This blog post is WAY overdue… but it’s finally time to highlight an event I photographed for Idaho Voices For Children’s. It was their annual Children’s Champion Luncheon.
Idaho Voices For Children
First of all, in case you have never heard of “Idaho Voices For Children” it is a group of concerned Idaho citizens. Individuals who have come together to work on and implement new government policies and issues. All with the priority of promoting the interests and well being of children. The issues they focus on are health, education, safety and family economic security.
The Children’s Champion Luncheon
Every year this group holds a luncheon. It is not only a fundraiser for the organization, but a time for them to recognize one person from Idaho. One who has gone above and beyond to help implement change for children and their families. This person of the year is given the “Children’s Champion Award“. The 2016 recipient was Mayor Garret Nancolas of Caldwell Idaho.
“Mayor Nancolas pioneered the concept of involving youth directly in government when he launched the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council in 1999. It’s a model that is now widespread. Building on this commitment, Garret implemented the City of Caldwell’s Youth Master Plan in 2012. It includes youth in the process of creating initiatives that make the city better for them. He has been instrumental in launching Caldwell P-16, which provides preschool, after-school, and college and career readiness programs. He has been a champion for making sure that every third grader in Caldwell is water-safe. In 2015 Garret developed Caldwell Saves 1st. A financial education program for parents and children. He currently oversees the successful Youth Summit, an annual forum promoting youth leadership and involvement.”
It was a pleasure to once again be chosen as the official Event Photographer for the Luncheon. The individuals who attend are truly passionate about the cause and the positive, giving energy in the room is always inspiring. Thanks Idaho Voices Children for choosing Leap Photography!