CEA Gala Event – 2019
THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
ANNUAL LEONORA KEMPNER THOMPSON
COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AWARD
RAY AND VIVIAN PINARD HONOREES FOR 28TH ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AWARD, MARCH 23RD, BENEFITING THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE
Two of Galveston’s most revered citizens – Ray and Vivian Pinard – will be honored as recipients of the prestigious 28th Annual Leonora Kempner Thompson Community Enrichment Award on Saturday, March 23 at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Sponsored by, and benefiting The Grand, this event begins at 7pm and will include a cocktail reception, dinner on stage, and an award presentation. Honorary Co-chairs for this year’s event are Gail and Armin Cantini and Donna and David Lang.
“It goes without saying that Ray and Vivian Pinard are, indeed, the epitome of what this Community Enrichment Award is all about. They have generously and tirelessly given to this community in so many positive ways and continue to share their many God-given talents, enthusiasm and love on a daily basis. How blessed Galveston is to have both of these extraordinary people as an integral part of our community and how fortunate we are at The Grand to have the opportunity to honor them,” stated Maureen Patton, Executive Director of The Grand 1894 Opera House.
The Community Enrichment Award originated from a desire on the part of the Trustees of the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund to honor Leonora Kempner (Nonie) Thompson on the occasion of her retirement as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Kempner Fund. She had served on the Board as a Trustee and Secretary/Treasurer for thirty-four years and then for four years as Chairman, succeeding her brother, Harris L. Kempner.
Because of Ms. Thompson’s active participation, dedication, and commitment to her community, the Trustees of the Kempner Fund voted to designate a contribution to The Grand 1894 Opera House to be used as the nucleus of a revolving fund to assist in underwriting an annual special event to raise funds for the organization’s many vital programs and operations.
In 1992, The Grand’s Board of Directors chose to establish an annual event to honor an individual or individuals who had contributed to the enrichment of the community in the spirit of Leonora Kempner Thompson. They voted to name the annual award in her honor and selected her as the first recipient.
For additional information about this event, to purchase tickets for the 2019 event, or make a donation, please contact Ticketing Services at 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894. Tickets/reservations available online here.
PRIOR AWARD RECIPIENTS
2018 – Gina Spagnola
2017 – B.J. and Buddy Herz
2016 – Francisco “Paco” Vargas
2015 – Janice and Victor Pierson
2014 – The Honorable Craig Eiland
2013 – Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer
2012 – Susan Lipnick Lynch and Robert L.K. Lynch
2011 – Cindy and John L. Sullivan and Susanne and Gerald Sullivan
2010 – Mary Ellen and Chuck Doyle
2009 – Burke Evans
2008 – Harris L. Kempner, Jr. and Hetta Towler Kempner (Shrub and Peaches)
2007 – Brenda Levy Hutchings
2006 – Gerry and Gene Hornstein, Lynn and Armin Cantini
2005 – Mary Ann and Jack Stobo
2004 – Margaret and Jim Earthman
2003 – Maureen and Larry Patton
2002 – Pat and Fred Burns
2001 – Tilman and Paige Fertitta
2000 – Diane and Marion Duzich
1999 – Ruth Kempner
1998 – Susan and Johnny Walker
1997 – Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas
1996 – Dennis Miller
1995 – Mrs. Frances Moody Newman, Mr. Shearn Moody, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Moody, Sr.
1994 – Edna and Bill Levin
1993 – George and Cynthia Mitchell
1992 – Leonora Kempner Thompson (first recipient)