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Awards for Excellence Luncheon Honoring Dallas History Makers

Fairmont Hotel

The Dallas Historical Society will host its 38th annual Awards for Excellence luncheon on Thursday, November 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel.  

The event honors those who make significant contributions to Dallas’ quality of life, providing innovation, guidance and support. The 2019 Recipients Include: 

  • Arts Leadership - Joan Davidow, supporter of local non-profit art institutions and artists 
  • Creative Arts - Mary Vernon, artist with more than 50 years as an instructor in the arts 
  • Education - Michelle Kinder, leader in outstanding programming supporting the social/emotional health of children 
  • Health/Sciences - Baylor Scott & White Health Uterine Transplant Team, pioneers in successfully transplanting a uterus, thus giving thousands of women hope to bear children 
  • History - Frances James, preservationist and chronicler of Dallas’ historic cemeteries 
  • Humanities - Jubilee Park and Community Center, committed to creating a safe, secure, vital neighborhood in the Southeast Dallas community  
  • Philanthropy - Ernie Michael Fernandez, M.D., bettering the lives of children with diabetes through his work with Camp Sweeney 
  • Sports Leadership - Norm Hitzges, legendary sports journalism broadcaster and author 
  • Volunteer Leadership - Peggy Oglesby Allison, longstanding community volunteer and change agent 


The 2019 Jubilee History Maker Award will be presented to John McCaa. For more than 30 years McCaa has been a fixture in Dallas journalism, bringing a steady and reliable voice to many of Dallas’ historic events. He will be honored for his tireless pursuit of the truth through journalism.   


The presenting sponsor is Pegasus Bank. Alina & Ruben E. Esquivel are chairing the event and the Honorary Co-Chairs are Linda Perryman Evans and Mary Jalonick. Stewart H. Thomas will preside as Master of Ceremonies.  

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