Fort Worth Honors Community and Global Leaders

Fort Worth, TX – Community Awards Given to Global Leaders

Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 34th Annual Meeting was held Sept. 18 at The Fort Worth Club, attended by nearly 300 community leaders and members.

Fort Worth honored individuals and organizations for their work in the community and promotion of Fort Worth around the world.

The Bob Bolen Award for Outstanding Board Leadership was awarded to Carlo Capua, Z’s Café & Locavore. Carlo’s first experience with Sister Cities was as a student, attending his first International Leadership Academy in 1993 which awoke the giant within. From there forward, Capua home hosted international visitors, served as a Youth Ambassador on exchanges, organized a local young alumni group and now serves on the board of Fort Worth Sister Cities and Sister Cities International, the national organization in Washington, D.C.

Fort Worth Country Day School was awarded the Eisenhower Award for Organizational Involvement. The school has been a valued partner for many years, hosting nearly 50 international students and educators from Japan, France and Germany this year alone. Fort Worth Country Day has served as a host for high school and middle school students many times, involves many students in leadership position for Sister Cities and supports educators as delegation leaders on many exchanges.

Andréanne Annis received the prestigious Volunteer of the Year Award. Annis has led student exchanges to Hungary, Japan and France many times. She played a huge role in the official signing with our newest sister city, Nîmes, France in February, by organizing the official welcoming reception, acting as translator and hosting guests throughout their stay. Annis has also home hosted delegations when they visited Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International is proud to work with such outstanding volunteers and organizations, who help fulfill our mission to the community.

Check out photos from the event!

Mayor’s International Dinner Global Award Winners Announced

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities to honor Ross Perot, Jr. at May 23 event

Mayor Betsy Price and Dinner Chairs Greg and Claudine Jackson will lead the annual Mayor’s International Dinner & Global Awards May 23, 2019 as Sister Cities honors individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability, and international commerce.

Ross Perot, Jr., real estate developer and businessman who is best known for his development of AllianceTexas and his circumnavigation of the world in a helicopter at the age of 23, will be honored with the Global Impact Award. This honor is given to individuals who have made significant efforts to promote Fort Worth globally and establish international partnerships.

Cook Children’s Health System will be awarded the Global Nexus Award recognizing businesses that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

LINKS, Inc.–Fort Worth Chapter will receive the Global Citizens Award which is given to organizations that are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational, humanitarian, or cultural initiatives.

The dinner will be held May 23 at the Worthington Hotel to celebrate 34 years of service by Sister Cities to the City of Fort Worth. With a theme of A Night in Nîmes, the event will focus on Fort Worth’s ninth and newest sister city, Nîmes, France.

The dinner is made possible by the Members Circle of Giving which is comprised of individuals, businesses, and organizations who support the mission of Sister Cities. Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth plays a key role in its mission, but most work is made possible through public support through the Members Circle.

For more information on how to join the Members Circle, click here or call Katie Wharry at 817-632-7101 or

Mark Nurdin Chairing Global Effort


Fort Worth, Texas – Mark Nurdin Announced as Chair of Sister Cities Campaign

Mark Nurdin, President, Bank of Texas, and 2019 Members Circle of Giving Campaign Chair for Sister Cities, announced to the public today that $203,375 of the $325,000 campaign goal has already been raised for 2019. 

This early support comes from the 100% participation of the Fort Worth Sister Cities board of directors and staff; Visit Fort Worth, Rae and Michael Hyatt, and Texas Health Resources as Premier members; BNSF Railway Company, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson as Global members; Bank of Texas, BBVA Compass, Cook Children’s Health Care System, Hillwood, Hilde and Helmut Horchler and Mary Palko as Presidential members; and many others.

Lead donors to this year’s campaign will be recognized at a private reception in February celebrating the new partnership between Fort Worth and Nîmes, France and at the Mayor’s International Dinner and Global Awards on May 23. 

“This is an exciting year for Sister Cities,” said Veronica Chavez Law, Board Chairwoman. “Not only were we recently named as having the best sister city’s program in the nation, but Fort Worth will expand its global connections by signing its ninth sister city, Nîmes, France, on Feb. 13. We are working to strengthen and create even more relationships for Fort Worth and grow the opportunities for youth and adults alike.”

Funding and in-kind support from the City of Fort Worth (4% of Sister Cities’ budget) play a key role in the mission, but most work is made possible through public support like that received through the Members Circle of Giving. To join the Members Circle of Giving, click here.