15 Outstanding Volunteers Announced at 31st Annual Greater Houston Service Awards

HOUSTON (May 21, 2015) — On Friday, May 15, 2015, Volunteer Houston announced 15 volunteer winners at its annual Greater Houston Service Awards. The event, hosted by Greg Hurst and Melanie Lawson, brought out Houston’s philanthropic and volunteering all-stars including Neil Bush, Michael Cordua, event co-chairs, Dr. Bill Flores and Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores, among others. First Lady Kathy Hubbard attended the event on behalf of Houston Mayor Annise Parker.     

“Today’s celebration was a way to thank all of the people in the community who give back without expecting anything in return,” said Dr. Bill Flores, president of the University of Houston Downtown and co-chair of the Greater Houston Service Awards. “These are the unsung heroes of the Houston community.”

Neil Bush wowed the crowd as the Impact Award winner and keynote speaker.

“There is something very special about our Houston. I travel all over the world and have never found a more generous and service minded community,” said Bush during his address.

“As Chairman of Points of Light, an organization started by President George H.W. Bush while in office, and the Houston Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Neil has made a huge impact not only on Houstonians, but the national landscape of volunteering,” said Cameron Waldner, CEO of Volunteer Houston.

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Started in 1984 by Mayor Kathy Whitmire, the Greater Houston Service Awards has become an annual staple of the Houston community. In addition to the individual and group categories, there is a Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing the efforts of individuals who have contributed 15 years or more of service to a nonprofit organization. This year’s winner is Hank Moore. In 40 years, Moore has contributed over 100,000 hours of consultation services free of charge to nonprofit organizations around the community.

“I was recognized with one of the individual awards 30 years ago at this event, so to receive the Lifetime achievement award was very special for me,” said Moore. “I hope to inspire others to continue serving and giving back to this wonderful community.”

For more information pertaining to the Greater Houston Service Awards or how to get involved with Volunteer Houston, please visit www.volunteerhouston.org, or email info@volunteerhouston.org.

 

 

Noel, Bill, Neil, Cameron                                                 Neil and Kathy

 

 

2015 Greater Houston Service Award Winners

 

Organization Finalist
Philanthropic Volunteer    
The Monarch School Jean Manning
Group Volunteer of the Year
Ten Thousand Villages Volunteers  “
Youth Volunteer of the Year
American Red Cross Amy Ma
Corporate Volunteer Group of the Year
Souper Bowl of Caring HEB, Kroger, Randalls
Animal Welfare Volunteer
Faithful Paws Connie Richards
Arts and Culture Volunteer
Houston Symphony League Susan Snider Osterberg
Basic Needs Volunteer
Houston Food Bank Tom Ashworth
Community and Civic Development Volunteer
Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Elaine O’Gorman
Disaster Preparedness Volunteer
American Red Cross Rachael Vieth
Education Volunteer
Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Sandy Judson
Environment Volunteer
Bayou Preservation Association Ty Kelly
Military and Veteran Volunteer
The Mission Continues Kedrick Winfield
International Volunteer
Elevare International Susan Hobson Mendoza
Religious Volunteer
St. Martha’s Catholic Church and Light the Path Foundation Nora Katherine Twohy
Lifetime Achievement Volunteer
Various Hank Moore