San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) June 20, 2014
Trinity Oaks, a local nonprofit, has announced the Lt. Paul Silber Award to be given out on September 13, 2014, at their annual gala and fundraising event. Trinity Oaks’ mission is to take what we have been given and give back to make a difference in the lives of others through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The award is named after Lt. Silber, who is a shining example of a dedicated soldier who has overcome the limitations resulting from combat wounds to have a meaningful, rewarding life after war. Trinity Oaks provides the community with free youth outdoor education programs, all-expense paid veteran “Hero Celebration” events and in 2013 provided over 325,000 meals to those in need. “Trinity Oaks is pleased to announce the creation of this new award,” said Tom Snyder, founder of the organization. “Our hope is to give recognition to Purple Heart veteran’s who continue to serve their community after their return from combat.”
About Lt. Paul Silber
Twenty days after Lt. Silber’s 20th birthday he was critically wounded by a Japanese mortar shell during the battle of Zig Zag Pass in the Philippines during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. After being medically retired from the Army in 1947, he returned to Texas A&M University, received his engineering degree and built a successful engineering practice. Lt. Silber served in the Texas Legislature and on multiple City committees and boards. He consistently practiced soil and wildlife conservation on his land and assisted the National Parks Service representing the landowners in the creation of the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River Agreement. Today, at age 89, he is still actively involved in the life of the central Texas community. His life of service is truly inspirational and the Lt. Paul Silber Award will recognize the example he has set for fellow veterans that life after disabling wounds can be meaningful, productive, and rewarding.
About the Award
The award recognizes the outstanding achievement in the areas of service to their country, philanthropy, and will recognize a community member who leads by example to fulfill the mission of Trinity Oaks. Although the recipient’s life must reflect the values of Trinity Oaks, they do not need to have been a participant, volunteer, or previously affiliated with the organizations programs or services.
Recipients of the Lt. Paul Silber Award must meet the following criteria:
1. Purple Heart recipient - The Purple Heart is a combat decoration and is awarded to “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy”. Please provide a narrative about overcoming injuries sustained in combat.
2. Community volunteer - The award winner will demonstrate consistent volunteerism and service within their community. Participation in a leadership role within a volunteer situation will be given more weight. Examples of the nominee’s philanthropic nature including examples and references are desired.
3. Nature enthusiast and conservationist - Appreciation of nature and a healthy respect for the bounties of the world are a necessary trait for the recipient of this award. Support of a conservation or other natural resource focused organization is highly sought after.
4. Trinity Oaks Mission - The recipient of the Lt. Paul Silber award does not have to be affiliated with Trinity Oaks, but must demonstrate their personal beliefs are aligned with those of the organization including a respect for nature, participation in outdoor heritage, as well as an appreciation for God and this great country.
Nominations should include nominator's name, contact information, nominee’s name and how they fit the above criteria to info(at)trinityoaks(dot)com. The more information provided about the nominee’s military service, volunteer experience and general nature, the better idea we will have about how closely they fit the criteria.
Questions regarding this new award can be directed to the Trinity Oaks Media Contact, Britt Peterson. She can be reached by phone at, (830) 928-3085 or via email: info(at)trinityoaks(dot)org. Visit http://www.trinityoaks.org to learn more about the organization.