Polite. Civilized. Sweet. Iron willed. Tenacious. Spunky. Important. Accomplished. Community activist. These are all words that describe Susanne Sullivan.

Sullivan, someone who becomes involved with organizations and causes she truly believes in and gets things done, is known for not taking “no” from anyone. And that is a big reason why the Galveston Historical Foundation’s Steel Oleander selection committee chose her as this year’s recipient of one of the island’s highest honors.

Even though she’s originally from New York, she quickly adopted Galveston as her home when she was a nursing student at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

From Day 1, she has been involved in helping improve Galveston. She was a big influence behind Ronald McDonald House in Galveston. She actively helps to beautify the island and is in support of preserving Bishop’s Palace.

Join Galveston Historical Foundation this evening for a cocktail reception at Bishop’s Palace honoring Sullivan or the luncheon at Garten Verein Pavilion on Wednesday. She deserves your support for supporting Galveston.

You will get a chance to see someone who has made a difference on our island.


Steel Oleander

The Steel Oleander award, a cast oleander blossom sculpted by the late Galveston sculptor David Moore, is given each year to salute an outstanding Galveston woman whose community service reflects the ideals and independent spirit of Miss Bettie Brown of Ashton Villa.


At a glance

WHAT: Cocktail reception honoring Susanne Sullivan, Steel Oleander recipient

WHEN: 6 p.m. today

WHERE: Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, in Galveston

TICKETS: $35

WHAT: Galveston Historical Foundation’s 21st annual Steel Oleander Award Luncheon

WHO: Susanne Sullivan

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday

WHERE: Garten Verein Pavilion, 2704 Ave. O, in Galveston

TICKETS: $55 each

DETAILS: Tickets for the reception and luncheon are $80 per individual; tables for both events are $1,000; a reserved table for eight at the cocktail reception is $350; a reserved table for 10 at the luncheon is $750.

CALL: 409-765-3431

(3) comments

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Norman Pappous

A well deserved honor! Congrats Susanne!

Brian Cann

A true class act. You can tell a lot about a person by how they treat waiters, doormen, etc. When I was a younger man, I interacted with her and her husband almost on a daily basis. She is kind, caring, and generous. She treated everyone in our organization with the utmost respect at all times. A truly wonderful person!

Jean Glass

A lovely and amazing lady. So pleased she has been recognized!!

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