Architect Lucilo Peña will receive the prestigious Kuchling Humanitarian Award at this year’s Black Tie Dinner, the event’s co-chairs announced in a release today. Peña, who currently serves as president at Billingsley Co. in Dallas, is a longtime supporter of local LGBT and arts organizations.
He served on the national board of the Human Rights Campaign from 2000 to 2008. Locally, Peña served as co-chair of HRC’s Major Donor and Capital Campaign committees, and as a founding committee member for “Straight Talk on Gay Issues,” a series of events to reach out to allies.
Peña has been a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art and a member of DMA’s Executive Committee since 2002. He’s been a member of the Board of Directors of the AT&T Performing Arts Center since 2010 and helped create the AT&T PAC/Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas, the release states.
The Kuchling Humanitarian Award is given to individuals who have made extraordinary gifts of their time and talents on behalf of the LGBT community. It is named for the late Raymond Kuchling, former manager of economic development for the city of Dallas and a founder of the organization that became Black Tie Dinner Inc. For a full list of previous Kuchling winners, go here.
“It will be an honor to present the prestigious Kuchling Humanitarian Award to this outstanding community leader this fall,” BTD co-chair Chris Kouvelis said. “Lucilo ideally reflects our theme for this year’s dinner: ‘Affair of the Heart.’ In whatever Lucilo gets involved, it is truly an affair of his heart, and he pours his heart into every project. He is an inspiration.”
Last month, Black Tie announced that J.C. Penney will receive this year’s Media Award. Black Tie has yet to announce the winner of the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award. The 2012 dinner is set for Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Hotel Dallas. For more info, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities, go here.
Read the full release after the jump.