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Annual Shindig Recognizes the Women of the Near Southside

May 29, 2019

She Is Near Southside was the theme of the Near Southside, Inc. Shindig, the nonprofit’s only annual fundraiser held on May 24, 2019. The evening provided an opportunity to celebrate the women who are transforming the district, including risk-takers, rebels, advocates, rainmakers, and guardians. In addition, NSI announced an exciting matching funds grant from the Amon G. Carter Foundation to kick off its Get Involved Campaign. The Foundation will match new memberships, membership upgrades, and donations to Near Southside, Inc. up to $25,000 in the coming year.

The evening featured many special guests, including Mayor Betsy Price, District 9 Councilwoman Ann Zadeh, Joan Kline, Susan Gruppi and Jessica Miller, Kam Phillips, Dr. Margaret Holland, Mary-Margaret Lemons, and Sarah Castillo. In addition, NSI announced its annual award recipients:

Kline-Watts Award for Outstanding Leadership

Gaye Reed, Presented by Mike Brennan

Kline-Watts Award for Southside Spirit

Sally Birthisel, Presented by Mike Brennan

Kline-Watts Award for Development Excellence

Corrie Watson, Presented by Erin Rahr

Kline-Watts Award for Pioneering Endeavor

Jennifer Henderson, Presented by Stephanie Zavala

Kline-Watts Award for Cultural Contribution

Dana Schultes, Presented by Wendy Davis (pre-recorded)

Kline-Watts Award for Advocacy

Meda Kessler, Presented by Robbie Werner

Kline-Watts Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit

Christina Elbitar of Chadra Mezza, Presented by Tamara Payne

Most Valuable Partner Award

The Hudgins Companies, Presented by Laura Mayberry