Champions in Our Midst

“Champions in our Midst” is Anthem Strong Families’ 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.

2019 Honorees

The Paladin Award

Pastor Richie Butler, St. Paul United Methodist Church
Nominated for founding Project Unity.

The Warrior Award

Dr. Daniel Guzman, MD, Cook Children’s Medical Center
Nominated for founding AIM for Safety.

The Guardian Award

Honorable Judge Lela D. Mays, 283rd District Court
Nominated for work in restorative justice and offering defendants a second chance.

The Hero Award

Effie Dennison, 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.

The Hero Award

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

The Gladiator Award

Dr. Field Harrison & Sabrina Harrison, MINT Dentistry
Nominated for working faithfully in providing opportunities for families who otherwise cannot provide for themselves.

Honoree Videos


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