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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.

15th Annual Champions for Children Luncheon Throws Perfect Game

Posted at December 1, 2014 by Comments Off on 15th Annual Champions for Children Luncheon Throws Perfect Game

Helping Hand Home for Children is pleased to announce that the 15th annual Champions for Children awards luncheon raised a record $500,000 to support programs for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. Gifts received on event day generated a record breaking $100,000 and qualified for an additional $60,000 of full matching gifts from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson charitable Foundation, ECG Foundation, Nelson & Caroline Puett and Kathryn and Beau Ross. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency AustinZilker Ballroom and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey was this year’s featured speaker.

R.A. Dickey is a knuckleball pitcher, currently with the Toronto Blue Jays and in 2012 won the National League Cy Young Award. Dickey shared with a sold out crowd his story of suffering from sexual abuse as a child and struggling with suicidal thoughts as an adult. Following the luncheon, Dickey signed copies of his new children’s book about bullying called “Knuckleball Ned”.

The 2014 Champions for Children awards luncheon was presented by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick. Ron Franklin served as Master of ceremonies for the 15th year. Chairs for this year’s Champions for Children event were Amber Carden, Ed McHorse and Julie Metzger. Each year the event pays tribute to Austin community caregivers and volunteers for their exemplary work with children’s causes. The 2014 Honorees included; Carment Kiara founder of the Carment Kiara Youth Organization, Carla Cay Krull, volunteer with Helping Hand Home for Children, Kathleen Ridings with The Salvation Army and Dr. Allison L. Sallee founder of the Tejas Family Guidance Center. This year’s Philanthropic Honorees were Mary and Howard Yancy. They were recognized for their dedication and support not only to Helping Hand Home, but also to other community organizations such as People’s Community Clinic, SafePlace and Dell Children’s Medical Center.

About Helping Hand Home for Children

Since 1893 Helping Hand Home has provided a nurturing and therapeutic home for children who have suffered severe abuse and neglect. The Home offers therapy and psychiatric services, education, enrichment activities and foster and adoption services to over 225 children and family members each year. For more information, please visit

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