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Accolades: The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, October 8, 2021 • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. • Hotel Zaza in the Houston Museum District

Contact Leandra Guy at events@childrenatrisk.org for more information.

CHILDREN AT RISK is once again excited to host our 2021 Accolades Luncheon: The Academy Awards of Child Advocacy on Friday October 8, 2021, 11:30am 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.

Event Chairs

Olivia and Eric Barvin

Champion for Children
Stephen F. Klineberg, PhD | Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Maconda Brown O’Connor Legacy Distinguished Advocate
Larry James | CEO Emeritus, CitySquare
Voice For Children
Texas Representative Angie Chen Button
Texas Representative James Talarico

Statewide Awards

Rising Star in Child Advocacy
Viridiana Carrizales | IMMSchools
Edith Rahimian | ProUnitas Inc.
Clayton Travis | Texas Pediatric Society
Child Health Advocate of the Year
Jamie Freeny, DrPh | Center for School Behavioral Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Kristi Mena, PhD | UTHealth School of Public Health
Anu Partap, MD, MPH | Cook Children’s Medical Center
Education Advocate of the Year
Donna Bahorich | Education Advocate
Pedro Martinez | San Antonio ISD
Libby McCabe | The COMMIT Partnership
Outstanding NonProfit Researcher
Camille Gibson, PhD, CRC | Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center, PVAMU
Ruth Lopez Turley, PhD | Houston Education Research Consortium, Rice University
Shreela Sharma, PhD | UT Health School of Public Health; Brighter Bites
Outstanding Child Focused NonProfit or NonProfit Program
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston
Kids’ Meals Inc.
YWCA El Paso del Norte Region
Outstanding NonProfit Collaborative/Collaborative program
Buckner Children and Family Services

Regional Awards | Outstanding Child Advocates

Houston, Gulf Coast, and East Texas
Jasmine Jenkins, PhD | Houston GPS
Deborah Lugo | Arts Connect
Helen Stagg | Change Happens!
Dallas, Fort Worth, and North Texas
Susan Hoff | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
Leah King | United Way of Tarrant County
Jerletha McDonald | Arlington DFW Child Care
El Paso and West Texas
Richard Castro | CREEED
Mike Mills | Education Partnership of the Permian Basin
Deb Zuloaga | United Way of El Paso County
Rio Grande Valley
Maria I. Campos | AVANCE Rio Grande Valley
Felipe Pena | Children’s Museum of Brownsville
Rodney Rodriguez, PhD | RGV FOCUS
Austin, San Antonio, and Central Texas
Jenna Courtney | TXPOST
Mary Garr | Family Service Association
Pedro Martinez | San Antonio ISD


October 8
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Hotel ZaZa Museum District
5701 Main St
Houston, TX 77005 United States
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