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 Midland
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 Hall, Jr., Adult

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

Outstanding Generations Graduate
Rebecca Bell

The Nonprofit Management Center needs your help in order to continue providing the needed support for nonprofits throughout the Permian Basin. The Beacon Awards have been held in the fall for 11 years to celebrate and recognize the finest in nonprofit leadership. As with many events this year, the Beacon Awards will not be held in the typical format. Since the Awards are the primary fundraising event for the NMC, this will leave a significant funding short fall without the help of community donations.

Thru a challenge grant from the Permian Basin Area Foundation every dollar you donate to the Beacon Awards will be doubled! Use the Donate/Pay Button above and invest in your community today!

Beacon Award recipients will be honored at a reception. Time and place still to be determined.

For Beacon information please contact Sarah Lauritzen at or