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Champion of Children Award Dinner

Honoree – The Meadows Foundation

Honorary Chairs – Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones
Event Co-Chairs – Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins, Bela and Chase Cooley, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich
Guest Speaker – Josh Shipp
Emcee – Cynt Marshall, Chief Executive Officer, Dallas Mavericks

Dallas CASA honored The Meadows Foundation with the prestigious Judge Barefoot Sanders Champion of Children Award at the Champion of Children Award Dinner on Nov. 15 at The Fairmont Dallas. The award is given annually to recognize community leaders who significantly improve the lives of children in our community, particularly those whose young lives have been marked by abuse, neglect or other adversity. The award is named for Judge Barefoot Sanders, a revered United States District Court judge, past award recipient and a steadfast supporter of Dallas CASA.

The Meadows Foundation

Established 70 years ago by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows and led by three generations of Meadows family members, The Meadows Foundation has transformed institutions and non-profits across the state, believing that all Texans deserve the opportunity to live happy, healthy, productive lives.

Through grant support of Dallas CASA dating back 20 years, the foundation has directly impacted the lives of thousands of children who had caring, constant adults by their sides as they navigated a frightening and overwhelmed child welfare system. The foundation, under the leadership of President and Chief Executive Officer Linda Perryman Evans, has supported CASA programs across the state, as well as many other nonprofits focused on early childhood education, health services for children and strengthening families.

Josh Shipp

This year’s guest speaker was Josh Shipp, a former at-risk foster youth, now a recognized teen expert and youth advocate. He is renowned for his TV documentary series on A&E and best-selling books about his ground-breaking work with teens. Josh had a challenging childhood and bounced around in many different foster homes, until he had a handful of caring adults reach out to him. He now strives to pass that knowledge on and be that caring adult for kids like him. Josh says, “Every kid is ONE caring adult away from being a success story.” His childhood experience and now work as a youth advocate illustrate the impact a constant like a CASA volunteer can have in a child’s life.

To learn more about the 2019 Champion of Children Award Dinner or underwriting opportunities, please contact Michelle Mai, 469-547-9456 or email.

Champion of Children past honorees:

2017 Junior League of Dallas 2006 Archon Group, L.P.
2016 NorthPark Center 2005 Todd Wagner
2015 AT&T and its employees 2004 The Hon. Thomas R. Phillips
2014 Pioneer Natural Resources and its employees 2003 The Hon. Harold “Barefoot” Sanders
2013 Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones 2002 J. McDonald “Don” Williams
2012 ExxonMobil and its employees and retirees 2001 Tom Luce
2011 Southwest Airlines 2000 Paul Coggins
2010 Nancy A. Nasher 1999 The Hon. Florence Shapiro
2009 The Hon. Harriet O’Neill 1998 The Hon. Lee F. Jackson
2008 The Hoglund Foundation


We are grateful to our 2018 Champion of Children Award Dinner underwriters:

Lisa and Clay Cooley
Estate of Quinn Laukel
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Pioneer Natural Resources
Jim Thompson

The Hoglund Foundation

The Baldridge Foundation
Fran and Mark S. Berg
Sandy and Dave Capps
The Hirsch Family Foundation
Caroline Rose Hunt
J.P. Morgan
Locke Lord LLP
Oberheiden P.C.
The Rosewood Corporation
Kay and Bob Schleckser
Linda and Rob Swartz

Accelerate Resources
Suzanne McCarron and Robert Andrews / Ricki and Randy Ebner / Margaret and Jaime Spellings
Comerica Bank
Deborah Ackerman and John Lozier
Cynt and Ken Marshall
Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch + Ungerman, L.L.P.
Retta A. Miller / Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Stephen B.L. Penrose
Wilemia Shaw
Tech Mahindra
Thompson & Knight Foundation

Leesa and Gary Alhadef
Priscilla and Corey Anthony
The Board of Trustees of Community Partners of Dallas
Bracewell LLP / Janice Z. Davis
Suzanne Bryan
CB Choi Family Foundation
Barbara and Ben Cervin
Children’s Health
Bela and Chase Cooley
Dallas Mavericks Foundation
Suzanne and John Gibson
Harbor Chase of the Park Cities
Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Chapter
Lisa and Dave Kroencke
Hannah and Greg May
The Meadows Foundation
People Newspapers
Cynthia Pladziewicz / Stagen Leadership Academy
Helen and Frank Risch
SAP America, Inc
Texas Instruments
UT Southwestern Medical Center / Southwestern Medical Foundation
Lori and James Wales






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