June 13, 2012
Stanley Rabin receives J. Erik Jonsson Award
United Way Luncheon Celebrates Extraordinary Volunteer Achievement
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas honored its outstanding volunteers at the third annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held June 12 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The event celebrated volunteers who are creating lasting community change through their collective service to United Way. The luncheon was generously sponsored by Trinity Industries, Inc. and Target.
United Way’s highest volunteer honor, the J. Erik Jonsson Award, was presented to Stanley Rabin, Chairman and CEO of Commercial Metals (retired), for his extraordinary spirit of volunteerism and service. Jonsson co-founded United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and was the first president and co-founder of Texas Instruments. Introduced by United Way Board Chair Debbie Taylor, Citi, and J. Scott Wilson, KPMG LLP, Rabin delivered the luncheon’s keynote speech.
Rabin has served United Way in several volunteer leadership positions including the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Foundation Board of Directors Chairman, and Development Committee Chairman. A Tocqueville Legacy Circle member, Rabin was also recognized for his commitment in establishing an endowment with the United Way Foundation.
“Our volunteers are the backbone of United Way, opening their hearts, sharing their time and impacting lives,” says Jennifer Sampson, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Stan is a shining example of inspirational leadership and unwavering dedication to United Way. For decades, he has generously given his time, talents and resources to make North Texas the very best place to live, work and raise families.”
“It’s a tremendous honor and a privilege to serve this community by volunteering with United Way,” says Rabin. “I believe in the organization’s United 2020 work and its potential to permanently change countless lives in our community through its focus on Education, Income and Health.”
Kara DeVita, AT&T, received the GIVE Volunteer Award, recognizing a volunteer who inspires others to give to United Way. The ADVOCATE Volunteer Award was presented to Stacey Doré, Energy Future Holdings Portfolio Companies, for standing up as a champion for community issues and engaging others in the work of United Way.
The SPOTLIGHT 2020 Volunteer Award, honoring a volunteer who makes a direct impact in Education, Income or Health, was given to Bill Morrison, Haynes and Boone, LLP. The LIVE UNITED Volunteer Award, honoring a volunteer who embodies the LIVE UNITED calls to action, Give, Advocate and Volunteer, was given to Fred Halfpap, Citi.
Allison Shelton, TXU Energy, was recognized with the ROOKIE Volunteer Award for serving as an emerging leader committed to spurring on lasting changes in our community. The Dallas Business Journal’s Bill Hethcock received the Media Award. Hethcock was honored for his commitment to covering the important work of non-profits in North Texas, specifically publicizing United Way’s efforts toward achieving lasting change in the key areas of Education, Income and Health.
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