Thu  |  May 25, 2017

Houston International Trade Development Council’s

4th Annual Global Seven Awards
& International Students Scholarship Presentation

at The Petroleum Club of Houston, Texas

HITDC programs strive to facilitate international development with the ultimate goal of business expansion through out the Houston area SME community by working with private and nonprofit resources to help build strong, sustainable and successful SMEs seeking opportunities abroad.  Creating wealth, jobs, and better economic health in the Houston area.


$5,500 Gold Sponsor

$3,000 Silver Sponsor

$2,500 Bronze Sponsor

Student Scholarship Sponsor


$1,500 Table of 10

Order form and Sponsorship Info:

BW-HITDC-Sponsor Packet.pdf


Sat  |  June 17, 2017


Broken Chains Awareness Development Group’s
Third Annual Juneteenth Scholarship Gala

Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017

Time: Reception 6 PM, Museum  Tour 7 PM, Gala: 7:30 PM


Location: The Shrine Cultural Center,

5309 Martin Luther King Blvd., Houston, TX 77021  ...Map

$40 adults   |   Children under 12: $25   |  Table of 8: $300

Broken Chains Awareness Development Group, Inc. is a nonprofit inner-city youth support program based on the foundation of the Juneteenth celebration of freedom... Freedom to develop and grow; breaking the mental change that hinder our youth from reaching their full potential.

Gary E. Jedkins, Sr., President

Broken Chains Awareness Development Group, Inc

713-582-2679  |


Developing Youth for Leadership: $10,000

Standing Up for Youth:   $5000

Keep Youths reading:   $1500

Improving Youth math skills:   $1000


Summer  |  June 8 - August 7, 2017  •  Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm

S.H.A.P.E. Community Center

S.H.A.P.E. (Self-Help for African People through Education) …All SHAPE programs
are geared towards the revitalization and strengthening of the family.

June 8 - August 7, 2017
Summer Youth Enrichment Program

at 3815 Live Oak, Houston, TX 77004

An eight-week full day program for school-age children (5-15) . The SYEP offers many exciting challenges to participating youth. The classes and activities include: cultural arts (music, creative writing, dance and culture,, visual arts and crafts, field trips, sports, drama, computer literacy, sports and recreational activities, foreign languages, academic challenges, games and field trips. Black History classes and swimming. Program culminates with a weekend camping trip for participants’ families. 

July 14 - 20, 2017

28th Annual Freedom Tour

Annual Bus Ride from the SHAPE Family Center
at 3815 Live Oak, Houston, TX 77004

In the spirit of the great Freedom Riders of the 1960s, S.H.A.P.E. takes teens people and community mentors on a bus tour retracing America’s Civil Rights Movement. 

Sites Visited: The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Voter's Rights Museum, Tuskegee University, Brown A.M.E. Chapel, tSixteenth Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and participation in a symbolic March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge (as documented in the film “Selma”). Young people are able to re-enact that  moments in history by crossing the bridge with their group. Learning Outcomes: Open forums for the youth and adult participants with each other and the community Q & A sessions.   Opportunities / workshops for participants to share and educate others about their combined experiences. Video documentation allows historical archiving.


Suggested Commitment: $5,000 - $100,000*

Year-Round pledges are encouraged

S. H.A.P.E. Center NPO info:



Vernus C. Swisher, Chief Executive Officer

Tue  |  June 27, 2017


Career and Recovery Resources, Inc.’s

21st Annual Barrier Breaker Award
Fundraiser Luncheon

at the Hyatt Regency Houston,
1200 Louisiana, 77002

The  mission of  Career  and  Recovery Resources, Inc.  (CRR)  is to  help  people   identify  and  overcome barriers  to employment.   

We  served  3,654  job  seekers  in  our  Employment  Services  programs  with  2,737  enrolled  for employment assistance and 839 persons becoming employed.  The role of this luncheon is to help raise awareness and funds so that we may continue our mission by partnering with individuals, companies, and/or corporations that can help underwrite or sponsor our outreach.

This year CRR will  have three dynamic honorees…

Kandy Kaye Horn, Horn Family Foundation, Judge Robert Eccles, of Gray, Reed, & McGraw, LLP.

...and City of Houston,
Mayor Sylvester Turner ,


$25,000 Underwriter

$15,000 Major Sponsor

$10,000 Sponsor

$5,000 Major Supporter

$2,500 VIP Table Sponsor,

$2,000 Table Sponsor

$500 VIP Couple

$200 Individual Seat



Wed-Thu  |  September 6-7, 2017

HMSDC Business Expo 2017
George R. Brown Convention Center,
1001 Agenda De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010

The mission of the HMSDC is to actively involve its members in efforts that will increase and expand business opportunities and business growth for Minority Business enterprises


$10,000 Platinum

$7,500 Gold

$5,000 Silver

$2,500 Bronze


$4,500 Platinum

$2,500 Gold

$1,500 Silver

$750 Bronze

$350  Nickel

Awaiting sponsorship details from the Organization.


April-Novenber, 2017

Dance Houston produces performances and festivals that feature local dancers and dance companies performing a wide variety of styles. Our education programs provide young dancers with high quality training in diverse genres. We empower professional and aspiring artists to accomplish artistic and professional goals.


Nov 11, 2017 at Miller Outdoor Theatre....
SWING, BABY, SWING!" Spring and summer performances at The Jewish Community Center,  Texas Southern University,  Univ. of Houston, Lone Star College, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Festival.

”H-TOWN GET DOWN“ at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Annual showcase of local dancers, DJs, visual/spoken word artists.

”NO LIMITS DANCE CAMP" summer programs at various locations. Diverse styles taught by professional choreographers.

“THE YOUTH PROGRAM” is a training program that develops new Lindy hop teachers and provides free and subsidized dance and movement classes to youth ages five to seventeen.

“KEEP FIT” Nutrition, exercise and fun! Local families learn dance to develop strength, endurance and self esteem through hip-hop, salsa, bollywood, and ballet!

15th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF DANCE. A celebration of diversity in motion with 10 dance companies, (including Houston Ballet, Dance of Asian America, Met Dance, and other movement companies reflecting the rich cultural dance heritage of Houston.



TBD  |  October, 2017

TWEF’s 13th Annual International Financial and Leadership Summit

8333 Sweetwater Ln Houston, TX, 77037

IFLS is an annual event that features an array of banking institutions; business, civic, political and community leaders convene to lead discussions on business, financial and empowerment issues. The event which is televised internationally in over 150 nations represents an excellent networking opportunity and has led to the establishment of many successful strategic partnerships and relationships.


Suggested Commitment: $5,000 - $50,000

Awaiting sponsorship details
from the Organization.




Bright Light Projects’

Africa for Ebola Orphans

Phase 2 Kickoff Houston Fundraiser

This fundraiser event is part of AFRICA FOR EBOLA ORPHANS project, a four nation initiative from Cameroon to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, to help with sustainable solutions to some of the 20,000 kids orphaned by the deadly Ebola virus back in 2014. Friday April 14, 2017 was an evening for dinner, music, poetry, presentations by some of our partnering organizations on the plight of Ebola Orphans, and Networking.



(Even After this April event)

$5,000 Exclusive Event Sponsor

$1,000-$3000 Partnering Sponsor

$2,000 Partnership Sponsor

$1,000 Silver Supporter

$500 Bronze Sponsor,

$300 Copper Sponsor



*Note: Dates and fees are projectinod from the previous year(s), therefore some dates and details here are subject to changes by the sponsoring organization. 

Sat  |  February __, 2018  •  10am - 5pm

The 22nd Annual Texas Lunar Festival:

“The Year of the Dog”

at the International Trade Center Fairgrounds,
11122 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

The Texas Lunar New Year Celebration celebrates and hosts not only Asia and Asian culture, but International performances as well.  In the Chinese lunar calendar a different animal or mythological beast represents every year in a twelve year cycle. The year of 2017 is the year of the Rooster.

The 21st Annual Texas Lunar Festival is hosted by Southern News Group, Chinese New Year Festival Inc., International Trade Center, International Management District, and STV 15.3

Since 1979, Southern News Group has not only built the largest Asian media complex in the southwestern United States, but has also reached out to the broader community of southwest Houston with programs that respond to the growing ethnic diversity of this unique section of one of America's fastest growing cities. We have initiated and been the driving force behind many community projects, programs and events that include the Texas Lunar New Year Festival, the McDonald's Education Workshops, the Texas African Summit, the ITC Education Institute and have aired many more educational, cultural and business-related television programs on our digital television station, STV 15.3, as well as having hosted over 200 international business related meetings and events at our International Trade Center.


$50,000 Signature

$20,000 Diamond

$15,000 Gold,

$10,000 Silver

$5,000 Area

$2,500 Corporate

$1,000 Individual



Fri  |  February __, 2018

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

17th Annual Gala

3816 Caroline St.  Houston TX 77004

Buffalo Soldiers, comprised of former slaves, freemen and Black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) service organization, dedicated to providing educational and fun, interactive, multi-media exhibits for its patrons, offering a complete look at African American military history from  the Revolutionary War to the Present.


$50,000 Hall of Fame Underwriter

$25,000 All American

$15,000 Professional

$10,000 Collegian

$5,000 Letterman

$2,500  Varsity

$150  Pop Warner/Individual Ticket


Table of 8 Guests…$1,200


Sat  |  February __, 2018  •  6pm

The 2018 Houston Community College

Black History Scholarship Gala

at Hotel ZaZa, 5701 Main, Houston, TX 77005

“Thinking Globally, Acting Locally.”

Each year the Black History Committee raises funds to support scholarships for African-American or students of African heritage at HCC. Recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of tuition and books.  Students can apply for scholarships beginning January 9, 2017. This year, the HCC scholarship gala also examines ways in which average citizens and college students can help improve the lives of underserved people around the world.


$25,000 Freedom Underwriter

$10,000 Legacy Underwriter

$5,000 Heritage Underwriter

$2,500 Empowerment Underwriter

$250 Per Person/Trailblazer

(Individual tickets cannot be grouped into tables.) 

The fair-market value of this event
is $150 per person.

Awaiting sponsorship details from the Organization.



Sat  |  March _, 2018  •  11am-2pm

Barbara Jordan Endeavors

3rd Annual Unique Blue Carpet
Scholarship Award Ceremony

at Sheraton Brookhollow, 3000 N. Loop West,
Houston, TX 77092

“It Takes A Village”

The work of Barbara Jordan Endeavors (“BJE”), the core program of Barbara Jordan Endeavors Corporation, is influenced by the legacy of the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Congresswoman Jordan’s legacy of unwavering commitment to excellence despite disparities associated with racism, classism and sexism. BJE’s main focus is to secure dignity, support, and resources for those individuals with “Unique Abilities.”  BJE has established itself for more than 15 years as a beacon for those challenged in life, whose disabilities mark them as handicapped with limited functions. BJE has found that disabilities do not necessarily hinder an individual’s ability to succeed.  This year 10 high school students from local high schools will receive scholarships to


Suggested Commitment: $5,000 - $25,000*

Awaiting sponsorship details from the Organization.


Sat  |  May _, 2018  •  11am-2pm

YWCA of Houston

Outstanding Women’s Legacy Luncheon

at Sheraton Brookhollow, 3000 N. Loop West,
Houston, TX 77092

THE OUTSTANDING WOMEN’S LUNCHEON is a charitable event designed to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding women whose professional accomplishments and community contributions have enhanced the quality of life for all.   YWCA of Houston is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. 


Suggested Commitment: $5,000 - $25,000*

Awaiting sponsorship details from the Organization.


Mon - Sun  |  September 3-9, 2017*

International Soccer Festival, 
Pan African Film, Music and Arts Festival *

BBVA Compass Stadium & Minute Maid Park

The International Soccer Festival matches will be held September 3rd and 4th, 2017 with teams from the following countries (as of this writing):

        AFRICA: Ethiopia  Angola             
         CARIBBEAN:  Jamaica   •  Cuba

The 25th Annual Pan African Film Festival showcases films from all over the world and is the largest Black Film Festival in the USA.  Ranked #3 in USA Today’s “Best of” Film Festivals, this 501(c)(3) NPO hosts the PAFF Icon Awards which recognizes film that promote cultural and racial tolerance.  The Pan African Arts & Music Fest features established and emerging fine African diaspora visual, digital and performance artists.   Musicians performing in the music fest have a direct correlation to the teams in the soccer tournament – resulting in a unique blend of cultures (Artists to be confirmed):  Carlos Santana,  Ziggy Marley, Teddy Afro, Youssour Ndour, Salif K, Baba Mal, Machel Montano…

Audience Estimate: 200,000…This unique mixture of African and Caribbean soccer matches, amazing music, film and culture in an international city as diverse as Houston

**Awaiting update from sponsoring organization.



Dates/Situations change quickly sometimes!...

Contact Lorenza Butler if you have questions!


Sponsorship Opportunities.pdf

This file was updated on  May 17, 2017

Included in this update:


05/25/17               ITC 4th Annual Global Seven Awards

06/17/17               Broken Chains Awareness Development’s Juneteenth Scholarship Gala, 6-9pm

06/17/17               Dance Houston’s “H-Town Get Down” @ Miller Theatre 8:30pm

06/27/17               CRR’s 21st Annual Barrier Breaker Award Fundraiser Luncheon

07/8-08/7/17         S.H.A.P.E. Center’ Summer Youth Enrichment Programs & History Bus Tour

09/03-09/17          International Soccer Festival + Pan African Film Music and Arts Festival

09/6-7/17              Houston Minority Supplier & Development Council Business EXPO

10/12-13/17          Dance Houston’s “Swing Baby, Swing!” @ Miller Theatre 8:30pm

Nov 2017               TWEF’s 13th Annual International Financial and Leadership Summit

Ongoing               Bright Lights Project’s Africa for Ebola Orphans Fundraiser


*Note: Some dates and fees are projectinod from the previous year(s),
therefore some dates and details here are subject to changes by the sponsoring organization.

01/13-15/18          Black Heritage  Society’s 40th “Original” Martin Luther King Parade

01/15/18               North Houston Frontiers Club’s 30th MLK Memorial Breakfast

02/17/18               International Trade Center’s 22nd Annual Texas Lunar Festival

02/23/18               Buffalo Soldiers Museum's 18th Annual Gala

02/24/18               The 2018 Houston Community College Black History Scholarship Gala

Mar 2017               Barbara Jordan Endeavors’ 4th Annual Unique Blue Carpet Scholarship Awards

May 2017               YWCA of Houston Outstanding Women’s Legacy Luncheon

As is typical, your sponsorship at these events may include (where applicable) program book ads, exhibit space; parking passes, banner space (for festival grounds and staging); mention in media interviews,

logo placement and/or sponsorship credit in ads handouts, and promotional materials, etc.

If you have questions regarding detailed specifics of anything here, please do no hesitate to let us know at the email address below. We look forward to hearing from you!

Publisher Lorenza Phillips Butler, Jr.

Chairman and CEO, Freedmen's Publishing Company

832-880-3733   | Email

Multiple Event Sponsorship Page...

Lorenza Phillips Butler, Jr., Publisher Freedmen’s Publishing Company   |   832-880-3733 
Kijana Wiseman, M.Ed, , Owner, The Wiseman Company   |  832-800-4353    |

Email Butler / Wiseman


and Sponsorship Detail Packet links...

Featured Event...


THURSDAY  |  MAY 4, 2017  |  Marriott Marquis

“State of the City” Keynote Address by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Runtime: 34 minutes