News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2008
CONTACT: 512-463-0119

Senator Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force Announce a New Honorary Chair and Extends Child Abuse Prevention Billboard Campaign

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San Antonio, TX -- On Thursday, Senator Carlos Uresti and the Blue Ribbon Task Force introduced a new honorary chair to the task forceóGeorge "The Iceman" Gervin.

"We are honored to have George Gervin on our team. Mr. Gervin is well known for his community involvement in San Antonio and I am proud that he has added our message to his list of causes," said Senator Uresti. "Child abuse and neglect is an extremely serious issue, and we are happy to have leaders like Mr. Gervin willing to speak up about awareness and prevention."

Gervin will join other dignitaries and elected officials on the executive committee of the Blue Ribbon Task Force just in time for several community events in San Antonio, including KidsDay at the Park, Taking it to the Streets, and Blue Sunday -- the annual Blue Ribbon Task Force day for children.

"The message of the Blue Ribbon Task Force is one that I firmly stand behind and one that I think the community of San Antonio needs to hear," said Gervin. " As a former Spur, I know from experience how important teamwork is. It is only when community leaders and organizations come together that we can set an example and send a message that resonates with people. That being said, I hope to advance the goal of the Blue Ribbon Task Force through my own youth centers."

In addition to welcoming Gervin to the task force, Senator Uresti also announced that the Blue Ribbon Task Force, along with ongoing support from Clear Channel Outdoor, will extend its child abuse prevention billboard campaign.

"I believe the extension of the Blue Ribbon Task Force's billboard campaign is vital to the community of San Antonio. Clear Channel Outdoor continues to provide an unwavering support for a message that needs to be spread -- the message of child abuse prevention," said Senator Uresti.

The campaign, which has been seen on billboards and posters throughout San Antonio, has drawn new designs from University of Texas students. The primary prevention message of the campaign aims to help parents deal with root cause issues that can lead to child abuse and neglect.

Senator Uresti is the founder and chair of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, a local coalition of community members. For more information, visit www.blueribbontaskforce.com.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County, including all or part of the following counties: Bandera, Bexar, Brewster, Culberson, Crockett, El Paso, Edwards, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Real, Reeves, Sutton, Terrell, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, and Winkler. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information, please contact Vanessa Macias or Arthur Reyna at (512) 463-0119.

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