Champions for Children 2017 Presented By

October 19, 2017 at the JW Marriott Austin 11:30am registration 12pm awards luncheon

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.

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

Joan and Steve Clark

Adrienne and Mark Thannisch

Eric Price

Friends of the Home

Carol and Milo Burdette & Jeanne and Lew Little

Colleen and Julian Lockwood & Moreland Properties

Amber Carden and Julie Metzger

Dave and Judi Proctor

Taco Shack

Leslie and Ted Keyser

Pam and Neel White

Beth and Bryan Plater & Terri and Chris Von Dohlen

LCRA Employees United Charities

Ann and Meade Bauer

Amanda and Morris Foster

Susan and Robert Kay & Anne and Timothy Jarvis

Sam and Sonia Wilson

The Swisher and Nalle Families

Capitol Anesthesiology Association

Catherine and Charles Sansbury

Jan Bashur

Erika and Bryan Herndon

Kathy and Don Mauro

Wilson Goldrick Realtors

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

carl-anderson-logo-png

Sara and Dick Rathgeber

Nelson Puett Foundation

Mary and Howard Yancy


abc-new

hcfd-logo-final_withferguson

grayzer-electric-use-this

horizon_transparent-pic-2016

lkcm-primary-logo-jpeg

Tracey Bury

enoch

Bill and Robbie Moore

austex_logo_email_final

 

 

 

 

 

Marsha and David Lockett

centro-logo

 

 

 

 

Reenie & Kent Collins

Joan and Steve Clark

Jan Cox Dwyer

Friends of the Home

Sonja and Joe Holt

lexus-austin-lakeway-linear-logo-black-dates-01
moreland-new2016

 

 

Bill and Pat Munday

Harris Preston & Partners, LLC

oxbowadvisors_transparent

 

 

parsley-energy-transparent

 

 

Adrienne and Mark Thannisch

tk-foundation-logo-clr

 

 

 

winstead

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

Seton

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

Stantec

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.