We are proud to honor the women, men, and teams who have championed the cause of children and families



Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

This individual or group has been an inspiration in their work for a better world for children and their families. Their creative, hands-on, efforts have spanned many years. They have brought about a positive change in the lives of Arizona children.

Tucson

Year Winner
2017 The Honorable Karen Adam
2016 Barbara LaWall
2015 LaVonne Douville
2014 Barbara Smith, MD
2013 John Dunshee
2012 Dr. Eve Shapiro
Judy Burns, posthumously
2011 Susan Eazer
2010 Judge Stephen M. Rubin

Phoenix

Year Winner
2017 pending
2016 Nadine Mathis Basha
2015 Mayor Greg Stanton

Champions for Children & Families Award Winners

This individual or group has been an inspiration in their work for a better world for children and their families. Their creative, hands-on, efforts have spanned many years. They have brought about a positive change in the lives of Arizona children.

Tucson

Year Winner
2017 Angelica Elias and Edward Casillas
2016 Carol Punske
2015 Bill Berk
Randi Burnett
2014 Marsha Dunn Klein
Ernest “Skip” Skinner
2013 Susie Huhn
Kim Metz
Robert Heslinga
Southwest Institute for Research for Women
Annabel Ratley
2012 Jean Dirks
Rich Mayorga
Coach Vern Friedli
Ms. Maiola Coleman
Child Protective Services, Night & Weekend Teams
2011 Kim Chumley
Jean Baruch
David Bradley
Marty Moreno
Rosemary Badian
2010 Casa Amigas
Kathi Ford, R.N.
Patsy Conklin
Mr. and Mrs. David & Rachel Parker
UniSource Energy Co. Community Action Team
U.S. Border Patrol-Douglas, Naco & Nogales Stations
Arizona Court Appointed Special Advocate Program

Phoenix

Year Winner
2017 pending
2016 Carol Knight
Colleen Walski

Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award Winners

This individual or group has emerged as an up and coming community champion for children and families. They are inspirational, compassionate, and innovative in their efforts to make our community a better place for children and families.

Tucson

Year Winner
2017 More Than A Bed: Grace Stocksdale, and Ron and Kristy Deakin
2016 Ana Chavez
2015 Victoria Steele, State Representative
2014 Diana Wilson
2013 Naomi Jonason
Jason Wilhelmsen & Meghan Wightman
2012 Coach Ignacio Rivera de Rosales
2011 Yuma Parks & Recreation Department

Phoenix

Year Winner
2017 pending
2016 Valley Leadership — Class 34

Giving Heart Award Winners

The Giving Heart Award recognizes outstanding individuals or groups who exemplify the true spirit of philanthropy. This individual/group is an inspiration to others by donating their time, talents, and treasures to help make life better for children and families.

Tucson

Year Winner
2017 SARSEF – Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation
2016 Greater Tucson Leadership – Class of 2016

Phoenix

Year Winner
2017 pending
2016 Ava Castro
2015 Carmella Dodge