The Beacon Awards are designed to honor excellence in Permian Basin nonprofit organizations by recognizing volunteers and staff of the local nonprofit sector. In addition to the award, the nominating organization will receive $1,000.

The Judge Pat Baskin Family and W.D. Noël Volunteer of the Year Awards are intended to increase awareness of the importance of volunteering in our community. The awards recognize volunteers who give assistance to the community and receive no remuneration for their efforts. The Judge Pat Baskin Family Volunteer of the Year Award is designed to acknowledge volunteers who are residents of Midland County and the W.D. Noël Volunteer of the Year Award acknowledges Ector County residents. Both awards recognize an adult and youth volunteer in each community.

2020 Beacon Award Recipients

Excellence in Governing Board Leadership (Board Member)
Stephanie Latimer; United Way of Odessa

Excellence in Organizational Leadership (CEO or Executive Director)
David Chancellor; Boys & Girls Club of the Permian Basin
David Day; Teen Challenge Adult Centers of Texas

Program Excellence
Fun Academy; Opportunity Tribe

Excellence in Collaboration
Centers Solutions; Centers for Children & Families and Recording Library of West Texas

Judge Pat Baskin Family Volunteer of the Year Award
Tommie Hale, Jr., Adult

W.D. Noël Volunteer of the Year Award
Natalie Gayosso, Youth
Sherry Tuttle, Adult

Outstanding Generations Graduate
Rebecca Bell


2021 Beacon Award applications will be available Spring 2021.

For Beacon information please contact
Sarah Lauritzen.