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Eight young professionals making a real difference in Houston: Give 'em an Ovation

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1 Amanda Edwards, from left, Amy Thompson, Lindley Arnoldy, Jay Zeidman, Pierce Bush, Maidie Ryan, Carlos Paz, Jr. and Marc Eichenbaum at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
 Amanda Edwards, from left, Amy Thompson, Lindley Arnoldy, Jay Zeidman, Pierce Bush, Maidie Ryan, Carlos Paz Jr. and Marc Eichenbaum, Photo by © Wilson Parish
9 Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Tracy and Valerie Dieterich. Photo by © Wilson Parish
10 Andrea Gallagher, left, and Melissa Grimes at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Andrea Gallagher, left, and Melissa Grimes. Photo by © Wilson Parish
3 Carlos Paz Jr. and Rebecca Koterwas at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Carlos Paz Jr. and Rebecca Koterwas. Photo by © Wilson Parish
8 Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014.
Jason and Lindley Arnoldy. Photo by © Wilson Parish
7 Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber. Photo by © Wilson Parish
5 Pierce Bush and Christianne Taylor at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Pierce Bush and Christianne Taylor. Photo by © Wilson Parish
6 Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber and crowd. Photo by © Wilson Parish
4 Nissa Khan, from left, Ashley Wyatt and Kelly Buchanan Laning at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
Nissa Khan, from left, Ashley Wyatt and Kelly Buchanan Laning. Photo by © Wilson Parish
2 The crowd at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
The crowd at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards. Photo by © Wilson Parish
1 Amanda Edwards, from left, Amy Thompson, Lindley Arnoldy, Jay Zeidman, Pierce Bush, Maidie Ryan, Carlos Paz, Jr. and Marc Eichenbaum at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
9 Tracy and Valerie Dieterich at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
10 Andrea Gallagher, left, and Melissa Grimes at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
3 Carlos Paz Jr. and Rebecca Koterwas at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
8 Jason and Lindley Arnoldy at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014.
7 Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
5 Pierce Bush and Christianne Taylor at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
6 Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
4 Nissa Khan, from left, Ashley Wyatt and Kelly Buchanan Laning at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014
2 The crowd at the Houston Grand Opera Ovation Awards March 2014

Each spring, Houston Grand Opera taps a flock of young professionals making their mark on the city through leadership in a variety of non-profits and presents them with the Ovation Awards. The class of 2014, eight in all, was introduced at a fashionable cocktail reception at Elaine Turner in Rice Village.

The gathering was co-hosted by Elaine Turner and HGO's Opening Night for Young Professionals (ON) with HGO's Rebecca Koterwas and Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber.

In addition to listing the winners, CultureMap includes the non-profits that are benefiting from the involvement of Ovation Awards recipients.

Lindley Arnoldy is founder and inaugural chair of PULSE  (Professionals United to Lead St. Luke's) and serves on the Houston Symphony Young Associates Council.

Amanda Edwards devotes her community efforts to Project Row Houses, Crisis Intervention and One Voice Texas.

Maidie Ryan is a member of the Junior League of Houston and supports Girls Inc. and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

Amy Thompson places education and children at the top of her volunteer activities with involvement with Yes Prep, Houston A+ Challenge, Child Advocates and Children at Risk.

Pierce Bush displays an interests in green with his involvement with Parks by You and the Memorial Park Conservancy in addition to his work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Houston Center for Literacy, literacy being a major focus of the presidential Bush family philanthropy.

Marc Eichenbaum devotes his community efforts to the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation group, South Texas College of Law Young Alumni Association, Hermann Park's Urban Green and the Houston Young Lawyers Association.

Carlos Paz Jr. is a busy young component of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. and works with Operation Change, TEDxYouthDay and the LiveSmart Initiative.

Jay Zeidman stands out as an up and coming community leader for his work with the Anti-Defamation League, the Holocaust Museum Houston's Next Generation, Memorial Hermann's Heroes in Health, the Maverick PAC and he serves on the board of Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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