This year’s 27th Annual Texas Trailblazer Awardee has just been revealed. The Family Place fundraiser’s Luncheon Co-Chairs Lindsay Jacaman and Holly Krug have announced a whole herd of honorees with Mary Kay Inc. CEO Ryan Rogers receiving the 2023 Texas Trailblazer Award.
In addition to heading up the 60-year-old, Dallas-based skin care and cosmetics empire launched by his late grandmother Mary Kay Ash, Ryan has carried on The Mary Kay Ash Foundation’s two-fold mission focusing on women’s cancer research and ending domestic violence. As a result of the Foundation’s efforts, more than $92M has been provided for women’s shelters, domestic violence service providers, cancer research programs and related causes.
The event will also recognize area constituents who have held community and governmental roles to help those escaping domestic violence.
Thanks to their efforts, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia and State Rep. Victoria Neave Criado will be honored with “the Legislative Impact Award for their leadership in the creation of Texas House Bill 5202, which was signed into law [Sunday] June 11, 2023. Conceived by Chief Garcia and authored by Rep. Criado, the bill creates a violent offender database that lists individuals convicted of two or more violent crimes, including assault, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, and stalking. This free database empowers the public to make informed decisions about who they spend time with and eliminates the financial burden of conducting background checks.”
Also celebrated for their work in championing the bill will be State Sen. César Blanco, State Sen. Royce West, State Sen. John Whitmire, State Rep. Rafael Anchía, State Rep. Angie Button, State Rep. Vikki Goodwin and State Rep. Morgan Meyer.
This collection of trailblazing advocates in the battle against domestic violence will be honored at the Hilton Anatole on Tuesday, October 10, where actress Brooke Shields will be the keynote speaker.
* Graphic/photo provided by The Family Place