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Orphan Outreach

History of the Children's Hope Dinner

The Children’s Hope Dinner provides urgently needed funds that support Orphan Outreach, a non-profit ministry serving thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children around the world by providing educational, emotional, physical and spiritual care. 

Since its inception, the Children's Hope Dinner has raised more than $3 million for children and families in need.$3 

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Event Founder

Jimmy Westcott

Event Advisor

Carol Seay

Past Children's Hope Award Recipients

Pogue Family Foundation (2024)
JoyFM (Missouri), WCSG (Michigan), KVNE (Texas) (2023)
Mike Douris (2022)
Connie Yates (2021)
Allie Beth & Pierce Allman (2019)
Jimmy Westcott (2018)
Brittany Merrill Underwood (2017)
Paige Rippey Locke (2016)
Cindy Brinker Simmons (2015)
Amy Simmons (2014)

Past Keynote Speakers

Tony Dungy (2024)
NFL Hall of Fame Coach, Football Analyst, and Foster Care & Adoption Champion

Steven Curtis Chapman (2023)
Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter, orphan care advocate, and founder of Show Hope

Tim Tebow (2022)
Best-selling author and founder of the Tim Tebow Foundation

Emmitt Smith (2021)
Child advocate and former running back for the Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten (2019)
Child advocate and former tight end for the Dallas Cowboys

Leigh Anne Tuohy (2018)
Inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning movie, The Blind Side

Laura Bush (2017)
Former First Lady of the United States

Scott Hamilton (2016)
Olympian, adoptee and adoptive parent

Jimmy Wayne (2014 and 2015)
Country music star and foster care advocate

Paula Hayes Award Recipient

Candace Stark (in memoriam) (2024)
Dandi Mehringer (2021)
Judy Allen (2018)

Champion of Hope Award Recipient

Senator Mary Landrieu and Senator Roy Blunt (2014)
co-sponsors of the Children in Families First Bill "CHIEF"