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Children's Champion Luncheon

Idaho Voices for Children is proud to honor Marilyn Shuler posthumously as the 2017 Children’s Champion. Please join us along with members of Marilyn’s family on Friday, September 15th, 2017 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in the Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University to honor Marilyn’s amazing legacy and work on behalf of Idaho’s kids. Reserve your seat by purchasing a ticket today!

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 passion for children, experience with foster care, 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 the Idaho Legislature’s enactment of publicly-funded kindergarten. This was one of Marilyn’s proudest achievements.

Marilyn was subsequently 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.

By purchasing a ticket to the Children’s Champion Luncheon, you allow Idaho Voices for Children to continue to champion critical advocacy on behalf of kids. Just last year Voices helped to secure $9 million of funding towards 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.

Reserve your seat by purchasing a ticket today!

Corporate Sponsorships

The Children’s Champion Luncheon raises funds for child advocacy while providing meaningful opportunities to connect with a crowd of 350 business leaders, elected officials, and influential community members. We offer a range of corporation sponsorship options.

Please contact Christine Tiddens at 208-947-4259 or with any questions.

Past Recipients

We thank all of our past Children’s Champion honorees for their efforts to protect and enrich the lives of children in Idaho!