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Accolades: The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy

September 30 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, September 30, 2022 • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Hotel ZaZa in the Houston Museum District

Contact Michelle Bowman at mbowman@childrenatrisk.org for more information.

CHILDREN AT RISK is once again excited to host our Accolades Luncheon: The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy on Friday September 30, 2022, 11:00am to 1pm at Hotel ZaZa, Museum District, Houston, TX.
At this annual event, we will enjoy a delicious lunch as we honor and give accolades to outstanding individuals and organizations that advocate on behalf of Texas children.

Shawn & Donald Bowers

Dr. Reginald & Paula DesRoches

Reginald DesRoches is Rice University’s eighth president. He also serves as professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and professor of Mechanical Engineering.  DesRoches is married to Paula DesRoches, a highly accomplished healthcare professional, nurse practitioner and administrator recognized for her leadership in occupational health.

Carol Paret

Carol oversees Memorial Hermann’s community focused initiatives including ten school based health centers, three mobile dental vans, three Neighborhood Health Centers, an extensive navigation function, and a 24-hour nurse triage service. In addition to working with communities to improve health, efforts currently focus around nutrition, food insecurity, exercise as medicine, psychological well-being and access.

Speaker Dade Phelan

Dade Phelan represents Texas House District 21 in Southeast Texas and serves as the 76th Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. In addition to fully funding public education, Phelan created a framework to expand rural broadband and telehealth, overhauled the regulatory structure of the ERCOT grid, provided billions in tax relief to Texans, and expanded healthcare access for new moms. 

**WINNERS**

RISING STAR IN CHILD ADVOCACY

**Kara Branch | Black Girls Do Engineer**

Alejandra Castro | Family Services of San Antonio

Raj Salhotra | Momentum Education

CHILD HEALTH ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

**Marian Sokol | Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas**

Anu Partap, MD | Cook Children’s Hospital System

Rekha Lakshmanan | The Immunization Project

EDUCATION ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

Libby Cohen | Raise Your Hand Texas

**Pam Wells | Region 4**

OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT RESEARCHER

**Katelyn K. Jetelina | Your Local Epidemiologist**

Deanna Hoelscher | UT Health School of Public Policy in Austin, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Camille Gibson | Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center Prairie View A&M University

OUTSTANDING CHILD FOCUSED NONPROFIT OR NONPROFIT PROGRAM

**Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)**

La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT COLLABORATIVE/ COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM

Bexar County Education Coalition

Early Matters El Paso

**Houston Educational Research Consortium (HERC)**

OUTSTANDING CHILD ADVOCATE – EL PASO AND WEST TEXAS

**Leila Melendez | Workforce Solutions Borderplex**

Cathy Evces Gaytan | El Paso Child Guidance Center

OUTSTANDING CHILD ADVOCATE – DALLAS, FORT WORTH AND NORTH TEXAS

**Byron Sanders | Big Thought**

Olga Martinez Hickman | Bachman Lake Together

Becky Burton | Girl Scouts of the Texas Oklahoma Plains

OUTSTANDING CHILD ADVOCATE – AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO AND CENTRAL TEXAS

**Mary Garr | Family Service Association of San Antonio**

Julia Grizzard | Bexar County Education Coalition

Marian Sokol | Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas

OUTSTANDING CHILD ADVOCATE – HOUSTON, GULF COAST AND EAST TEXAS

**Claudia Aguirre | Baker Ripley**

Cynthia N. Colbert | Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese Galveston-Houston

Tammie Kahn | Children’s Museum of Houston

OUTSTANDING CHILD ADVOCATE – RIO GRANDE VALLEY

Danny Diaz | La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

Daniel King | Educational Results Partnership

**Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar | Boys & Girls Club of McAllen**

JOHN LEWIS – $10,000

Doe Florsheim

Rob and Georgiana Ladd

Gary R. Petersen

BARBARA BUSH – $5,000

Martha Barvin

Olivia and Eric Barvin

Chubb

Pam Humphrey

 

The Immunization Partnership

King & Spalding LLP

Micah Kurtenbach

Brian Patterson

Buddy Steves

Daniel Yoo

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Date:
September 30
Time:
11:00 am - 1:00 pm