Champions for Children 2019 Presented By

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

JW Marriott Austin

110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

2019 Emcee: Ron Franklin

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

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

As we celebrate 125 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 this year’s 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.