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2017 TexProtects Awards Gala

Alliance Data

Thanks to Alliance Data - our Presenting Sponsor for the fourth year in a row!

Honorary Event Chairs: Sally and Forrest Hoglund

Event Chairs: Whitney and Rob Strauss


  • Children’s Champion Awardee: Texas State Representative John M. Zerwas
  • Children’s Hero Awardee: Susan Etheridge, Executive Director, CASA of Collin County and former CPS Program Administrator, in honor of all current and former CPS caseworkers.

Where: Union Station, 400 South Houston Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Reception: 6:00 pm-7:15pm
Dinner/Awards/Speaker/Auction: 7:15pm-9:30pm
(time subject to change)

Event and Underwriting Contacts:

Megan Harrison, Vice President of Development: megan@texprotects.org;
Shanler Hoover, Outreach and Development Associate: shanler@texprotects.org; 469-399-6900
Kristine Schwope, Event Planner: kristine@texprotects.org; 214-734-2281

Thanks to our Awards Gala Underwriters!!!

$75,000 Presenting Sponsor
Alliance Data

$25,000 Children’s Champion
Madeline and Jim McClure
Lisa K. Simmons
Mary and Steven Watson

$10,000 Children’s Protector
Atmos Energy
John and Dorothy Castle, Jr.
Serena and Tom Connelly
Carol and Don Glendenning/Locke Lord LLP
Rob and Linda Graham
John and Pat Harloe
The Hoglund Foundation
Margot and Ross Perot
Sidhu-Singh Family Foundation

$5,000 Children’s Defender
Anthony Family Foundation
Jerry and Emy Lou Baldridge
Brenda and Bob Barkley
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
The Hon. John and Helen Carona
Debra and Michael Decker
Fluor Corporation
Jane Gilday
Eric and Mary Laub
Kelly and Kenneth Luttmer
The Honorable Ann and Fred Margolin
Mandy S. Price, J.D. and Bennie King
Tegwin and David Pulley/Alice Wong
Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center
Whitney and Rob Strauss
Stacey and Reid Walker

$2,500 Children’s Advocate
Lucy and Henry Billingsley
Central Market/H-E-B
Dr. Fred and Shannon Cerise
Children's Health
Anne and Kyle Crews
The Davis Advocates
The Hon. Maurine Dickey/ The Hon. Margaret and Lester Keliher
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Mary Clare Finney
Lyda Hill
Susan and Albert Hoover
Lyssa Jenkens and Trish Houck
Karen and Walter Levy
Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows
Susan and Andy Nace
Ray and Denise Nixon
Mary O’Keefe- Realtor, Coldwell Banker
Katherine and Eric Reeves
Chris and Dick Rogoff
Edward W. Rose III Family Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Shapiro Linn Strategic Consulting
Ann Stuart, Ph.D.
Greg Swalwell and Terry Connor
Mike and Mary Terry
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Event Committee:

Rebel Calhoun
Anne Crews
Maurine Dickey
Gay Donnell
Cathy Estrada
Kathleen Fletcher
Laura Gardiner
Jane Gilday
Pat Harloe
Susan Hoff
Kaki Hopkins
Margaret Keliher
Jenny Koziel
Loren Koziel
Mary and Eric Laub
Cindy Lefferts
Sarah Losinger
Tori Mannes
Ann Margolin
Bess Masterson Mattei
Michael McCabe
Madeline McClure
Janet Pozmantier
Mandy S. Price, Esq.
Tegwin Pulley
Annette Ratliff
Melanie Rubin
Florence Shapiro
Lisa Simmons
Gloria Snead
Whitney and Robert Strauss
Ann Stuart, PhD
Maryanne Walsh
Candace and John Winslow
Michelle Wittenberg

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Alliance Data

Printing Sponsor

Valet Sponsor
Central Market

Program Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg

Photography and Media Sponsor
Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows

Dessert Sponsor

Media Contact:
Lee Nichols, 512-796-9877 or Lee@texprotects.org

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