TACA Announces Holly Mayer and Lucilo Peña as the 2014 Silver Cup Award Recipients
36th Annual Luncheon to Honor These Outstanding Volunteers
DALLAS, Texas — October 10, 2013. TACA Board of Governors, TACA Corporate Council, friends and guests gathered to celebrate the announcement of Holly Mayer and Lucilo Peña as the 2014 Silver Cup Award honorees. The announcement was made at the home of Jennifer and John Eagle.
Founded in 1976 by civic leader, arts advocate and former mayor Annette Strauss, the TACA Silver Cup is awarded each year to recognize one man and one woman for their outstanding contributions to the arts in Dallas. Mayer and Peñ;a will receive their Silver Cups on March 3, 2014, at the 36th Annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon to be held at The Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Holly Mayer has been a generous philanthropist to performing arts and cultural organizations, including The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Arboretum. Along with her husband Tom, she has worked behind the scenes for decades to build Dallas' vibrant cultural community, devoting countless volunteer hours to organizations and contributing to their success. In addition to her own efforts as an arts volunteer, she has inspired many others to lend their support, as well.
Mayer has served as The Dallas Opera Board of Directors' vice president for development, at which time the organization realized a 50 percent increase in annual giving for a two-year period due to her strategic focus and dedicated efforts. In addition to development work, she served on the DSO's executive committee and on the board of governors. For the Dallas Arboretum, she has served on the finance committee and Chihuly at the Arboretum.
She is the Executive Director/President of the Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE). Married to Dr. Tom Mayer, she is the mother of two adult children.
Joyce Mitchell, community volunteer and recipient of the 1998 Silver Cup Award said, "Holly has led and worked alongside some of Dallas' most influential and generous philanthropists who happily join her in the work to enrich our community's cultural life. She has worked quietly, and she never seeks recognition, making her even more deserving of this honor."
Lucilo Peña has been a tireless and constant presence in the arts in North Texas for a number of years. He serves on several boards that promote building vibrant environments where urban life can flourish, especially in the Dallas Arts District.
Peña is a founding member of the Development Excellence Committee for the North Texas Council of Governments. He is a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Arts and chair of the building committee. He also serves as a director of the Dallas Architectural Forum, and is a member of Downtown 360 for the City of Dallas, and Cornell University's Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. He serves on the program advisory committee for the Nasher Sculpture Center, and is a member of the President's Advisory Council for the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
A trained architect, Peña is president of Billingsley Development Company. He specializes in mixed-use pedestrian-friendly project that emphasize connectively and contextually define the public realm. He and his partner Lee were early proponents of the Dallas Arts District and reside in the area.
John Eagle, 2011 Silver Cup Award Recipient, stated, "Lucilo has been a tireless supporter of the arts in North Texas. He is a bridge builder who quietly works to connect the talented people of our community and inspire them to do great things for local arts and culture. I'm thrilled to call Lucilo my friend and know that many other join me in congratulating him."