The Child Abuse Prevention Center’s Champions of Children award honors a person whose work has significantly changed the lives of Orange County children and families over the years. Champions of Children are community members, business leaders, and other prominent Orange County figures who are recognized for their commitment to bringing a healthy future to all children, advocating on their behalf, and contributing a meaningful body of work for children and families in Orange County. We hope that by recognizing these Champions of Children, the recipients will learn how much their support is appreciated, and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
While most 10-year-olds want to celebrate their birthdays with cake, presents, or a party, Beau Allen Patrick Connell thought of a better way to celebrate—with a 10 for 10 challenge to raise $10,000 for the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
All year long leading up to his birthday, Beau made it his mission to find donations, auction items, and partnerships in to raise money for the kids and families in our programs. He met with business leaders and community members throughout Orange County to rally support for our cause. His persistence and dedication helped him far exceed his goal of raising $10,000 for our 16th Annual Bright Futures Celebration on May 17, 2014, where he was honored as a Champion of Children. Beau’s efforts are a wonderful reminder that children truly are our most precious resource and greatest investment.
Kimberly Chavalas Cripe
The Child Abuse Prevention Center and The Blue Ribbon Society were pleased to recognize Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, President and CEO of CHOC Children’s, with a 2012 Champion of Children Award. Kim Cripe received the Champion of Children Award during a wine reception co-hosted by Whittier Law School on March 29, 2012. Various community members came to support Ms. Cripe, including Ken Lopez-Maddox from the Board of Equalization and Professor Jeanne Thomas, Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center at Whittier Law School.
Kim Cripe is the President and CEO of CHOC Children’s, where she oversees one of the top pediatric healthcare systems in the nation.A member of the CHOC Children’s family since 1991, Ms. Cripe served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before accepting her current position in 1997. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, she was with Humana Inc. (now Columbia/HCA), where she held a series of progressively responsible hospital, regional and corporate positions in areas including strategic planning, business development, physician relations, marketing and public affairs for the company’s acute care hospitals and health plan entities and operations.The selection of Ms. Cripe as the Prevention Center’s Champion of Children is a result of herdedication as a child advocate, and her commitment to expanding healthcare access to underserved children and adolescents in our community.
Ms. Cripe is a recognized and well-known member of the Orange County community. In 1999, Orange County’s Children and Families First Commission appointed her a member and she served as Chair from 2003 to 2004. She currently serves on the Board of the California Children’s Hospital Association, where she served as Chair in 2002 and 2003. She also serves on the Board of the Child Health Corporation of America. She has received several recognitions for her work, including a Mentor in Medicine Award from the March of Dimes in 1999, a “Women in Business Award” in 2000 and the Forum for Corporate Directors in Orange County named her “Director of the Year” in 2001.
Ms. Cripe completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California and the University of South Florida, and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration, Health, and Services Management from Golden Gate University.
Commissioner Richard G. Vogl
The Child Abuse Prevention Center was pleased to recognize Commissioner Richard G. Vogl with a 2011 Champion of Children award! In recognition of his achievements, the Prevention Center and the Center for Children’s Rights at Whittier Law School hosted a reception at Whittier Law School on October 20, 2011, where the attendees generously donated over $3,000 to support the Prevention Center’s in home parenting education and mental health programs.
Commissioner Vogl has served on the Orange County Superior Court for nearly 25 years, where in addition to other legal affairs, he has assisted children caught in the middle of separating parents. He has also authored numerous publications focusing on family law and served as an adjunct Professor at Chapman University Law School for six years, while also participating in speaking engagements in conjunction with Whittier Law School’s Center for Children’s Rights. Commissioner Vogl served as an instructor at the University of California Irvine, where he taught courses in Family Law for Paralegals. His long, dedicated, and distinguished career in protecting the needs of children caught in litigation is truly remarkable. Commissioner Vogl’s support has played an integral role in supporting our work for the families we serve living in Orange County.
Thank you to Commissioner Vogl and to all those that attended in support of his wonderful work.
Community Leader Sandy Segerstrom Daniels
This past September, we were pleased to honor Sandy Segerstrom Daniels as the first recipient of our Champions of Children award! We were extremely honored to present Ms. Segerstrom Daniels with the Champions of Children accolade with an audience representing over 60 local charities, prominent government officials and various community donors and volunteers. All were present to celebrate the opening night of Ms. Segerstrom Daniels’ Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza on September 1, 2011.
Ms. Segerstrom Daniels has a rich history of involvement with various children’s charities, providing generous monetary contributions in addition to her valuable time. She spent the last several years working with various Congressional members to establish September as National Child Awareness Month. She credits her parents, Jeanette and Hal Segerstrom, for instilling in her the importance of philanthropy.
Ms. Segerstrom Daniels serves as both a managing partner of C. J. Segerstrom & Sons, who own the South Coast Plaza shopping center and the founder of Festival of Children Foundation, a not for profit that improves the lives of children by strengthening the charities that serve them. Festival of Children Foundation works to strengthen a network of children’s charities by providing programs and services to its members, helping corporations and individuals find those opportunities where their efforts can make the most impact, and by shining the spotlight on the issues that affect children in America today.
During the month of September, Festival of Children Foundation held its 10th Annual Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza, bringing together 80 Southern California Children’s Charities, including the Prevention Center, in celebration of National Child Awareness Month.
For more information on Festival of Children Foundation please visit www.festivalofchildren.org