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promise to children Luncheon

Join us on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019, at St. David's Episcopal Church in downtown Austin from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM for Camp Fire’s premier event of the  season – the Promise to Children Luncheon!


                                                               Our Awardees

        This year we are honoring three people who have made - and continue to make a significant impact in our communities by connecting youth and families to nature:

to Rene Albee, our Thrive Award for outstanding volunteer commitment;

to Linda Welsh, our Camp Fire Legacy Award for making a lasting contribution to our council; and

to Sue Carpenter, our Promise to Children Award for exemplifying our approach to empowering youth.


                                                Dr. Linda Welsh serves as the board president for Child Inc, the Austin area Head

                                                Start agency. Believing in the value of nature play for young children, Linda is

                                                spearheading an effort to create two OLÉ play environments at Child Inc centers

                                                with a goal to transform all of the outdoor environments in the agency. Dr. Welsh

                                                served for many years as a Camp Fire leader and board member; she has a deep

                                               love of the outdoors and commitment to helping children learn from the outdoor






She has served as a faculty member and department chair in Child Development at Austin Community College and as the first Early Childhood Coordinator for the City of Austin. Her first job in Austin was as a teacher at the Texas School for the Deaf.


Dr. Welsh currently is an educational consultant for the University of Texas CharlesA. Dana Center, serving as the regional coordinator for Southeast Texas/Houston. Previously she was dean of doctoral students in Community College Leadership at National American University. 


Dr. Welsh has a PhD in Educational Administration with a concentration in Community College Leadership and MA in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Elementary Education and Education of the Hearing Impaired from the University of Illinois. 



                                            Sue Carpenter is currently the Chief Programs Officer for United Way for Greater

                                            Austin where she provides support and leadership to the Success By 6, Family

                                            Economic Success and Navigation Center teams. 


                                            Ms. Carpenter has devoted over 30 years of her professional experience to

                                            non-profit work, with an emphasis in early childhood care and education issues. 

                                            In her career,she has worked as  a preschool teacher, a child care center director,

                                            an Executive Director of an early childhood resource agency in Kansas City, 

                                            and an early childhood consultant for the Kauffman Foundation.

                                            Sue started work at United Way for Greater Austin in 2014, when United Way

                                           decided to launch the Success By 6 initiative. 

                                           Sue did her graduate work in Child Development at the University of Kansas

                                           many years ago, and is a life-long Jayhawk basketball fan.  

She has been a member of many professional groups including the Austin/Travis County School Readiness Action Plan, the State of Missouri Early Childhood Systems’ Planning Council,Executive Committee of the City of Austin Early Childhood Council, and the AISD Early Childhood Community Advisory Council. 

Sue and her husband Mark Schnug have one adult son, Caufield.


                                              René Vacchio Albee is an educator at heart, with 27 years of experience and some

                                              academic credentials to support her passion.


                                              In 2014, she became aware of Play to Learn and its success in greater Austin.

                                             With the help of a few friends and the support of United Way for Greater Austin,

                                             Camp Fire, LTlov, and Emmaus Catholic Church,  Play to Learn hosted its inaugural

                                             group for Lake Travis Community members in the Fall of 2015.

                                              René has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours—through facilitation, recruiting,                                                evaluation, and strategic planning—towards Play to Learn, helping Camp Fire                                                      broaden our reach and connect more youth and families to their communities                                                      and nature.






                 Sponsorships and Registration

Vital to every successful community are the partnerships between corporations and non-profit organizations. The work that we do impacts everyone in our community. We have an opportunity to work together to make an even greater impact on the youth of Central Texas.



                                           Gold Sponsors $5,000

Supports one year of Afterschool programming for 20 Camp Fire kids 

- Prominent logo recognition on event signage, program, video, and invitations 

- Prominent, year‐round logo placement on Camp Fire website, Annual Report, and newsletter

- Special recognition in program including verbal acknowledgement by emcee 

- Complimentary table of eight

- A Camp Fire Experience: a customized site tour to a Camp Fire kids program


                                                Silver Sponsors $3,000

Supports Camp Fire Summer Camp scholarship program 

- Logo recognition on event signage, program, and video

- Year‐round logo placement on Camp Fire website, Annual Report, and newsletter

- Special recognition in program including verbal acknowledgement by emcee

- Four Complimentary tickets to event

                                                   Bronze Sponsors $2,500

Supports Camp Fire community partnerships and outdoor field trips 

- Logo recognition on event signage, program, and video

- Year‐round logo placement on Camp Fire website, Annual Report, and newsletter

- Two Complimentary tickets to event

Table of Eight Sponsorship $1,500

Includes sponsorship recognition


Individual Ticket $150