What: Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Awards dinner.
Where: CenterPoint Energy Plaza.
The 411: Ana Hargrove and Filo Castore chaired the evening that recognized individuals whose ideas and actions improve the quality of life in Houston. Houston Tomorrow president David Crossley presented the awards in five categories.
The honorees and their awards were Emeritus: former City Councilwoman Eleanor Tinsley; Excellence: Stephen Klineberg of Rice University and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Engaged: Keiji Asakura of Asakura-Robinson; Evolving: Carra Moroni of the city Health and Human Services Department; Emerging: Justin Raine of Rice University and Solomon Conner II of Dawson High School.
Recognized as Excellence finalists were Bob Eury, president of Central Houston Inc.; Felix Fraga, former City Council member and vice president of external relations for Neighborhood Centers Inc.; and Bob Randall, founding executive director of Urban Harvest.
Who: The turnout was heavy on a broad section of individuals making a difference in Houston including Buffalo Bayou Partnership president Anne Olson, director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability Laura Spanjian, City Council member Ellen Cohen, former deputy chief of staff for Mayor Annise Parker Madeleine Appel, Center for Houston's Future Fellow Gwen Goffe, former City Councilman Peter Brown, CDS Market Research managing director Kent Dussair, Upper Kirby District executive director Jamie Brewster and architect and urban planner Dan Barnum.