Isaiah Merritt, Gertrude Shelburne Volunteer of the Year
The 2017 Dallas Planned Parenthood Annual Awards Luncheon featuring guest speaker Marcia Clark took place on March 8th, 2017 at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Co-chairs were Lindsay A. Billingsley and Laura B. Wright. A cocktail reception was held at the home of Lucy and George Billingsley the night before the luncheon where major sponsors and awards recipients were honored.
The Gertrude Shelburne Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Isaiah Merritt, a senior at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy and a dedicated volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. The Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian of the Year Award was given to First Unitarian Church of Dallas, a proudly progressive religious community since 1899 with a focus on promoting social justice and service for 118 years. The award was accepted by Dr. Rev. Daniel Kanter.
The luncheon set records, earning in excess of $1 million for Planned Parenthood’s essential healthcare and health education services for women, men, and teens in Central and North Texas.