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.
2023 Beacon Award Recipients
Excellence in Governing Board Leadership (Board Member) Linda J. Cowden, Midland College/Midland College Foundation
Excellence in Organizational Leadership (CEO or Executive Director) Dr. Gregory Williams, Odessa College
Program ExcellenceWard County and Monahans Broadband Program, Teresa Burnett, Monahans Chamber of Commerce
AmeriCorps Senior Program, Senior Life Midland
Excellence in Communication
Mural Fest, Odessa Arts
Excellence in CollaborationBookworms - Education Foundation of Odessa, ECISD, Complex Community Federal Credit Union, Atmos Energy, First Basin Credit Union
Judge Pat Baskin Family Volunteer of the Year Award Sharla and Bart Hotchkiss, Adult
Colton Coates, Youth
W.D. Noël Volunteer of the Year Award Sondra and Toby Eoff, Adult
Madilynn Green, Youth
Outstanding Generations Graduate
Brian W. Stubbs