Champions 2018 / Tucson

Champions 2018 / Tucson

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 we held the 9th Annual Champions for Children & Families luncheon at the Doubletree at Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona.  

With over 325 guests and 9 sponsors, the event raised over $43,000! Most importantly, this annual awards ceremony celebrated the great works of over 19 CHAMPIONS for children and families in our community, and shone a light on the ever-increasing needs of children, teens and families in Arizona. 

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Champions 2017 / Phoenix

Champions 2017 / Phoenix

On Thursday, December 7, 2017 we celebrated the 3rd Annual Champions for Children and Families at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona. It was a lovely evening. We were joined by 100 guests from the community to recognize the Champions who work towards a better future for children and families. 

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A Major Success: Champions for Children & Families, Tucson

Held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at the DoubleTree at Reid Park, this year's Champions for Children & Families Tucson luncheon was the best, yet!

With over 400 guests and 10 sponsors preliminary count puts your support at $54,000! And we're still counting online and mailed guest donations. Thank you for all you do to support children and families in Arizona! Thank you for helping us building a community where all children can reach their full potential.

Our Honorees

We were so honored to recognize the work of so many people in the community. To read more about this year's winners, visit Champions / Tucson page.

The Giving Heart Award Winner 


Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award Nominees and Winners

  • Jenny Douglas and Crissi Blake
  • Joseph Luevano
  • Cassandra McCord
  • More Than a Bed, Kristy & Ron Deakin, and Grace Stocksdale (Winners)

Champion for Children & Families Award Nominees and Winners

  • Cyndi Dwyer
  • Larry Gonzalez
  • Susan Stansberry
  • Julie Seidl
  • Nandi Muhammad
  • Kelli Workman
  • Angelica Elias & Edward Casillas (Winners)

Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award Nominees and Winner

  • John Hutter
  • Just Kids, Inc.
  • Craig LeCroy
  • Gina Murphy-Darling
  • The Honorable Karen Adam, ret. (Winner)

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our presenters and speakers, Barbara Atwood, Christina Cutshaw, Deja Foxx, Elliot Glicksman, Mary Swallow, and Ross Zimmerman. Thank you to Elena Thorton for donating her talents with photography. 

Thank You to our Sponsors

Tucson Electric Power as our Partner Sponsor!

Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment, Learning A to Z, Lovitt & Touche, R&A CPA’s and Technology Solutions as your Leader Sponsors!

Arizona Child Care Association, LeCroy & Milligan, The Peter DeLuca Real Estate Team at Long Realty, the Ohio Children’s Foundation, and Salon Nouveau as our Friend Sponsors!

Champions for Children & Families, Phoenix

Nearly 150 attendees gathered together for the 2016 Champions for Children & Families Dinner on December 8th at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

Guests mixed and mingled to the sounds of the jazz trio, Jazzola, and learned more about the mission and work of Child & Family Resources during an inspirational program, followed by our Champions for Children & Families Awards presentation.

Hosted by our emcee, Nicole Crites of AZFamly TV3, guests heard an emotional testimonial by Desiree Gutierrez, a recent graduate of our Maricopa Center for Adolescent Parents program, about how it had helped change her life. We then celebrated the winners of our 2016 Champions Awards who included Ava Castro with the Giving Heart Award, Valley Leadership Class 34 with the Gabe Zimmerman Emerging Champion Award, Carol Knight and Colleen Walski with the Champion for Children & Families Award, and finally, Nadine Mathis Basha with the Martha K. Rothman Lifetime Achievement Award.

Thank you to all of our winners, guests, and sponsors who made this year’s event so very special!