When it rains, it pours. No, this post isn’t about the weather. It’s about Lyda Hill. Back on Thursday, April 2, she received the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from the Cary Maguire Center of Ethics. Today she just received the Association of Junior Leagues International Inc.’s 2015 Mary Harriman Community Leadership Award.
Considered “the most prestigious award given by the League each year,” it is present to “an esteemed woman who embodies the same sense of social responsibility and volunteerism as the Junior League founder herself Mary Harriman.”
Past recipients have included former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Texas Senator Florence Shapiro, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support CEO Jan Langbein and community volunteer and philanthropist Ruth Altshuler.
According to Junior League of Dallas President Julie Bagley, “We could not think of a more deserving recipient of this award than Lyda Hill, knowing the purpose is to honor those who are committed to life-long philanthropic efforts in the community. Her incredible and successful efforts to fund medical, scientific and educational communities in Dallas are unparalleled. It is an absolute privilege to have her as a member of the Junior League of Dallas, and it is only fitting for her to receive such a high honor.”
Among just a smidgen of her accomplishments are her chairing or serving as president of “many charities including: Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas and Texas chapters of the American Heart Association, the Visiting Nurse Association, the Dallas Easter Seal Society and the Women’s Texas Golf Association.
“In 2011, the JLD presented Hill with its Lifetime Achievement Award, which is given every five years to recognize an outstanding sustaining member, at the Leagues’ 90th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon. She was the fourth recipient to receive the award, joining Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Lindalyn Adams and Linda Pitts Custard, who were previous recipients of this prestigious award.”
* Photo provided by the Junior League of Dallas