Words of Hope

14th Annual Words of Hope

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
7:00 p.m.

Words of Hope is Caritas of Austin’s largest annual fundraising event. Each year, the event features powerful stories that reflect our mission, and celebrates those individuals and businesses who contribute so fully to our community.

In 2020, we came together virtually on Thursday, September 17th, for our 13th Annual Words of Hope. In 2021, we are looking forward to spending the evening with you, both virtually and with a small-scale, socially distant gathering, at this coming year’s hybrid event. Please plan to join us as we share our successes, highlight our partners, honor our community members, and prove that together we can truly make Austin more vibrant for all.

2020 Excellence in the Game of Life Award

Each year, the Award for Excellence in the Game of Life is presented to a prominent leader. Last year, in light of all the changes and challenges our community has worked through, we celebrated the Austin Community as our 2020 Honoree.

Our lead sponsors have selected a member of the community—leaders, mentors, stewards of community trust, and champions of the greater good—to honor. These individuals, who strengthen and grow our community, each have a meaningful legacy in Austin, and we are proud to celebrate them!

2020 Sponsors


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In-Kind Sponsors

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Contact Emily Lewis at elewis@caritasofaustin.org or 512-646-1268 for questions.

Past Speakers and Entertainers

2019 | Robert Earl Keen – folk and Americana singer-songwriter
2018 | Emmitt Smith – former Dallas Cowboy, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist
2017 | Ron Hall – author of Same Kind of Different as Me and What Difference Do It Make
2016 | Dr. Jeff Salz and Alepho Deng – author of They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky
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