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Houston's most generous people: National Philanthropy Day honors the Bayou City's world changers

Houston's most generous people: National Philanthropy Day resonates

Dr. Paul Klotman, from left, with Brooke and Corby Robertson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Dr. Paul Klotman, left, Brooke Robertson and Corby Robertson Jr.. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Harry and Cora Sue Mach, from left, and Joella and Steve Mach at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach, left, with Joella and Steve Mach. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dawn Koenning, from left, Bill Balleza, Dominique Sachse, Jerry Martin and Judy Howell at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Dawn Koenning, from left, Bill Balleza, Dominique Sachse, Jerry Martin and Judy Howell. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Jess and Betty Tutor, from left, with Mark Hanson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Jess and Betty Tutor, left, with Mark Hanson. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Martha Turner, from left, Glenn Bauguss and Isabel David at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Martha Turner, from left, Glenn Bauguss and Isabel David. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Corby and Barbara Robertson, from left, Beth Robertson and Steven Pearce at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Corby and Barbara Robertson, left, with Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kelly Zuniga, from left, Trish Morille and Regina Rogers at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Kelly Zuniga, from left, Trish Morille and Regina Rogers. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kappy Muenzer, from left, with Frank and Gloria Meszaros at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Kappy Muenzer, left, with Frank and Gloria Meszaros. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Patrick Mulvey and Angela Young at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Patrick Mulvey and Angela Young. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Judy Howell, from left, Joni Baird and Dawn Koenning at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Judy Howell, from left, Joni Baird and Dawn Koenning. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Don Sweat, from left, Patricia Lind and Richard Gruen at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Don Sweat, from left, Patricia Lind and Richard Gruen. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Margaret Ford Fisher, left, and Carolyn Watson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Margaret Ford Fisher, left, and Carolyn Watson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
James and Kathleen Jennings at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
James and Kathleen Jennings. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Brian Greene and Diane Englet at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Brian Greene and Diane Englet. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Ronnie Haggerty, left, and Kristi Cooper at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Ronnie Haggerty, left, and Kristi Cooper. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Paul Klotman, from left, with Brooke and Corby Robertson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Harry and Cora Sue Mach, from left, and Joella and Steve Mach at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Dawn Koenning, from left, Bill Balleza, Dominique Sachse, Jerry Martin and Judy Howell at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Jess and Betty Tutor, from left, with Mark Hanson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Martha Turner, from left, Glenn Bauguss and Isabel David at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Corby and Barbara Robertson, from left, Beth Robertson and Steven Pearce at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Kelly Zuniga, from left, Trish Morille and Regina Rogers at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Kappy Muenzer, from left, with Frank and Gloria Meszaros at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Patrick Mulvey and Angela Young at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Judy Howell, from left, Joni Baird and Dawn Koenning at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Don Sweat, from left, Patricia Lind and Richard Gruen at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Margaret Ford Fisher, left, and Carolyn Watson at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
James and Kathleen Jennings at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Brian Greene and Diane Englet at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014
Ronnie Haggerty, left, and Kristi Cooper at the National Philanthropy Day Awards November 2014

The true measure of Houston's philanthropic momentum is witnessed each fall with the annual National Philanthropy Day "Changing the World" awards luncheon. Wednesday's event was no exception with more than 1,000 filling the Hilton Americas-Houston ballroom to honor some of the city's most generous giving individuals and organizations.

The spotlight first shown on Maureen Hackett, who over the weekend was named the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist in North America at the National Philanthropy Honors award dinner in Washington D.C. A generous leader in local and national philanthropy, Hackett was nominated for the award by M. Anne Murphy of Dini Spheris, Lisa Kennedy of The Kennedy Collaborative and Deborah Lackey of Memorial Hermann Foundation. With announcement of the honors, she received a standing ovation.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts the award presentations in chapters across the country and nationally.

Barbara and Corby Robertson also received a standing ovation as they received the Maurice Hirsch Award for Philanthropy. "We're fortunate to live in a community like Houston," Corby said, "that has a large giving spirit." On presenting the award Dr. Paul Klotman, Baylor College of Medicine CEO, noted, "Philanthropy is a tradition with this family. It's part of their DNA."

With Channel 13 KTRK morning news anchor Tom Koch serving as master of ceremonies, the following awards were presented:

To Mary and Will Williams, Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers;  to the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Houston Business Journal Outstanding Large Corporation; to West Houston Subura, Houston Business Journal Outstanding Small Corporation;

To the Houston Symphony, Outstanding Fundraising Program of More Than $250,000; to Bikers Against Breast Cancer, Outstanding Fundraising Program of Less Than $250,000; Cut-N-Shoot Texas Chapter Harley Owners Group, Outstanding Community Service Organization; to KPRC, Outstanding Media and to Betsy Clardy of UTMB Health, the Byron Welch Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Among the many notable philanthropists on hand were Cora Sue and Harry Mach, Ernie and Janet Cockrell, Beth Robertson and Steve Pearce, Nancy Ruez, Joella and Steve Mach, Cam Canion, Lynda and David Underwood, Howard Tellepsen, Regina Rogers, Martha Turner, Marc Shapiro and Steve Lufburrow and Association of Fundraising Professionals — Houston chapter president Angela Young.

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