The Ted Oakley Community & Philanthropic Partner Award: Austin Community Foundation 

Austin Community Foundation brings together philanthropists, dollars, and ideas to build a better Austin today and tomorrow. The Foundation is focused on closing the opportunity gap through research, pooled resources, and data-driven grantmaking. Since its founding in 1977, Austin Community Foundation has granted more than $450 million to the community. Foster Angels of Central Texas has received numerous grants over the last 12 years through the Foundation’s Community Grants program, which is a year-round grant opportunity for local nonprofits working in eight impact areas. Each quarter, the Foundation matches grant requests with the interests and passions of its fundholders. Foster Angels has received grants to support the basic needs of children and youth in foster care. Additionally, the Foundation provided Foster Angels funding to hire our first Youth Support Manager to get Guide to Thrive off the ground.

The Sarah Smith Voice Award: Marcella “Marcy” Musgrave

Marcy Musgrave is “Memmy” to five beautiful children she adopted from the foster care system. She is an amazing mother who understands the complexity of childhood trauma due to abuse and neglect. Her incredible sense of humor and ability to see her children as unique individuals with their own unique story, helps her daily as a single parent. Ms. Musgrave is an incredible advocate for children in the foster care system and a role model to other foster and adoptive parents. She has created a strong support system to help her raise her children and also understands the importance of birth family connections and cultural preservation for children adopted from the foster care system. Before her foster care and adoption journey, Marcy earned her Masters in Social Work from Texas State University.


We will also honor three youths in foster care with the Resilience Award at the 2022 Shining Stars Luncheon on September 23, 2022. Get your tickets here