High honors

Quality of life champions: Houston Tomorrow honors the power players who are making the city better

Houston Tomorrow honors the power players who make the city better

1 Jay Blazek Crossley, from left, David Crossley, Ana Hargrove and Filo Castore at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Jay Blazek Crossley, from left, David Crossley, Ana Hargrove and Filo Castore. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
7 Madeleine Appel, left, and Ellen Cohen at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Madeleine Appel, left, and Ellen Cohen. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
6 Laura Spanjian, from left, David Crossley and Carra Moroni at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Laura Spanjian, from left, David Crossley and Carra Moroni. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
8 Kathleen Ownby, left, and Marilyn Daniel at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Kathleen Ownby, left, and Marilyn Daniel. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
3 Jeff Taebel, from left, Stephen Klineberg and David Crossley at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Jeff Taebel, from left, Stephen Klineberg and David Crossley. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
5 Keiji Asakura, left, and David Crossley at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
Keiji Asakura, left, and David Crossley. Photo courtesy of © Slyworks Photography
1 Jay Blazek Crossley, from left, David Crossley, Ana Hargrove and Filo Castore at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
7 Madeleine Appel, left, and Ellen Cohen at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
6 Laura Spanjian, from left, David Crossley and Carra Moroni at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
8 Kathleen Ownby, left, and Marilyn Daniel at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
3 Jeff Taebel, from left, Stephen Klineberg and David Crossley at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014
5 Keiji Asakura, left, and David Crossley at the Houston Tomorrow Awards October 2014

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.

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