Thursday, February 19, 2015

McDonald's Houston Children's Festival celebrity artist announcement

Olivia Holt, star of Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It” is coming to THE MCDONALD’S Houston Children’s Festival
The Largest Children’s Festival in the United States Continues Disney Celebrity Appearances
Olivia Holt, star of Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It” in the role of Lindy Watson, will be part of the Sunday, March 29th McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival.  Olivia will be doing a public question and answer session at1:30 P.M. and 3:00 P.M on the McDonald’s Dream Discovery Stage with a public autograph session at 2:00 P.M. next to the stage. 
 Who:                   Olivia will also do a Private Meet and Greet at 3:30 P.M. on Sunday, March 29th.  There are a limited number of tickets available at  Early Bird tickets on sale now through March 8th cost $100 per child.  Starting March 9th the price will go up to $125 per child.  Each Private Meet and Greet ticket allows ONE child and ONE adult chaperone (18 years & older) backstage to meet Olivia.
Olivia Holt was born in Tennessee and raised in Mississippi is no stranger to the performing arts.  Her resume includes; Disney XD series “Kickin’ It.” She can be heard on the “Girl vs. Monster” soundtrack with three    singles titled    “Nothing’s Going to Stop Me,” “Fearless,” and “Had Me at Hello”.  “Olivia continues the strong presence of Disney celebrities that have been part of the festival success,” commented Tony Terwilliger,      Festival Executive Director, “She is a rising star that Houston is excited to meet at the festival.”
What:              The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival presented by Baker Hughes is the largest children’s festival in the United States and will be celebrating its 27th year.  The Festival has raised over $5 million dollars over the past 26 years for Childs Advocates, Inc.
Where:             Downtown Houston in the area surrounding City Hall, Houston Public Library Plaza, and Tranquility Park and upper Sam Houston Park.
Date:               Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th
Time:               10:30 AM until 6:30 PM
Activities:        The Festival excitement includes appearances by Olivia Holt, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Disney musical acts as well as ten big Family Adventure Zones, six stages of entertainment and over three hundred fun activities. 
About the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival
The McDonald's Houston Children’s Festival, presented by Baker Hughes, and was selected as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. Celebrating its 27th year in 2015, it is one of Houston’s signature events and has developed into one of the primary fund-raisers for Child Advocates. With a projected annual attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival celebrates over two decades of proven success for sponsors, the community, participants and most importantly, for Child Advocates and the abused and neglected children it serves.
The Houston Children’s Festival was born in 1988 and was originally known as the “Children for Children Festival.” Attracting a crowd of less than 5,000 people the first year, the goal was to create a family festival that would serve as the vehicle to educate the public about child abuse and the mission of Child Advocates. For the first few years, the festival was located across from the George R. Brown Convention Center, where Discovery Green Park is now located. When the festival continued to grow and needed a bigger home, it was moved to the Greenway Plaza area and occupied two large, then-vacant lots next to what is now Lakewood Church. After a two year stint at Hermann Park, the festival found its current home in downtown Houston in 1999. It was during this time that Mayor Bob Lanier saw the exceptional value in this event and designated it “The Mayor’s Official Family Celebration.”
About Child Advocates, Inc.
5,000 children languish in foster care because of life-threatening abuse and neglect.  In Harris County alone, there were 35,729 reported cases of child abuse in Harris County in 2013 and 6, 535 confirmed cases of child abuse. Child Advocates recruits, trains and supports volunteers assigned by a family court judge to the cases of these children. Child Advocates’ volunteers contact caseworkers, interview parents, ensure necessary medical care, look out for educational interests and make recommendations in court regarding the permanent placement of the child. Most importantly, they serve as a "constant" person for that child to count on during a very tumultuous time. Child Advocates has served over 17,000 children since it began in 1984.  In 2013 Child Advocates provided advocacy for 2,018 abused and neglected children in Harris County and trained 219 new child appointed advocates.  And in 2013, 750 Child Advocates volunteers collectively gave over 65,000 hours of their time working on 1,116 cases. The Houston Children’s Festival has become a cornerstone event for Child Advocates and to date has raised over $5 million dollars to assist Child Advocates in this critical mission.

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