Wilson Center Awards

December 6, 2011
Time 6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Dinner
Place The Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, Texas

With Special Guest
Sam Donaldson, ABC News veteran and Wilson Council President

Dress Business Attire
Price Sponsorships begin at $10,000
Individual reservations available at $500 each.
Susan Lilly
Lilly & Company
(512) 477-7722

The Official and Exclusive Airline
Sponsor of the Woodrow Wilson Awards
and the Woodrow Wilson Center
Joe R. Long and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long
Award for Public Service

Dr. Teresa Lozano Long and Joe Long are among Austin’s most admired civic leaders. Through the Long Foundation and their unwavering commitment to the arts, higher education, and medical advancement, they have enriched the social well-being of Austin and have endowed generations to come with a brighter, more prosperous future.

As a former teacher, Dr. Long has experienced first-hand that education is at the very heart of a society’s success. Entering teaching at a time when Caucasian and Mexican-American children were being taught together for the first time, her experience and hard work attracted the attention of state and federal government, leading her to serve in the U.S. Office of Education on Migrant Education and the Head Start Program, implementing education policies nationwide. Beyond her work in education, Dr. Long also devotes her time to furthering the work of organizations committed to the arts and education as a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas, the Board of Trustees of University Interscholastic League Foundation, and was presidentially appointed to serve on the National Council on the Arts (National Endowment for the Arts).

Beginning his career in United States Army, Mr. Long served in the Korean War earning the rank of First Lieutenant. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Long took his leadership skills to the Office of the Attorney General and eventually into the banking industry. As the Founder and Executive of First State and Community National Banks, Mr. Long built an empire of customer-service driven banks which not only survived the recession of the 1980’s, but flourished. In 1998, Mr. Long sold his banks to Norwest Corporation. Beyond his corporate pursuits, Mr. Long has been active throughout community and cultural affairs serving as President of The Austin Symphony Orchestra Society and as a member of the Chancellor’s Council at the University of Texas.

Together, Dr. and Mr. Long, bring their passion and talents to philanthropy. As true patrons of the humanities, they have been the driving force behind rejuvenating the arts in Austin. The Longs contributed a generous gift to the ARTS Center Stage anchoring the revitalization the Palmer Auditorium, which today bears the name of Joe R. and Terry Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, the Longs were awarded the Texas Medal of Arts for their tremendous support.

In addition to the arts, the Longs ardently support institutions of higher education and medical research. Through scholarships, grants, and an endowment for the creation of University of Texas’(UT) Institute of Latin American Studies program, the Longs have provided deserving students with learning opportunities they would not have otherwise afforded. Furthermore, the Longs have set the standard high for Texan philanthropists by giving the largest single gift in institutional history to the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which aids students and faculty in conducting research. The Longs created the Long Career Launch Program at the University’s School of Law, which enables recent graduates to pursue internships and garner greater work experience.

The effects of the Longs’ generosity are abundant and far-reaching. Without question, they have furthered philanthropy in Austin, and have touched countless lives through their commitments to nonprofits seeking to enrich life, culture, and health. Organizations, including the Austin Symphony Orchestra Society, Ballet Austin, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Children’s Hospital Foundation of Austin, Austin Public Library Foundation, Hospice Austin, Mexic-ARTE, and The Seton Fund of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul are just a few of the beneficiaries of their work.

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