Hearts of Texas Luncheon

Established in 2007, the Hearts of Texas Luncheon is VolunteerNow's® signature event. It showcases the importance of volunteerism in the community by recognizing outstanding leaders in North Texas. These inspirational volunteers have dedicated themselves to the community through the donation of their time, talent, and resources.

Thank you for celebrating Lydia Novakov!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Lydia Novakov received the VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award. The Junior League of Dallas also received the inaugural Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler Award for its outstanding use of volunteers to transform our community. The Hearts of Texas Honorary Chair was Connie O'Neill and Event Co-Chairs were Alicia Howell and Mike Stewart. Barbara Pierce Bush, daughter of former President and Mrs. George W. Bush, delivered inspiring keynote remarks about her experience co-founding Global Health Corps and mobilizing a community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.

Lydia Novakov

Dallas-native Lydia Novakov has devoted her life to improving her hometown. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College and a Master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Mrs. Novakov returned to Dallas to start her lifetime of notable philanthropy. She is a past president of the Junior League of Dallas, helped raise almost $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and serves as a Southwestern Medical Foundation trustee.

Mrs. Novakov has supported numerous nonprofit organizations in a variety of roles, including: on the board of directors for the Hoblitzelle Foundation and Ursuline Academy; as a past Crystal Charity Ball Chair; as Honorary Chair for the Genesis Women’s Shelter annual luncheon; as a member of the Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas; and as an Honorary Lifetime Director for the Senior Source.

Mrs. Novakov has received Saint Mary’s College President’s Medal and Distinguished Alumnae Award, Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Award, and Ursuline Academy’s Distinguished Alumnae Award.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors! For information about our 14th annual event in 2020, please contact Sally Rudd, Chief Development Officer, at srudd@volnow.org or 214-818-9843.

2019 Sponsors


  • Lyda Hill Philanthropies


  • David B. Miller Family Foundation


  • 7-Eleven
  • Granville C. and Gladys H. Morton Foundation


  • Phyllis Bernstein
  • Haggar Clothing Co.
  • J.M. Haggar, Jr. Family Foundation
  • The Hoglund Foundation
  • Joyce and Larry Lacerte
  • LegacyTexas
  • The Novakov Family
  • Chris and Connie O'Neill
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation
  • Mary and Richard Templeton Foundation
  • Texas Instruments


  • Cheryl and Roy Alston
  • Bill Braxton/Ben and Sue Casey
  • Children's Health
  • Linda and Bill Custard
  • Marissa Solis/Kristi Estes
  • EY
  • Frost Bank
  • The Hoblitzelle Foundation
  • Junior League of Dallas
  • Sara and Alan Losinger
  • John and Betty Martin
  • Thomas and Susan Merkel
  • Erle and Alice Nye
  • Protiviti
  • Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation


  • Peggy Allison
  • Susan P. Butt
  • Mary Anne Cree
  • Tucker Enthoven
  • Eulich Family Foundation
  • Kelly Green
  • Louise and Guy Griffeth
  • Mr. and Mrs. Clark Hunt
  • Lisa and Peter Kraus
  • Sara and David Martineau
  • Retta Miller
  • Michael Powell
  • Janet B. Quisenberry
  • Lisa and Rod Ragland
  • Linda Secrest
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Marianne and Roger Staubach

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Our 2018 Event

VolunteerNow honored former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach with the 2018 VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to transforming North Texas through volunteerism. Mr. Staubach received the award at the 12th Annual Hearts of Texas Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Belo Mansion. Honorary co-chairs were David and Carolyn Miller, both of whom have received this award in previous years. Event co-chairs were Cheryl Alston and Lisa Ragland.

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VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

  • Peggy Allison
  • The Late Ruth Altshuler
  • Charlotte Jones Anderson
  • Laura Bush
  • The Late Governor Bill and the Late Mrs. Rita Clements
  • John Cuellar
  • Linda Custard
  • Melissa and Trevor Fetter
  • Nancy Halbreich
  • Lyda Hill
  • Sheila B. Johnson
  • Gene Jones
  • Junior League of Fort Worth
  • Joan Katz
  • Lisa Kraus
  • Dr. Bobby B. Lyle
  • Janie McGarr
  • Carolyn Miller
  • David B. Miller
  • The Late Phil Montgomery
  • Erle Nye
  • Connie O’Neill
  • Rozanne Rosenthal
  • Roger Staubach
  • Texas Jewish Post
  • Donna Arp Weitzman
  • Todd Williams