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2018 Robin Shivers Award Recipient

Olga Campos Benz

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On Thursday, November 8, Olga Campos Benz will be presented the Robin Shivers Award at the annual Help Clifford Help Kids celebration benefiting
American YouthWorks at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater. 

American YouthWorks and the Help Clifford Help Kids Co-Chair Committee will honor Olga this year for her long standing commitment to the community, American YouthWorks, and Help Clifford Help Kids.

Olga is a vocal advocate for American YouthWorks. She has served as a Help Clifford Help Kids Co-Chair for the past 7 years, helping to promote and organize the event, solicit auction items, and sell sponsorships.

Most may know Olga as one of the most honored anchors and reporters ever to grace the Texas airwaves. Olga spent more than 30 years covering the biggest news stories in Houston, Corpus Christi and Austin. Olga also did numerous stories on American YouthWorks, the (then) charter school, sharing all the great work the teens were doing in the community.

It was her dear friend, Clifford Antone, who first introduced American YouthWorks to Olga. She vividly recalls a speech she gave as a featured speaker at an American YouthWorks luncheon years back, sharing the struggles her younger sister faced.

“I wonder how different my sister's life might have turned out if an American YouthWorks educational and job-training opportunity had been available for her. She had a rough life and is deceased now. Yet  I still believe all young adults should have access to resources like those American YouthWorks provides in order to reach their full potential,” Olga said.  

In addition to supporting American YouthWorks, Olga channels her passion for promoting worthwhile efforts in Central Texas as the Community Development Director for Bloom Communications.

An active volunteer and community advocate, Olga also serves on several nonprofit boards including the Austin Film Festival, the Joe R and Teresa Lozano Long Center, and the Advisory Council of the University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Olga was named a “Profile in Power: Woman of Influence,” by the Austin Business Journal and was a 2014 inductee into the City of Austin’s Commission for Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, Olga was honored by the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce as a Woman of Distinction. That same year, Olga was a featured author at the Texas Book Festival for her first novel “It’s News to Me.”

Olga is a native of Houston and a University of Texas graduate. She and her husband, Kevin Benz, are proud parents of their 27- year old twin daughters, Corazon and Allegra. 

Congratulations Olga on being the recipient of the Robin Shivers Award!

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Robin Shivers, along with Clifford Antone, started Help Clifford Help Kids sixteen years ago. Robin Shivers, a philanthropist and founder of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, was guided by high integrity and expressed generosity to all she met.