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Appetite for Advocacy 2020

Appetite for Advocacy is the annual fundraising luncheon for DCAC that highlights the importance of education and child abuse awareness in our community. In addition to honoring the Junior League of Dallas with the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award and Suellen Flores with the Lt. Bill Walsh Award, the 13th annual Appetite for Advocacy features ABC News Veteran John Quiñones

Join Co-Chairs Debbie Scripps, Jennifer Scripps and Nancy Scripps and over 1,200 civic, business and philanthropy leaders in the Dallas community as they come together to raise funds for DCAC.

Friday, March 27, 2020
Dallas Sheraton Hotel 
10:30 a.m. – Registration
11:30 a.m. – Luncheon begins
1:00 p.m. – Luncheon ends

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Keynote Speaker
John Quiñones, ABC News Veteran, Creator & Host of 'What Would You Do?'

Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly-rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma news magazine, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of viewers. 

Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award Recipient

Named in honor of philanthropist and community leader Ruth Sharp Altshuler who was instrumental in founding DCAC, this year’s Altshuler Award recipient is the Junior League of Dallas. The JLD cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs in our community and has given DCAC over 25 years of volunteers and funding. Many JLD members have served as volunteers, fundraisers, board members and even staff members at DCAC.

Lt. Bill Walsh Award Recipient
Suellen Flores, Department of Family and Protective Services

Named in honor of DCAC Co-Founder Lt. Bill Walsh (Ret.), this award is given to a professional in the field of child abuse who has demonstrated significant commitment and dedication to child abuse prevention, investigation, prosecution or healing. This year’s Walsh Award recipient is Suellen Flores, Child Protective Investigations Supervisor with the Department of Family and Protective Services. Suellen has devoted over a decade of her career to DFPS and serving the children of Dallas County and the team she leads.


Debbie Scripps, Jennifer Scripps and Nancy Scripps

Host Committee

Julia Bacon
Julie Bagley
Chad and Judee Barrett
Pamela Beckert
Jill Bee
Jacquelyn Black

Mary Black
Rebecca Black
Katherine Bullock
Christie Carter
Christy Casillas
Vicki Chapman
Mary Lou Derksen
Allison Eagan
Alan Engstrom
Alyson Engstrom
Kathy Fagan
Diane Frank
Sara Fredericks
Lara Gaither
Kara and Randall Goss
Jacquelyn Green
Shelly Gregg
Allison Hubbard
Lindsay Jacaman
Maggie Kipp
Natalie Lesikar
Elisabeth McHugh
Mary Blake Meadows 
Anna Moss
Maggie Neely
Connie O'Neill
Catherine Pate
Layne Pitzer
Ellen Porter
Kim Quinn
Linda Quisenberry
Julie and Steve Rado
Deborah Raynor
Jill Rowlett
Jenny Saphier
Lollie Scheble
Erin Schuhmacher
Carol Seay
Debbie Snell
Caroline Snell Wagner
Megan Steinbach
Cassie Stern
Rachel Stienke
Kacy Tolleson
Allison Vanderwoude
Ashlee Weidner
Lauren Wheeler
Katherine Wyker

Appetite for Advocacy 2020 Sponsors

Hosted by Sheraton Dallas 

Award Sponsor

John and Barbe Turner

Patron Party Sponsor

Hope Sponsors


Debbie and Ric Scripps

Healing Sponsors

Jennifer and Andy Scripps

Centerpiece Sponsors

Survivor Sponsors

Chad and Judee Barrett

Pam and John Beckert

Diane F. Frank and Linda Perryman Evans

Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows

Jenny and Adam Saphier

Lyle and Field Scovell

Resiliency Sponsors

Katie and David Aisner

Mary and Robert Black

Cheryl and Brian Buffington

Troy and Katherine Findlay

Fraternal Order of Eagles

Junior League of Dallas

Kline Family Foundation

Linebarger Googan Blair & Sampson, LLP

Melinda Mathes / Jean and Chris Nolland

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

Carrie and Shawn Paschall


The Richards Group

Lynn and John Sears

Nancy and Ryan Scripps

Kelly Slaven and Jessica Brazeal

Carole and Bill Walsh

Winston & Strawn, LLP

Media Sponsor

Ruth Sharp Altshuler and Lt. Bill Walsh Award Recipients

Junior League of Dallas
Suellen Flores, DFPS

Kara and Randall Goss
Jesse Gonzalez, DCAC 

 Amy and Kelcy Warren
Detective Kim Mayfield,  
Dallas Police Department

 The Kozmetsky Family
Detective Brandon Snyder,
Mesquite Police Department

 Capital for Kids
Irish Burch, DCAC

 Ronald C. Berg
Eren Price
Dallas County 
District Attorney's Office

Debbie and Ric Scripps
Senator Royce West

Jim Pasant
Reade Quinton, M.D.

Mary Blake and Chuck Meadows
Jamie Johnson, CPS

Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones
Sergeant James Sears,  
Irving Police Department

Sarah Losinger
Detective Sabra Garibay

 Mrs. Caren H. Prothro
Dr. Matthew Cox
Children's Medical Center

Ruth Sharp Altshuler
Lt. Bill Walsh

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