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PLAY IT FORWARD: Casino Royale Hits the Jackpot

PLAY IT FORWARD: Casino Royale Hits the Jackpot

July 20 2022

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers hosted its second annual Play it Forward: Casino Royale at Sandlewood Manor on July 15th. The event featured 11 game tables, wine pull, mystery boxes, a silent auction, a DJ, and dancing. The location was beautiful, and the night was a great success raising over $75,000 for Shield Bearer. The money will be used to continue offering mental health therapy without barriers throughout Houston and Texas.

Shield Bearer Clinical Director Michelle Temofonte stands
with donors Jenny and Charles Herd.
(Photo Credit: David Postma – Genesis Photographers)

Shield Bearer would like to thank the sponsors of the event who made the whole night possible. For the second year in a row, C&T Mortgage, Inc. underwrote the event. Additional sponsors included Katherine Darby Lee – President of the Board, A Splash of Sass, Chuck Ransleben - CPA, Edward Jones – Rick Skinner, Belanger Law Firm, and the Altamuro Family.

Longtime Shield Bearer supporters Terri and Chuck Ransleben.
(Photo Credit: David Postma – Genesis Photographers)
Casino Royale sponsors Sherri Kendrick and D’Ann Gummelt
from A Splash of Sass stand with Ginny Theriot.
(Photo Credit: David Postma – Genesis Photographers)

LaRue Catering, Cake Fine Pastries, Genesis Photographers, Illumination Marketing, and Cypress Lifestyles Magazine offered their time and talents to make the evening unforgettable.

Shield Bearer supporters Brian Panacek, Carrie Panacek and Sharon Haydon.  
(Photo Credit: David Postma – Genesis Photographers)

A special thank you to our committee members who helped plan and organize the event. Committee members were Angela Altamuro, Thad Cardine, D’Ann Gummelt, Jodi Johnston, Charity Kilgore, Michelle Kohl, Kristina Perez, Gaby Pozas, and Terri Ransleben.

Michelle Becker, Danielle Adams and Kristin Severson attended the event.
(Photo Credit: David Postma – Genesis Photographers)

About Shield Bearer Counseling Centers

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers is on a mission to help heal hearts in the greater Houston area and beyond. They strive to offer mental health care to everyone without financial barriers. With locations from Katy to Conroe and telehealth options, there are possibilities for anyone in Texas. In 2021 Shield Bearer held over 14,000 counseling sessions – 65% at a reduced fee. 1,134 sessions helping victims of human trafficking, 780 assisting first responders, and 872 helping victims of domestic violence.

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers can be reached at 281-894-7222. They welcome anyone who can use someone to talk to. Please visit for more information or to find ways to support this important cause. ­­


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