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This underrated president would have been proud of these power players honored in his name

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0014, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Sue Smith, Lester Smith
Honorees Sue and Lester Smith at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner at River Oaks Country Club. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0002, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Carol Linn, Mike Linn
Honorees Carol and Mike Linn at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner at River Oaks Country Club. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0017, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya
Chairs Lucinda and Javier Loya at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0009, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Cynthia Petrello, Anthony Petrello
Chairs Cynthia and Anthony Petrello at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0011, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Barbara Harms, Wayne Harms, Andrea White, Bill White
Barbara and Wayne Harms, left, with Andrea and Bill White at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0015, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Pat Breen, Don Breen
Pat and Don Breen at the Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0018, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Rick Pleczko, Shamaine Pleczko
Rick and Shamaine Pleczko. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0019, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0010, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, NAMES
Michael and Lisa Holthouse. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0006, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Ellie Francisco, Mike Francisco
Ellie and Mike Francisco. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0003, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0012, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Jim Smith, Sherry Smith
Jim and Sherry Smith. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0008, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Arthur Baird, Philamena Baird
Arthur and Philamena Baird. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0007, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Alex Blair, Dorsey Parkey
Alex Blair and Dorsey Parkey. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0005, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Heather Enright, Chris Enright, Linda Braswell
Heather and Chris Enright, left, with Linda Braswell. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
0014, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Sue Smith, Lester Smith
0002, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Carol Linn, Mike Linn
0017, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Lucinda Loya, Javier Loya
0009, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Cynthia Petrello, Anthony Petrello
0011, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Barbara Harms, Wayne Harms, Andrea White, Bill White
0015, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Pat Breen, Don Breen
0018, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Rick Pleczko, Shamaine Pleczko
0019, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Bobby Tudor, Phoebe Tudor
0010, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, NAMES
0006, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Ellie Francisco, Mike Francisco
0003, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Margaret Alkek Williams, Jim Daniel
0012, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Jim Smith, Sherry Smith
0008, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Arthur Baird, Philamena Baird
0007, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Alex Blair, Dorsey Parkey
0005, Woodrow Wilson Awards dinner, March 2013, Heather Enright, Chris Enright, Linda Braswell

With headliners like Carol and Mike Linn and Sue and Lester Smith accepting honors from the Woodrow Wilson International Center, a sophisticated and influential turnout was to be expected. And that was exactly the power force that filled River Oaks Country Club ballroom for the dinner presentation.

Cynthia and Tony Petrello and Lucinda and Javier Loya, each impactful in his/her own right, chaired the intimate evening. So it was no surprise to see the ballroom filled with notables ranging from former Mayor and Lazard Houston chairman Bill White to SCF Partners founder L.E. Simmons to Baker Institute founding director Edward Djerejian. And let's not forget San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

It was a night of praise and admiration for the philanthropy and community leadership exhibited by the Linns, who received the Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Smiths, who here honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

Wilson Center president and CEO Jane Harman, former U.S. Rep. for California, intrigued the gathering with brief but compelling points on the work of the center in the areas of independent research, publications and programs. She also shared a little-known factoid: From his office in Washington D.C. in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson fired a cannon by remote control to officially mark the opening of the Port of Houston. 

Among the numerous people of power and influence rounding out the ballroom were Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Gary Tinterow, Melinda and Sam Stubbs, Peter Coneway, Michael Gamson, Kathi Mosbacher Wheeler and Mike Wheeler, Pat and Dan Breen, Margaret Alkek Williams and Jim Daniel.

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