The civic and philanthropic legacy of Cindy Brinker Simmons is no secret, but what many people might not know is that the Preston Hollow resident — along with her son William — sponsor 18 orphans from around the world that she considers part of her family.
So it makes sense that Simmons will be honored tonight with the Champion of Hope Award during the second annual Children’s Hope Dinner at the Hilton Anatole.
“There are children from all corners of the world waiting for someone to give them hope,” said Simmons, the founder of Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer. “Love is a powerful tool. For those children who feel unwanted and unvalued, sponsorship lets them know they are worthy to be loved. It transforms their lives and the lives of the sponsor.
The dinner will raise funds for Orphan Outreach, a nonprofit that uses unique methods to provide vulnerable children around the world with education and tools to survive. It will include a performance by musician and author Jimmy Wayne, and also will spotlight four Dallas surgeons for their efforts in helping a young orphan from Guatemala with facial reconstruction surgery.
The event was founded by Jimmy Westcott. The co-chairs are Susan Griffiths and Dee Velvin, and the honorary chair is Carol Seay. Tickets are still available.