Photo by Jessica Klima Photography

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the 20th annual Champions for Children Awards Luncheon presented by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick!  We are so incredibly grateful to our honorees, donors, volunteers, and longtime supporters who made an impact in our community and on this event. This year’s luncheon was a record-breaking success and it would not have been possible without the support of our dedicated community. Thank you to our event chairs Dina Northington, Kent Ferguson, and Diana Dobson for their year-long amazing commitment and support as well as to our featured speaker, Christina Meredith for sharing her inspiring life story and showing us it is possible to overcome any obstacle. A special thank you to our Philanthropic Honorees, Adria and Brian Sheth for their unbelievable match through the Sheth Sangreal Foundation, which helped us raise a record-breaking amount for Helping Hand Home. Congratulations to The Charlotte and Craig Benson Family & Beyond Batten Disease Foundation, Albert L. Black, Carrying Hope & Kristin Finan and Chrystal Smith, our incredible Community Honorees!

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 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

Pat Munday in Memory of Bill Munday

Beth & Bryan Plater







Marsha & David Lockett and Tracey Bury

Joan and Steve Clark

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Caroline and Nelson Puett

Sara and Dick Rathgeber

Becky and David Roche

Mark and Adrienne Thannisch

UBS Financial Services/The Clevenger Douglas Group

ABC Home & Commercial Services

Alpha Capital Management

Baselice & Associates, Inc.

Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

Benchmark Title

Jeri and Vaughn Brock

Sue and Paul Bury

Capitol Chevrolet

The Cline Family

Marjann and Michael Cooper

Driftwood Commercial

Gottesman Residential Real Estate

Tish Hall, Tracey & David Hime

Hatchet Alley/ Mary & Will Pitts

The Herndon Family Foundation

Laura and Patrick Hotze

Sonja and Joe Holt

Ted and Leslie Keyser

Jeanne and Lew Little

Laura and Jim McBride

LS Screening LLC

Pinnergy/ Kathy & Randy Taylor

The LaNoe & Paul Scherer Family Foundation

John Schweitzer

STG Design

St. David’s Foundation

Topfer Family Foundation

David B. Terk Wildlife Conservation Foundation

Pam and Neel White

ABC Bank

Taco Shack/Yoli & Orlando Arriaga

Jamie and Blake Chandlee

The Law Office of David P. Crist/ Kathlene and Dave Crist

Peggy and Bob Dickerson

Amanda Foster

Heritage Title Company

Horizon Bank

Sandra Holub Conlan and Julie Little Metzger

Independence Title Company

Oxbow Advisors

Catherine and Will Powers

The Rotary Club of Austin

Jamille and Ryan Ruebsahm

Catherine and Charles Sansbury

Sigma Information Group, Inc.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School

Michelle and Paul Tobias

Stacy and Mike Toomey

Elisabeth and Alex Tynberg

Lucy and Phil Weber

Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

Winstead PC

Bill & Michelle Zapalac


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 Charlotte and Craig Benson Family & Beyond Batten Disease Foundation
Albert L. Black, Child Inc.
Carrying Hope & Kristin Finan, HHH Adoptive Mom
Chrystal Smith, Foster Village.

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

2019 Emcee: Ron Franklin

2019 Event Chairs: Dina Northington, Kent Ferguson, and Diana Dobson