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CCEF Fundraiser Featuring Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

February 16, 2017


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Creative Corrections Education Foundation is proud to announce Retired Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown will serve as the featured speaker of the non-profit organization’s Second Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 13, 2017, at the Beaumont Civic Center and will honor new Jefferson County ...Sheriff Zena Stephens and Lamar Institute of Technology president, Dr. Lonnie Howard. Individual tickets are $75 and all proceeds will help fund scholarships to Lamar Institute of Technology.

With a personal contribution of $200,000, retired federal prison warden Percy Pitzer and his wife, Sununt, founded CCEF in 2012 to provide scholarships to children with incarcerated parents. The idea was to help this young population, at greater risk of going to jail, to avoid that fate. In 2015, CCEF expanded to also provide scholarships to any student who could prove a financial need and planned to attend Lamar Institute of Technology. CCEF currently has 22 students enrolled at LIT and celebrated the graduation of one of its students last spring.

CCEF banquet speaker, Ret. Chief David O. Brown, gained national prominence in July 2016 for his leadership, after five officers were killed in a sniper attack during a protest march against police violence in Dallas. Brown’s decision to use a robot to detonate explosives, neutralizing the suspect, was a first in the history of American policing. The chief’s call to protestors to become a part of the solution – by applying to join the police department – earned him accolades from across the nation and around the world. The Dallas native announced his retirement last September after 33 years with the Dallas Police Department, that included positions as a patrol officer, crime scene detective, SWAT team member and leader, internal affairs detective and assistant chief.

CCEF Banquet honoree Zena Stephens was elected sheriff of Jefferson County in the November 2016 general election, becoming the first woman to hold that office, as well as the first person of color, in addition to becoming the first black female sheriff in Texas. Honoree Dr. Lonnie Howard assumed the position as president of Lamar Institute of Technology in July of 2016. He was selected from a field of nearly 40 candidates, following a nationwide search. This is Howard’s second college presidency, following his tenure at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Washington. CCEF believes Stephens and Howard represent the importance of education and resilience.

Banquet tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the CCEF office at (409) 861-2536 or (409) 284-4155, or by visiting the office at 6545 Calder Avenue, Beaumont.

Sponsorship levels include:

Egregia Cum Laude Level - $50,000 (or more)
2 tables, private reception before banquet, title sponsorship recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials and recognition in CCEF brochures.

Summa Cum Laude Level - $25,000
2 tables, private reception before banquet, recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials and recognition in CCEF brochures.

Maxima Cum Laude Level - $15,000
2 tables, private reception before banquet, recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials and recognition in CCEF brochures.

Magna Cum Laude Level - $10,000
2 tables, private reception before banquet, recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials and recognition in CCEF brochures.

Cum Laude Level - $5,000
1 table, private reception before banquet, recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials and recognition in CCEF brochures.

Honor Roll Level - $2,000
1 table, private reception before banquet, recognition at the banquet and in all banquet press materials.

CCEF Media Specialist Jackie Simien may be contacted at (409) 781-5614, for more information. Your consideration as a banquet sponsor is immensely appreciated.

Regards,

Dr. Garrett Peel
CCEF Scholarship Banquet Chairman

Percy Pitzer
CCEF Founder/CEO