Few events in Austin draw star power from the worlds of music, television, film and philanthropy quite like The Nobelity Project’s Feed the Peace Awards. The brainchild of Christy and Turk Pipkin, the annual event recognizes individuals who are committed to social justice through art and action.
At Sunday’s 10th anniversary dinner at the Four Seasons, Nobelity bestowed awards on a swath of actors, musicians and a homegrown architect, all of whom have had some involvement with the organization’s founders or have volunteered for Nobelity’s efforts in Kenya and other places around the world. Austin architect Dick Clark was honored with a surprise Founders Award for “making a fundamental difference in our work,” according to Turk Pipkin.
Director Robert Rodriguez gave the The Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist and actor Steven Van Zandt, who also happens to be quite charitably focused…as was evident in the reel that played before he took the stage. Former Friday Night Lights (and current Nashville) actress Connie Britton presented the Ann Richards Founders Award to her former co-star, good friend and Austinite Kyle Chandler, his wife Kathryn, plus daughters Sydney and Sawyer, who received traditional Kenyan headdresses from the kids in a village where they recently volunteered.
After the awards were given out, the jams began. ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons rocked the room with Fabulous Thunderbirds founder Jimmy Vaughan. Spotted among the roomful of supporters were Mayor Steve Adler and Diane Land, Mary and Rusty Tally, Jane Kellogg Murray, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lana McGilvray and DJ Stout, Scott Ballew and Graydon Parrish, and Eric Webber.
*All photos courtesy of BILL ALBRECHT, ALBRECHTPHOTO.COM