The Spirit of Texas Festival, presented by H-E-B Creamy Creations, recognized the first class of Texas Legends during the event’s VIP Night. The group of six noteworthy individuals included top businessmen, educators, state policymakers and athletes.

The festival organizers selected these honorees based on the profound mark on the Lone Star State. “Our festival is dedicated to recognizing the best of Texas,” said Cynthia Caronna, the festival’s founder and executive director. “We’re proud to add this recognition to our festival because these individuals have a long history of service to our state. It’s our way of saluting their work and thanking them for their tireless efforts.

The Texas Legends who were honored during the 2018 festival were:

  • Don Adam, who is a member of Texas A&M’s class of 1957. After serving in the U.S. Army, Adam achieved business success. His career included working in the insurance, cable television, real estate, construction, development and banking. He now devotes his time to helping build the Bryan-College Station community.
  • Edd Hargett, who was Texas A&M’s quarterback from 1967-1968 and went on to play for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and Houston Oilers. In 2017, the Trump Administration appointed Hargett as the Texas state director for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development.
  • Billy Pete Huddleston, who was the captain of Texas A&M’s famous 19955 Junction Boys. He has more than 60 years of experience in the oil business and served as a visiting professor at Texas A&M for 17 years. It is estimated that he taught approximately 15 percent of all practicing petroleum engineers in the entire United States.
  • Dr. Michael McKinney, is Chancellor Emeritus of The Texas A&M University System. He previously served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1984-1991 and was appointed as the Texas Health & Human Services Commissioner by Governor George W. Bush from 1995-1998. As a legislator, he was cited as one of the “Ten Most Effective Legislators” and “Ten Best Legislators.” Dr. McKinney practiced medicine in Centerville, TX for 16 years.
  • R.C. Slocum, who is the winningest football coach in A&M’s history with a 123-47-2 record over 14 seasons. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in 2012.
  • 106,000 H-E-B Partners who helped their fellow Texans during recent disasters. Charles Butt, CEO is also a significant supporter of public education, including developing programs for administrator development and teacher scholarships.

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