2022 Champion for Children Award

FamilyWise is pleased to present the 2022 Champion for Children Award to Kris Ott.

The Champion for Children Award is given out annually to individuals that are making significant contributions to the safety and wellbeing of Minnesota children.

Kris has been a partner to FamilyWise through the Brainerd Radiothon to End Child Abuse, which Kris has been a key coordinator of for many years. The event raises awareness of the issue of child abuse in Brainerd, and raises funds for local and statewide child abuse prevention efforts. Just last year, the event raised over $95,000 in 24 hours. The impact of the event is significant, and the event would not be the success that it is without Kris’ leadership.

The dedication that Kris brings to the Radiothon can be seen in her longtime work with Crow Wing County Child Protection Team, too. Her colleagues attest that Kris is a wonderful coworker who always goes above and beyond what is expected of her. Her commitment to serving the community is visible in everything that she does. Her knowledge, patience, and leadership skills are appreciated by her team.

We are grateful for Kris’ partnership and for the contributions she has made in improving the lives of children and families in her community. We are happy to name Kris a 2022 Champion for Children!