Central Texas Red Cross Announces 2014 Luminaria Honorees

Luminaria Honorees
Each of this year's honorees has been instrumental in furthering our mission in the Central Texas Community.

Every Spring, the American Red Cross of Central Texas honors individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in furthering our mission in the Central Texas Community. We are thrilled to announce this year’s award recipients, who will be honored at the Luminaria Gala on April 4, 2014 (tickets coming soon)!

Lady Bird Johnson Humanitarian of the Year award: Admiral Bobby Ray Inman (USN Retired)

Admiral Inman served in the U.S. Navy from November 1951 to July 1982, when he retired with the permanent rank of Admiral. While on active duty he served as Director of the National Security Agency and Deputy Director of Central Intelligence. After retirement from the Navy, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation in Austin, Texas for four years and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Systems, Inc. for three years.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and from the National War College in 1972. He became an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He was appointed as a tenured professor holding the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy in August 2001. He served as Interim Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 and again from 2009 to 2010.

Recently, Admiral Inman shared and recorded details of his military career with Red Cross Regional CEO, Marty McKellips as a part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. The Project’s mission is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

Public Partner of the Year: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market, a locally-grown Fortune 500 Company, has been incredibly generous to the American Red Cross during disasters large and small. From national and regional customer donation programs during Superstorm Sandy and the Central Texas Wildfires, respectively, to their $1M gift after Hurricane Katrina, Whole Foods is a key partner of the Red Cross.

During the recent flooding in Southeast Austin, which impacted more than one thousand homes, a Whole Foods representative provided fresh fruit to the Red Cross shelter at Dove Springs Recreation Center every day simply because many of the families affected by the flooding requested it. It is acts of kindness like this—both large and small—that Whole Foods team members and customers have consistently delivered upon in their support of the Red Cross mission.

Greg Coleman Tribute Award: Tom Davis (Posthumously)

Named for the late Greg Coleman, a former American Red Cross of Central Texas board member, this award honors a devoted volunteer who exhibits Mr. Coleman’s traits as a quiet leader with an enduring sense of integrity, tireless dedication and strong ties to our community.

Tom Davis worked tirelessly for the American Red Cross. In his role as Training Coordinator, he scheduled and facilitated all the disaster training classes for our 48 county region in Central Texas. As a Public Information Officer he responded at all times of day and night to disasters. He was a key volunteer during major disasters like the explosion in West, Texas and the Bastrop Wildfires.

As a public affairs volunteer, his job was to be sure that clients, donors, the media and the public knew what Red Cross services were being provided and how the community could help—a responsibility he undertook with poise and professionalism, even in the most challenging moments. Tom also used his wonderful writing talents to create blogs and editorials to tell the Red Cross story. His own experience with the Red Cross was one that reached thousands, and we will never know the extent to which he helped others through this service.