Hearts of Texas Luncheon

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.

PAST: 11th Annual Hearts of Texas Luncheon

Honored Carolyn Miller and John Cuellar on Thursday, April 27, 2017 | Belo Mansion

Thank you for supporting and attending the Hearts of Texas Luncheon honoring Carolyn Miller and John A. Cuellar with the 2017 VolunteerNow Lifetime Achievement Award. Event keynote speaker was 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


  • Lyda Hill
  • The David B. Miller Family Foundation


  • Ken and Ruth Altshuler
  • Dian Graves Owen Foundation
  • Frito Lay North America / Marissa Solis
  • The Hoglund Foundation
  • RGT Wealth Advisors
  • Texas Instruments
  • Meredith and Jack Woodworth


  • Phyllis Bernstein
  • Children’s Health
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Hegi Family
  • JCPenney
  • Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation
  • LegacyTexas
  • Lifeblue
  • Lottye and Bobby Lyle
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Texas Capital Bank Private Wealth Advisors
  • The Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation


  • Linda and Bill Custard


  • Michal Powell


  • Berg, Helm, Irish, Johnston and Merrell Families
  • Ben and Sue Casey
  • Frost Bank
  • The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Alice and Erle Nye
  • Senior Source
  • Marissa Solis and Tracy Steiner
  • Gail and Gerald Turner, SMU


  • Peggy Allison
  • Cheryl Alston
  • Anonymous
  • Mary Anne and Richard Cree
  • Kathy and Harlan Crow
  • Sally and Mark Cullum
  • Peter and Lynn Dauterman
  • Melissa and Trevor Fetter
  • J.M. Haggar, Jr. Family Foundation
  • Louise and Guy Griffeth
  • Lisa and Peter Kraus
  • Sara and David F. Martineau
  • David and Judy McCalla
  • Hilda McDuff
  • Janie McGarr
  • Perot Foundation
  • Margot Perot
  • Kathy Quinn
  • Salmon Sims Thomas & Associates
  • Sharon Stufflebeme
  • Wells Fargo Private Bank


  • NBC 5