18th Annual Awards Gala

The 18th Annual Judge Clifton M. Kelly Champion for Children Awards Gala was held on September 28th, at Grace Bible Church in Sebring.

It was a beautiful evening celebrating community and honoring our 2017 Highlands County Champion for Children award finalists: Christopher Doty, Lisa Kinchen, Holly Parker, Robert Saffold, and Mason Whidden Jr. Hometown Hero Staff Sergeant Denise Williams and the Lifetime Achievement of Monica Sauls-Coe were also honored.

Incredible entertainment was provided by Nala Price, Joshua Fowler, Isaac Hernandez, Paolo Pineda, Abigail Smith, the Hill-Gustat Middle School Chorus, Walker Memorial “Fire and Steel” Drum Band, and Jill Jernigan.

Congratulations to the 2017 Champion for Children Award Recipient, Mr. Christopher Doty.

Champion for Children Award Finalists
Christopher Doty, Mason Whidden Jr.,
Robert Saffold, Holly Parker, and Lisa Kinchen

Christopher Doty  (with wife Karin)
2017 Champion for Children Award Recipient

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
In Loving Memory of
Captain Monica Sauls-Coe

2017 Hometown Hero
Highlands County Veterans Service Officer
Staff Sergeant Denise Williams

Thank you to our sponsors for your strong support of Highlands County’s local child advocates and the Champion for Children Foundation’s community initiatives.  Additional pictures are available by Mountain Top Photography and Caroline Maxcy Photography.