Five Young Houstonians Awarded At 76th Annual Gala

August 1, 2008

Mayor Bill White, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and State Representative Jim Murphy were featured speakers at the 2008 Five Outstanding Young Houstonians awards gala Tuesday evening. Held at the Wortham Theater, the banquet was a celebration of Houston’s best and brightest young luminaries.

John Boettiger, Jeff Brown, Jane Cummins, Melissa King, and James Rodriguez were recognized individually for their achievements and contributions in business, philanthropy, justice and politics.

Past recipients include President George H.W. Bush, Howard Hughes, Dr. Denton Cooley, Lt. Governor William P. Hobby Jr., Jim Elkins, Astronauts Gus Grissom and Ed White, Judge Greg Abbott, Houston Astros Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio and Pastor Joel Osteen.

Each year since 1932, the Houston Jaycees and Houston Junior Chamber Foundation present five awards to outstanding Houstonians between the ages of 21 and 39. Recognition is awarded based primarily on extraordinary achievements and contributions in many areas, which include community service, business, the arts, politics and athletics.

Friends and family of qualified candidates are encouraged to submit nominations in the spring.

John Boettiger is the Principal for Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP. Boettiger was recently elected president of The Texas Lyceum, a statewide leadership organization, and he is active in local leadership roles within the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, and Project SEARCH, which serves Houston’s homeless community.

Jeff Brown is a Justice on the 14th Court of Appeals, appointed by Gov. Rick Perry in December 2007. In 2006 he was named Outstanding Young Lawyer of Texas by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Woodrow B. Seals Outstanding Young Lawyer of Houston by the Houston YLA.

Jane Cummins is the Founder and Executive Director of the 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation Educational Programs Inspiring Communities, Inc., dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities. Recently, she was named one of “America’s Most Extraordinary, Entrepreneurial Women” in a nation-wide search, conducted by Balance Bar, a subsidiary of Kraft Foods North America.

Melissa King is a philanthropic renaissance woman who sits on the boards and committees of too many charitable organizations to list. Most recently, she spearheaded a public awareness campaign for the Alzheimer’s Association that will reach millions of Houston area residents in the next year.

James Rodriguez serves on Houston’s City Council and is currently the youngest member of Houston’s governing body. James and his wife Wendy are also co-chairs of the 2008 American Diabetes Association Walk for the Cure.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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