Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.
Champions for Children
The 14th Annual Awards Luncheon, Champions for Children, benefiting the Helping Hand Home for Children is one that will be talked about for probably years to come. Event Chairs Suzy Balagia and David Roche led a great committee in creating a moment in time that was simply “gala perfection.” They filled the ballroom at the Hilton Austin with a sold-out crowd, secured one of the world’s great emcees in Ron Franklin, found an outstanding fellow for the invocation, Monsignor Bill Brooks from St. Theresa Catholic Church, and created a list of superb honorees. Those honorees included Carol and Tim Crowley for philanthropy, Steve Bewsey (LifeWorks), Lisa Brown (Community Volunteer), Chris Janawicz (Helping Hand Home), Courtney Riley (Settlement Home) and Maxine Roberts and Vicki Howard (Center for Child Protection). These are all amazing people who have earned their honors a thousand times over and above. Everyone present also had a chance to meet Lee Ann Kahlor and Dave Junker whose journey to complete their family by way of five adoptions.
The finale which took this event way over the top was the keynote speaker, Elizabeth Smart. This young woman was kidnapped when she was only 14, suffered through 9 months of captivity and is now sharing her message with the world. Now 25 years old, Ms. Smart spoke with a passion, a courage and an intelligence that far transcends her years. She tied her story to the mission of the Helping Hand Home so exquisitely, that she could give lessons to speakers of much more experience.
Calendar of Events
- Wimberley Arts Fest
The Waters Point13401 RR 12Wimberley, TX 78676 Saturday, April 22, 10am – Sunday, April 23, 2017, 5pm The Wimberley Valley Art League hosts its 9th annual Arts Fest at a new location directly on the B…
- Austin Food + Wine: Feast Under the Stars
Austin Food + Wine Festival800 W Riverside Dr, Austin, Texas 78704 Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30pm Join us Thursday night before the festival for our prelude event. We’re rolling out the tabletops an…
- UMLAUF Garden Party: "Under a Texas Sky"
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum605 Robert E. Lee RoadAustin TX 78704 Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30pm UMLAUF's Garden Party, this year on Thursday, April 27, and themed "Under a…
- 2017 Austin Food + Wine Festival
Austin Food + Wine Festival800 W Riverside Dr, Austin, Texas 78704 Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2017 Get prepped for tastings, libations, hands-on grilling demos, and more from the world’s ris…
- Stand Up for CareBOX Program
Atlassian Austin303 Colorado Street, Austin, Texas Friday, April 28, 2017, 7 – 11pm The Second Annual Stand Up for CareBOX Program event features Austin's funniest comedians, locally crafted beer…