At Sonesta, our #CultureofCaring is important to us, and there are certain events and initiatives that we look forward to annually that have become part of that culture. One of those is The Annual Houston Humanitarian Awards, which is held every year at Royal Sonesta Houston.

Established in 2014 by local Humanitarians Treveia and David Dennis, the Annual Houston
Humanitarian Awards honor ten Houstonians that exemplify kindness and make Houston a better
place to live through action, philanthropy, volunteerism or involvement. The Founders also
present signature awards that recognize special achievements and meaningful contributions to
societal issues and people in need.

Royal Sonesta Houston sponsors this annual event, which, in celebration of Houston’s Random Acts of Kindness day, was was established to recognize local and National heroes that exemplify kindness by giving back to their communities. 

Sonesta Texas Area General Manager Pete Ells has been involved with the event since the beginning. In an interview leading up to this year’s awards, he shared how the event lined up with the Sonesta Culture of Caring.

“What I really love about the event is that it recognizes the hidden angels in our community that are doing great works day in and day out. . . just in their corner of the world doing great things and helping other people. “


2021 honorees included former NBA Star and Civil Rights Activist Stephen Jackson, a
Texas native and 14-year NBA Pro who launched a powerful civil rights movement following the
death of his friend George Floyd. Jackson became only the second recipient to receive the
organization’s National Humanitarian Award. Houston Humanitarians honored this year also included Dr. Joseph Varon, Janice Weaver, Warren Broadnax and Marcus Bowers, David Imonitie, Pastor Jose and Angelica Ortega, Pastor Walter August, Chris and Debbie Tritico, Rogene Calvert, Jimmy Phan, the Cactus Jack Foundation, and Macy Savoy, who was honored with the Florene Ivory Dennis Historic Heart Award.

Watch the recap of the event here.

Learn more about the Annual Houston Humanitarian Awards.