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13 Dec 2016

2016 Single Father Shopping

Once again CPCF takes single fathers and their families holiday shopping at Costco Wholesale. This year our fathers were chosen from Boone Elementary School.

06 Dec 2015

Annual Costco Shopping spree

This year our organization was delighted to take single father families from Miller Intermediate on our annual Costco Shopping spree. As always we like to thank the whole crew at Costco and all of our celebrity athletes who came out to shop with the fathers and their families. We salute our fathers who don’t always get the recognition they deserve!

30 Oct 2015

Fly M.C Williams Middle School to the moon!

Fly M.C Williams Middle School to the moon! This year CPCF hosted another awesome group of students to celebrate Frank Sinatra’s Centennial at the Houston Symphony. The 6th, 7th and 8th graders tapped their toes to the timeless songs of “Ol Blues eyes” performed by the Houston Symphony, Tony DeSare and Tony nominated performer Montego Glover.

30 Jun 2015

4th annual Strike Out For The Arts

Our 4th annual Strike Out For The Arts was a huge success this year! We couldn’t have done this without the continued support of ZT Wealth, Squeezed, Brothers Produce, Hannah & Cal McNair, BMW of West Houston, IW Marks Jewelers, Bergquist Law Firm and AkinMears. We appreciate all of you and a big thank you from our organization! We also want to thank all of the donors, in-kind sponsors and celebrities who also had a big hand in making the evening memorable. Stay tuned for our next fundraiser!

26 Sep 2014

Chester Pitts Foundation provides Musical Experience for McAuliffe Middle School Students

One of the benefits of being a member of the McAuliffe Middle School “Hawk” Band is enjoying the perks that result from students’ hard work and dedication. This semester, band members enjoyed attending the Houston Symphony as honored guests of the Chester Pitts Foundation, an organization founded by former Houston Texan Chester Pitts and his wife, Latoya. The fairytale-type experience became even more meaningful for students with the donation of formal dresses and suits for them to wear, also courtesy of the Foundation.

The students had the opportunity to enjoy the Houston Symphony’s performance of “TV’s Greatest Hits,” directed by Steven Reineke with featured vocalist Nicole Parker from MadTV and Broadway’s Wicked. Following the concert, the students attended a “Meet and Greet” photo session with Pitts, Reineke and Parker.

“This event inspired me and helped me to see what I could become if I continue to play my instrument,” said McAuliffe Middle School eighth-grade flautist, Nehemiah Nelson.

Eighth-grade student Evelyn Rios, who plays clarinet, was impressed by the performance. “It was amazing to see the musicians playing all of the different instruments, which created wonderful sounds,” she said.

McAuliffe’s Head Band Director Jeff Rodriguez felt the event was a huge success. “Our students were able to see professional musicianship at its finest,” he said. “The impact from having experienced the event will have a lasting effect on students. We are already witnessing a change in students’ commitment to music and in their behavior. I am sincerely grateful to the Chester Pitts Foundation for providing our students with the opportunity.”


Chester Pitts (back) is pictured with McAuliffe Middle School band members at the Houston Symphony.

Pictured with Chester Pitts are students (from left) Tamerian Lemons, Tatianna Edwards, Zionna Brown, Lauryn Qullier and Deivyon Mackey.

Actress Nicole Parker visits with students Karina Hernandez, Arlet Orozco, Lisette Duran and Martiza Silva.

Also enjoying the event were band students Franck Guerra, Omari Hawkins, Efrain Ponce and Dylan Lawson.

Students Angel Flores, Alejandro Lopez and Ciriaco Gutierrez also attended the event.

McAuliffe chaperones (from left) included: Walter Benavides, Foreign Language Teacher; Jerrold Smith, Associate Principal; Michelle Berry, Assistant Band Director: Jeff Rodriguez, Head Band Director; and Dave Chappelle, Science Teacher.

08 Jul 2014

Strike Out For The Arts Charity Bowling Event

Strike Out for the Arts was a big success! Many thanks to Bowlmor Lanes, our donors, vendors, celebrities and supporters who turned out for the awesome event. A huge thanks to our title sponsor ZT Wealth. Everyone bowled for a great cause, listened to great music from DJ BRyte and raised money to support the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation’s programs. We can’t wait to see you all next year!

14 Dec 2013

M. D. Anderson YMCA visits the Houston Symphony

How the Grinch Stole Christmas was a fantastic way for the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation to end the 2013 year. We had a blast taking elementary aged children from the M.D Anderson YMCA branch to the Houston Symphony to see Dr. Suess’ classic story. Thank you to our friends at Macy’s and SuitMart for helping us dress up the children in suits and dresses. They all had a wonderful time picking out their outfits at the stores and looking their best on the day of the concert.

The children loved the concert and enjoyed signing along to songs with the audience. After the performance the Houston Symphony treated the kids to craft stations, cookies and punch and best of all a meet and greet with the Grinch himself!

04 Dec 2013

4th Annual Single Fathers Shopping Event

For the fourth year the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation chose single fathers to once again go shopping at our favorite store Costco Wholesale. We give a big thanks to Costco and its employees for helping to make this experience an awesome one for the families involved. We choose ten families from various YMCA locations to eat great pizza and desserts, decorate reindeer and christmas stockings and best of all, SHOP!

01 Sep 2013

Yes Prep West at the Houston Symphony

What’s a great way to kick of the fall school year? How about taking Yes Prep students to a symphonic experience at that Houston Symphony. The young teens were in awe watching the cirque artists perform to the sounds of lively symphony music. The youth were treated to a meet and greet with the performers and the conductor after the concert and all of them had an unforgettable experience.

07 Mar 2013

2nd Annual Tee It Up For the Arts Celebrity Golf Challenge

Our 2nd annual ‘Tee It Up For the Arts’ celebrity golf tournament was a success this year!  We experienced great weather for golfing and a few of the celebrities seen on the green were Andre Johnson, Jonathan Joseph, Brian Ching, Kareem Jackson, Caleen Carr and Paul Wall. The funds we raised from this event will send some of our underprivileged youth to experience the Houston Symphony for the very first time as well as other foundation programs and scholarships geared towards fine arts and culture.  We like to say a big thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters of this event.  We look forward  to doing it again next year!