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TaxAct Texas Bowl Gives Record Annual Donation to DePelchin Children’s Center

TaxAct Texas Bowl Surpasses $2.3 Million in Total Giving

HOUSTON – Today, the TaxAct Texas Bowl announced a $225,000 donation to DePelchin Children's Center, setting a record for a single-year contribution from the Bowl. Since selecting DePelchin Children’s Center as its charitable beneficiary in 2006, the Bowl has provided over $2.3 million in direct financial support and millions more in promotional support. This is the eleventh-straight year the Bowl has provided a gift of $100,000 or more. 

The Bowl presented the check to Jenifer Jarriel, President and CEO of DePelchin Children’s Center at their Houston Main Campus. 

“On behalf of the board, staff, and families served at DePelchin Children's Center, we are so thankful for our long-standing partnership with the TaxAct Texas Bowl,” said Jarriel. “Over the last seventeen years, our friends at the Bowl have not only provided more than $2.3 million dollars to support and sustain children in our community, but they have given families memories that will last a lifetime by hosting fun events and gameday experiences. We are excited to see what more is to come from our amazing partnership.”

TaxAct Texas Bowl Board of Directors Chair, and Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Audacy Houston Sarah Frazier spearheaded fundraising efforts over the last year. 

“We are excited to add to the TaxAct Texas Bowl’s legacy of supporting DePelchin Children’s Center,” said Frazier. “The team at DePelchin provides vital services to our community that strengthen families and create opportunities for children across Texas to meet their fullest potential. I am thankful for the support from our partners, fans, and my fellow board members who made this donation possible.” 

Beyond financial and promotional support, the TaxAct Texas Bowl provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to families within the DePelchin network including field days with participating teams, tickets to the game, and on-field recognition. 

“Our ability to directly put a smile on the face of children from across the Houston-area is one of the most rewarding pieces of our partnership,” said TaxAct Texas Bowl Executive Director David Fletcher. “It is a treat to see the kids interact with student-athletes and establish new role models. I look forward to building on these initiatives for years to come.”

Founded in 1892 by Kezia Payne DePelchin, DePelchin Children’s Center is an accredited foster care and adoption agency serving the most vulnerable children and families in Texas and working to break the cycles of abuse and neglect. DePelchin’s approach to caring for kids integrates at-risk prevention, foster care, adoption and post-adoption programs to improve the mental health and physical well-being of children who are at risk of entering or are in the State’s child welfare system.

The 2022 TaxAct Texas Bowl matched the Texas Tech Red Raiders against the Ole Miss Rebels in the ninth year of the Bowl’s partnership with the Big 12 and the SEC. Texas Tech won 42-25 to cap off an eight-win season in HC Joey McGuire’s first campaign at the helm for the Red Raiders.

About the TaxAct Texas Bowl

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl annually showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier athletic conferences. Through the years, the TaxAct Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field. Since 2014 the game is the most attended Bowl in the country outside of the “New Year’s 6” games.  The Bowl has also generated an average of $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has contributed over $2.3 million in financial support to DePelchin Children’s Center, The Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary and one of the oldest children’s organizations in the city.