Donors will be in suits and Mean Green ties tonight in Dallas for the second annual Emerald Eagle Honors conducted by the University of North Texas Foundation.
Three alumni will be honored at the event: Peter Weller, Academy Award-nominated actor; Larry McMurtry, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter; and Phyllis George, sports broadcaster and Miss America 1971.
“UNT is a big part of my life, and it’s an extraordinary honor,” George said. “It’s an honor to be honored.”
The honorees will be recognized with videos of their career highlights, as well as musical tributes by special guests and the College of Music, and the awards will be presented by people significant to the honoree’s careers.
The other focus of the program is to draw attention and donations to the Emerald Eagle Scholars program, which benefits high-achieving students with financial needs. For George, who previously had a scholarship fund for broadcast journalists at the university, that is the most exciting aspect of the night.
“The important thing about this award is to know that since 2007, the UNT Foundation has raised $1 million for almost 3,500 students,” she said.
The current scholars will also attend the event and be recognized during the evening.
It will also be good to be back in Texas, George said, and to see several of her sorority sisters from her time at UNT.
“I’m very close to the people I went to school with and from Texas, and I’ve never lost touch with my friends,” she said. “It’s where I was born and raised — Denton, Texas. It’s my hometown.”