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 & David Lockett

Marla and Phil Kiger

Jan Cox Dwyer

Adrienne and Mark Thannisch

Carrie & Jeff McDowell and Jennifer & Mark Mouritsen

Kelly and Lonnie Aaron

Alpha Capital Management

STG Design

Kathy and Joe Petet

Margaret and Don Collis

Taco Shack/Yoli & Orlando Arriaga

Baselice & Associates

Jeri & Vaughn Brock

Judi and Dave Proctor

Ann Bauer and Suzy Balagia

St. David’s Foundation

Mary and Will Pitts

Jeanne & Lew Little and Julie & Dean Metzger

Pam & Neel White

Capitol Cheverolet, Inc.

The Tobias Family

Leslie and Ted Keyser

ABC Home & Commercial Services

Sonja and Joe Holt

Elisabeth and Alex Tynberg

Pinnergy/Kathy and Randy Taylor

Sigma Information Group, Inc.

Holtzman Partners

Jan Bashur

Physician’s Resource Services

Lynn and Bill Walker

Aquila Commercial, LLC

Jamille and Ryan Ruebsahm

Randalls Food Markets

Martha and Eddy Bauman

The Cline Family

The Rotary Club of Austin

Anne & Charlie Henderson  and Jocelyn Johnson

American Bank

Rick Swisher and Christie Nalle

Erika and Bryan Herndon

Karen Kaye & Darrell Boeske, John Kroll-HMWK, LLC

Heritage Title Company

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!

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