Mitchell honored

Bill Ross accepts the Citizen of the Year award on behalf of the late George P. Mitchell during The Galveston County Daily News’ annual Profiles reception at The Hotel Galvez  & Spa in Galveston on Thursday.


KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News

GALVESTON — More than a dozen Galveston County residents were honored Thursday as The Daily News presented its annual Profiles awards.

Each year, The Daily News publishes its Profiles magazine that highlights the people, businesses and community groups that make the county a great place to live.

The magazine also features profiles on Hometown Heroes and Community Champions.

Those are residents who are doing good things across the county.

The honorees included a La Marque woman who makes it a point to do something good in the community each day, and a man who uses chess to teach teenage boys how to manage their emotions.

Other honorees included an 85-year-old man who volunteers at nursing homes and a history buff who works each day to make sure Santa Fe residents don’t forget their past.

Scholarships were awarded to 14 Galveston County high school seniors, and Theresa Pacheco of Galveston’s Odyssey Academy was named Teacher of the Year.

The Daily News also paid tribute to Marathon Petroleum as the Employer of the Year and honored the late George Mitchell as the Citizen of the Year.

“You can’t go anywhere without seeing what George Mitchell has done for Galveston,” Daily News publisher Leonard Woolsey said in announcing Mitchell as the Citizen of the Year.

The billionaire energy man who paved the way for fracking that is leading the current oil boon and who redeveloped downtown Galveston died last year.

Bill Ross, the outgoing president of Mitchell Historic Properties, accepted the award on behalf of the Mitchell family.

“I know that George is looking down right now with a smile on his face,” Ross said. “He would be pleased to know he is getting this award from his hometown paper.”

Ross listed Mitchell’s numerous accomplishments in business and philanthropy and said he was a man before his time.

“George was 30,000 feet in the air and 20 years ahead of the rest of us,” Ross said, holding back tears. “There was so much George did for his hometown.”

Mitchell’s greatest accomplishment, Ross said, might have been rebuilding the 18 buildings he owned in downtown Galveston after Hurricane Ike struck in 2008.

“That was a $26 million investment, of which only $13 million came from insurance,” Ross said. “The other $13 million he paid from his own pocket.

“Everyone waited to see what George would do. He led the rebuilding of Galveston after the storm.”

All of the award winners will be featured in the Profiles edition, which will be published in Saturday’s edition of The Daily News.

(2) comments

Walter Manuel

The GCDN did an oustanding job yesterday hosting their "Profile's" reception yesterday and it was obvious that there was a lot of hard work and energy spent by their staff in order to make it a success!

It was so neat to see all of the local students from our area with such high ambitions being recognized by the paper and their peers for their accomplishments, as well as, seeing all of the volunteers throughout Galveston County for their committment to making their community a better place to live.

Certainly the GCDN was spot on by naming Mr. George Mitchell their Citizen of the Year, a man who certainly made a difference in what Galveston is today, not only for himself and his family, but also for others living on the island, as well as, for all of the tourist and travelers to enjoy.

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Leonard Woolsey made for an excellent emcee!

Good job everybody, we can't wait to see the Profile edition magazine in the paper on Saturday! [thumbup]

Leonce Thierry

Amen, Brother!

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