THE AWARDS LUNCHEON

“Champions in our Midst” is Anthem Strong Families’ (ASF) inaugural awards luncheon honoring individuals, businesses and corporations that have chosen to be the champion for their families, constituents and employees.
The honorees are members of the Dallas/Fort Worth community who are transforming lives, fashioning innovative family friendly policies and providing vision and courageous leadership to help families soar.
The 2019 honorees have demonstrated relentless excellence to uplift families

THE PALADIN AWARD

This is the highest CHAMPION AWARD. The Paladin Award recognizes those who are leaders among leaders. They have dedicated their passion, leadership and significant resources to attack crippling barriers that stand in the way of families in our community to lead safe, peaceful and productive lives.

PASTOR RICHIE BUTLER

St. Paul United Methodist Church

Nominated for founding Project Unity

On July 7, 2016, five (5) police officers were killed and nine (9) others wounded, including two (2) civilians in what is known as the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement officers since September 11.

Following the horror of that day, Pastor Ritchie Butler was given the vision for the “Year of Unity,” as a way of bringing the community together. He hosted a community forum on policing and race relations at St. Paul United Methodist Church which included former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, former District Attorney Craig Watkins, and Sheriff Lupe Valdez. As a result of that forum, Pastor Ritchie Butler was inspired to launch an initiative to address the divides in our community and the country. That initiative is called Project Unity.

Project Unity has been leading efforts to unify Dallas by implementing a number of community building programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens. Project Unity addresses challenging issues that destroy families and communities such as race, inequality, poverty, educational gaps, and growing economic divides.

Since its inception, Project Unity has given life to events such as ‘Together We Dine’, ‘Together We Pray’,

‘Together We Ball’, ‘Together We Learn’, and most recently with the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

THE WARRIOR AWARD

This award recognizes those who have heeded the call to fight the right fight for families by creating transformative programs, policies or procedures that can impact a life-altering outcome.

COOK CHILDREN’S

Nominated for the commitment to reducing child firearm-related deaths

For more than seven (7) years Cook Children’s was noted as one of the Top 100 places to work because of the work they do on behalf of children. Cook Children’s is also noted for their work to reduce Child Firearm-Related Deaths.

Firearm-related fatalities are the 3rd leading cause of death among children in the United States. Daniel Guzman, M.D., will never forget spring break of 2017 when he and the rest of the Cook Children’s Emergency Department saw five (5) unintentional gun injuries. “That week highlighted my concern for gun awareness and safety,” Dr. Guzman said. “In one case, the handgun didn’t belong to the family of the injured child. I remember thinking, “What can be done about this?”” Last year, he began the new “Aim for Safety” program at Cook Children’s.

The program is a multi-step interactive experience that provides parental awareness and teaches children safety steps when encountering a firearm. “I think most people think this ‘won’t happen to us’ because we’ve taught our kids to never touch guns”, Dr. Guzman said. “But if you aren’t taking the proper precautions as the adult and parent, it’s probably only a matter of when, not if, your life may be affected by an unintentional discharge involving someone you know, and maybe even your own child.”

An important aspect of the Aim for Safety program children what they should do if they come across a gun. If your child sees a gun, teach them to STOP, DON’T TOUCH, RUN AWAY and TELL A GROWN UP.

THE GUARDIAN AWARD

This award recognizes those who provide tireless leadership and stay the course to defend and protect the rights of families, and fight obstacles that prevent families from soaring.

HONORABLE JUDGE LELA D. MAYS

283rd District Court

Nominated for work in restorative justice and offering defendants a second chance

For the past seventeen (17) years, Judge Mays served as a Dallas County Magistrate Judge. For ten (10) of those years, she presided over cases in the D.I.V.E.R.T. Court

(Dallas Initiative for Diversion and Expedited Rehabilitation and Treatment).

In almost twenty (20) years on the bench, she worked to strike a balance between the needs of Dallas citizens and non-violent offenders. Public Safety is her principal concern, but she also believes in the power of restorative justice.

In 2006, she established the Successful Treatment of Addiction Through Collaboration (STAC) Court, providing judicial oversight and directional guidance for more than 250 felony probationers in a post-adjudication. The drug treatment court reduces reoffenders and saves hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars which Judge Mays continues to preside over today.

Amongst her achievements, Judge Mays also established and presided over the Intensive Intervention Program

(IIP) from 2007-2009. This program assists offenders in becoming pro-social as well as productive members of society. IIP develops tools and skills to correct criminal thinking errors.

THE HERO AWARD

The HERO AWARD recognizes those who are displaying relentless COURAGE by implementing game-changing programs and initiatives that assist families to embrace their value and to be strong for their families and the community.

TEXAS CAPITAL BANK

Nominated for an unrelenting commitment to eradicating hunger, providing and supporting
literacy programs, and helping communities as well as families grow and prosper

Texas Capital Banks strategically ‘teaches people to fish’ as opposed to feeding them. As a unique part of their program, the bank provides fishing rods to families and educates them so that they will not fall into a cycle of poverty.

Texas Capital Bank’s relationship with VNA Meals on Wheels and their two refrigerated food mobile units have had a substantive impact on eradicating hunger. More than five million pounds of food have been given to families living with food insecurity.

In April 2018, Texas Capital Bank unveiled a new reading nook at The Wesley Rankin Community Center in partnership with the Dallas Wings, providing an incentive to read by awarding free basketball tickets to youth who participate.

The bank’s gifts to Parkland were instrumental in helping surpass the goals for the ‘I Stand for Parkland’ and breast center campaigns, which is to provide a critical patient and family-focused space. Their gift to Parkland’s current breast center makes the two-to-four-hour patient wait more bearable. By providing robes, robe heaters, snacks, and bags for patients to hold their clothing in while waiting, Texas Capital Bank has helped make the time much more comfortable as there is one (1) waiting area for all gowned patients.

Additionally, Texas Capital Bank’s commitment to literacy includes a special partnership with Literacy Instruction in Texas (LIFT) in West Dallas’ new bank branch. ESL classes are offered to the community as well as to Trinity Groves Employees with its first graduating class in 2018.

THE HERO AWARD

The HERO AWARD recognizes those who are displaying relentless COURAGE by implementing game-changing programs and initiatives that assist families to embrace their value and to be strong for their families and the community.

JORGE BALDOR

Executive Director, Latino Center for Leadership Nominated for visionary leadership by supporting high school students to overcome the obstacles of homelessness

Jorge is the founder of After8toEducate, the first all-encompassing program to support unsheltered high school youth in Dallas. The population of homeless youth in the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has reached a catastrophic level, with 3,500+ students. Several Dallas-based organizations offer programs to address the separate needs that sprout from homelessness but these needs are anything but separate. Of the homeless youth population, After8toEducate is tackling the most vulnerable population of unsheltered high school students.

In addition to the After8toEducate program, in 2015, Jorge Baldor co-founded The Latino Center for Leadership Development along with Miguel Solis and Rebecca Acuna. The Latino Center for Leadership Development has received numerous awards and as well as recognition, including a feature as Dallas’ New Latino Leaders in D Magazine. In 2016, Jorge was named as Outstanding Latino Advocate by D CEO Magazine and in 2018 was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year.

Cuban-born entrepreneur and philanthropist Jorge Baldor is also behind some of the well-known cultural and political efforts in the Dallas Latino community. He played a big role in bringing México 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde exhibit to the Dallas Museum of Art. He is also the founder of Mercado 369 in Oak Cliff, a community art center and café that reflects on the rich culture and history of Latin America.

THE GLADIATOR FAMILY AWARD

This award honors couples or family members who work collectively together to provide opportunities and/or services for families who cannot provide for themselves.

DR. FIELD HARRISON & WIFE, SABRINA HARRISON

MINT Dentistry

Nominated for working faithfully in providing opportunities for families who otherwise cannot provide for themselves.

Since opening MINT Dentistry in 2009, Dr. Field Harrison and wife Sabrina have grown their desire for helping people in pain far beyond dentistry. While their billboards across the metroplex encourage “sexy teeth”, their MINT KEEP SMILING Program provides free dental care to soldiers who have suffered grievous tooth and jaw injuries in combat.

Even before graduating from dental school, Dr. Harrison was traveling to Romania with other doctors and dentists to attend to villagers who were suffering from tooth and jaw pain. Sabrina Harrison is wife, mother, business-owner, and founder of Equipped By Faith Ministries. Together they are a dynamic duo whose passion and vision extends to reaching and ministering to the pain that families struggle with daily: mental, financial, spiritual and loss-of-dignity pain

CHAMPIONS IN OUR MIDST
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• 2 TABLES OF 10
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• PRIME RECOGNITION ON ASF WEBSITE
• ONE MINUTE PRESENTATION PODIUM PRESENTATION AT LUNCHEON
• 10 CHAMPION DAD AND 10 CHAMPION MOM T-SHIRTS
• LOGO LISTED ON ‘STEP AND REPEAT’ AND ALL PRINTED MARKETING MATERIALS/PROGRAM SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUSION THROUGHOUT THE LUNCHEON
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• OPPORTUNITIES FOR ON-SITE PROMOTIONS AND EXHIBITS
• INVITATIONS TO ALL VIP AND UPPER-LEVEL DONOR EVENTS FOR A YEAR

Media Sponsors $10,000.00

• RECOGNITION AS A MEDIA SPONSOR
• 1 TABLE OF 10
• RECOGNITION AS FAMILY FRIENDLY MEDIA ORGANIZATION
• PRIME RECOGNITION ON ASF WEBSITE
• 8 CHAMPION DAD AND 8 CHAMPION MOM T-SHIRTS
• LOGO LISTED ON ‘STEP AND REPEAT’ AND ALL PRINTED MARKETING MATERIALS/PROGRAM SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUSION THROUGHOUT THE LUNCHEON
• INVITATIONS TO ALL VIP AND UPPER-LEVEL DONOR EVENTS

Family Champion Sponsors $10,000.00

• RECOGNITION AS A MAJOR SPONSOR ON ALL ASF EVENT SIGNAGE AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS (INCLUDING PROGRAM GUIDE, BANNERS, PRESS RELEASES & E-BLASTS)
• 1 TABLE OF 10
• 1 WORKSHOP FOR 15 CORPORATE OR ORGANIZATIONAL EMPLOYEES OR EXECUTIVES
• PRIME RECOGNITION ON ASF WEBSITE
• 5 CHAMPION DAD AND 5 CHAMPION MOM T-SHIRTS
• LOGO LISTED ON ALL PRINTED MATERIALS/PROGRAM
• SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUSION THROUGHOUT THE EVENING
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Family Warrior Sponsors $5,000.00

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• 3 CHAMPION DAD AND 3 CHAMPION MOM T-SHIRTS
• LOGO LISTED IN ALL PRINTED MATERIALS, WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS
• SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUSION THROUGHOUT THE EVENING
• INVITATIONS TO ALL VIP AND UPPER-LEVEL DONOR EVENTS

Family Advocate Sponsors $2,500.00

• 1 TABLE OF 10
• 2 CHAMPION DAD AND 2 CHAMPION MOM T-SHIRTS
• LOGO LISTED IN ALL PRINTED MATERIALS, WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA SOCIAL MEDIA INCLUSION THROUGHOUT THE LUNCHEON

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