The 31st Annual Leonora Kempner Thompson
Community Enrichment Award



The Grand 1894 Opera House

Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception – Orchestra Lobby at The Grand
Dinner on Stage followed by Award Presentation
Cocktail Attire | Valet Parking


The Leonora Kempner Thompson 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 the 2024 Community Enrichment Award event honoring Jay Carnes, please contact Andrea Hale at 409.770.5055 or 800.821.1894.


1992 – Leonora Kempner Thompson (first recipient)

1993 – George and Cynthia Mitchell

1994 – Edna and Bill Levin

1995 – Mrs. Frances Moody Newman, Mr. Shearn Moody, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Moody, Sr.

1996 – Dennis Miller

1997 – Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas

1998 – Susan and Johnny Walker

1999 – Ruth Kempner

2000 – Diane and Marion Duzich

2001 – Tilman and Paige Fertitta

2002 – Pat and Fred Burns

2003 – Maureen and Larry Patton

2004 – Margaret and Jim Earthman

2005 – Mary Ann and Jack Stobo

2006 – Gerry and Gene Hornstein, Lynn and Armin Cantini

2007 – Brenda Levy Hutchings

2008 – Harris L. Kempner, Jr. and Hetta Towler Kempner (Shrub and Peaches)

2009 – Burke Evans

2010 – Mary Ellen and Chuck Doyle

2011 – Cindy and John L. Sullivan and Susanne and Gerald Sullivan

2012 – Susan Lipnick Lynch and Robert L.K. Lynch

2013 – Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer

2014 – The Honorable Craig Eiland

2015 – Janice and Victor Pierson

2016 – Francisco “Paco” Vargas

2017 – B.J. and Buddy Herz

2018 – Gina Spagnola

2019 – Ray and Vivian Pinard

2022 – Kathrine G. McGovern

2023 – Johnny Smecca