The UNT Foundation is hosting the second annual Emerald Eagle Honors: Recognizing a Lifetime of Contributions to the American Landscape. This Kennedy Center Honors-type stage production allows the University to annually celebrate three UNT alumni who have profoundly impacted our culture and society. Last year's honorees were Pro Football Hall of Famer "Mean" Joe Greene; Rock and Roll icon, the late Roy Orbison; and former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm. Honorees for this year include actor and Academy Award nominee Peter Weller; actress, former sportscaster and 1971 Miss America Phyllis George; and Pulitzer Price-winning novelist and Academy Award-winner screenwriter Larry McMurtry.
These trailblazers will be celebrated from the Meyerson stage via career video retrospectives, remarks by speakers significant to their careers, and musical tributes by special guests and the UNT College of Music. During the show, the honorees will watch from private boxes, surrounded by family and friends.
The show will also spotlight the wonderful stories of the evening's beneficiary, UNT's award-winning Emerald Eagle Scholars program. The Emerald Eagle Scholars program helps high-achieving but financially challenged students pursue their college dreams.
The program provides students with financial and academic support and campus connections to help them succeed in college and earn their degrees. It has allowed nearly 3,500 students - most of whom are first-generation students - to attend UNT.
The approximately 120 Emerald Eagle seniors will be recognized during the proceedings and wil be seated behind the stage in the Meyerson's choral terrace.
Tickets and sponsorships are being sold through an event committee comprised of UNT alumni and civic leaders dedicated to the cause of the Emerald Eagle Scholars program. All proceeds to this worthy cause.
Attire for the evening is cocktail and ticket holders will be served cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres prior to the show's approximate 7:45 p.m. curtain.