On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, the UNT Foundation hosted the second annual Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape. The evening of live entertainment took place at Dallas' Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, with over 1,000 in attendance.
This Kennedy Center Honors-type stage production allows the UNT Foundation to annually celebrate former UNT students who have made a profound impact on our culture and society. The honorees for this year included actor and Academy Award nominee Peter Weller ('70); actress, former sportscaster and 1971 Miss America Phyllis George ('71 & '98); and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Larry McMurtry ('58).
These trailblazers were celebrated from the Meyerson stage via career video retrospectives, remarks by speakers significant to their careers, and musical tributes by special guests and the UNT Department of Music. During the show, the honorees watched from private boxes, surrounded by family and friends.
The show also spotlighted the wonderful stories of the evening's beneficiary, UNT's award-winning Emerald Eagle Scholars program. The Emerald Eagle Scholars program helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams. The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed almost 3,500 students - most of whom are first-generation college students - to attend UNT.
The Emerald Eagle Scholars were recognized during the proceedings and sat behind the stage in the Meyerson's choral terrace.
Tickets and sponsorships were sold through an event committee comprised of UNT alumni and civic leaders dedicated to the cause of the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. All proceeds go to this worthy cause.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were served prior to the show along with a special Medallion Award ceremony for the Honorees.
An invitation to the event can be viewed here!
CLICK HERE to view the video snapshot of last year's Emerald Eagle Honors 2013!