Champions for Children 2018 Presented By

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Hilton Austin

500 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701

11:30am Registration

12:00pm to 1:30pm Luncheon

Emcee: Ron Franklin

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

Philanthropic Honoree: John Paul and Eloise DeJoria

The 2018 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. He went on to co-found Patrón Spirits Company, John Paul Pet & Aubio — all companies with high ethical standards and reputations for integrity. John Paul signed the Giving Pledge in 2011 as a formal promise to continue giving back. That same year, he 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. 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.

 Photo by Jessica Klima

Photo by Jessica Klima

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.

To view all of last year’s event photos, visit Jessica Klima’s website here.


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

Project Suite Pea

Norm Sternfeld, LifeWorks

Congratulations to these incredible individuals and unsung heroes!

Featured Speaker: Jimmy Wayne

Making his encore appearance is country music singer and songwriter Jimmy Wayne. Jimmy’s inspirational life story takes you from a childhood of rejection, abuse and poverty to the stage at Madison Square Garden. The power of intervention in an abused child’s life has never been more evident.

Even with his recording success, Jimmy felt that he needed to do something to raise awareness about the 30,000 children who age out of the foster system each year. So on January 1, 2010, Jimmy set out to walk from Nashville, Tennessee to Phoenix, Arizona. Stopping only for previously scheduled concerts and to go to the California State Capitol to advocate for raising the age of foster care children from 18 to 21, Jimmy walked 1,700 miles, arriving in Phoenix on August 1, 2010. Jimmy has had three Top 10 songs on the US Country charts, including “Do you Believe Me Now,” which earned the prestigious “Million-Air Award.” Jimmy’s passion for helping children in the foster care system has resulted in the successful passing of foster care legislation in California and Tennessee.

His autobiography, Walk to Beautiful: The Power of Love and a Homeless Kid Who Found the Way shows how the cycle of abuse can be broken through power and determination, and with the love of a few caring individuals.

2017 Event Underwriters

The Baselice, Howden and Kiger Families

Marsha and David Lockett

Ava and Steve Late

Adrienne and Mark Thannisch

Carol and Milo Burdette & Jeanne and Lew Little

Colleen and Julian Lockwood & Moreland Properties

Friends of Helping Hand Home

Joan and Steve Clark

Paula and Dan Herd

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

Century Management

Children Blessing Children

The Cline Family

Elizabeth and Allen Blakemore

Elizabeth and Alex Tynberg

Falk & Grimm Families

Howry, Breen & Herman, LLP

Independence Title

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

ReFine Magazine

Sonja and Joe Holt


St. David’s Foundation

STG Design

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

Jan Bashur

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

Winstead PC

Sara and Dick Rathgeber


Champions for Children 2016

Champions for Children was a tremendous success thanks to our amazing donors, volunteers, and incredible event chairs; Gary and Susan Farmer and Tracey Bury. Congratulations to this year’s honorees for making a difference in the lives of children and families in need.

Philanthropic Honoree: Jan and Bobby Jenkins

Longtime Austinites Jan and Bobby Jenkins have been tremendous supporters of the Austin community for decades. As owners of ABC Home & Commercial Services, the Jenkin’s have instilled a culture of philanthropy among their employees. Bobby currently services as a board member for United Way, Alzheimer’s Texas and is co-founder and board chairman of Recognize Good. Bobby has also served as board chair for Caritas of Austin, board chair of the American Heart Association, and chairman of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Jan Jenkins has served as a member of the Helping Hand Society for 17 years and currently serves as Director of the Moss Pieratt Foundation. It is an honor to recognize Jan and Bobby Jenkins as this year’s 2016 Champions for Children Philanthropic Honorees.

Congratulations to our 2016 Community Honorees:

Harrison Cheung, Volunteer, Partnerships for Children; Holly Engleman, Principal, University of Texas – University Charter School; Representative Elliott Naishtat; Jessica Robledo, Austin Police Department Assistant Chief.

Thank you to our Event Underwriters

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors


Sara and Dick Rathgeber

Nelson Puett Foundation

Mary and Howard Yancy






Tracey Bury


Bill and Robbie Moore


Marsha and David Lockett


Reenie & Kent Collins

Joan and Steve Clark

Jan Cox Dwyer

Friends of the Home

Sonja and Joe Holt


Bill and Pat Munday

Harris Preston & Partners, LLC



Adrienne and Mark Thannisch



Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

Jeri and Vaughn Brock

Century Management

Children Blessing Children

Carol and Tim Crowley

H-E-B Tournament of Champions

Paula and Dan Herd

Kim Hill

Dr. & Mrs. David Hime

Holtzman Partners

Howry, Breen & Herman LLP

HPI Real Estate Services & Investments, Inc.

Friends of Jan and Bobby Jenkins

Leslie and Ted Keyser

The LaNoe & Paul Scherer Family Foundation

Ava and Steve Late/ Late European

Jeanne and Lew Little

LS Screening

Kathy and Joe Petet

Mary and Will Pitts

ReFine Magazine


Smith I Robertson I Elliott LLP

St. David’s Foundation

STG Design

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Pam and Neel White

III Forks

American Bank

American Bank of Commerce and Sovereign Bank

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Burns

Capitol Anesthesiology Association

Amber Carden/ Julie & Dean Metzger

Charlane Cox, Susan Erickson & Lolla Page

Peggy and Bob Dickerson

Amanda Foster

Heritage Title Company of Austin

Linda & Jim Hobbs and Betsy & Jody Farmer

Independence Title Company

Dr. Kathryn J. Kotrla and Mr. Robert Morris

Francie Little Homes

Kathy and Don Mauro

Jenna and Randy McEachern

Physician’s Resource Services

The Plondke Family

Catherine and Will Powers

Randalls Food Markets

Rotary Club of Austin

Russell Korman Fine Jewelry, Diamonds and Watches

Charles and Catherine Sansbury


Sigma Information Group, Inc.

Rick Swisher and Bill Nalle Families

Kathy and Randy Taylor

The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas System

Jackson Walker, LLP

Wilson & Goldrick Realtors

Sonia and Sam Wilson

To view all of the special moments of this year’s Champions for Children, please follow the link here. Thank you, Jessica Klima Photography, for all of you beautiful photography.

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