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A Night At The Texas Academy Awards of Child Advocacy

October 1, 2020

Please join us to raise funds for the critical mission of CHILDREN AT RISK – a research and advocacy nonprofit leading the way in improving the quality of life for Texas’ children.
As the COVID19 pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives we would like to recognize the dedication of our Healthcare Heroes. They save lives. Communities are safer and families are comforted every day.
As the coronavirus crisis has made visible and increased the disparities and challenges our most vulnerable children face, your support is more important than ever! Your generosity propels CHILDREN AT RISK’s efforts to advocate on behalf of our children so every child can enjoy an excellent education, a healthy life, and a safe and loving home.


Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM


Healthcare Hero Awardees

  • Dallas: Dr. Jose Joglar, Parkland Hospital Chief of Medical Staff
  • Fort Worth: Dr. Suzanne Whitworth, Cook Children’s Hospital
  • Houston: Dr. Claire Bocchini, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Central Texas and San Antonio: Dr. Mark Escott, City of Austin EMS System, Austin Public Health
  • Rio Grande Valley: Dr. Marsha Griffin, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
  • El Paso and West Texas: Dr. Jacob Heydemann, Private Practice

Outstanding Child Advocate Nominees


  • Jerry Hawkins, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
  • Sophie Phillips, TexProtects
  • Byron Sanders, Big Thought
  • Porsche Lace, Keke Lafayette, Shannon Wiggins, Yolanda Fisher, Pamela Harrington, Katrina Parker, Nelida Alonzo, and Rosa Gonzalez, Dallas ISD Food Services

Fort Worth

  • Guadalupe Cortez, Oakhurst Elementary
  • Laura Kender, Help Me Grow
  • Leah King, United Way Tarrant County
  • Kara Waddell, Child Care Associates


  • Sherry Benson, YMCA of Greater Houston
  • Dr. Jamie Freeny, Mental Health America of Greater Houston
  • Kevin Hattery, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston
  • Juliet Stipeche, Houston Mayor’s Office of Education

Central Texas and San Antonio

  • Sarah Baray, Pre-K 4 San Antonio
  • Gordon Hartman, Morgan’s Wonderland
  • Kim Kofron, Texas Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Eva De Luna Castro, Every Texan
  • Cathy McHorse, United Way of Greater Austin Success by 6 Program

Rio Grande Valley

  • Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Come Dream. Come Build
  • Efrén Olivares, Texas Civil Rights Project
  • Sister Norma Pimentel, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
  • Felipe Pena, Children’s Museum Brownsville

El Paso and West Texas

  • Dr. Sylvia Acosta, YWCA El Paso Del Norte Region
  • Jill Goodrich, Opportunity School
  • Dr. Kristina D. Mena, UT School of Public Health El Paso
  • Mike Mills, Educate Midland


October 1, 2020