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April 30, 2013 at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel

Bob Schieffer - Honoree

Bob Schieffer has been a reporter for more than half a century and has won virtually every award in broadcast Journalism. At the age of 66, when some people think of retirement, Bob wrote his second book which became a New York Times best seller, went on to anchor the CBS Evening News for two years, wrote two more books and in the years that followed, moderated three presidential debates and was chosen a Living Legacy by the Library of Congress. Last year, his weekly broadcast, Face the Nation, became the highest rated Sunday talk show where it remains today. This year, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and the National Association of Broadcasters gave him its distinguished service award. 

Bob was born in Austin, grew up in Fort Worth where he attended public schools, and graduated from North Side High School. He was the first in his family to graduate from college and during his second year at TCU, he got his first job in journalism as a news reporter for KXOL, a rock and roll radio station.

After three years in the Air Force, he returned to Fort Worth and became the night police reporter at the Star-Telegram and in 1965 became the first reporter from a Texas newspaper to report from Vietnam. That assignment led to a job at Fort Worth Channel 5, which led him to Washington and CBS News. He likes to say that CBS hired him to work the weekend shift and 44 years later he is stillworking weekends. 

From the enrollment of James Meredith at Old Miss to Vietnam, the assassination of President Kennedy, Watergate, 9/11 and every presidential campaign since 1972, Bob has been on journalism's front lines. He has interviewed every president since Richard Nixon.

Celebrating Progress, But We're Not Finished Yet       Witnessing the Impact of Hate

Sharon Schieffer Mayes - Honoree

The Multicultural Alliance is all about bringing people of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures together. Sharon Schieffer Mayes has lived a life of those values. Like Bob, she was born in Austin and moved to Fort Worth where she attended public schools and graduated from TCU.

Sharon became a teacher because she believes in all students. For 17 years, she taught eighth grade science. Sharon was the Vice-Principal at Dunbar High School and remained a Vice-Principal for seven years including a stint at Grapevine High. The Keller School District later hired her to be Principal at Keller High where she served for eight years. At the time she was hired, only 2% of Texas high schools had women principals. Sharon always attended the school plays, the academic decathlons, and the athletic contests because she wanted every student to know they were important to her. Sharon retired as an educator after another seven years as an administrator in Keller ISD. An Episcopal Parish asked her to come out of retirement to start a school, and she served as the Headmistress for four years.

Today, Sharon is the Director of the Penrose Foundation, which principally gives college scholarships to Hispanic students. She has been a warden at her church, volunteered and led many charitable organizations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Cook Children's Medical Center and especially enjoys tutoring children at Union Gospel Mission.

Sharon Schieffer Mayes hasn't had her name in the paper as much or been on television as often as her brothers, but if you ask Bob and Tom who in their family made the most difference in the most lives, they would say unequivocally, their sister, Sharon.

Misperceptions Before Playing Football


Tom Schieffer - Honoree

Tom Schieffer was born in Fort Worth. Like his siblings, he attended public schools and graduated from Arlington 
Heights High School. He holds a bachelors and masters from The University of Texas.

Where Bob has been a reporter for more than 50 years, Sharon an educator for more than 40 years, Tom has had several different careers. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives at age 25 and served three terms.

In 1979, he began a general practice of law that quickly migrated into a concentration focusing on oil and gas and investment management. In 1989, he became an investor in the partnership that bought the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Tom was named Partner-in-Charge of Ballpark Development and oversaw all aspects of the construction of The Ballpark in Arlington. He also served as President of the Club and in 1994 assumed the additional duties of Co-Managing General Partner with Rusty Rose.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Tom as Ambassador of the United States to Australia. Attending his first Summit between President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard on September 10, 2011, Tom was in Washington when the awful tragedy of 9/11 unfolded. He attended five more wartime summits. The Australian government made him a member of the Order of Australia.

During his time in Japan, Tom was heavily involved in negotiations that resulted in the Japanese government committing $26 billion to the enhancement of facilities involved in the US-Japan Alliance. Tom was awarded Medals from the Secretary of Defense and five intelligence agencies.

Currently, Tom's consulting business, Envoy International, provides services to various businesses and sports entities. 

We All Belong          Positive Message of Difference in Sports        Baseballs Unique Roll

 Gladys with her grandson

Remembering Our Mama, Gladys Payne Schieffer

By any measure, Gladys Payne Schieffer was a strong willed woman. A child of poverty, she knew the pain of a half full stomach and the humility of a second hand coat. She had great empathy for the underdog and a healthy skepticism for the powerful. A Presbyterian by faith, she believed there was a purpose to life and it did not involve sleeping late or wasting the natural gifts you had been given.

Our mother had no tolerance of liars, cheats or thieves. She thought that soap was cheap and shoes were to be shined. With her, every person deserved a chance, every person deserved respect. No one was to be looked down upon because of the color of their skin, the accent of their English, or the accident of their birth. 

If our father was the breadwinner, our mother was the CEO of the family. She looked upon being a mother as a profession that never ended, and she meant to be good at it. Widowed at age 45, she never remarried. Her duty, as she saw it, was to prepare her children for the world to come. She believed that nothing could compare to the power of an educated mind. Until she came along, no one on either side of our family had ever attended, let alone graduated, college. All of us, and our children, have done so.

Our mother loved us deeply, but she demanded much. Excuses and sibling rivalries were for other people's children, not hers. She wished us achievement but never wealth. She wanted others to know that we passed this way by the measure of our deeds, not the sum of our accounts. She truly believed we were capable of doing anything worth doing. 

The Multicultural Alliance honors us tonight for the success we have had in traveling very different paths. We think we are honoring our mother because none of us believe we would be here if someone else had been our mother. Her hopes and dreams were written on our hearts so many years ago. We carry them in our consciences every day. We all still miss our Mama, but we know she is walking with us tonight and will until the end of our days. 

Bob, Sharon, and Tom


Marvin Blum - Dinner Chair and Moderator

Marvin Blum is highly dedicated to his community. He served as Presiding Chair of the Multicultural Alliance for numerous terms and had the opportunity to experience Camp CommUNITY as an adult advisor.

Marvin currently serves as Treasurer on multiple boards including the Multicultural Alliance and the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities. He is in his 34th year as Treasurer at the Fort Worth Symphony. Marvin has recently joined the Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors to help raise public and legislative awareness of the importance of the arts in Texas.

Marvin earned his BBA with Highest Honors in Accounting from the University of Texas in 1974, where he graduated first in his class and was named Ernst and Ernst Outstanding Student in Accounting. He received his law degree with  High Honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1978, where he graduated second in his class and was named the Prentice-Hall Outstanding Student in Taxation.

Marvin, founder of The Blum Firm, P.C., is known for creating customized, cutting-edge estate plans, now serving hundreds of high net worth families, several with a net worth exceeding $1 billion.

He was chosen as one of the "Nation's Top 100 Attorneys" by New York's Worth Magazine, and was also named one of the Top 100Super Lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly Magazine. He is a highly sought-after speaker and lecturer among his peers, and has recently been named to the Editorial Advisory Committee for Trusts and Estates Magazine

Marvin is an artist and a selection of his paintings are displayed at The Blum Firm, P.C.
A Five Day Transformation

Lindsey Graves - Invocation

Lindsey Graves is in the midst of a two-year internship with the Multicultural Alliance. As an upcoming May graduate of Brite Divinity School, Lindsey participated in MCA's seminary interfaith retreat and the Fall 2013 interfaith dialogues. Additionally, Lindsey will co-facilitate the next interfaith dialogue session beginning in May.

Last week Lindsey was recognized with a prestigious book award by Brite Divinity School President, Dr. Newel Williams, for her outstanding work in his class on the History of Christianity in America. Originally from Oklahoma, she attended the University of Oklahoma where she attained her undergraduate degree in Religious Studies.

Lindsey on Intergroup Dialogue

Sana Syed - Benediction

Sana Syed spent ten years in broadcast news, working as a producer, assignment editor, reporter and news anchor. Most recently, she worked as a reporter for CBS 11 News, as Communication Coordinator and spokesperson for the City of Arlington. Additionally she is completing a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy with an emphasis on Journalism at UTA. Sana earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from the Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU.

She is the Founder/President of Kimiya International and serves on the Board of Directors for the Turning Point Rape Crisis Center in Collin County. Sana participated in the Fall 2012 MCA interfaith dialogues. She believes that interfaith dialogues are vital to our community and will co-facilitate the upcoming session. 

Creating Unparalleled Bonds        Uncle Bob

2013 Dinner pictures
Thank you to all program participants, attendees, and 2013 Dinner Sponsors for supporting the Multicultural Alliance.



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