Dear Houston Community

President Julie Finck with Daniel the Tiger, PBS.

President Julie Finck with Daniel the Tiger, PBS.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! It may be hot this summer, but we have some cool announcements and events taking place in the comfort of the air conditioning, as well as cool information to share with you in this edition of our newsletter. Allow me to provide you with a sneak peek.

Our Ladies for Literacy Guild is providing you with a very special opportunity to vie for a chance to win a double strand of exquisite pearls worn by the fabulous First Lady Barbara Bush, thanks to the generosity of Tenenbaum Jewelers. Also, we are partnering with Elaine Turner and Kendra Scott this month to host give back parties in partnership with our Young Professionals Group. Whether you want something trendy or timeless, your participation in these events will benefit our cause and advance a legacy.

Also, you will certainly be intrigued to learn of the incredible gift we received from The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation in honor of Mrs. Bush's recent 93rd birthday. In addition, explore our newsletter to find out why Chita (pronounced "chee-tuh") Craft of KHOU 11 will be prowling around our 3rd Annual Jungle Book Gala in September. It is refreshing that so many people in Houston have warm and generous hearts, willing to give of their time, talent and treasures to help others.

This month, more than 800 children will learn that it is cool to be smart when they attend our Camp Adventure! sponsored by Phillips 66. Join us as a volunteer. It's the next best thing to being a kid and attending the camp. In fact, there are scientific benefits to volunteering, as you'll learn in this newsletter. If you can't serve with us at Camp Adventure!, read about the dozen ways in which you and your children can volunteer and make an impact together this summer.

Take your time. Read on. Stay cool.

Sincerely,

Julie Baker Finck, Ph.D.
President