chaired by Amy and Kyle McCully and Morgan Stautzenberger and Cameron Stubbs, this black-tie event is a must for party-goers seeking a great time while supporting an important cause in our community. Carnrite Group will once again generously serve as Title Sponsor, and Stavis and Cohen Financial will serve as Kipling Sponsor for this special charitable event.

To sponsor or purchase tickets for the Jungle Book Gala, please visit All proceeds from the event benefit childhood literacy programs.