2020 KickAss Awards
September 9, 2019
Program at 5:30pm
Lantana Sponsorship – $1,000
Bluebonnet Sponsorship – $500
Sunflower Sponsorship – $250
Primrose Sponsorship – $125
**Although we are not holding our traditional sit down dinner, your sponsorship will help cover the costs of the event and help us support CAPD’s mission.**
Ginny Agnew & Hon. Chuck Herring, Dayna Blazey, Blanca & Hon. Alberto Garcia, Maria Cantu Hexsel, Hon. Nick Chu, Gary Cobb, Hon. Elisabeth Earle, Mary Ann Espiritu, Hon. Sally Hernandez, Hon. Gina Hinojosa, Hon. Sylvia Holmes, Hon. Celia Israel, Hon. Catherine Mauzy, Hon. Glen Maxey, Hon. Elliott Naishtat, Hon. Leslie Pool, Hon. Velva Price, Hon. Brigid Shea, Hon. Eddie Rodriguez, Jolsna & Hon. George C. Thomas, Karen Watkins, Hon. Kim Williams
Dr. David Albert, Hon. Cecelia Burke, David Butts, Hon. Darlene Byrne, Cecilia Crossley, Hon. Karin Crump, Hon. Elena Diaz, Laurie Eiserloh, Hon. Bruce Elfant, Maggie Ellis & Leslie Hill, Hon. Raul Gonzalez, Hon. Maya Guerra Gamble, Hon. Nancy Hohengarten, Gwen Jacobs, Hon. Carlos Lopez, Jessica Mangrum, Hon. Aurora Martinez Jones, Amy Meredith, Craig Moore, Hon. Brandy Mueller, Mary Patrick, Beverly G. Reeves, Pooja Sethi, Virginia Schilz, Hon. Jan Soifer, Hon. Stacy Suits, Hon. Gisela Triana, Amber Vazquez, Nancy Williams, Kennon Wooten, GNI Strategies
EMMA S. BARRIENTOS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
BLANCA & ALBERTO GARCIA
Blanca is one of 11 children born to a multi-generational Tejano family from the Rio Grande Valley. She was the first in her family to attend college, graduating from Texas A&I (now known as Texas A&M) and later obtained a Masters in Education from The University of Texas at Austin. She worked as a public elementary school teacher for several years in the Austin area before she started her career in real estate, where is now a Broker with Casa Blanca Realty.
Blanca is a long time community advocate and is a member and an officer with the Settlement Home, a former board member of Avance, a former board meber and board chair of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the GAHCC Foundation, the fundraising organization for the GAHCC with emphasis on education, including funding endowed scholarship funds at The University of Texas at Austin, ACC, TSU and St. Edwards. She has participated in numerous school and city related committees, organizations and advocacy, including PTA, and bond elections.
Alberto Garcia has been a solo law practitioner for the last forty years with the Law Office of Alberto Garcia, concentrating in providing legal services to the underserved Spanish-speaking community in the Austin area. He graduated in 1972 from The University of Texas School of Law. After graduating, he clerked for MALDEF and worked for Legal Aid before being appointed in 1976 as an associated Municipal Judge. Alberto has the distinction of being the first Mexican-American/Chicano/Latino/Hispanic Judge in Travis County. He was later was appointed as the Presiding Judge of the Austin Municipal Court. During his term as Judge, he was largely responsible for the establishment of the Pretrial Office at the Court to facilitate the pretrial release of APD arrestees. He later was appointed to County Court No. 1 to fill an unexpired term.
Alberto was involved with the creation of the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce, with the Mexican-American Democrats (before there was a Tejano Democrats). He is also a past President of the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, past board member of Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and Travis County Bar. Alberto has dedicated many decades to volunteering with Austin Lawyers Care/Volunteer Legal Services, providing legal services to the underserved community.
Alberto was born in Mexico and came to this country as a child with his mother, owning nothing but the clothes on their back. His mother and stepfather were uneducated and spoke no English. He grew up in San Angelo. All of his sisters are college graduates (PhD, MA, BA).
KICKASS AWARD HONOREE
Ginny Agnew is a political activist, mentor, and leader. She has dedicated her gifts to electing Democrats locally and nationally. Ginny has served on the boards of many Democratic clubs and has served as Treasurer for numerous exceptionally gifted Democrats. Ginny has opened her home to a gazillion fundraisers for Democratic candidates, causes, and holiday parties alongside her husband, and sometimes political opponent, Chuck Herring. She loves to sponsor pizza breaks for lit drop crews and she has the distinction of being bit by a dog while dropping lit. Ginny is known for arguing aggressively and eloquently, sometimes successfully and sometimes not, on behalf of countless Democratic candidates at club meetings. She has advised many, many Democratic candidates, sometimes well and sometimes incredibly badly, but alway sincerely. She is a loyal Democrat!
KICKASS AWARD HONOREE
Rich Bailey has over 30 years of experience working in politics at the federal, state, and local levels. He has served on the boards of the Austin Lesbian/Gay Political Caucus, the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, the Lesbian/Gay Democrats of Texas, and on the boards of the local, state, and national Stonewall Democrats. Rich served 8 years on the Austin Human Rights Commission. In 2018, he retired from the City of Austin, where he was a council aide, Chief of Staff to Mayor Will Wynn, and in the Intergovernmental Relations Office. Additionally, Rich represented Travis County on the State Democratic Executive Committee from 2004 to 2008. He came out of retirement in 2019 to become the Deputy Primary Director of the Texas Democratic Party.
KICKASS AWARD HONOREE
Hon. Cliff Brown
Judge Brown has served as the presiding judge of the 147th District Court since January 2011. Judge Brown also oversees the Felony Pretrial Diversion Program which allows offenders meeting certain eligibility criteria to avoid prosecution through successful completion of the program. Prior to his election, he served as a Police Monitor for the City of Austin and was a prosecutor and defense attorney in both New York City and Travis County.