First for Kids Awards

Thursday November 9, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for an evening of music, mingling and celebration as we honor three outstanding voices for Connecticut’s children.

When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Where: Pond House Café, 1555 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford

The 2017 First for Kids Honorees

  • Sharon Langer:  Lifetime Achievement Award
    For her decades of tireless advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children and families, for her deep knowledge and expertise of health care access, health care equity, state and federal health care funding, and for her invaluable role at Connecticut Voices for Children as a mentor, leader, and strategic thought partner. Her voice, her passion, and her vision have improved the lives of Connecticut’s children and families.
  • Arielle Levin Becker: Media Voice Award
    For her accurate, timely, and accessible health reporting on the impact of changes to insurance coverage at the federal and state level, for highlighting the role of Medicaid and CHIP in improving access to health care for children and low-income families, and for her outstanding series on our state’s efforts to improve the health of children by intervening early to reduce the effects of trauma. Her ability to translate complex health policy into plain language has raised the bar in health reporting.
  • Vincent Espino: Youth Voice Award 
    For his leadership in youth-driven foster care reform, his work across multiple youth coalitions, his active mentorship of young adults, his partnership with Connecticut Voices for Children and his independent advocacy.  His voice has helped to advance the rights of youth in care in support of a more normal childhood and adolescence.

We hope to see you on November 9th!


Special thanks to our event sponsors!



  • Advanced Benefit Strategies
  • American Savings Foundation
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC)
  • Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Gallo & Robinson, LLC
  • TargetonStar
  • Wheeler Clinic, Inc.


  • Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.
  • Connecticut Association for Community Action
  • Data Tel, LLC
  • Health Equity Solutions
  • Shelley and Robert Langer
  • Merrill Lynch
  • North Plains Computer Repair
  • People's United Bank
  • Start Community Bank
  • T.M. Byxbee Company, P.C.
  • Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut


  • Lane and Lenge Florists, Inc.
  • StayWell Health Center

Sponsor this year's First for Kids' Awards!

Connecticut Voices for Children is excited to announce the opportunity for corporate sponsorships of our 2017 First for Kids Awards event on November 9th. First for Kids is our annual celebration of state leaders, youth and community organizations that make a difference in the lives of Connecticut’s children and their families. This exciting event celebrates transformative work that allows children to grow up healthy and safe, have the educational opportunities necessary to allow them to become productive members of society, and ultimately give back to their communities.


Sponsors will be highlighted in our program guide and our website, and all online promotions of our First for Kids ceremony. We hope you consider sponsoring the 2017 First for Kids Awards! If you have any questions, please contact Linda Deemy at or at (203) 498-4240 x119.

See our sponsorship form for more information on supporting this event!