Press Release | August 30, 2018

2018 Black & White Ball Presented by Accenture Honorees: Senator Joan Huffman, The Covalent Foundation, and Tina- a Survivor

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2018 Black & White Ball Presented by Accenture 
Honorees: Senator Joan Huffman, The Covalent Foundation, and Tina- a Survivor 

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Advocacy Project is hosting the 12th annual Black & White Ball, presented by Accenture at the JW Marriott Austin on Saturday, September 29th at 7 PM.  At the Ball the agency honors community leaders who embody their mission to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas through free legal services, access to the justice system, and education. “Since being introduced to the life-changing work of the Project, and after meeting this year’s Courage Award honoree, Tina, I knew I wanted to steward this event,” said America Strader on her decision to host.   “We rely on community support in order to provide these free legal services to those who need it most - people like Tina - who fought against all odds to save her life and the precious life of her child. My hope in chairing the event is to help maximize the success of the Project’s efforts and raise more funds than ever before!” 

The Courage Award recognizes a survivor’s path to safety.  Tina, a survivor whose journey illustrates the power that legal solutions have in ending unimaginable violence, will share her story this year.  After years of abuse that escalated from isolation to strangulation, she managed to escape with her son to safety and eventually was paired with Texas Advocacy Project. In so doing, Tina found the representation she needed to receive sole conservatorship of her son and a protective order.  

The Generosity of Spirit Award honors individuals who have had a significant impact on The Project through volunteerism, funding, or as a major contributor to programming. The Covalent Foundation was established in 2015 to support Central Texas organizations and projects that serve women and youth in need, including legal assistance for victims of dating & domestic violence. Other areas of support include: prenatal care and social services for women, innovative pediatric mental healthcare programs and services, assistance for children in and transitioning out of foster care, camps that empower at-risk youth to complete their education and seek gainful employment, and also centers and services aiding women in crisis.  

The Vision Award will be presented to Senator Joan Huffman, a leader committed to ending power-based personal abuses in Texas.  Beginning with her time as a prosecutor then a judge, she is a long-time partner in advocating against family violence. As Senator, she has authored and sponsored multiple bills that are aimed at providing protections for survivors of family violence and sexual assault. 

2018 premium sponsors of the Black & White Ball include Accenture, Tiffany & Co., Ranger Excavating, Grant Thornton, Texas Trucking Company, Inc., Shelia and Lewis Nichols, and Cantilo & Bennett, L.L.P.  Select sponsorships are available at

About Texas Advocacy Project:
Established in 1982 as a non-profit, Texas Advocacy Project’s mission is to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas through free legal services, access to the justice system, and education. In 2017, The Project provided legal services in 5,096 cases, serving 12,707 Texans.  If you or someone you know needs help, call 800-374-HOPE. 

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