Words of Hope

Words of Hope is Caritas' largest annual fundraising event featuring an author or prominent figure whose story reflects Caritas' mission and work. 

9th Annual Words of Hope Dinner

Featuring Harvey Penick Award Presentation to Gary and Susan Farmer

 On September 29, Caritas of Austin held its 9th Annual Words of Hope Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Austin. This year's crown of 500+ guests helped raise a record $450,000. The live Fund the Mission raised $175,000 to directly support Caritas of Austin's work. Featured speakers Alepho Deng and Dr. Jeff Salz inspirsed the crowd with a message of healing, story telling, unity, and hope. 2016 Penick Award honorees Susan and Gary Farmer received the 25th annual award among many friends and family. Thank you to everyone who made this year's event a huge success!


2016 Sponsors



 Judith and Dr. Richard Berkowitz

Margie and John Brindley

Harriett and Kenneth Choffel

Joan and Steve Clark

Centro Development/Reenie and Kent Collins

Friends of Caritas of Austin

Friends of Gary and Susan Farmer

Emily and Bob Feiner

Sherrie and Dr. Bob  Frachtman

Peggy and Andrew Greenawalt

Waleska and John Lavorato

Jane and Dan Matheson

Laura and Jim McBride  

Susan and Lane Prickett

Prosperity Bank/Fritz Byrne Head Fitzpatrick PLLC

Kammy and Troy West

Drs. Mary and Howard Yancy



Past Inspirational Speakers 

2015   Bobby Bones - prominent radio personality

2014   Marcus Luttrell - U.S. Navy SEAL and author of "Lone Survivor"

2013   Luma Mufleh - inspirational coach of a soccer team called the Fugees-short for refugees. Basis for book "Refugees United"

2012   Liz Murray - author of "Breaking Night" and whose story inspired the film "From Homeless to Harvard"

2011   Rick Bragg - Pulitzer Prize winning author of "All Over but the Shoutin'"

2010   Leigh Anne Tuohy - the woman whose life inspired the novel and film "The Blind Side"

2009   Jeannette Walls - the author of "The Glass Castle"

2008   Ron Hall and Denver Moore - authors of "Same Kind of Different as Me"