Child Magazine's Third Annual Children's Champion Awards

Prepare to be inspired as we present our 2005 honorees' and presenters' heartfelt, moving speeches.

Welcome From Editor in Chief Miriam Arond

Miriam Arond: Welcome to Child Magazine's Third Annual Children's Champion Awards. As many of you who have come to our previous awards programs know, this is my favorite night of the year. I've discovered that something magical happens when you bring together in one room, in one space, so many people who are deeply and happily committed to caring about children. I'm sure that those of you who are here for the first time, along with our many repeat guests, will be moved and inspired by the six individuals who are being saluted tonight. They are people who have tirelessly and energetically dedicated themselves and their careers to improving the lives of children.

Our first presenter, I'm happy to say, is herself a past recipient of Child magazine's Children's Champion award. She's the founder and CEO of the Children's Defense Fund. She's been an advocate for disadvantaged children her entire professional life, and under her leadership the Children's Defense Fund has become the strongest voice fighting for a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start, and a moral start for all the nation's children. She's the author of numerous books, including The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours and I Can Make a Difference, which had such an impact on me that I wrote about it in my editor's letter in the December/January issue. Marian is the winner of numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

I can't begin to put into words the respect and admiration I have for Marian's work and integrity. All I can say is I feel very privileged to have her as a member of Child's esteemed advisory board. Marian is a powerful voice for children and I believe she is the perfect person to present an award to Linda Ellerbee, who has such a powerfully honest and open way of speaking to children.

Please welcome Marian Wright Edelman.

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