Goodwill presents Moreton Awards

Goodwill Industries® of Houston added a dash of Hollywood glamour to the Junior League of Houston on today with the 2009 Moreton Achievement Awards Luncheon, featuring chauffeured transportation by Yellow Cab for award recipients, flashing paparazzi lights and a red carpet.

The luncheon, named for the late Dr. Robert Moreton and Mrs. Alma Moreton, celebrates Goodwill employees, participants and graduates with disabilities and other barriers to employment who have overcome obstacles.

Steve Lufburrow, Goodwill Houston President and CEO, welcomed more than 300 guests and emceed the event, which over the years has been nicknamed the Academy Awards of Goodwill Houston.

“This is a special day for our recipients because for many, it’s the first public recognition that they have ever received for a job well done,” he said. “All of the honorees exemplify Goodwill Houston’s goal of helping people experience the fulfillment of finding and keeping jobs that allow them to be self-sufficient, productive members of society.”

This year’s award recipients included Dana Pennie, Smiling “G” Performance Award; Stephanie White, Cypress Woodlands Junior Forum Commitment Award; Derrick Young, The George and Catherine Lindahl Achievement Award; San Juanita Garza, George and Catherine Lindahl Spirit Award; Trina Pope, GTS Achiever of the Year Award; David Lundy, Job Connection Achiever of the Year Award; Esmeralda Garcia, The Touched by an Angel Contract Services Award; Chuck Campbell, Dwayne Geyen, Joaquin Nerio, Tracey Savoie and Dennis White, The Knox Achievement Awards; Casey Connelly, Knox Achiever of the Year Award; Constancio Gonzales, Alma Moreton Achiever of the Year Award; and Javier Goodwin, Moreton Disabled Citizen of the Year Award.

This event was underwritten by sponsors, including the Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox Foundation, Alma Moreton and the late Dr. Robert Moreton, the John S. Dunn Research Foundation, Catherine and George Lindahl and Sherry and Jim Smith, among others. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit Goodwill Houston’s job training and placement programs and services for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.

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