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.