Words of Hope

14th Annual Words of Hope

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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.

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health, safety, and well-being of our guests, participants, and the community at-large, we restructured our 14th Annual Words of Hope event that was set for Tuesday, September 14th at Austin Marriott Downtown. 

In lieu of another virtual event, we instead dedicated the month of September to a Fund the Mission campaign featuring an online auction, weekly video interviews and messages from presenting sponsor Subaru and event chair Eddie Safady, plus an inspirational story from our speaker Brenda Combs, who shared her journey moving from homelessness to earning her Doctorate in organizational leadership.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our community, we were able to raise over $325,000 toward

ending homelessness in our city.

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors

Champion Sponsors

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Contact Morgan Dickson at mdickson@caritasofaustin.org or 512.456.8604 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