Red Hat Luncheon to have Churchill’s great-grandson as speaker

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The 14th Annual Red Hat Literacy Luncheon will be March 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pearland. The annual event benefits The Adult Reading Center of Pearland.

This year’s guest speaker will be Jonathan Sandys, the great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.

Sandys is an international public speaker on the life, times and leadership of his great-grandfather.

The legacy of Sir Winston Churchill and the Second World War is legendary, but most are unaware of the many struggles Churchill faced and overcame in every stage of life. Sandys will be sharing stories both familiar and some known only to family.

The example of Sir Winston Churchill is a legacy of success in the face of failure, according to Sandys. It proudly stands as a demonstration of how one man’s courageous determination, faithful leadership, and steadfast integrity in the face of defeat changed the world.

Once again for the luncheon, Channel 13 news anchor Elissa Rivas will serve as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Honorary Chairs will be Pearland PD Sgt. Roy Castillo and his wife, Virginia.

Pearland City councilmembers, local businessmen and county commissioners will be celebrity waiters for the luncheon to raise scholarship funds through the tips generously donated by attendees.

The Adult Reading Center is located at 2246 N. Washington Avenue in Pearland.
The center provides services to Brazoria County, southern Harris, western Galveston, and eastern Fort Bend counties. The center has a long history of student success.

The center is the only professional community-based literacy provider in the service area that utilizes volunteer tutors to support its mission of providing instruction at no charge to adults with limited literacy skills.

For more information on the luncheon or the center, go to their website at

Story by Karolyn Gephart

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