What: Houston Baptist University annual "Spirit of Excellence" dinner.
Where: The Hilton Post Oak.
The 411: In addition to honoring several outstanding Houstonian's, the dinner event featured legendary football coach and best-selling author Lou Holtz as guest speaker. The ESPN college football analyst entertained the gathering of nearly 500 with playful tales from his colorful career. The evening was chaired by Dr. Diane and Stanley Williams.
Receiving the Spirit of Excellence Awards, HBU's highest awards presented by president Robert Sloan, were Sharon and William Morris, Linda Davis and Bruce Williams and the Cullen Trust for Higher Education. They were recognized for their promotion of excellence and support of HBU’s vision for Christian higher education. Linda and Archie Dunham received the President's Award. As a surprise to honorary chairs Janice and Bob McNair, they were also presented with a President's Award.
Who: Emcee Spencer Tillman, Corbin Robertson, E. D. Hodo, Sharon Saunders, Sherry and Jim Smith, Jaci and Jim Smith Jr., Lisa and Jerry Simon, Stewart Morris, Rachel and John Rosson and Stephen and Star Smith.