AT&T Officially Kicks-Off Rodeo Season with Major Financial Contribution to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund

Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Mike Cavendar, Cavender's; and Kerrick Henny, VP of External Affairs, AT&T

Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Mike Cavender, Cavender’s; and Kerrick Henny, VP of External Affairs, AT&T

This past Thursday, February 25, officials from the City of Houston, Harris County and the Texas State Legislature gathered with local community leaders to kick-off rodeo season in Houston at the first ever Mayor’s Rodeo Houston Kickoff Breakfast.

AT&T, who served as the official host of the breakfast, championed this new event to highlight the economic and social impact the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) has on the City of Houston, and to provide a major financial contribution to the HLSR Educational Fund that will fund scholarships for graduating high school seniors.

“We are excited to have Mayor Turner, as well as many of our local and state officials here today to help us kick off the rodeo season and we are proud to support the HLSR Educational Fund,” said Kerrick Henny, VP of External Affairs for AT&T.

AT&T made a $40,000 donation to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Educational Fund, which over the years has provided thousands of scholarships for students seeking opportunities in higher education. HLSR Chairman Jack Lyon, HLSR President and CEO Joel Cowley, and Terence Fontaine, Chair of the Rodeo’s Black Heritage Committee, were on hand to accept the check.

“We see tremendous value in the work of the HLSR Scholarship program,” said Henny. “Education has been a priority for AT&T for more than a century. Through our education initiative, AT&T Aspire, we are investing in students today – at home, in the classroom, at work – to prepare them for success tomorrow.”

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be held at NRG Park now through March 20.

Jeffrey L. Boney, Forward Times Associate Editor; Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Linda K. Brown, ‎Founder/CEO Advantage Communications; and Karen Carter Richards, Forward Times Publisher/CEO

Jeffrey L. Boney, Forward Times Associate Editor; Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Linda K. Brown, ‎Founder/CEO Advantage Communications; and Karen Carter Richards, Forward Times Publisher/CEO

Terence Fontaine, Chair of the Rodeo’s Black Heritage Day Committee; Commissioner Jack Cagle, Harris County Commission Pct. 4; Leslie Ward, VP of External Affairs, AT&T; and Kerrick Henny, VP of External Affairs, AT&T

Terence Fontaine, Chair of the Rodeo’s Black Heritage Day Committee; Commissioner Jack Cagle, Harris County Commission Pct. 4; Leslie Ward, VP of External Affairs, AT&T; and Kerrick Henny, VP of External Affairs, AT&T