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Lubbock’s Carla and Brad Moran Chair “History-Making Texan” Honors at Bullock Museum

The head of Texas’ famed H-E-B grocery chain and a Latino accordion player known for crossing musical genres will be feted as “History-Making Texans” at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s annual Texas Independence Day Dinner Feb. 28 in Austin.

Ramar Communications’ Carla and Brad Moran, longtime patrons of the museum, are chairing the event honoring Charles Butt and Leonardo “Flaco” Jimenez among the ranks of living Texas legends whose contributions to the state and the nation are deemed historic and exceptional in scope.

Texas Independence Day Dinner

Bullock’s widow, Jan Felts Bullock of Austin, is serving as Honorary Chair of the event.

The Texas Independence Day Dinner celebrates the state’s rich cultural heritage and generates support for the Bullock Museum, the nation’s premier institution on Texas history. Nearly 500 business, political and community leaders attend the event to help advance the expansive educational programs and special exhibitions. The museum anchors the edge of the Capitol Complex just across the street from the University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art.

“Charles Butt has transformed the grocery industry through his leadership of H-E-B,” said Carla Moran.

“He is an innovative and brilliant business pioneer and a national voice in public education and administration. Every Texan owes him a debt of gratitude for his tireless advocacy and for being an impactful and general community partner.”

Butt is known for his philanthropy in education, hunger relief, military support, health and wellness, social services, the environment, diversity and the arts.

“Flaco Jimenez’s illustrious career spans seven decades on the accordion,” Moran said of the musician who has garnered six Grammys, a Latin Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts awards for his accomplishments in Tejano and Conjunto music.

“It’s only fitting he add ‘History-Making Texan’ to his deserved accolades,” she said.

Previous recipients read like a Who’s-Who of distinguished Texans in politics, journalism, the arts, medicine, ranching, sports and energy.

Since 2001, more than 8 million visitors have explored Texas history at the museum. The foundation has worked since 1999 to raise more than $28 million to support the institution’s programs.

Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

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