Champions for Children 2018 Presented By
Emcee: Ron Franklin
Event Chairs: The Honorable Craig Enoch, Beth Plater and Terri Von Dohlen
Philanthropic Honoree: John Paul and Eloise 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.
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.
2018 Event Underwriters
Thank you for your support of Champions for Children 2017
We could not be more grateful for the generosity of our incredible donors and for the help of our amazing volunteers and event chairs; Julie Baselice, Marla Kiger, and Robert Howden. The 18th Annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon was a huge success thanks to all of you. Thank you for your support and contributions in celebration of the unsung heroes of our community, who have gone above and beyond for children in need. Congratulations to this year’s honorees and thank you to all who made this year’s Champions for Children one to remember.
Event Chairs: Julie Baselice, Robert Howden and Marla Kiger
Emcee: Ron Franklin
Philanthropic Honoree: Ava and Steve Late
Ava and Steve Late have shown a longtime commitment to serving nonprofit organizations, schools and human rights campaigns among other worthy causes. As owners of Late European, the Lates have continued the legacy of their family’s business, spanning over 50 years, and bring their values of caregiving, passion, and dedication to their philanthropic work. The Founder and Chairman of The Darrell K Royal Alzheimer’s Research Fund, Ava currently serves on the Board of Alzheimer’s Texas, Helping Hand Home’s Community Advisory Board, the Board of Ballet Austin, just to name a few, and volunteers with numerous other noble causes throughout Austin. Steve has served on several boards in Odessa, Midland, and Austin and currently dedicates his time to organizations like the Texas Ex Students Association, the Salvation Army, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. It is an honor to recognize Ava and Steve Late as Helping Hand Home’s 2017 Champions for Children Philanthropic Honorees.
The 18th Annual Champions for Children Honorees
For 124 years, Helping Hand Home for Children has been the benefactor of the kind and generous hearts in our community. What started as two caring women and a helpless baby girl back in 1893, has grown to thousands of supporters from our community, hundreds of children and families served, and a Home that continues to transform the lives of Austin’s most vulnerable youth. Champions for Children is the Home’s opportunity to recognize and celebrate Austin’s most valuable caregivers and volunteers. These individuals have been selected for their exemplary work and service to children in need.
We are proud to announce this year’s 18th Annual Champions for Children community honorees:
John Hewlett, Principal, Russell Lee Elementary School
Patricia Murphy, foster parent, Helping Hand Home
Norm Sternfeld, LifeWorks
Congratulations to these incredible individuals and unsung heroes!
2017 Event Underwriters
The Baselice, Howden and Kiger Families
ABC Home & Commercial Services
Alpha Capital Management
Ann and Meade Bauer
Anne and Tim Jarvis & Susan and Bob Kay
Beth and Bryan Plater & Terri and Chris Von Dohlen
Carol Crowley and Tracey Bury
Children Blessing Children
The Cline Family
Elizabeth and Allen Blakemore
Elizabeth and Alex Tynberg
Falk & Grimm Families
Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP
Jenny Butterworth, Amber Carden and Julie Metzger
Jeri and Vaughn Brock
Judi and Dave Proctor
Kathy and Joe Petet
Laura and Jim McBride
Lower Colorado River Authority
Leslie and Ted Keyser
Mary and Will Pitts
Pam and Neel White
Sonja and Joe Holt
St. David’s Foundation
Taco Shack- Yoli and Orlando Arriaga
The LaNoe and Paul Scherer Family Foundation
Amanda Beck Foster
American Bank of Commerce
The Bill Nalle and Rick Swisher Families
Capitol Anesthesiology Association/ Dr. William A. Wroe Jr.
Catherine and Charles Sansbury
Charlane Cox, Susan Erickson and Lolla Page
Erika and Bryan Herndon
Karen Kaye and Darrell Boeske
Kathy and Don Mauro
Dr. Kathryn J. Kotrla and Mr. Robert Morris
Laurel and Dudley Simmons
Physician’s Resource Services
Randalls Food Markets
Rotary Club of Austin
Sonia and Sam Wilson
Sandra Holub Conlan/Conlan and Company, Realtors
Sigma Information Group, Inc.
Wells Fargo Private Bank
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors
Sara and Dick Rathgeber