Champions for Kids

Champions for Kids


The Champions for Kids Celebration is an annual event in which TOGETHER! and its community partners recognize those individuals in our community who go above and beyond in their dedication to youth and children. We've been celebrating our community's Champions for Kids each year since 2002!


Anyone from the community may sponsor a table, or help sponsor the event, and name a Champion. And you can buy individual tickets, too.


Champions are individuals who help us make our community one in which children and youth are supported, healthy, safe and valued. They provide a direct service to youth, are a positive role model, volunteer or exhibit a dedication beyond their employment.


Champions History

Champions for Kids Celebration by TOGETHER! in Thurston County 2013 cake birdhouse

See photos of past celebrations on Facebook.


Champions for Kids is an important event in which the community gets to honor those among us who volunteer their time to help and mentor our youth, teaching our children how to make positive choices. We know the importance of championing those who are making an effort to guide our youth to a bright future.


Past Champions


Here are the 2013 Champions:

Champions for Kids Celebration in Thurston County by TOGETHER! 2013

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The 2012 Champions (click for a bigger view):

TOGETHER! Champions for Kids 2012



And the 2011 Champions (click for a bigger view):


Champions for Kids 2010


To see more pictures from the Champions for Kids Celebration, check out the albums on Facebook.


2013 Celebration

2012 Celebration

2011 Celebration



List of all past Champions for Kids, 2002-2012

2016 Celebration


"Honoring a Legacy of Champions"


Monday, Oct. 10, 2016, 6-8:30 p.m.

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club


Please join us for the 15th and final Champions for Kids celebration. Buy a single ticket or host a whole table. Join in the celebration of individuals who have made a difference in a child's life.




Do you know someone who has left a legacy for kids in our community? Honor them by nominating them for this prestigious award.




Contact: Roger Jones, Development & Events Manager, TOGETHER!, 360-493-2230 x20,


2015 Celebration


"Every Child Deserves a Champion"


February 23, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m.

Indian Summer Golf and Country Club


Click here for the photo album.


The 2015 Champions for Kids:


Bob Barnes, sponsored by McSwain & Co, PS

Kathy Baros Friedt, sponsored by TOGETHER!

Jim Burton, sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County

Brian Cassidy, sponsored by Thurston County Sheriff's Office

Liz Davis, sponsored by Junior League of Olympia

Alec Dodge, sponsored by Gerry Apple and Shelton SADD Club

Alisa Grimm, sponsored by Tumwater School District

Carrie Heist, sponsored by Thurston County Superior Court

Joe Ingoglia, sponsored by Skip Houser and Rick Hughes, Attorneys

Rick Judd, sponsored by North Thurston Public Schools

Chuck Liska, sponsored by City of Tumwater

Kellie McNelly, sponsored by Segawa Friends and Family

Vincent Perez, sponsored by Hispanic Roundtable

Dick Rust, sponsored by North Thurston Kiwanis Club

Schelli Slaughter, sponsored by Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney's Office

Sophia Stanley, sponsored by Providence St. Peter Chemical Dependency Center

Brian Stretch, sponsored by City of Lacey/Lacey City Council

Jill Wilkinson, sponsored by Rainier School District

Joni Wolpert, sponsored by Olympia School District

Robbi Wright, sponsored by Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers

For more information please contact us.


Mailing Address
418 Carpenter Rd. SE Ste 203
Lacey, WA 98503


(360) 493-2230 ext 20


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