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Liz Balady, Special Events Manager, Orphan Outreach; Cindy Brinker Simmons, Honorary Co-Chair, Children’s Hope Dinner; Tom of Tom Thumb/Albertsons; Connie Yates, Children’s Hope Award Recipient; and Tiffany Taylor Wines, VP Development, Orphan Outreach at a watch party for the Orphan Outreach virtual Children’s Hope Dinner.
 

Connie Yates - voice of Tom Thumb (Albertsons and Randalls) since 1995 - was honored with the Children's Hope Award for her extraordinary impact and commitment to philanthropy, at the Orphan Outreach virtual Children's Hope Dinner on April 14. 

Connie’s service to the local Dallas/Fort Worth community is legendary, and she’s well known for the extensive charitable giving partnerships she helped form for Tom Thumb, including Baylor Scott & White Foundation, Children’s Health Foundation, Red Cross Disaster Relief, WFAA’s Santa’s Helpers, Dallas, North Texas and Greater Fort Worth Komen Race for the Cure, Wipe Out Kids Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy.  

The Children’s Hope Dinner provides urgently needed funds that support the Orphan Outreach programs around the world serving orphaned and vulnerable children so that they have the physical, educational, emotional and spiritual care they need to thrive. Since its inception, the Children’s Hope Dinner has raised more than $2.5 million dollars for vulnerable children. Celebrity guest, former NFL great, Emmitt Smith, interviewed by Scott Hanson, host of NFL Red Zone, shared his passion for service, advocating for vulnerable children, and football. 

“The Children’s Hope Dinner provides critical funds to support the work of Orphan Outreach, giving hope to children who experience trauma, desperation and abandonment,” said Rey Diaz, Chief Operating Officer, Orphan Outreach. “Covid-19 has been especially difficult for the vulnerable populations we serve, and now, more than ever, they need our help. In 2020, we served more than 2 million meals to children and families, and expect to do the same in 2021.” Orphan Outreach is a global nonprofit ministry that believes every orphaned and vulnerable child should receive the support they need to have a fulfilling, independent life in their community. We provide holistic care, promote family, prepare young adults for independence and protect the rights of children. 

 

Connie Yates, the voice of Tom Thumb for more than 25 years, and “Tom” of Tom Thumb/ Albertsons, celebrate Yates’ receiving the Children’s Hope Award for her extraordinary impact and commitment to philanthropy, during the Orphan Outreach virtual Children’s Hope Dinner, April 14, 2021.

Jimmy Westcott, Rey Diaz, COO, Orphan Outreach, and Carol Seay, celebrate the 8th annual Orphan Outreach virtual Children’s Hope Award Dinner, April 14, 2021.

Top:  Connie Yates and "Tom" celebrate Yates receiving the Children’s Hope Award for her extraordinary impact and commitment to philanthropy, during the Orphan Outreach virtual Children’s Hope Dinner.

Jimmy Westcott, Rey Diaz, COO, Orphan Outreach, and Carol Seay, celebrate the 8th annual Orphan Outreach virtual Children’s Hope Award Dinner, April 14, 2021.

 
 
Orphan Outreach is a global nonprofit ministry that believes every orphaned and vulnerable child should receive the support they need to have a fulfilling, independent life in their community. We provide holistic care, promote family, prepare young adults for independence and protect the rights of children.