Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award

The Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award is in honor of Anne’s distinguished Smart Start leadership and her long career dedicated to the service of young children and families in Cabarrus County. This award is given annually to an exceptional individual at the local level who is devoted to public service and whose leadership qualities have resulted in significant change for the betterment of young children, families, and communities. Among the leadership qualities the recipient will exemplify are:

  • Passionate commitment to the vision of a stronger community for children and families.
  • The ability to lead and inspire others in pursuit of that vision.
  • Personal integrity, humility, and professional will.
  • Willingness to work hard, stay the course even in the face of adversity, and acknowledge the contributions of others.
  • An unbridled and optimistic pursuit of possibility.

The Twelfth Annual Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award will be given at the 2021 Annual Meeting/Voices for Children Luncheon of the CCPC Board of Directors on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at All Saints Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The recipient will be honored and will receive a plaque of thanks at the meeting. The family of the recipient will be invited to the Annual Meeting/Voice for Children Luncheon to share in the award presentation.

Nomination Procedures

Who can make nominations? Nominations for the Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award can be submitted by anyone that works and serves in Cabarrus County. The nominee must have worked to improve the lives of young children in Cabarrus County and exemplifies the above listed leadership qualities.

When is the deadline for award nominations? Nominations must be emailed to Ann Benfield at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed (P.O. Box 87, Kannapolis, NC 28082-0087) by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021.

Who will review the nominations? The nominations will be reviewed by CCPC board of directors or the appointed Nomination Review Committee.

Who should I call if I need additional information? Please call Ann Benfield 704-933-8278 ext 4 or 202-297-4733 email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions regarding the nomination or award.

Download the Nomination Form

 


PAST Award Recipients

2020 - Dr. russell suda

 2019 - Paula Yost, Cabarrus Co. Child Protection Team

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Ashlie Shanley presented the award to Paula Yost Schupp, calling her a trademark attorney who is devoted to the welfare of our children. Paula volunteers countless hours heading the Cabarrus County Child Protection Team and facilitates meetings and the sharing of resources between our local child protection agencies so that they can serve our children better. Paula is also a loving mom, a wife, an attorney, and the owner of the Country Law Shack in Mount Pleasant.

Paula's extraordinary passion for helping children in our community is the reason why she was named the Anne Laukaitis Champion for Children Award recipient for 2019.

2018 - Starla Hatley, ABCD/Reach Out and Read

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