Hearts of Texas Luncheon
Established in 2007, the Hearts of Texas Awards 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.
11th Annual Hearts of Texas Luncheon
Honoring Carolyn Miller and John Cuellar
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Belo Mansion
You’re invited to support and attend the Hearts of Texas Luncheon honoring Carolyn Miller and John A. Cuellar with the 2017 VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award. Event keynote speaker will be gold medal gymnast and community leader Mary Lou Retton.
Carolyn Miller has donated much of her civic life to community building, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Among other causes, she is an advocate for education, social justice and older adults issues. She is an active volunteer and supporter of a number of non-profit organizations including The Senior Source, Shelter Ministries of Dallas (Genesis Women’s Shelter and Austin Street Center), Café Momentum, New Friends New Life, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Trinity River Audubon Center, Texan by Nature and March of Dimes. She is a member of First United Methodist Church.
John Cuellar is an engaged and active community leader, as the board chairman and president of Las Tres C’s Inc. and previously the senior vice president and general counsel of El Chico Restaurants Inc. Mr. Cuellar’s civic activities include serving as the chair of the Healthy Americas Foundation; secretary of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, and board President of the Friends of the Latino Cultural Center. His board service includes the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, North Texas Food Bank, Austin College Center for Southwestern and Mexican Studies, the Dallas Arboretum, Thanksgiving Square, Dallas Heritage Village, the Senior Source, and Friends of Fair Park.
One of the most admired Olympic athletes of all time, Mary Lou Retton inspires us with the characteristics of real-life champions including sacrifice, dedication, attitude and hard work. The epitome of positive energy and dream-realizing potential, Mary Lou Retton is a world-class champion with a winning smile and winning style that are both infectious and uplifting. After taking home the Olympic All-Around gold medal in gymnastics, Retton became the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in gymnastics. Additionally, her five medals were the most won by any athlete at the 1984 Olympics. Beginning her presentation with footage from her awe-inspiring performance at the Olympics, she shows audiences how they, too, can perform at peak levels to achieve the professional and personal success they desire. Still one of America’s most beloved athletes, Retton was named Sports Illustrated Sportswoman of the Year, was the first woman to appear on the Wheaties box and was named one of America’s Top Ten “Most Admired” public figures.
11th Annual Hearts of Texas Sponsors
- Dian Graves Owen Foundation
- The Hoglund Foundation
- Ruth and Charles S. Sharp Foundation
- Texas Instruments
- Phyllis Bernstein
- Children's Health
- Frito Lay North America / Marissa Solis
- Lottye and Bobby Lyle
- Southwestern Medical Foundation / UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation
- Linda and Bill Custard
- Michal H. and Loyd W. Powell, Jr.
- Ben and Sue Casey
- Alice and Erle Nye
- Gerald Turner, SMU
- Kathy and Harlan Crow
- Lisa and Peter Kraus
- Janie McGarr