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

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.

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

Congratulations to this year’s honorees!

2018 Event Underwriters

Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

Beth and Bryan Plater

Marsha and David Lockett

Colleen and Julian Lockwood & Moreland Properties

Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

The Cline Family

Jeri and Vaughn Brock

Judi and Dave Proctor

Leslie and Ted Keyser

Mary and Will Pitts

White Construction/Pam and Neel White

Kelly and Lonnie Aaron

American Bank of Commerce

Christie Nalle and Rick Swisher

Karen Kaye and Darrell Boeske and HMWK

Sigma Information Group, Inc.

PlainsCapital Bank

Thank you for your support of Champions for Children 2017

 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!

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


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