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.