2020 Award Recipients
Shaquille O’Neal charity efforts often are overlooked. He helped supply and distribute necessities to victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He is involved in countless charity events and his “Shaq-A-Claus” routine, delivering toys to less fortunate children on Christmas, is a huge hit. Charities he has supported include Be the Match, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Centre ValBio, Free the Children, Kids Wish Network, PeyBack Foundation, and Phoenix House just to name a few. Shaquille O’Neal’s generosity goes beyond recognition.
Isaiah Payton was a young boy that was paralyzed by a stray bullet during a random shooting in Atlanta and without reservation, Shaquille O’Neal donated a home to the family of Payton. Even touching the hearts of our native Houstonians by providing financial assistance for the funeral of Jasmine Barnes a 7-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting. Shaquille’s heart is as big as his talent on the court. Giving to those who suffer in silence, aiding to the needs of those who grieve, and rushing to the aide of those in despair has become a natural reaction for someone with a heart for humanity. It is an honor and our pleasure to award our first National Humanitarian Award to Mr. Shaquille O’Neal. We salute you!
Dr. Joseph Gathe Jr
Texas EquuSearch has been involved in 1,860+ searches in approximately 42 states in the United States, Aruba, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Their efforts have proven successful with returning over 400 missing people home to their families safely, many of which would have been deceased. Texas EquuSearch is responsible for recovering the remains of 238 missing loved ones, bringing closure to many families.
Tim Miller is also the recipient of the “Point of Light” award by George W. Bush. He received the Jefferson Award from the City of Houston, the foundation for the improvement of justice in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, the Texas Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award, the National Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award, Crime Stoppers of Houston, and countless other awards from all over the nation. Mr. Miller was invited by George H.W. Bush, Jr., and attended, the first conference for the National Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, D.C., and the signing of the National Amber Alert in Washington, D.C. We salute you!
Jim McIngvale- Successful business Owner of Gallery Furniture and Philanthropist Jim McIngvale also known as aka Mattress Mack or Mack has been the face of Houston’s generosity for years. He has exemplified the heart of Houston and the strength of community unity. He has made Houston proud through his many contributions. Just as he is known for his catchy slogan, Mack is equally known for his generous support to various local charities. Every Christmas, Mack donates households of furniture to needy families. Mr. McIngvale is often the high bidder for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where his contributions go directly towards college scholarships. He is also a proud supporter of the city of Houston, going as far as to attend the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta to campaign for Houston’s bid for the 2008 games and spending his own money for the cause. Mr. McIngvale donated money to the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Relief Fund, and in 2009, Gallery Furniture committed to providing new furniture to various USO centers around the world. On a regular basis, Mr. McIngvale participates in speaking engagements for various groups, including schools, where he shares his fascinating story with eager listeners. We salute you!
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson-Lee
Recognizing Houston’s 2020 Annual Houston Humanitarian honoree Taseer Badar. Taseer Badar- As Chairman and CEO, Taseer Badar formed ZT Corporate in 1997, with its headquarters in Houston, Texas. ZT Corporate, or ZT, is a boutique private equity firm that specializes in the healthcare and automotive industries. Coming from a humble background, Taseer’s passion for healthcare and public welfare at large goes beyond his business and to his fundamental belief that everyone should receive premium healthcare service to remedy their medical needs. His charitable desire to give back to our communities compelled Taseer to establish The Altus Foundation in 2011, with the mission to provide resources that make a difference in people’s lives. With over $7M given in healthcare services to date, the Foundation utilizes ZT’s unique network of 2,500 specialized physicians, technical resources, and funding to ascend to one primary objective: save and repair lives. We salute you
Lynn & Nakia Price
George & Angelee Rhyne
helping a homeless lady get clothes to prepare for an interview to supporting and serving on the board of MPac, to being one of the largest
contributors to ProVision School, Mrs. Duddlesten-Moore is there. We salute you!