The Grand 1894 Opera House celebrated its 27th annual Leonora Kempner Thompson Community Enrichment Award on March 17 with an onstage dinner, video and personal tributes to this year’s honoree, Gina Spagnola. Doug Rogers, The Grand’s board president, presented the award to Spagnola, president and CEO of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and volunteer and advocate for organizations ranging from Lemonade Day and The Salvation Army to critical educational and legislative initiatives. The Community Enrichment Award highlights the importance of community involvement and rewards those who are examples of the spirit of taking part and taking pride in Galveston in the spirit of Nonie Thompson, who was generous with her time, ideas and support to innumerable local organizations and causes. Photos by John “Glow” Glowczwski.
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