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Children's Champion Luncheon

Idaho Voices for Children is proud to present Marilyn Shuler as the 2017 Children’s Champion. Please join us and Bev Harad, the Children’s Champion Honorary Chair and previous Children’s Champion award recipient, Friday, September 15th, 2017 from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University to honor Marilyn’s amazing legacy and work on behalf of Idaho’s kids.

Marilyn Photo

Marilyn’s passion for children’s advocacy began upon marrying her husband, John Shuler, an Idaho social worker whose career spanned 25 years working with vulnerable children. Touched by this work, Marilyn and John became foster parents to many children through their lifetime. Marilyn’s foster care efforts and connection to Casey Family Programs led her to become a guardian ad litem. During this time, Marilyn noticed the issues that many families faced in Idaho due to a lack of access to early education. For three years she and many other Treasure Valley women ran the Boise Non-Tuition Kindergarten Program to help educate and prepare low-income children for first grade. Their success led to Idaho’s adoption of funding public kindergarten programs. To this day, it is one of Marilyn’s proudest achievements.

She then was elected to serve as a Trustee of Boise Public schools, and oversaw the implementation of kindergarten in public schools. Her strong belief that “Idaho is too great for hate,” guided her long career with the Idaho Human Rights Commission. Upon her retirement she shepherded the effort to create the Idaho Ann Frank Human Rights Memorial, a beautiful and touching testament to children’s local, national and global rights.

This annual event raises funds for child advocacy while providing meaningful opportunities to connect with a crowd of 350 business leaders, elected officials, and influential community members.

Your corporate sponsorship or individual ticket purchases allows Idaho Voices for Children to continue to champion critical causes at the Statehouse. Just last year Voices helped to secure $9 million of funding towards early interventions for struggling readers, and shaped the debate on affordable health care options in Idaho. Past successes include reestablishing Idaho Child Fatality Review Board, protecting enforcement of child support orders, and securing de facto guardianship rights for grandparents serving as the primary caregiver for grandchildren.

To reserve your table please find the appropriate links below, or contact Jesus Blanco at 208-336-5533 x4254 or

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Past Recipients

We want to thank Mayor Garret Nancolas for accepting the 2016 Children’s Champion award and for his continued efforts towards helping children in Idaho!