Inspire Awards

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Each of us has an opportunity to make a change for our students by attending the 8th Annual Inspire Awards on October 3, 2018 at the Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum. As you can see from the invitation below, this year we are again honoring some of SAISD’s most distinguished alumni. We have included links for you to read more about our honorees coming in from out of town for this special event. Event is business or cocktail attire. Valet parking is available.

Charles Barrett, owner of Barrett Jaguar and Maserati,

Robert Chavez, CEO of Hermès Americas,

Marcia Nasatir, first female Vice-President of Production at United Artists, and

Belle Ortiz, co-founder of Mariachi Campañas de America and godmother of mariachi education.

To download a full version PDF of the Invitation & RSVP Card below, click here.

In addition to fabulous SAISD Alumni Honorees, each year we honor an innovative educators, schools or programs in SAISD. This year we are proud to honor the College Tour Program. We can’t wait for you to hear more about how that program is changing lives in SAISD. Read more here.

Make sure you arrive in time for the 6-7pm Opening Reception and silent auction. You will be entertained in the beautiful courtyard of the Mays Family Center by SAISD students and have the opportunity to bid on some exciting silent auction items including a 2017-18 Autographed Spurs Ball and a framed Hermes scarf by American Designer Kermit Oliver from Waco.  We will also have our Buy Now with Kendra Scott mystery boxes (come early, there is a limited supply) and items to support our classrooms and students for those that already have everything.

Student entertainment to date for the opening reception from 6pm-7pm includes: Bonham Dual Language Elementary Choir, Sam Houston HS Steel Drums, Jefferson HS Lassos, and our Dragon Network News Team with on-the-spot interviews. As a part of the program, the JROTC from Burbank HS will start our program with the Presentation of Colors, and Mariachi Groups from across SAISD will close out our evening with a special performance.

Can’t join us, but want to support the event, donate here and note Star Donor in the notes and we will share your support at the event on our event screens and encourage our attendees to match the total of those who give ahead of the event.


Please complete and return the forms below to register as a sponsor, purchase a ticket, or donate to the silent auction:

Sponsorship Levels

Reservation Form

Silent Auction Donation Form




Nominations accepted until Nov. 30th of the year prior for consideration for the annual Inspire Awards Alumni Honorees.

Click Below for Listing of Past Honorees

Inspire Awards Honorees

Do you know a Distinguished SAISD Alumnus you would like to see honored?

Alumni Nomination Form

Past Inspire Awards Honorees

SAISD Alumni Honorees


Jim Lehrer

Roy Barrera Sr.

Maria Hernandez Ferrier


Dr Jaime Garza

Lionel Sosa

W.E. Moerner




Dr. Ricardo Romo

Sonia M. Rodriguez


Drs. Robert & Beverly Brown, & David Frederick (not pictured)

Edith McAllister &  Bill Sinkin

Karyne Jones & U.S. Congressman Charles Gonzalez


 Lanierites & Dr. Carlos Orozco

Senator Leticia Van de Putte & Julie Wisdom-Wild

 Mayor Julian Castro & Al Silva

Friends of SAISD Foundation Honorees

Innovative Teachers, Schools, or Program Honorees



Dr. Lawrence Scott, Blanca Gebhart, Paul Perea, Dr. Traci Smith

Derrick Brown

Lamar Elementary 

Technology & Media Team- Rhodes MS 

Daisy Medina (represented by her husband) & Kimberly Nwosu & Virginia Boyce