June 07, 2012
Volunteer will receive Dallas United Way’s J. Erik Jonsson Award
by Robert Miller, The Dallas Morning News (source)
The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will present the J. Erik Jonsson Award, its highest volunteer honor, to retired businessman Stanley Rabin at the third annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday.
The 11:30 a.m. event, sponsored by Trinity Industries Inc. and Target, will be held at the Hilton Anatole.
Jonsson, of course, was a co-founder of Texas Instruments Inc., a former mayor of Dallas, the driving force behind the I.M. Pei-designed city hall and the current central library, and godfather to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Rabin, who will deliver the keynote address, is the retired chairman and CEO of Commercial Metals. He will be introduced by United Way board chairwoman Debbie Taylor of Citi and J. Scott Wilson and KPMG LLP.
Rabin has served United Way in several volunteer leadership positions, such as a board member and being on the executive committee. He was chairman of the Foundation Board of Directors and Development Committee and is a Tocqueville Legacy Circle member.
“Our volunteers are the backbone of United Way, opening their hearts, sharing their time and impacting lives,” said 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.”
The luncheon celebrates volunteers who are creating lasting community change through their service to United Way.
“It’s a tremendous honor and a privilege to serve this community by volunteering with United Way,” Rabin said. “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 of AT&T Inc. will receive the Give Volunteer Award, which recognizes a volunteer who inspires others to give to United Way. The Advocate Volunteer Award will be presented to Stacey Dore of Energy Future Holdings.
The Spotlight 2020 Volunteer Award will be given to Bill Morrison of Haynes and Boone LLP. The Live United Volunteer Award will go to Fred Halfpap of Citi.
Allison Shelton of TXU Energy will get the Rookie Volunteer Award.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is the largest nongovernmental funder of programs to improve education, income and health in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. To learn more, visit unitedwaydallas.org.