HOUSTON, TX (Oct. 8, 2012) – A Houston family known for its legacy of community involvement and extensive history of service will be honored this November as Houston’s 2012 “Guardians of the Human Spirit” in recognition of their generations of philanthropy and work to enhance the lives of others.
| The Harry Mach Family (Photo courtesy, Gittings)
The Harry Mach Family – Harry and Cora Sue Mach, Butch and Carmen Mach and Steven and Joella Mach – will receive the honor from Holocaust Museum Houston on Monday, Nov. 5, at the Museum’s annual luncheon, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar, in downtown Houston. More than 700 people attended last year’s event.
The Museum established the Guardian of the Human Spirit award in 1997 as a platform for acknowledging dedicated Houstonians who have worked to enhance the lives of others and to better humankind.
“Through a lifetime of actions across family generations, our honorees have made Houston a better community for all of us,” Museum Chair Tali Blumrosen said in announcing this year’s recipients. “Whether raising funds for public charities, working to improve health care or devoting time and energy to enhancing the arts and cultural community, they have made a tremendous difference in the lives of all Houstonians. And most importantly, their service has inspired others toward action – a central theme of our Museum’s own mission.”
Chairing this year’s event are prominent Houstonians Elizabeth and Jeffrey Early and Carolyn and Michael Mann. PaperCity magazine is serving as media sponsor for the event.
The Harry Mach Family has been a driving force behind some of the most successful nonprofit organizations in Houston and elsewhere for decades. Longtime supporters of Holocaust Museum Houston, the family has championed other such causes as the Alley Theatre, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Incarnate Word Academy, St. Thomas High School, the University of St. Thomas, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and the Houston-Gulf Coast-South Texas Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, among many others.
Harry Mach is president and chief executive officer of Mach Industrial Group, and wife Cora Sue serves as vice president. Son Butch Mach is vice president of production. Son Steven serves as vice president of finance. Butch’s wife, Carmen, serves in the company’s tax compliance unit. Steve’s wife, Joella, is a full-time mother and an active community volunteer. Whether at the University of St. Thomas’ Mardi Gras Gala, the Cornerstone Dinner for the Houston Preservation Alliance, the annual Trick or Treat Toy Party for Texas Children’s Hospital or opening night galas at the Houston Symphony, members of the family can be seen lending much more than just a hand throughout Houston on a regular basis.
Harry chaired Houston’s inaugural Men of Distinction luncheon, which has raised more than $1 million for the Texas Medical Center’s many programs benefitting medical research and treatment for children. He continues to serve on the board. Harry also serves on the board of directors of the Czech Center Museum Houston. Harry served on the Houston Grand Opera Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2008 and served as vice president for public policy from 2003 to 2005 and vice president of finance from 2005 to 2007. He also served on the Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists board at Baylor College of Medicine from 2001 to 2008. He served as vice president from 2002 to 2005 and as president from 2005 to 2007.
Steven served on the founding steering committee of the Men of Distinction and continues to serve on the board. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Houston Symphony Society, serving as vice president for board governance and secretary, and is the presiding trustee of the Houston Symphony Endowment. He is a past board chair of Family Services of Greater Houston. Steve also serves on the Boards of Trustees of Trinity University in San Antonio and River Oaks Baptist School, where he is also presently chairing the school’s $20,000,000 endowment campaign. In 2007, Joella and Steven chaired the annual Pearl Ball benefitting the Good Samaritan Foundation, the state’s largest private scholarship program for student nurses. Since its inception, the ball has raised more than $4.5 million for nursing education in Texas.
Butch has served on the Museum’s board of directors since 2008, including serving as vice chair of development and vice chair of communications. He also serves as vice president of facilities and as an executive board member at the Alley Theatre.
Cora Sue served as president of the Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America from 2000 until 2003 and is very involved with Baylor College of Medicine. She is a founding member of Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists and served as president from 1997 to 1999. She is a member of the Baylor Partnership and served as president in 2005 and 2006. She currently serves on the Advisory Board Council for the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Care Center at Baylor. In 2003 and 2004, she served as president of the Houston Symphony League. She is a member of the Houston Symphony Society board and served as secretary from 2005-2006 and is currently serving as vice president of education, a position she has held since 2007. She was the recipient of the Symphony League's Ellen Kelly Award for volunteerism in May 2006. Cora Sue has served on the board of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary since 2005. She served on the board of directors at the University of St. Thomas from 2005 to 2011. In 2000, she was named an ABC-13 Woman of Distinction and in 2007 was named the ABC-13 Ambassador Woman of Distinction, in recognition of extraordinary efforts to benefit others in our community.
The Family has deservedly been honored by many other organizations, including Citizens for Animal Protection, the Huffington Center, the University of Houston Moore’s School of Music, Baylor College of Medicine, the Houston Symphony, National Philanthropy Day and the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. In 2003, they were recognized as “Family of the Year” by Family Services of Greater Houston.
Previous recipients of the award have included KIPP founders Dave Levin and Mike Feinberg; Mayor Annise Parker, Barbara and Gerald Hines; Marc J. Shapiro; Lester and Sue Smith; Sandra Weiner and Martin Fein; Naomi Warren and Fred Zeidman; Joan and Stanford Alexander; Ed Wulfe and the H-E-B grocery chain; Jack Blanton and The Houston Chronicle; the Rev. William A. Lawson and Julie and Ben Rogers; Linda P. Lay and Siegi Izakson; and Ron Stone.
Proceeds from the event help fund the Museum’s worldwide educational outreach efforts and allow Museum admission to remain free year-round.
For more information or to purchase tickets or tables for the luncheon, call 713-942-8000, ext. 121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.