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story.lead_photo.caption Winners of the 2019-2020 TRAHC Hero Awards are, from left, Pat Purcell, Mary Jane Orr, Marissa Escobar, Amanda Langley, Mark Van Herpen, D.C. Gomez and Fred Markham representing Texas Pioneer Foundation. Don Morriss, winner of the Leadership Award, is not pictured. Photo by Kate Stow

Prior to The Muses performance of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at the Regional Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 14, the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council presented the 19th annual TRAHC Hero Awards.

These awards began in 2001 to honor those who support TRAHC's mission: "Growing people and community through the arts."

The 2019-2020 award winners are:

Don Morriss — Leadership Award. Recognizing individuals who express their commitment to the arts by stepping out as exemplary models of support for the arts in Texarkana, and who, by so doing, positively affect the quality of life for all citizens.

Texas Pioneer Foundation — Arts Partner Award. Recognizing organizations or businesses that actively work to empower individuals and the community to grow through the arts by working in full partnership with TRAHC.

Mary Jane Orr — Arts Champion Award. Recognizing individuals who work actively as advocates for the arts, who heighten our understanding, creating a community in which the arts can flourish.

Amanda Langley — Arts Educator Award. Recognizing individuals who, through their teaching of the arts, enrich and transform lives.

Marissa Escobar — ArtsSmart Award. Recognizing educators who are models of the masterful arts-rich teaching, which engages our students, tuning them into their world and turning them on to learning.

Silfida "Sil" D.C. Gomez — Young Cool Creatives Award. Recognizing young, creative individuals whose leadership is integral to developing and who ensures the future of arts leadership in the community.

Pat Purcell — Standing Ovation Award. Recognizing TRAHC volunteers whose extraordinary gifts of time and energy significantly enhance the impact of TRAHC in the community.

Mark Van Herpen — Betty Parker Award. Awarded only in special circumstances to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond, in continuously supporting and promoting the arts in our community and making the quality of life in the region richer for all of us.

Yates Foundation — Outstanding Community Impact Award. A rarely awarded honor given for profoundly and positively affecting Texarkana citizens through exemplary and longstanding support of the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council Inc.

The 2019 TRAHC Hero Awards were created by Pace Glass.


— From a News Release

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