ABC-13 Names Philanthropist, Humanitarian and Texas business owner Robin Young-Ellis, CSSC a 2012 Woman of Distinction

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Young-Ellis receives a surprise visit to congratulate and announce her achievement

At the end of the day, the best part is feeling like we've made a difference in someone's life

ABC-13, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Greater Houston names Robin Young-Ellis a 2012 Woman of Distinction. Young-Ellis will be honored at the “Silver Reflections 25th Winter Ball” on January 28, 2012 for making a difference in the community and her selfless and dedicated volunteerism.

An ABC-13 News photographer and a contingent of friends staged the surprise announcement at the law office of Joe Jamail. Joining the celebration was CCFA board member and Regional Director Charles Weiss, CCF Development Manager, Elana Larson, CCFA 2012 Winter Ball Chairs and former Women of Distinction honorees Evelyn Leightman and Barbara Scott, CCFA 2012 Public Relations Chair Meg Stow Crowley, former Women of Distinction Carol Sawyer and Julie Brown, husband Joe Ellis, client and friend Joe Jamail, and friends Colonel Mark Campsey, Kimberly Overby, Dr. Tom Sawyer and Vice President and Officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Paul Lehnhoff.

In 2008, Young-Ellis founded Salute To Our Troops Houston, an event dedicated to honoring the brave men and women of the Armed Forces. In a short three years, through Young-Ellis’ strategic and successful coordination, the event quickly grew from 500 active duty and reserve military troops and their families to 2300 active duty and reserve troops and their families and post 9-11 wounded military heroes. In 2011, by invitation and support of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, Young-Ellis gave her program to RodeoHouston and started their first Armed Forces Appreciation Committee, of which Young-Ellis remains active as the committee chairman.

Since 1993, Young-Ellis has been an active member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ and sits on their Board of Directors since 2005. Young-Ellis and her husband have been members for eight years in the Silver Spurs Club for their generous contributions to the Texas education and scholarship program.

This culture of giving and safeguarding runs through the heart of Young-Ellis reaching globally to East Africa. During her mission travels with Hope 4 Kids International and Water 4 Kids International in the summer of 2010, Young-Ellis adopted a rural village that supports more than 14,000 villagers. In her recent return to the village this summer of 2011, Young-Ellis was honored in the village dedication and ceremonies for her support in building their church, latrine, 2-room clinic and two water wells. Of her most current projects, Young-Ellis’ has collaborated with the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture for the development of a new school in village. The design of the new school project will be undertaken by graduate architecture students in a vertical design studio under the direction of Professor Michael Garrison.

On a professional level, Young-Ellis founded RobinYoung & Company in 1996. The firm is dedicated to the plaintiff and plaintiff’s family, personal injury attorney and their legal team, offering injury victims a unique brand of personal attention and financial assistance at a critical juncture on their road to recovery. Always passionate about the causes that are important to her, Young-Ellis donates a generous percentage of her annual earnings to the above mentioned and other various health, disability, military and educational organizations.

Whether it is helping people through her career or through her philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, it is clear why Young-Ellis was nominated for an award that recognizes distinguished women for the difference they make in our community. “At the end of the day, the best part is feeling like we've made a difference in someone's life,” said Young-Ellis.

About RobinYoung & Company
RobinYoung & Company offers broad-based structured settlement consulting and brokerage services throughout the United States; meanwhile, Young-Ellis' structured settlement career extends into the international arena as well.

With over twenty-three years of combined experience in the legal and financial fields, Young-Ellis is a passionate advocate for injury victims’ rights. Young-Ellis emphasizes hands-on attention – she believes in getting to know the clients and their unique situations – the kind of strategic thinking that takes years of experience to hone.

Structured settlements can be unwieldy for the inexperienced and unseasoned consultant. Each client represents a complex set of personal, legal, and financial variables: neglecting any piece of the puzzle can have disastrous results. Young-Ellis is highly skilled in the kind of strategic thinking necessary to make the right structured settlement decisions for her clients.

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About the Chrohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.

Today, CCFA funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.

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