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.
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.”
2015 Greater Houston Service Award Winners
|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|
|Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council||Sandy Judson|
|Bayou Preservation Association||Ty Kelly|
|Military and Veteran Volunteer|
|The Mission Continues||Kedrick Winfield|
|Elevare International||Susan Hobson Mendoza|
|St. Martha’s Catholic Church and Light the Path Foundation||Nora Katherine Twohy|
|Lifetime Achievement Volunteer|