Play It Forward: Casino Royale hits the jackpot


HOUSTON, TX – Shield Bearer Counseling Centers hosted its second annual Play it Forward: Casino Royale at Sandlewood Manor on July 15. The event featured 11 table games, wine raffles, mystery boxes, a silent auction, a DJ and dancing. The venue was beautiful and the evening was a huge success, raising over $75,000 for
Shield bearer. The money will be used to continue providing barrier-free mental health therapy in Houston and Texas.

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

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

Shield Bearer Counseling Centers are on a mission to help heal hearts in the greater Houston area and beyond. They strive to provide mental health care to everyone without financial barriers. With locations from Katy to Conroe and telehealth options, there are opportunities for everyone in Texas. In 2021, Shield Bearer hosted over 14,000 counseling sessions, 65% of which were discounted. 1,134 sessions to help victims of human trafficking, 780 to help first responders and 872 to help victims of domestic violence.

Shield Bearer Advice Centers can be contacted 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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