There were still a heck of a lot of people in town on Tuesday, June 17. And hundreds of them were at the Hilton Anatole for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas‘ Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Of course, it didn’t hurt to also present the J. Erik Jonsson Award to Roger “The Dodger” Staubach and to hear about plans for United Way’s 90th anniversary’s “Live Forever Gala.” Here’s a report from the field:
“On Tuesday, June 17, friends, colleagues and family members gathered at the Hilton Anatole Hotel to honor Roger Staubach as he was presented with the prestigious J. Erik Jonsson Award. United Way’s highest volunteer honor was presented to Roger by the 2012 recipient, Caroline Rose Hunt. Wife, Marianne Staubach, and daughters, Stephanie Phillips, Michelle Grimes and Jennifer Staubach Gates and husband John Gates were also on hand to support their deserving father. Other award winners were also recognized for their outstanding volunteer service to United Way this year.
“Babe Laufenberg moderated the award presentation and asked Troy Aikman, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Texas Instruments CEO Rich Templeton to ‘dish’ on Roger Staubach. Jennifer Staubach Gates admitted to the crowd that her father was not the first to learn of her decision to run for City Council. In fact, she said that Mayor Mike Rawlings told her dad of her decision before she had a chance to. Babe Laufenberg commented to an amused crowd ‘that must of made for an interesting dinner conversation.’ Long-time friend, Troy Aikman, publicly acknowledged his admiration and respect of Roger, not only on the field, but most importantly what he has accomplished since his days as a Dallas Cowboy quarterback and said that Roger had been a great mentor to him in his public and private life. Rich Templeton, explained that Roger Staubach is the definition of the J. Erik Jonsson Award, named for president and co-founder of Texas Instruments, who also served four terms as Mayor of Dallas and co-founded United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
“As Roger came up to accept the award, there were hugs all around. Babe Laufenberg passed out hugs to Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach, proving these football players have a soft side. In his acceptance speech, Roger explained to the crowd that he first became involved with United Way over 40 years ago through the encouragement of Charles Sharp, the late husband of former J. Erik Jonsson winner Ruth Sharp Altshuler who was in attendance to honor Roger. Roger acknowledged Ruth and her involvement in United Way as she founded the 25k Circle of Tocqueville Society. He now co-leads the 25k Circle of Tocqueville Society and is serving as an honorary chair of United Way’s 90th Anniversary LIVE FOREVER GALA, on February 7th, 2015, at AT&T Stadium. Roger also thanked his wife, Marianne and daughters, Stephanie Phillips, Jennifer Staubach Gates and Michelle Grimes, for their continued love and support.
Jennifer Hilton Sampson, CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, gave Roger a bear hug and thanked him for his wisdom and inspiration. She remarked that ‘United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is changing lives forever because of Roger’s leadership and service. And, because EVERBODY wants to be in the house when Roger’s in the house!’ She said, ‘Roger brings so much more than star power to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ work—Roger brings heart-power, a moral center, and leadership that is synonymous with caring, for the very least among us.’
“She noted that the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas—at 90 years—is older than Roger Staubach. And, she could also not resist mentioning the organization’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, culminating with an evening nine decades in the making! The ‘Live United. Forever.’ Gala will take place in AT&T Stadium on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The event will combine a private dinner with a public concert, celebrating the 90 years of service United Way volunteers have provided to the citizens of North Texas.
“Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson are co-chairs of the 90th Anniversary Celebration, and UWMD is privileged to be joined by a team that can fairly be described as a national powerhouse, including Honorary Chairs, Ruth Altshuler, Ebby Halliday Acers, Lyda Hill, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Caroline Rose Hunt, Margot and Ross Perot and Marianne and Roger Staubach.
“The ‘Live United. Forever.’ Gala is co-chaired by three of the world’s most influential CEOs: Chairman and CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Tom Falk and Chairman, President and CEO of Texas Instruments Rich Templeton.
“The Gala Chairs will join United Way’s 2015 annual campaign Chairman Tom Greco—president of PepsiCo’s Frito Lay North America division supported by the full marketing muscle of PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. And David Seaton—president and CEO of Fluor Corporation—is already committed to serving as the 2016 annual campaign Chairman.
“’Talk about good company. It doesn’t get much better than this,’ Sampson quipped.
“Other guests in attendance:
- “Past J. Erik Jonsson Award winners: Caroline Rose Hunt with granddaughter Haven Sands Heinrichs, Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Liz Minyard and Becky Bright
- “United Way Supporters: Millie Cooper and Caroline Disney
- “UWMD Board Chair Clint McDonnough of EY
- “Board Members: Troy Aikman, Marvin Sweetin of Atmos Energy and J. Patrick Faubion of Comerica Bank, Bill Morrison of Haynes and Boone LLP, Manny Fernandez of KPMG, Rick Bridwell of Bank of America, Jason Downing of Deloitte, Susan Campbell with Campbell Consulting, Randy Tomlin of AT&T and Debra von Storch of EY
Volunteer winners included:
- “Advocate Award – Neena Newberry (An advocate inspires others in his or her community to speak up and be informed, often working beyond his or her own organization to create a conversation that leads to lasting change in our community.)
- “Give Award – Tom Mielke, Kimberly-Clark Corporation (A giver inspires others to contribute resources to the people and programs of United Way, transforming volunteers to funders and funders to supporters for life.)
- “Live United Award – Debra von Storch, EY (A Live United winner embodies the action-oriented change model of United Way, urging others to give, advocate and volunteer. These people and organizations are an unstoppable force!)
- “Innovator Award – Kristy Faus, Community Volunteer(An innovator shows courage by bringing new ideas and new ways of working together into an established system, changing the future of volunteerism for the betterment of those we serve.)
- “Public Servant Award – Councilmember Jerry Allen (This elected official exemplifies “leading from every chair” by using his or her influence to instill a commitment to volunteerism within entire communities, as part of the cultural DNA.)
- “The Groundwork Award – Julie Thomas, Luminant (This leader helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning through volunteerism, instilling the value of education in the next generation of leaders and preparing them to succeed in school or life.)
- “The Pathway provider Award – Harold Menzel, Community Volunteer (These individuals are passionate about providing North Texans pathways out of poverty-avenues to secure financially secure lives with a peace of mind that is truly priceless.)
- “The Heartbeat Award -Nexus Recovery Center (This individual or organizational leader is driven by the idea that good health is a human right, and works with all their heart to build communities where we all enjoy our lives, provide for our families, realize our dreams, and contribute to society.)
- “The LINC Award – Kristi Navarro, TXU Energy (This person or organization embodies the potential of our future generation to lead, impact, network and change. #changinglives #WhenUVolunteer)
- “Ambassador – Keith Evans, Train Dynamic Systems (Displays strong leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to all three focus areas of education, health and income, naturally inspiring others to give, advocate and volunteer.)
- “The Social Media Award (online) – Larry James, CitySquare (This influencer engages new audiences in resourceful ways and uses his or her social clout to give good ideas the chance to grow and spread.)
- “The Collaborator Award – Christie Myers, Dallas ISD (The collaborator connects with multiple audiences to recruit more volunteers and supporters, slaying big social problems through the power of partnership.)”