March 23, 2023 11:30am - 2:00pm

Children's Champion Awards

Riverfront Conference Center
1 Riverfront Plaza, Flint, MI 48502

2023 Children's Champion Awards

Thank you again to everyone who attended, supported, or tuned-in to, the 2023 Children's Champion Awards! Congratulations again to all of the deserving nominees! See the full listing of this year's nominees in our digital program below. Scroll down to see this year's winners. Please join our mailing list below to stay up-to-date on when 2024 nominations and scholarships are available! Save the date for 2024's Award Ceremony, Thursday, March 21, 2024.

2023 Children's Champion Digital Program

Hundreds of people came together to honor those that strive to make a difference in a young person's life. Check out coverage from 2023's event by ABC 12.

Event Coverage

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Congratulations Heroes!

2023 Children's Champions

Bob Emerson Scholarship,

presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Madison Bright & Colleen Blackwood

Crim Fitness Foundation Active & Healthy Leader Award,

presented by Crim Fitness Foundation
Elizabeth Wise

Exceptional Business Award,

presented by JP Morgan Chase
Kids Like Mine

Exceptional Business Award,

presented by Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants
Crossover Outreach

Karen Church Lifetime Achievement Award,

presented by McLaren Flint
Honorable Duncan Beagle

Multidisciplinary Team Award,

presented by ELGA Credit Union
Monica Gildner

Multidisciplinary Team Award,

presented by ELGA Credit Union
Sgt. Michael Bernard

Robert & Vickie Weiss Outstanding Youth Award,

presented by Genesee Health System
Victoria Griffith

Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult Award,

presented by Hurley Medical Center
Vanita Wilson

Roy E. Peterson Caring Adult Award,

presented by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Kyle Ferguson

Volunteer Engagement to Serve Youth Award,

presented by McLaren Health Plan
Foster Love

Children's Champion Awards

The Children’s Champion Awards were created in 1995 to recognize examples of those in the community doing good things for children. The awards are designed to distinguish and thank individuals, businesses, government agencies, and organizations for their tremendous contributions toward making children a priority in Genesee County.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I do when I arrive?

If you are a sponsor See your table number in the message above. When you arrive there will be a board with the table numbers on it to help you get to your table. You can also fly over to our Help Desk for assistance.

If you are a nominee or ticket holder - you can sit in any of the open seating. Our Marvel and DC superhero volunteers will be there to help you. Be sure to grab your nomination certificate if you were nominated for an award!

Do I need to print a ticket?

No, there are no physical tickets. If you RSVP'd or purchased a seat you are all set, you'll just need to give your name or company at the check-in table. Thank you for your support!


The Downtown Development Authority is our 2023 Parking Sponsor. Parking is available both at the attached University of Michigan Riverfront Conference Center Parking Ramp, and the Rutherford Parking Lot off of Beach St.

The University of Michigan Parking Ramp entrance is located in the front of the building, off Saginaw Street and W. Union Street. After you enter the parking structure, you can take the elevator or stairs to the ground floor. The entry point to the elevator is located on the third and fourth levels of the structure. You will not be able to enter the building through the housing skywalk which is on the third floor, as this is reserved for residence hall students with swipe card access. After you make your way to the ground floor, or if you parked at the Rutherford Lot, you will walk across W. Union Street and enter the main entrance to Riverfront Conference Center. The conference center is to the left of the main entrance lobby.

What about breakfast?

Breakfast, and cold and hot beverages, will be provided. Refreshments will be available at 7:30 am, the program will begin promptly at 8:00 am.

If I was nominated, how will I know if I won?

Winners will be announced live during the program and will be asked to go to the stage. If you win, you will have an optional opportunity to speak for one minute. Please listen closely when the category you were nominated for is announced to find out if you are a winner.

2023 Event Partner

United Way Logo

2023 Breakfast Sponsor

Huntington Bank Logo

2023 Award Sponsors

MDT Award


Active & Healthy Leader Awards

Crim Fitness Foundation Logo

Exceptional Business Awards

Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants  Logo JP Morgan Chase Logo

Outstanding Youth Award

Genesee Heath System Logo

Caring Adult Awards

Hurley Children's Hospital Logo Community Foundation of Greater Flint Logo

Lifetime Achievement Award

McLaren Flint Logo

Volunteer Engagement to Serve Youth Award

McLaren Health Plan Logo

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Video Sponsor

Health Alliance Plan (HAP)

Audio Sponsor

Curbco Logo

Beverage Sponsor

Andy & Sarah Goggins Trust

Digital Sponsor

Internet Essentials from Comcast

Superhero Sponsor

Serra Automotive

Venue Sponsor

University of Michigan Flint

Company Sponsors

Blue Cross Complete
Eric S. Peterson & Associates Mortgage Lenders, LLC
Flint Cultural Center Corporation, Inc.
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Friends of Berston
Mott Community College
Genesee County Youth Corp
Goodwill Industries
Prosecutor David Leyton
Quota International of Flint
Stephens Wealth Management Group
Stimson Consulting

School Sponsors

Atherton Community Schools
Clio Schools
Flushing High School
Goodrich High School
Kearsley Community Schools
Lakeville Schools
Linden High School
Mount Morris Consolidated Schools

Friend Sponsors

COR Freedom LLC
Child Care Network
Downtown Development Authority
Eunice Society
Genesee Health Plan
Jennifer Acree & Family
ROWE Professional Services Company