2020 – Barbara Jane "BJ" Herz (retired educator and fundraiser)

2019 – Chuck and Mary Ellen Doyle (banker, philanthropist)

2018 – Mayor Pat Hallisey (League City)

2017 – Mike Dean (Galveston business owner)

2016 – Steve Mataro (DSW Homes)

2015 – Sam Collins III (businessman and Juneteenth 150th organizer)

2014 – George Mitchell (businessman, philanthropist)

2013 – Dick and Horacene Daugird (Lighthouse Charity Team)

2012 – Tilman Fertitta (Landry’s Inc.)

2011 – Larry Taylor (state senator)

2010 – Mayor Matt Doyle (Texas City)

2009 – Craig Eiland (state representative)

2008 – Dr. Ben Raimer (University of Texas Medical Branch)

2007 – Marine Gunnery Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, Army Pfc. Ray Joseph Hutchison, Marine Cpl. Wesley J. Canning, Army Spc. Barry Meza, Army Pfc. Nathaniel Given and Army Pfc. Travis Buford (six area soldiers killed while serving in the war in Iraq)

2006 – Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas (Galveston)

2005 – Kyle Janek (state senator)

2004 – Craig Eiland (state representative)

2003 – Sharon Strain (Galveston Housing Authority)

2002 – Patricia Gray (state representative)

2001 – Tilman Fertitta (Landry’s Inc.)

2000 – Robert L. Moody (American National Insurance Co., Moody Foundation)

1999 – Marc Cuenod (Sealy and Smith Foundation)

1998 – Walter Hall (Citizens State Bank, League City Bank and Trust)

1997 – Alfreda Houston (St. Vincent’s Episcopal House, Galveston Housing Authority)

1996 – Jim Yarbrough (Galveston County judge)

1995 – Betty Massey (Galveston Historical Foundation)

1994 – Charles “Chuck” Doyle (Texas City mayor)

1993 – Dr. Thomas James (University of Texas Medical Branch)

1992 – Mike Martin (state representative)

1991 – Jimmy Hayley (Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce)

1990 – Tom Mackey (Key Metals and Minerals Engineering Corp.)

1989 – George Mitchell (businessman, philanthropist)

1988 – Fletcher Harris (retired businessman, World War II veteran)


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