Linz Award winner Lyda Hill wants all Dallas residents to experience the joy of service
Philanthropist Lyda Hill on Wednesday urged Dallas residents to get involved in their community so that they can experience the gratification she has felt in helping others.
Hill spoke during a luncheon at the Omni Dallas Hotel, where she accepted the 88th annual Linz Award for her contributions to the city.
"For the future of Dallas, we all need to show and teach young Dallasites how they can make Dallas a place they want to live and that they want their children to live," Hill said. "They must be encouraged to participate in the many civic and volunteer organizations that we have."
Hill is "a rock of our city," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who praised the contributions she and the previous 87 Linz winners had made.
"We all have connections to these people," Rawlings said of all the recipients. "That's how we built this city is through people. That's why I think it is very appropriate that the Linz Award is going to Lyda Hill."
Rawlings said Hill has continually sought to be of service during his five-and-a-half years as mayor. Her most recent contribution came last month in response to the July 7 ambush that killed five peace officers. A gift from Hill to the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas will allow 500 police officers to take part in the Center's high-performance brain training program, Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training.
The Linz Award is one of the city's oldest and most prestigious civic honors. It is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News and Zales jewelers, a unit of Signet Jewelers.