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Houston-based Service King donates $35,000 to benefit local at-risk families

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Aug. 8, 2011 – Service King Collision Repair Centers recently hosted its first annual Charity Golf Tournament in Houston, which raised $35,000 to benefit families assisted by Houston’s AVANCE Parent & Child education programs.

The tournament was held at The Woodlands Country Club Tournament Course. Having hosted successful golf tournaments benefiting charities for more than 16 years in Dallas, where the company began in 1976, Service King decided to expand their giving project to Houston.

“We were ready to extend our reach to the Houston community,” said Chris Abraham, vice president of Service King’s Houston market. “After touring an AVANCE center earlier this year and learning more about the organization’s early childhood and adult literacy services, we knew it was a perfect fit for our company.”

Tournament dollars raised supported several local charities, but primarily the AVANCE Parent & Child education programs. Additional funds were raised form raffles and a live auction that included autographed sports collectables showcased by the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

“In Houston, there’s a strong tradition of business corporations stepping up and getting involved with community organizations,” said Jose Villarreal, executive director for AVANCE. “And Service King has set the bar a little higher for Houston corporations to continue the tradition of getting involved.”

AVANCE, which derives from the Spanish word “advance” or “progress,” has been serving the needs of the hardest-to-reach families since 1973. Founded in Texas, AVANCE works with poor and marginalized families to promote better parenting, school readiness, literacy, health and personal development.

For more information about AVANCE, please visit their website.

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