Voices for Children Awards Luncheon

Event Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 11:00am

Thanks for standing strong for kids and a tremendous show of support at the 2011 Voices for Children Awards Luncheon! Collectively, we raised $85,000 to protect all children. Learn more about how the Voices Luncheon fuels the fight  for every child to have the childhood they deserve. 

Every speaker on June 7th reminded us that our children are bearing an unfair burden of these economic hard times, and that some of them - kids in immigrant families, children of color, low-income children - are bearing a heavier weight than others.

And every speaker and awardee reminded us of the power we have together, to fight for every child to have the childhood they deserve.

The accomplishments we celebrated together are felt in the lives of children and their families in every zip code in our state. We can be proud of what we've worked for. 

We thank everyone - our sponsors, advocates, speakers, and parents alike - who have stepped up in the fight to protect every child. 

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 This year's awardees:
Remy Trupin

Remy is a strong, consistent voice for a balanced approach to the state budget. As Executive Director of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, he strives to make the state’s revenue system more equitable while demonstrating the impact of harmful cuts on children and families.

Racial Equity Team

The Racial Equity Team has worked every day of the 2011 legislative session to ensure that policymakers understand the enormous impact of their decisions on families of color and their children. Its core members are: Heather Villanueva, SEIU 775; John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas and Fatima Morales, Washington Community Action Network; Sofia Aragon, Washington State Nurses Association; Toby Guevin, OneAmerica; Shankar Narayan, ACLU of Washington; Teresa Mosqueda, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO; Bernal Baca, AFT Washington, AFL-CIO; Tony Lee, Statewide Poverty Action Network.

Bianca Bailey
Honored with the Brewster C. Denny Rising Advocate Award

In honor of longtime Children’s Alliance member Brewster C. Denny, we inaugurate the annual Rising Advocate Award. In his distinguished career of service to the people of our state, Brewster has nurtured and mentored many a rising star along the path of advocacy for the public good.

Bianca, an Ellensburg mother of three, came to the Children’s Alliance Advocacy Camp last fall. Since then she has ramped up her work on behalf of kids, speaking with legislators, addressing a rally at Have a Heart for Kids Day, and convening a group of parents dedicated to improving early learning for all kids.
Kylee Allen
Oak Harbor. A leader of the Early Learning Action Alliance’s new Parents United Group, which partners with parents to protect and improve early learning opportunities for children.

John Bancroft
Seattle. John was key in the creation of Washington State’s first Educare Early Learning Center.

Carol Barker
Auburn. Carol worked to build connections between the anti-hunger advocates at the Children's Alliance and the Marshall Islander community of Auburn.
Rev. Brooks Berndt
Vancouver. Rev. Berndt mobilized the congregation of First Congregational United Church of Christ to take action against the hunger and poverty that harms Washington’s children and families.

The Hon. Brian Cladoosby
La Conner. Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community. During the 2011 legislative session Hon. Cladoosby advocated for state policy that addresses the chronic shortage of dental providers in rural Washington and alleviates the drastic dental health disparities affecting our state’s most vulnerable.
Antonio Flores
Auburn. In his organizing work with El Comite Pro-Amnestia General y Justicia Social, Flores fought to preserve Apple Health for Kids for all children in Washington.

Erica Hallock

Spokane. Rallied the business community in support of early learning and testified frequently in Olympia during the 2011 legislative session.
Lonnie Johns-Brown
Olympia. A longtime advocate for wage supports that enhance kids’ economic security, and for high-quality early learning. Lonnie was instrumental in protecting Working Connections and ECEAP this session.
Victor Loo
Seattle. Victor helped link Children’s Alliance staff to State Food Assistance recipients and asked his colleagues at Asian Counseling and Referral Service to join efforts to communicate with legislators about the importance of the program.
John McClure
Spokane. John’s enthusiastic organizing brought a busload of parents from Spokane to Olympia during the 2011 legislative session.
Sharon Osborne
Seattle. As CEO of Children’s Home Society of Washington, Sharon is a leader in seeking improvements in Washington’s child welfare system.

Margie Reeves
Olympia. A persistent advocate for positive child-centered policies, Margie has spent decades talking to legislators about the importance of early learning.
April Ritter
McCleary. A leader in advocacy with the Parents United Group, April testified multiple times in Olympia to promote early learning policy and funding.

Sheriff Casey Salisbury
Mason County. A leading advocate for home visiting and efforts to include early learning in the state’s definition of basic education.

Karen Tvedt
Olympia. An expert in the early learning field, Karen has strengthened advocates’ work on child care subsidies in Washington.

Sue Winn
La Connor. Co-Chair of the Early Learning Advisory Council and a member of the Washington State Family Child Care Association.

Questions? Contact Deborah Bowler or call 206.324.0340 x11.