CURRENT Sept/Oct 2018

Twelve years ago, Houston Woman Magazine created and presented the Nominate HER Awards for the first time, to honor excellent role models in our community. Since then, more than 80 women have been recognized in the publication, as well as at a gala luncheon event.

On August 22, seven women were recognized at the 12th Annual Nominate HER Awards Luncheon, held at the Junior League of Houston and attended by 150 guests. All of the award recipients were nominated by readers of Houston  Woman Magazine. In their nomination documents, all expressed how much they were influenced and inspired by the honorees.

Receiving the 2018 Nominate HER Awards were Michelle Pittenger, geologist, ConocoPhillips, Broad Shoulders Award; Dr. Heather Brown, orthodontist, Community Angel Award; Tracy Faulkner, philanthropist and community volunteer, Evolving Eve Award; Veronica Avila, architect and owner of El Burro and the Bull, Gutsy Gal Award; Anaida Vazquez, office manager, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Maximum Mom Award; Demetra Liggins, attorney and partner at Thompson & Knight, LLP, Savvy Sister Award; and Christine Galib, entrepreneur and teacher, Wise Woman Award.

Beverly Denver, editor and publisher of Houston Woman Magazine, welcomed guests to the  luncheon and served as the mistress of ceremonies for the day. Sr. Jane Meyer, head of school at St. Agnes Academy, gave the  invocation.

During this year’s luncheon, Nino Shbeeb, owner of Flowers by Nino, was called to the stage to receive a special award of appreciation from Denver. Shbeeb has been a generous supporter of the annual Nominate HER Awards Program for more than 10 years, always providing the floral centerpieces to the annual luncheon.

Other generous supporters this year included ConocoPhillips, Harry Faulkner, Friends of  Beverly Denver, Friends of Tracy Faulkner, Carrin Patman, Texas Motor Transportation Consultants, Thompson & Knight, LLP, Wright Pawn & Jewelry, and Wulfe & Co./Wulfe Management.

Proceeds from the Nominate HER Awards Luncheon fund college scholarships for local female students attending local colleges and universities.