March 01, 2002
Stewart Doreen, Midland Reporter-Telegram
MIDLAND, TEXAS (MRT) - The Dinner of Champions, a benefit for the West Texas Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is an annual event that pays tribute to community leaders for professional excellence and civic commitment.
The Dinner of Champions honored state Rep. Tom Craddick of Midland Thursday night and raised an estimated $130,000 to continue fighting the fight against MS.
The Dinner of Champions is annual event that pays tribute to community leaders for professional excellence and civic commitment.
Craddick, 58, has been a member of the state legislature since 1969.
"The Hope Award is our highest honor which we give out annually to people who have exhibited and embodied the community and given back to the community in huge ways," said Kristen Stubbs, regional development manager for the national MS Society. "Tom is a very worthy recipient of this award for all the things he has done for Midland, West Texas and for Texas."
The Petroleum Club was the site of the dinner, and the night was sold out well in advance. According to Ms. Stubbs, the event was actually sold out before the tickets were printed.
Craddick, the GOP frontrunner to challenge Democrat Pete Laney for Texas' Speaker of the House, said the dinner was a great honor and coincidence of sorts.
"The first project or first community service project that we got involved in after we got married and moved back to Midland, my wife (Nadine) became the local chairman of MS," Craddick said.
Paul L. Morris, president of Wagner
& Brown, served as the dinner chairman and emceed the event.