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University of Houston - Clear Lake
News Release
Friday, September 30, 2011

Space Center Rotary event to benefit UHCL center


HOUSTON — All are invited to attend the 38th Annual Shrimporee Festival and Auction to support University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities scheduled for Oct. 15, 11 .am. – 4 p.m., in Clear Lake Park’s Landolt Pavilion, 5001 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 77586.


Admission to this event is free.


Hosted by the Space Center Rotary, the event will offer fun and food, live and silent auctions and activities for kids. Shrimp/brisket meal plates are $15 and tickets can be purchased at the park on event day. Silent auction starts at 11 a.m. and the live auction at 1 p.m.


“The Rotary Club of Space Center has been conducting the annual Shrimporee for 38 years,” said rotary club member and Shirmporee Chairman Marilyn Musial. “The funds we raise allow us to support many worthy local charitable organizations, honor teachers, fire, police and EMT staffs, award scholarship and support international events.”


Founded in 2008, the UH-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, one of this year’s beneficiaries, supports research on autism and developmental disabilities, trains current and future professionals and provides services to children and their families through partnerships with community organizations.  


The center is staffed by university faculty and students of the Behavior Analysis and School Psychology graduate programs.


“We thank the Space City Rotary for showing their support of our center,” said Professor of Psychology and Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Director Dorothea Lerman. “The funds received from the Space City Rotary will benefit our therapy programs for children with developmental disabilities, including our parent education and training.”


Proceeds from the Shrimporee will also support the Cross Roads at Park Place. For more information about UH-Clear Lake’s center, email Lerman at, or visit  To find out more about the Shrimporee, call Musial, 281-333-8585, or Ticket Chairman John Branch, 281-898-8082.


University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 40 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more UH-Clear Lake news and information, visit UH-Clear Lake’s newsroom,, or follow UH-Clear Lake on Facebook,, and Twitter,

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