Founded on Faith Awards Recipients
Connecting for Good Award: Daughters of Abraham (WATCH VIDEO)
This award is presented to any organization or congregation that has made significant impact within the community.
The 2019 recipient of the Connecting for Good Award is presented to DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM.
The nomination read as follows:
“In these days of escalating tension among people, faiths, and cultures, Daughters (of Abraham) is nurturing understanding, bridge-building and friendships among women of differing religious traditions. It is a breath of fresh air and hope.”
Accepting the award on behalf of the organization will be its founder, Janice Harris Lord.
Visionary Leadership Award: Teresa Huskey (WATCH VIDEO)
The Visionary Leadership award is presented to an individual who has taken the initiative who has taken the initiative in starting new projects or programs to benefit the community.
The 2019 recipient is Teresa Huskey given in recognition for her efforts in founding the Tarrant County Furniture Bank. Garnering support from both the City of Fort Worth and others, Ms. Huskey has “brought her vision of helping those transitioning out of homelessness to have new and gently used furnishings so they can call their new house ‘home’”.
Martha Award: Dani Ray Barton (WATCH VIDEO)
The behind the scenes support staff, the person who does the hard work, but usually receives no public recognition, is the individual that receives the Martha Award.
Receiving the award in 2019 is Dani Ray Barton. Along with others, Ms. Barton has worked to provide Fort Worth’s first and only corporate work study high school, Cristo Rey High School focuses on using education to end the cycle of poverty. Her nomination states that “She is invested in the mission of the campus and the success of each and every student. She is squarely focused on raising awareness within churches of the benefits of a Cristo Rey education.”
Positive Change Award: Drew Thomas (WATCH VIDEO)
This award is presented to a young person between the ages of 11-18 who takes on a leadership role to bring about positive change in their school or community.
12 year old Drew Thomas is the 2019 recipient of the Positive Change Award. Drew has “personally raised either funds or actual bottles of water to provide over 51,000 bottles of water for the DRC's Summer Water Drive” in 2019. “All told, Drew’s efforts have provided 106,200 bottles of water to help our neighbors without homes stay hydrated during the hot Texas Summer.”
Reverend Gayland Pool Award: Mr. Alvin Johnson (WATCH VIDEO)
Named in honor of the late Reverend Gayland Pool, beloved Episcopal Priest and activist, this award is presented to a community leader who integrates faith with everyday life. This leader demonstrates a positive attitude and is led by their faith while giving of themselves in the community.
Receiving this year’s award is Mr. Alvin Johnson. Nominated because he “shares his time, his expertise, his wisdom, and his faith with everyone in his community. If he sees a need, he goes above and beyond to fulfill the need which always involves helping someone in the community.” “He lives by the scripture found in Acts 20:35, ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”