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Young Houston Professionals Have Fun Supporting Literacy

The fourth annual Crawfish for a Cause raises $3,000 for literacy

Photos by Daniel Ortiz

The Celebration

On Saturday, February 19, 2020, The Young Professionals Group (YPG) of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation hosted its fourth annual Crawfish for a Cause at Holman Draft Hall. The event sponsor was 8th Wonder Brewery.

The Story

Nearly 100 YPG members, and guests interested in joining their ranks, gathered on the venue’s welcoming patio to enjoy delicious cold beer from 8th Wonder Brewery and jumbo crawfish from HTX Crawfish Supply Co.

The Moments

Guests had the opportunity to socialize with YPG members and learn more about the importance of the work done by the group.

The enjoyable event raised $3,000 to benefit YPG’s literacy efforts in the Houston community.

Guests: Ashley Monic, Eleni McGee, Aspen Hayes, Catherine Murray, Elizabeth Galante, Joel Bazan, Meredith Shields, Clara and Alex Orlean, Megan Butler, Martina Albino, Tori Tolbert, Dan Watson, Carolyn Lapham, Jason Maise, Harrison Schmidt Ryan Marren, Alec Lubrano, Jessica Lampi, Mitchell Bilodeau, Shannon Stacey, Kaitlyn Hovermale, Stephen Brown, Katja Miller, Rebecca Hoffman, Nate Church, Kelsey Perkins, Jacob Gilreath, Kevin and Sara Aguilar, Lisa Ngo, Liza Crawford, Kalen Wootan, Daniella Sanchez, Lucas Luttrell, Stephanie Ramsey, Maritza Archila, Andy Archila, Lisa and Mark Jakel, , Allison and Preston Schulze, Melissa McDaniel, Patrick Nikkelsen, Lauren Brooke, Andrew Wilson, Monica Lunsford, Tana Fitch, Kime Smith, Kerri and Tim Foley, Victoria Villarreal, Caitlin Rance, Grace and Tom Gosnell, and Courtney and Zac Harmon.

About the Young Professionals Group

The Young Professionals Group (YPG) is an organization of the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation formed in 2014 to engage the next generation of Houston’s leaders in the literacy cause. YPG is comprised of a community of individuals who are service-minded and eager to make an impact in our city. Members participate in networking and social events, serve in leadership roles, and volunteer in meaningful service activities that help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children and their families. To learn more about YPG please visit

About the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation (Foundation) is a charitable organization formed by Neil and Maria Bush to carry forth First Lady Barbara Bush’s legacy in the literacy cause and to focus deeply on breaking the intergenerational cycle of low literacy in the Bush family’s hometown. Founded on Mrs. Bush’s belief, “If you help a person to read, then their opportunities in life will be endless,” the Barbara Bush Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through the power of literacy – the ability to read, write, speak clearly and think critically. The Foundation serves as the champion across the Greater Houston area for the literacy cause, raising awareness for the value and importance of literacy, mobilizing volunteers and resources to build critical capacity of community-based literacy providers, and investing in local literacy programs and services that support children and families to develop strong literacy skills for success. For more information, please visit or follow the Foundation on Facebook @bushhoustonlit, on Twitter @bushhoustonlit, and on Instagram @bushhoustonlit.

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