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Cherish the Children

Honoree – The Hon. Cheryl Lee Shannon

Featured Speaker – Anthony Trucks, a former foster youth and NFL player, now an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author and family man

Luncheon Co-Chairs – Erin Jesberger and Aubrey Labanowski

The Dallas CASA Children’s Council honored Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon with the Caroline Rose Hunt Cherish the Children Award at the annual Cherish the Children luncheon benefiting Dallas CASA on April 9, 2018 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding contributions helping children who have been removed from homes for abuse or severe neglect. Judge Shannon has served as a presiding judge of the 305th District Court in Dallas County since 1995, hearing matters on juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect and issues relating to rebuilding families and adoptions. Judge Shannon was appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to serve on the Judicial Commission for Youth, Children and Families. She formerly served as a board member of Texas CASA, the Supreme Court Task Force on Foster Care and on numerous community committees relating to youth issues.

The Cherish the Children luncheon raises funds for Dallas CASA by auctioning artfully-designed, one-of-a-kind children’s chairs and furnishings. Proceeds are used to support the volunteer advocates who help abused children find safe, permanent and loving homes.

The featured luncheon speaker was Anthony Trucks. Anthony and his three siblings entered the foster care system as young children and sadly experienced physical and mental abuse, starvation and torture. At the age of 6 Anthony was placed into a home where he would eventually be adopted 8 years later as the sole black person in a poor all white family. Although life continued to be riddled with ups and downs, Anthony persevered to earn a college scholarship, then played in the NFL until an injury ended his football career. He is now a father of 3, former gym owner, international speaker, author and consultant who genuinely loves to improve people’s lives by teaching them how to design and actually build a better one.

For information on future Dallas CASA sponsorship opportunities, please click here or contact Michelle Mai, 469-547-9456 or email .

To view our 2018 children’s chairs and furnishings click here.

To view our Cherish the Children photo gallery click here.

We are grateful to our 2018 Cherish the Children luncheon underwriters.

Caroline Rose Hunt
The Rosewood Corporation

Deri and Doug Hartman
Sally Hoglund / Janice Davis / Kristy Robinson
Leslie and Geoff Wayne

Deborah and John Ackerman
Emy Lou Baldridge
HBC Investments
Aubrey and John Labanowski
Cynt and Kenneth Marshall
Wilemia F. Shaw
Linda and Rob Swartz

Mary Lynn Bangs / Megan Martinez
Bank of Texas
Fran and Mark Berg
Brenham Capital Management
Suzanne Bryan
Lisa, Ciara and Bela Cooley
Tucker and Rich Enthoven
Suzanne and John Gibson
Kappa Alpha Theta Dallas Alumnae Chapter
Hannah and Greg May
Lindsay and Zach Mayer / Leslie and Geoff Wayne
Retta A. Miller
Holli and Kelly Roach
Kay and Bob Schleckser
Pamela Stegenga
Lyn and Guy Thomas

Allison Curry Interiors
Gaston Made
Casey and Phil Green
Lindsey McCartin
Blake McElroy
Phelan’s – Amy Bailey
Elizabeth Stroup

Allison Curry Interiors
The Bar Method
Bash Dallas
BRIK Venue
Heidi Brooks
Cabana Living Spaces
Chelsea Nichols Studio
Christian Louboutin Dallas
Cork and Pig Tavern
Dallas Chamber Symphony
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau
Dallas Stars Foundation
Dallas Winds Symphony
Deborah Gaspar Jewelry
Enlighten MD
ETRO Highland Park Village
Far and Away Luxury Destinations
Jan Showers
Jenny Grumbles Koziol
Jimmy’s Italian Food Store
Kendra Scott Jewelry West Village
The Meyer Group
Mobile Concepts for Kids / Mr. Donovan
Molly Archer Studio
Katie Murray
Natalie Barrett Photography
Pacific Table
Pampered Chef by Laurie Diltz
Park Cities Aesthetics
Park City Club
The Pillow Bar
The Porch Restaurant
Prestonwood Country Club
Root + Bloom
Southern Methodist University
Texas Motor Speedway
Times Ten Wine Cellar
Tom Ford Highland Park Village
Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
West Elm

Barbara Cobb Sunhats
Best Press
Chelsea Nichols Studio
The Garden Gate
Kristina Bowman Photography
Letter’d With Love


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