Valor y Sueños Luncheon 2018

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


2018 Valor y Sueños Luncheon
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
JW Marriott Hotel


This year’s luncheon theme of “We Dream, We Rise” honors the community spirit and
partnership that enables AVANCE-Austin to serve more than 500 low-income, Spanish-speaking
parents and young children in the Austin area annually. On this empowering afternoon, over
400 business, civic, and community leaders and supporters will gather to celebrate our
collective work in building healthy, thriving Latino families and communities. Guests should
expect a lunch centered on meaningful conversation and inspirational storytelling.


Join us to also recognize the following awardees for their volunteer leadership and partnership with AVANCE-Austin:

Rosie & Richard Mendoza
Griffith Family Legacy Award

Beth & Ivan Misner
Individual Heroes

Ascension Seton
Corporate Hero

The Lola Wright Foundation
Partner Hero



Elma Cantú Aldrete & Jo Cassandra Cuevas

Committee Members:

Kyler Arnold
Fely Garcia
Yvonne Jauregui
Kelly Jedele
Nivi Nityanand


Fund-A-Need Auctioneer:

Gayle Stallings, FUN Auctions


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Purchase individual tickets here


Unable to join us but still wish to celebrate and support the dreams of AVANCE families? 

Click here to donate


Mil Gracias to our Sponsors!


Los Valientes | The Brave:



Los Héroes | The Heroes:

Dell EMC Global Business Operations
Evans Family Law
Nivi Nityanand/Dell Technologies
Janis & Joe Pinnelli
Cristina Valdés, REALTOR®


Los Campeones | The Champions:

Elma and James Aldrete
Dell EMC Data Protection
Beverly & Balie Griffith

 Table Sponsors:

Austin Junior Forum
Esther Calzada & Brad Keoun
The Honorable Lloyd Doggett and Dr. Libby Doggett
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Ricardo Hexsel & Maria Cantú Hexsel
Yvonne Jauregui
Dr. Emma Lou Linn and Teaching Assistants – St. Edward’s University
Tom Mast
The Poker Girls
Yvonne Puig & Daphne Calderon



Angie Bealko
Blanca Zamora Garcia
Jignasha Grooms
Lauren Gulbas
Kate Hahn
Jamie Holden
Margaret Keys
Lupe & Joe Morin
Heather Neville
Lark Phillips
Meredith & Paul Terranova –
Melissa Zinda

Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day Cards:

This Mother’s Day, we are excited to honor women who have positively impacted others while making futures so bright for very young, low-income children and their families.

Celebrate the special women in your life by sending a meaningful gift that makes a real impact. For each donation of $25 or more, we will mail your honoree a special, limited-edition Mother’s Day card recognizing your gift and thanking them for their inspiration. Join us in celebrating or remembering all the special women, mothers, and mother-figures, including: mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, cousins, friends, co-workers, neighbors, mentors, teachers, and more! We can’t think of a better way to honor someone who has made a difference in your life by making a difference in the lives of at-risk children. 

Click here to send a card!
*Please note: Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. Donations made on Friday, May 11th after 4:00 PM will not be mailed until the following Monday.*


Share Her Story!

AVANCE thrives on a culture of storytelling. We love sharing stories about the remarkable mothers in our program. Now, it’s your turn! If you have an inspiring story to share about a special woman in your life, please contact Catherine Frost.


Thanks for the inspiration of the following honorees:

Honoree: Honored By:
Jeri Alaniz Cristina Cornejo
Kari Barmettler Cristina Cornejo
Martha Bogart Heidi Sherratt Bogart
Debra Cade Cristina Cornejo
Esther Calzada Johany Calzada
Johany Calzada Esther Calzada
Elizabeth Cantu Maria Cantu Hexsel
Marili Cantu Burbes Elma Cantu Aldrete
Erica Cardona Siglinda Orozco
Alicia Caro Melissa Caro Preston
Perla Cavazos Elma Cantu Aldrete
Stephanie Chavez Krista Moore
Norma Cornejo Cristina Cornejo
Vera Cruz Lourdes Pelcastre
Lori Felan Marie Felan
Tina Marie Felan Christee Albino
Pat Frakenfield Krista Moore
Dorothy Frost Catherine Frost
Linda Fry Nell Kennedy
Elsa Gonzales Melinda Gonzales Boe
Vanessa Gonzalez Cristina Cornejo
Steffi Grabow Elma Cantu Aldrete
Stella Hatch Cristina Cornejo
Yeda Hexsel Maria Cantu Hexsel
Nancy Hibbert Kelly Gallen
Diane Keoun Esther Calzada
Rebecca Leal Elma Cantu Aldrete
Maribel Leija Siglinda Orozco
Carmen de la Llata Julio de la Llata
Vivian Mijares Cristina Cornejo
Melissa Miller Nell Kennedy
Linda Moore Krista Moore
Rocio Moore Krista Moore
Amy Nichols Krista Moore
Julie Pike Heidi Sherratt Bogart
Jennifer Rangel Stephanie De Leon
Emmy Ruiz Elma Cantu Aldrete
Elisabeth Sherratt Heidi Sherratt Bogart
Margie Sherratt Heidi Sherratt Bogart
Doris Shiels Catherine Frost
Jennifer Speiser Krista Moore
Mary Sterling Juliana Kerker
Janet Stewart Nell Kennedy
Ann Tatum Heather Neville
Carol Toler Kim Coogan
Marie Torres Marie Felan
Teresa Torres Marie Felan
Madeline Vega Lourdes Pelcastre
Melissa Villa Cristina Cornejo
Clara Zimmerer Maria Cantu Hexsel
In Loving Memory Of: Honored By:
Oralia “Yaya” Aldrete-Garcia Elma & James Aldrete
Ludelle K. Bolton Valinda Bolton
Rachel Lucille Brown Marie Felan
Julia McKenize Fitzpatrick Tom Fitzpatrick
Muriel Beth Mount Melissa Caro Preston


Legacy Giving Circle

Join the Legacy Giving Circle


Mother and baby image

Becoming a Legacy Giving Circle major donor is an investment in the future of hundreds of low-income children under the age of three and their parents. The Legacy Giving Circle provides a sustaining stream of revenue to support the mission of AVANCE to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families with very young children living in at risk communities with a dual generation approach. Gifts from donors in the Legacy Giving Circle enable the agency to transform, sustain, and scale our programs to address root causes of trans-generational poverty and make a significant social impact in our community.


Special thanks to our current Legacy Giving Circle Members:

Danna & J.H. “Crutch” Crutchfield

Balie & Beverly Griffith

Robbie & Tom Ausley

Katherine Bailey

Rosie & Richard Mendoza