Recap of Brew-Ha Roundup!!!

It was a beautiful day for the Brew-Ha Roundup out at Specht’s Store this past Saturday. With over 350 runners and over 500 people in attendance to support the Children’s Bereavement Center, it was truly a memorable event.

Grammy nominated, SLIM BAWB AND THE FABULOUS STUMPGRINDERS, did a GREAT JOB of performing for the participants and kicking off the post race fun.

Thank you to Camp Gladiator and Hoppy Runners for being onsite and donating prizes for our adult costume contest winners. It was cuteness overload for all the kid’s costume contest participants!!

Click on the photo below to see more photos from the event and be on the lookout for next year’s date!!


Cleto Rodriguez presented the Kid’s Costume Contest Participants.

All Brew-Ha Roundup proceeds go to support the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas to help children and young adults who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling, or other significant loved one.



For more information please contact Franchesca at [email protected].

Center Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Year

The Center began its 20th Anniversary year with a luncheon honoring 20 of its most steadfast supporters on October 13. Over 600 “close friends” gathered in the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum to recognize and thank the individuals and organizations that have continued to support the Center’s mission throughout the past two decades.


Happy 20th!! Zak Williams (center), son of the late Robin Williams, was welcomed by 20th Anniversary chairmen (pictured left to right) Sallie Chasnoff, Janie Worth, Mallory Ahl, and Linda Fugit prior to the luncheon.

“We couldn’t have done it without you!” said Executive Director Marian Sokol during her remarks, adding, “We are so grateful to you, and for having this opportunity to publicly thank you.”

Chairs for the event were: Janie Worth, Linda Fugit, Sallie Chasnoff and Mallory Ahl. Tom and Pat Frost served as honorary chairs and Zak Williams, son of the late Robin Williams, shared the story of his own grief experience with attendees. The 20th Anniversary Committee worked on the event for 18 months and the 20 honorees will soon be recognized by a permanent art installation at the Center.

New Center Opens in Rio Grande Valley

The Center is proud to announce the opening of the new Children’s Bereavement Center of the Rio Grande Valley in Harlingen. After months and months of planning, along with the support of Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation and Methodist Healthcare Ministries, the Center of the Rio Grande Valley will start offering services to the area in early 2017. Grief training sessions will be offered throughout the year through the Grief Education Institute to school districts, community organizations, healthcare providers, students in the behavioral sciences, and the general public starting in July of 2016.

Regional Director, Corie Olivares will oversee Valley operations and work alongside a select group of Valley based Advisory Board members. For more information, please contact the Center of the Rio Grande Valley at (956) 368-4065.

Children’s Bereavement Center of the Rio Grande Valley
Valley Baptist Medical Arts Pavilion
2101 Pease Street, Ste. 2D
Harlingen, TX 78550
phone: (956) 368-4065


RGV staff members in their new office! Left to Right: Program Assistant, Rubi Salinas and Regional Director, Corie Olivares





IMG_0330.JPGApril 18, 2016 – The San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, who helped the team finish with the NBA’s top defense this season, is the recipient of the 2015-16 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, the NBA announced today.  Leonard, a 6-7 forward, becomes the first non-center to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons since Dennis Rodman in 1989-90 and 1990-91.

Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.  He edged the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, who tallied 44 first-place votes and 421 points to finish as runner-up for the second season in a row.  The Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside was third with 83 points (two first-place votes).  Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

A first-time NBA All-Star this season, Leonard contributed to a San Antonio defense that led the NBA in points allowed (92.9 ppg) and defensive rating (96.6 points per 100 possessions).  The Spurs, a franchise-record 67-15 this season, were even stingier on defense with Leonard in the game: According to, they had a defensive rating of 94.9 when the five-year veteran was on the court and 99.2 when he wasn’t – a difference of 4.3 points per 100 possessions.  Leonard also averaged 1.78 steals (12th in the NBA), 5.5 defensive rebounds and a career-high 0.99 blocks to go with career highs on offense of 21.2 points and 2.6 assists.

As part of its support of the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, Kia Motors America (KMA) will donate a brand new Sorento CUV to Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
– which has provided grief-support programs for area children since 1997 – on Leonard’s behalf.  Kia will present a 2016 Sorento to the charity of choice of each of five 2015-16 year-end award winners as part of the Kia NBA Performance Awards.  Following this season, Kia will have donated a total of 43 new vehicles to charitable organizations since its support of the NBA’s prestigious honors began in 2008.

The 2015-16 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award is part of a series of on-court performance awards called the Kia NBA Performance Awards.  The series, currently in its ninth season, is part of a multiyear marketing partnership between Kia Motors and the NBA, and includes five of the league’s most prestigious year-end honors: Kia Most Valuable Player, Kia Defensive Player of the Year, Kia Sixth Man, Kia Most Improved Player and Kia Rookie of the Year.  The series also includes the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month and the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month during the regular season.  Kia Motors is the Official Automotive Partner of the NBA and the Kia Optima is the league’s Official Vehicle.  For more information, please visit
For the third year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on after the announcement of each winner.

Below are the balloting results for the 2015-16 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.  The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

  PLAYER                              TEAM                           1st Place (5 Pts)                    2nd Place (3 Pts)            3rd Place (1 pt)            Total Points
Kawhi Leonard                  San Antonio                             84                                       41                                    4                              547
 Draymond Green               Golden State                            44                                       62                                    15                            421
Hassan Whiteside             Miami                                      2                                         12                                    37                            83
DeAndre Jordan                 Los Angeles Clippers                –                                         7                                      29                            50
Paul Millsap                      Atlanta                                     –                                         3                                      12                            21
Avery Bradley                    Boston                                      –                                         1                                      11                            14
Rudy Gobert                      Utah                                         –                                         1                                      10                            13
Tony Allen                         Memphis                                  –                                         1                                      2                              5
Anthony Davis                   New Orleans                            –                                         1                                      1                              4
Andre Drummond             Detroit                                      –                                         1                                      –                               3
Jimmy Butler                     Chicago                                    –                                         –                                       2                              2
LeBron James                    Cleveland                                 –                                         –                                       2                              2
 Trevor Ariza                       Houston                                   –                                         –                                       1                              1
Jae Crowder                      Boston                                      –                                         –                                       1                              1
 Al Horford                         Atlanta                                     –                                         –                                       1                              1
Kyle Lowry                         Toronto                                    –                                         –                                      1                              1
 Chris Paul                          Los Angeles Clippers                –                                         –                                       1                              1

Below is the list of all-time winners:


Season         Winner, Team
1982-83        Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee
1983-84        Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee
1984-85        Mark Eaton, Utah
1985-86        Alvin Robertson, San Antonio
1986-87        Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers
1987-88        Michael Jordan, Chicago
1988-89        Mark Eaton, Utah
1989-90        Dennis Rodman, Detroit
1990-91        Dennis Rodman, Detroit
1991-92        David Robinson, San Antonio
1992-93        Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1993-94        Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
1994-95        Dikembe Mutombo, Denver
1995-96        Gary Payton, Seattle
1996-97        Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta
1997-98        Dikembe Mutombo, Atlanta
1998-99        Alonzo Mourning, Miami
1999-00        Alonzo Mourning, Miami
2000-01        Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia
2001-02        Ben Wallace, Detroit
2002-03        Ben Wallace, Detroit
2003-04        Ron Artest, Indiana
2004-05        Ben Wallace, Detroit
2005-06        Ben Wallace, Detroit
2006-07        Marcus Camby, Denver
2007-08        Kevin Garnett, Boston
2008-09        Dwight Howard, Orlando
2009-10        Dwight Howard, Orlando
2010-11        Dwight Howard, Orlando
2011-12        Tyson Chandler, New York
2012-13        Marc Gasol, Memphis
2013-14        Joakim Noah, Chicago
2014-15        Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
2015-16        Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio



Women of AT&T’s Annual Golf Tournament Coming Up

Love to golf?  Hate parades?

Then we’ve got a great opportunity for you!

The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
has been chosen as a beneficiary of the

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Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, April 22nd at the Silver Horn Golf Club

Not only will you have a great time at this beautiful golf club, but your participation will help support the Children’s Bereavement Center!

For more information contact:

Michelle Anderson, Women of AT&T Major Events Director
[email protected]


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Photographed from left to right: Kimberly Ternan, Jack, and their grandmother.

Thanks to Kimberly Ternan, who dedicated her Girl Scouts Gold Award to addressing the issue of Teen Grief. Teens and their families gathered together last Friday at the Center to kick off the new Teens Only Group.

It was after watching her younger brother struggle with grief after the death of his best friend that made Kim aware of the problems that can be caused by unresolved grief. This experience inspired her to help other teens in similar situations. From there Kim decided to devote her Gold Award project to educating grieving teens about the importance of asking for help.

Kim developed the idea of a video, Teens Take On Grief, that would show teens – from a teen’s perspective – “that you shouldn’t be embarrassed to need help, and that it’s important to ask for help.” She met with the staff to learn about the Center, plan, and get help with her project. She was impressed by the services provided, the different ways the staff meets the needs of bereaved children, and the effectiveness of the program.

According to Tami Logsdon, the Center’s Program Director, “The problem we struggle with all the time is the lack of awareness of our program. We feel that we are everywhere, all the time, telling people about our services, but in reality there is a much greater need, especially among teens.”

“There is no doubt that Kim’s film will be a great tool for us to use in getting the word out to the San Antonio and South Texas communities about our programs,” said Logsdon, adding, “It will help us realize our organization’s vision that “every grieving child and young adult in San Antonio and South Texas will have access to competent, compassionate care when facing the death of a loved one.”

For Kim, the most important message conveyed by Teens Take On Grief, is that “It’s not weak or uncool to grieve or to ask for help. It’s more important to do what you need to, in order to get better. It’s about YOU and about YOUR feelings.”

Beginning April 15, the Center will set aside one night each month exclusively for this age group. For more information about the Teens Only Group, check out our Teens Page or contact Tami Logsdon at (210) 736-4847, ext. 221.

Enjoy the film… #TeensTakeOnGrief

New 4 Star Rating!!

Have you heard??

We have some exciting news to share!
Non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator, has awarded the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas our first four-star rating!
Charity Navigator bases its ratings on non-profits’ financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.
We couldn’t have received this top rating without you.
Thank you for trusting us with your donations, your volunteer time, and your good will. Your trust and support mean so much to us and to the individuals and families we serve.
You can find our rating on Charity Navigator here.

Thank you for being a part of our mission!


2016 Fiesta Medals Are HERE!!

Last Friday, Honorary Chair Leticia Van de Putte unveiled the 2016 Fiesta Medal with Fiesta Royalty by her side, all in the name of charity. This year’s medal was designed by nationally recognized artist, Enedina Vasquez, who is a multi-media artist, poet and playwright, who focuses on folk-art, spirituality and healing. Enedina has been a proud supporter of the Center’s mission and volunteers her time and talent, on behalf of grieving children and teens in our community.

Fiesta 2016

Want to buy a medal??

Contact Franchesca Velten at [email protected]



Big Give S.A. is around the corner…


The Center is gearing up for the Big Give S.A. on May 3, 2016. The proceeds of this year’s Big Give will be going towards the Pet Therapy component in our peer support groups… AND we have a matching grant from the Genevieve and Ward Orsinger Foundation, giving your donation the opportunity to go even further than before!!

With more than 900 nonprofits participating, we need your help in getting the word out about the incredible work that is done here. Tell us and the rest of the community of why you choose to make a difference in a grieving child’s life. Share your story of why you give to the Center and capture a photo of you and this TEMPLATE.

Share your photos online and tag them with #CBCST #BGSA2016 #strongertogether or send them to [email protected] to be highlighted on the Center’s social media outlets.

Check out our Facebook page to track our progress!