Philanthropy on the Brain

Center for BrainHealth bestows highest honors on deserving Dallas visionary

Center for BrainHealth bestows highest honors on Dallas visionary

Lyda Hill, Legacy Award Dinner honoree, Eric Bennett, Executive Director, Brain Peformance Institute, Sandra “Sandi” Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth
Lyda Hill, Eric Bennett, Sandra Chapman Photo by Kristina Bowman
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Brain Performance Institute Warrior Training Team Photo by Jason Voinov
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Legacy Award Dinner
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee Photo by Kristina Bowman
Toni and Boone Pickens, Legacy Awards Dinner
Toni Pickens, Boone Pickens Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jim and Kay Hammond, Pam and John Borders, Legacy Award Dinner
Kay Hammond, Jim Hammond Photo by Kristina Bowman
Stephen and Molly Holley , Legacy Award Dinner
Stephen Holley, Molly Holley Photo by Kristina Bowman
Michael and Lindsey Wisenbaker, Legacy Award Dinner
Michael Wisenbaker, Lindsey Wisenbaker Photo by Kristina Bowman
Sue and Brett Ringle, Legacy Award Dinner
Sue Ringle, Brett Ringle Photo by Kristina Bowman
Paul Stoffel, Gayle Stoffel, Legacy Award Dinner
Paul Stoffel, Gayle Stoffel Photo by Kristina Bowman
Alexa Spears and Suzanne Charriere, Legacy Award Dinner
Alexa Spears, Suzanne Charriere Photo by Kristina Bowman
Jan Pruitt, Charles Pruitt, Legacy Award Dinner
Jan Pruitt, Charles Pruitt Photo by Kristina Bowman
Charles and Pat McEvoy, Legacy Dinner
Charles McEvoy, Pat McEvoy Photo by Jason Voinov
Lyda Hill, Legacy Award Dinner honoree, Eric Bennett, Executive Director, Brain Peformance Institute, Sandra “Sandi” Chapman, Ph.D., Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth
legacy dinner
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Legacy Award Dinner
Toni and Boone Pickens, Legacy Awards Dinner
Jim and Kay Hammond, Pam and John Borders, Legacy Award Dinner
Stephen and Molly Holley , Legacy Award Dinner
Michael and Lindsey Wisenbaker, Legacy Award Dinner
Sue and Brett Ringle, Legacy Award Dinner
Paul Stoffel, Gayle Stoffel, Legacy Award Dinner
Alexa Spears and Suzanne Charriere, Legacy Award Dinner
Jan Pruitt, Charles Pruitt, Legacy Award Dinner
Charles and Pat McEvoy, Legacy Dinner

More than 250 guests celebrated Veterans Day at The Joule for the Legacy Award Dinner presented by the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas. Lyda Hill was this year’s recipient of the organization’s highest honor, because of her vision and dedication to brain research that enables the center to explore the vast potential of the human mind.

Chairperson Lynn McBee got the evening started, sharing Hill’s path to recognition and commending her for giving so much to those who have served and for living her life of service with such gusto. McBee said that it was her hope that Hill be celebrated with such gusto on this special evening.

Four of the Center for BrainHealth’s veterans then presented the award to Hill, who accepted it to a standing ovation by guests, including Toni and Boone Pickens, Charles and Pat McEvoy, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Molly and Stephen Holley.

Hill explained that her nephew, Michael Wisenbaker, deserved a lot of the credit. An Air Force F-16 pilot and Iraq war veteran, he urged her to find a solution to an underfunded challenge: the often overwhelming and unseen injuries of war that make the transition from military to civilian life difficult for veterans and military service members.

She accepted his mission and gave $2 million to the Center for BrainHealth’s Brain Performance Institute to activate the Warrior Training Team, mobile units of clinicians and veterans who deliver effective, evidence-based programs that build brain resilience, achieve brain regeneration and reverse losses in cognitive function.

“Thanks to Lyda’s gift, our brothers and sisters in arms are getting the opportunity to focus on training their brains with the same intensity that they do their bodies,” said retired US Navy SEAL Lt. Morgan Luttrell.

The Center for BrainHealth at UTD is a scientific research institute committed to understanding, protecting and healing the brain. The Warrior Training Team has reached more than 500. Projections for next year are in the thousands.