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Distinguished Citizen Award

Distinguished Citizen Award

The Distinguished Citizen Award annually honors individuals who share Scouting’s belief in leadership, determination and values, and have contributed significantly to the growth and vitality of Central Texas.

Past recipients include:

  • Attorney/Philanthropist Clarke Heidrick
  • Banker/Philanthropist Tim Crowley
  • Attorney/Philanthropist Tim Taylor
  • Endeavor Real Estate co-founder David Roche
  • University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven
  • Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp
  • the late University of Texas President Bill Powers
  • former Governor Rick Perry
  • Texas Disposal Systems co-founders Bob and Jim Gregory
  • former University of Texas Men’s Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds
  • past Greater Austin Economic Development Corporation Chair Gary Farmer
  • Philanthropists Pete and Tomi Winstead
  • the late Austin Mayor Gus Garcia

This Year’s Honoree

Elizabeth Christian, a fourth-generation Austinite and journalism graduate of the University of Texas, is CEO of Elizabeth Christian Public Relations, one of Austin’s oldest and largest PR firms.

Christian has a four-decade career in public relations, journalism and political affairs. In addition to running an award-winning PR firm, which serves such clients as Google and Google Fiber, St. David’s HealthCare, Austin FC, Texas Mutual Insurance, the Austin Board of Realtors, the Downtown Austin Alliance, and others, she is active in the community.

She is a vice chair of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and past president of the Headliners Club and of the Austin Area Research Organization. She is an active member of the board of trustees of the Greater Austin Crime Commission and Covenant Presbyterian Foundation.

She has long been active with the Austin Chamber of Commerce, having served at various times as chair of the transportation, education and communications committees. She has attended (and helped underwrite) virtually every Chamber intercity trip and has made numerous visits to Washington with Chamber delegations to lobby for Central Texas interests.

Christian and her husband, former Austin Mayor Bruce Todd, have two grown children.

Event Details

Our Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon honoring Elizabeth Christian is scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • JW Marriott Hotel
  • 110 E. 2nd St., Austin, 78701
  • Check-in begins at 10:45am
  • Lunch and program from 11:30am-1:00pm

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Event Impact

For more than one hundred years, the Boy Scouts of America has provided programs with a mission of preparing young people for adulthood – and to be responsible citizens. Scouting offers exciting programs designed to inspire, build character, and instill the values boys and girls need to succeed today. Funds from the Award event benefit nearly 500 Scouting programs across 15 Central Texas counties serving youth regardless of ability or economic level. 


Become a Sponsor

Honor Elizabeth Christian’s incredible work in our community and support Scouting by becoming a sponsor of our 2021 event! Please review this listing of the sponsorship levels and benefits.

Fill out the form below and we will invoice your company. The form must be submitted by Friday, January 29, 2021 to confirm your sponsorship. You will have until Friday, December 31, 2021, to fulfill your commitment.

Yes! We Will Sponsor The 2021 Distinguished Citizen Award Luncheon

  • Este campo es un campo de validación y debe quedar sin cambios.


Important Dates for Sponsor Recognition

Friday, December 15, 2020 – deadline to submit your company logo for inclusion in the event mailer

Friday, February 26, 2021 – deadline to submit your ad for inclusion in the event program

Ad sizes (width x height):

  • Quarter page – 2″ x 3.75″
  • Half page – 3.75″ x 4.75″
  • Full page – 4.75″ x 7.75″

Please submit all materials to [email protected].

Friday, March 12, 2021 – deadline to submit your table guest list for production of special name badges for you and your guests available at check-in


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