More than 130 community members and policymakers filled the San Jacinto Ballroom at the Four Seasons Austin on Thursday, Nov. 17 to pay tribute to Rep. Donna Howard for her dedication to Texas adolescents and their families. Hosted by the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the inaugural event was an amazing success, raising much needed funds in support of the organization’s ongoing education and advocacy work.
Dr. Gwen Daverth, Texas Campaign President and CEO, presented Rep. Howard with the Texas Campaign Leadership Award for her passion, commitment and hard work in support of a healthier Texas. Introduced by Rep. Sarah Davis, Rep. Howard spoke about her vision for Texas communities and those within them and the importance of working together to make an impact. Kelly McBeth, Texas Campaign Board Chair, provided closing remarks.
Established in 2009, the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is a non-partisan, non-profit education and advocacy organization dedicated to reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in Texas. They believe that teen pregnancy is an adult issue and they work to create constructive dialogue around teen pregnancy, adolescent sexual health and effective prevention strategies. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for children, families, and communities across Texas by preventing unintended teen pregnancies.
The 2016 Leadership Luncheon was made possible thanks to these sponsors’ support: St. David’s Foundation, CommuniCare Health Centers, ThunderCloud Subs, Mignon McGarry, Perla Cavazos, Ellie and Lance Coplin, Healthy Futures of Texas, Kelly McBeth/Laura Chandler, Cynthia Osborne, PhD., Peggy B. Smith/Foundation for Teen Health, and Texas Energy Lobby.
For more information about the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, please visit