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Orphan Outreach Raises Awareness and Critical Funds with First Children’s Hope Award Dinner


The first Children’s Hope Award Dinner, benefitting Plano-based Orphan Outreach, raised awareness and critically needed funds at the event held Feb. 27 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Gloria Campos (pictured below) of WFAA, a champion of adoption and foster care, served as emcee in her last hosted event prior to her retirement, and Event Chair Joyce Rogge says the entire organization is thrilled with the success of their first awards dinner.

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“Whenever you undertake an event like this, you are stepping into unknown territory, but the Dallas community came out in full support of our organization and the orphans that benefit from our services.  We are both humbled and incredibly appreciative of the tremendous support,” Rogge (pictured below with Amy Norton, Amy Simmons and Laura Hudson) said.

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Dallas author, photographer and philanthropist Amy Simmons (pictured below with Jimmy Westcott and Cindy Turner) was honored with the Children’s Hope Award for her commitment and personal involvement with orphans and her inspirational leadership in support of helping children who are living in difficult situations without the support of family. Ms. Simmons is nationally known for her books and her photographs. She has photographed some of the world’s most powerful and respected leaders, including Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, Oprah Winfrey, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu and Roy Blunt were honored with the Champion of Hope Awards for their bipartisan effort to introduce the “Children in Families First Act” with the goal of focusing the dollars the United States spends on children living abroad toward ensuring that all children grow up in a family and to realign government processes to better serve the most vulnerable children. Senator Landrieu and Senator Blunt not only have a legislative interest in the issue of children, but both are adoptive parents and have served on committees and advocated for children’s issues in many platforms.

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Entertainment at the dinner was provided by Nashville country music star Jimmy Wayne (pictured above), who grew up in foster care and who has used his celebrity to bring attention to the plight of youth aging out of the foster care system. Jimmy enthralled the crowd with his testimony and the story of the couple who took him in.

BlairPogueAccording to Blair Pogue, a board director with Orphan Outreach and the event Honorary Chairman, approximately 163 million children in the world are orphaned or at risk. Orphan Outreach provides support by providing basic survival needs and programs that deliver spiritual, physical, emotional and educational support to orphans. The organization works with children in Guatemala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Latvia, Russia and the United States.

For more information, visit www.orphanoutreach.org

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