Downtown Rotary Unapologetically American Luncheon Guest Ted Cruz, Texas US Senator

Downtown Rotary Unapologetically American Luncheon Guest Ted Cruz, Texas US Senator

Join us for our monthly Downtown Rotary Club of Houston luncheon July 2, with special guest speaker Senator Ted Cruz. We will be entertained by Houston's own Champion Sisters, sponsored by Smart Financial, a corporate member of the Downtown Rotary Club of Houston.

Downtown Rotary Club of Houston members are entitled to one (1) free ticket per paid member. Visitors and guests must purchase a ticket at $50. All credit cards and PayPal accepted. Valet parking included.


Throughout his life, Ted Cruz has proven to be a passionate and effective fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.

Ted’s calling to public service has been inspired by his firsthand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America. Ted’s mother, Eleanor, was born in Delaware to an Irish and Italian working-class family. She became the first in her family to go to college, graduated from Rice University with a degree in mathematics, and became a pioneering computer programmer in the 1950s.

After being tortured and imprisoned in Cuba, Ted’s father, Rafael, fled to the United States to attend the University of Texas at Austin in 1957. He then started a small business in the oil and gas industry. Today, Ted’s father is a pastor in Dallas.

Growing up, his father would often say to him: “When we faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?”

Ted has been a tireless fighter for liberty because his family knows what it is like to lose it.

As Solicitor General for the State of Texas and in private practice, Ted authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also won an unprecedented series of landmark national victories that include his defense of U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas, our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument at the Texas State Capitol, and the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

In the U.S. Senate, Ted has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, and to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He has also led the fight to defend life, marriage, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and our entire Bill of Rights. And most importantly, he’s kept his promise to speak the truth and do what he said he’d do.

Ted has proven to be the exact type of courageous conservative we need in the U.S. Senate to restore economic growth, defend our Constitution, and protect the values we all hold dear.

Ted, his wife Heidi, their two daughters Caroline and Catherine, and his entire family have been blessed to live the American Dream — the idea that anyone, through hard work and determination, can achieve anything. And he is committed to ensuring every family has that same opportunity.


The Champion Sisters have a very special synergy about them. Brenda, Sandra, and Molly make up this trio of real-life sisters, but beyond being blood-related, these ladies share a common bond that runs very deep: their passion for music. With Brenda and Sandra being identical twins and Molly a year younger, the Champion Sisters feel more like triplets. “We are best friends. We share many interests, but the most important one is music.”

In 2000 the sisters joined up with Paul English (renowned Texas pianist and composer) and started singing Big Band/Jazz. In 2005 they released an album titled In the Mood featuring big band, adult contemporary and jazz. In 2007 they released Christmas with the Champion Sisters, which included a compilation of their favorite holiday songs. Notable projects with other artist include: The Star of Hope for the Holidays compilation CD in 2009, Hits from the Hill, a 2011 Sugar Hill Compilation CD where they recorded Barbara Lynn’s 1962 #1 Hit “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” and also recorded with Johnny Bush on “Why Baby Why.” Their latest CD Unfit to Be Tied released in 2012 is a pure country album, blending a little bit old style country with a more current sound. The release mixes deep southern vocal sounds with soft harmonies. In the most recent years, the sisters have worked with Archie Bell, Johnny Bush, and Mickey Gilley on various projects.

Notable events, the Champion Sisters have performed for President George H. W. Bush, Sr. "41" during a ceremony in Houston honoring him with the American Spirit Award from the National World War II Museum of New Orleans (2007), The Houston Grand Opera Ball, the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, and the Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute. They also had numerous appearances on Great Day Houston as well as performed for the Houston Texans, Astros, Comets, Aeros, Susan G. Komen, and the M.D. Anderson Boot Walk.


Event Information

Event Date 07-02-2019 11:00 am
Event End Date 07-02-2019 1:00 pm
Registered 0
Available Place 300
Individual Price $0 – $50
Location The Ballroom at Bayou Place

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