Champions for Children Presented By



We are proud to announce the 20th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon benefiting Helping Hand Home for Children will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 from noon to 1:30pm at the JW Marriott Hotel. Helping Hand Home for Children would like to recognize our partners and friends who dedicate their hearts to the children and families of this community. The annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon is our opportunity to honor, celebrate and pay tribute to individuals, community leaders, caregivers and volunteers who are all dedicated to creating a better future for our children.  We hope you will consider being a part of this inspiring celebration.



2019 Emcee: Ron Franklin

2018 Event Chairs: Dina Northington, Kent Ferguson, and Diana Dobson


2019 Philanthropic Honoree: Adria and Brian Sheth

Helping Hand Home is honored to recognize Adria and Brian Sheth as the 2019 Champions for Children Philanthropic Honorees. After meeting at the University of Pennsylvania, Brian and Adria Sheth have been fortunate to share personal, professional and philanthropic successes together. Brian is the President and Co-Founder of Vista Equity Partners. In addition to his responsibilities at Vista, Brian is the Co-Founder and Board Chair at Global Wildlife Conservation and a Director at the GRAMMY Museum Foundation. After a highly engaged technology career, Adria chose to focus her resources on a range of charitable efforts, culminating in her leadership of the Sheth Sangreal Foundation. Adria also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Department of Athletics at her Alma Mater, The University of Pennsylvania. The Sheths are dedicated supporters of numerous Austin area charitable organizations including The Boys and Girls Club of Austin, SAFE, Helping Hand Home for Children, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the Statesman Season For Caring, and the Waller Creek Conservancy amongst others. Together, Brian and Adria have chosen to channel their philanthropic efforts through one focused organization, the Sheth Sangreal Foundation – and remain steadfast in their commitment to a city and community they love-Austin.

2019 Matching Gift Sponsors


2019 Sponsors


Beth & Bryan Plater

Joan and Steve Clark

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Becky and David Roche

Mark and Adrienne Thannisch

Alpha Capital Management

Baselice & Associates, Inc.

Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

Benchmark Title

Sue and Paul Bury

Capitol Chevrolet

The Cline Family

Marjann & Michael Cooper

Laura & Patrick Hotze

Ted & Leslie Keyser

Collen & Julian Lockwood

The LaNoe & Paul Scherer Family Foundation

Pam & Neel White

Taco Shack/Yoli & Orlando Arriaga

Amanda Foster

The Herdon Family Foundation

Sandra Holub Conlan and Julie Little Metzger

Catherine Sansbury

Sigma Information Group, Inc.

Michelle and Paul Tobias

2019 Featured Speaker: Christina Meredith

Abuse & Homelessness Survivor & Author of CinderGirl

Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others.  One of ten children born to a mother that suffered from both mental illness and substance abuse, Christina endured years of traumatic abuse by her mother, who locked her in a closet for days at a time. By the time Christina was in high school, the cumulative effects of longterm trauma had made it nearly impossible to learn, but through a strong support system, faith and hard work, she went on to become Miss California, enroll in college, found her own nonprofit foundation, and pursue the path to becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.  As she shared during her recent appearance on the Today Show and as told in her new book, CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope, Christina’s story celebrates the transformative power of education, and the potential within all of us to triumph over adversity. Determined to change the way America handles foster youth, Christina travels the country as a foster care activist and mental health advocate. She is committed to helping others heal the deep wounds of trauma. With faith, fortitude and a fierce commitment to never giving up, Christina encourages all of us to look within, overcome any obstacle, and ultimately, find the strength to achieve our highest goals and dreams.

The 20th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon Honorees

As we celebrate 126 years of life-changing, transformative service to vulnerable youth, Helping Hand Home for Children would like to recognize our partners and friends who dedicate their hearts to the children and families of this community. The annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon is our opportunity to honor, celebrate and pay tribute to individuals, community leaders, caregivers and volunteers who are all dedicated to creating a better future for our children.

We are proud to announce the 2019 Champions for Children Community Honorees:

The Benson Family &and Beyond Batten Disease Foundation
Albert L. Black, Child Inc.
Carrying Hope
Chrystal Smith, Foster Village.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!


Thank you for your support of Champions for Children 2018

Our deepest appreciation goes out to the donors, volunteers, supporters, and honorees who made the 19th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon possible! Thank you to our event chairs The Honorable Craig Enoch, Beth Plater and Terri Von Dohlen for their dedication to creating a memorable event. Thank you to speakers Willie and Korie Robertson for sharing their life-changing story of fostering and adoption and for supporting the mission of the Home. We are especially grateful to John Paul and Eloise DeJoria, our Philanthropic Honorees, for the impactful work they are doing for children and families in our community. Congratulations to Julie Kouri, Stacy Johnson, Lance White, and Jersey Mike’s Subs Austin, our inspiring Community Honorees!

See photos from Champions for Children below!

 Photos by Janet Scott

Photos by Janet Scott

 Photos by Donna Beard

Photos by Donna Beard

2018 Emcee: Ron Franklin

2018 Event Chairs: The Honorable Craig Enoch, Beth Plater and Terri Von Dohlen

2018 Philanthropic Honoree: Eloise and John Paul DeJoria

Helping Hand Home is honored to announce this year’s Philanthropic Honorees are Eloise and John Paul DeJoria. John Paul DeJoria co-founded Paul Mitchell in 1980 and helped turn it into the world’s largest privately owned salon haircare company. In 2011 John Paul founded JP’s Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation with his family to invest in charities that share the core values of his companies — sustainability, social responsibility, and animal friendliness. Based in Austin, the foundation has global reach through partners located around the world. He also created and funds Grow Appalachia — the largest program of its kind in the United States that has partnered with more than 5,000 families to grow 3.4 million pounds of food in the Appalachian region. In addition to their own Peace, Love and Happiness Foundation, the Dejoria’s are dedicated supporters of numerous Austin charitable organizations, including Helping Hand Home, Austin Children’s Shelter, Mobile Loaves & Fishes and SafePlace, just to name a few.

John Paul’s wife Eloise, a native Texan, uses her time and talent to help people lead healthy, fulfilled lives. She focuses her philanthropic efforts on drug and alcohol recovery programs, supporting the arts and promoting the wellbeing of women and girls. Together, the DeJorias are committed to contributing to a sustainable planet through investing in people, protecting animals and conserving the environment.

2018 Featured Speakers: Adoptive Parents Korie and Willie Robertson

We are excited to announce this year’s featured speakers are foster and adoptive parents, Korie and Willie Robertson. Korie and Willie Robertson are well known from the show, “Duck Dynasty” where these Louisiana-natives shared their journey operating their family-owned business. In addition to raising their kids and running their family business, Korie and Willie are also advocates for children in the foster care system, expanding their own family through adoption. We are excited to share the Robertson’s story as they hope to inspire more individuals and families to consider fostering or adopting and help raise awareness around the thousands of children waiting to be adopted in Texas alone.

The 19th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon Honorees

We are proud to announce the 19th Annual Champions for Children Community Honorees:

Stacy Johnson, Central Texas Table of Grace
Julie Kouri, Fostering Hope Austin
Lance White, Lift Brigade
Jersey Mike’s Subs Austin

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

2018 Event Underwriters

Dina & Charlie Northington

Beth & Bryan Plater

Sara & Dick Rathgeber

Terri & Chris Von Dohlen

Marsha & David Lockett

The Clevenger Douglas Group at UBS

Joan & Steve Clark

Jan Cox Dwyer

Marla & Phil Kiger

Carrie & Jeff McDowell and Jennifer & Mark Mouritsen

Adrienne & Mark Thannisch

Kelly & Lonnie Aaron

ABC Home & Commercial Services

Alpha Capital Management

Baselice & Associates, Inc.

Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

Dinah & Barry Barksdale

Jeri & Vaughn Brock

Capitol Chevrolet

Margaret & Don Collis

Marjann & Michael Cooper

Paula & Dan Herd

Sonja & Joe Holt

Leslie & Ted Keyser

Ava & Steve Late

Lower Colorado River Authority

Laura & Jim McBride

Jeanne & Lew Little and Julie & Dean Metzger

Kathy & Joe Petet

Pinnergy / Kathy & Randy Taylor

Mary & Will Pitts

Judi & Dave Proctor

STG Design

St. David’s Foundation

Taco Shack / Yoli & Orlando Arriaga

The Tobias Family

Elisabeth & Alex Tynberg

Pam & Neel White

ABC Bank

Aquila Commercial, LLC

Matt & Anna Balthazar

American Bank

Jan Bashur

Martha & Eddy Bauman

Karen Kaye & Darrell Boeske, John Kroll-HMWK, LLC

Jamie & Blake Chandlee

The Cline Family

David Terk Wildlife Foundation

Peggy & Bob Dickerson

Anne & Charlie Henderson and Jocelyn Johnson

Erika & Bryan Herndon

Heritage Title Company

Holtzman Partners

Independence Title Company

Live Oak Real Estate Development Brokerage & Services

Kathy & Don Mauro

Morgan Burnham, Carrie Hicks, and Stefanie Moore

Physician’s Resource Services

PlainsCapital Bank

Randalls Food Markets

Chrissy & Corey Ray

Rotary Club of Austin

Jamille & Ryan Ruebsahm

Sigma Information Group, Inc.

Laurel & Dudley Simmons

Erin Hentschel and Amy Sutton

Rick Swisher and Christie Nalle

Lynn & Bill Walker

Winstead PC

Kerri Ann & John Chambless

Sandra Holub Conlan / Conlan and Company, Realtors

Tate Property

Topfer Family Foundation

Click Here to view a list of past Champions for Children Honorees.