Awards for Excellence

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NOVEMBER 18, 2021

11:00 AM Doors Open | 11:30 AM Luncheon
Fairmont Dallas, 1717 North Akard St. Dallas, Texas, 75201

List of 39th AFE Recipients

The Dallas Historical Society proudly announces the 2021 Awardees for Awards for Excellence in Community Service. The 39th Awards for Excellence event will take place at the Fairmont Dallas.

The event celebrates “history makers of today” who are making significant contributions to Dallas’ quality of life, providing innovation, guidance and support in categories such as Arts Leadership, Education, Health/Sciences, History, Humanities, Philanthropy and more. The complete list of recipients are as follows:

Arts Leadership

Gayle Halperin
Honored for her commitment to the arts as an advocate, leader, administrator, mentor, and philanthropist, making Dallas a richer environment for all.

Creative Arts

Jonathan Norton
Honored for his work as a homegrown, nationally recognized playwright whose rich characters and stories are inspired by growing up in Dallas.


Catherine LeBlanc
Honored for her dedication to education through her Catch Up and Read program which trains primary school teachers in new and effective reading techniques.


Agape Clinic
Honored for providing free medical care to the medically underserved of Dallas for almost 40 years.


Nancy McCoy
Honored for her extensive work as a preservation architect in the commercial, cultural, residential, parks, and educational sectors.


Alessandra Comini
Honored for her accomplishments as an art historian, lecturer, author, and professor for more than 40 years.


Diane Bumpas
Honored for celebrating Texas state history and Dallas heritage through her generosity of time, effort, and contributions.

Volunteer Leadership

Rene Martinez
Honored for his long-term dedication to the betterment of Dallas through his accomplishments as an educator, political, and civic leader.

The Jubilee History Maker Award

The Jubilee History Maker Award is bestowed on an individual whose gifts of self-have enhanced the quality of life in Dallas in more than one category of civic leadership. The 2020 Jubilee award will be presented to Cece Cox, recognized for her leadership and advocacy in the LGBTQ community through her tireless commitment to civil rights for over 30 years.


CLICK HERE for a list of past recipients.

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