Center for Public Policy Priorities
2018 Texas Legacy
Cecilia and Garrett Boone to be Honored by CPPP

Annual Texas Legacy Award to be presented October 24 at Austin luncheon

The Center for Public Policy Priorities will honor Dallas business leaders and philanthropists Cecilia and Garrett Boone with its 2018 Texas Legacy Award. The Boones join a distinguished line of leaders who have committed their lives and careers to improving Texas through public policy and public service.

The award ceremony will take place at the annual CPPP Legacy Luncheon on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For sponsorship information, please contact

"Cecilia and Garrett Boone are a beloved Texas power couple of civic engagement, leadership and philanthropy," said Veletta Forsythe Lill, Board Chair of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "We are proud to honor them for their commitment to our shared vision of improving the lives of Texans."

A former IBM executive, Cecilia Boones has been a passionate advocate for gender equity. She is the past chair of CPPP partner the Dallas Women’s Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, among other organizations.

Garrett Boone is cofounder and Chairman Emeritus of The Container Store, which he launched with his partners in 1978 and which became one of the most successful businesses in Texas. He has been a leading business voice in advocating for a sustainable environment, co-founding the Texas Business for Clean Air Foundation in 2006. He has served on a number of boards of directors relating to the development of parks along the Trinity River in Dallas.

Cecilia and Garrett founded The Boone Family Foundation with their three children in 2007, focusing on critical areas including advancing equity for women and girls and improving public education.

The Legacy Luncheon will bring together leaders from across Texas to reflect on Cecilia and Garrett Boone's legacies while raising funds to support CPPP's important work.

"Hard-working Texans – including especially women and low-income Texans – are better off because Cecilia and Garrett Boone support the critical role of public policy to advance change," said Ann Beeson, CEO of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. "We look forward to celebrating with them and hundreds of friends and supporters this fall in Austin."

CPPP believes in a Texas where everyone has the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated and financially secure. We want the best Texas – a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all.
Lilly Ledbetter to Keynote CPPP Legacy Luncheon
CPPP is excited to announce Lilly Ledbetter as our 2018 Legacy Luncheon keynote speaker! Ledbetter will join over 400 Texas leaders and advocates in Austin on October 24 as we honor Cecilia and Garrett Boone with the 2018 CPPP Texas Legacy Award.
Lilly Ledbetter was born in a house with no running water or electricity in the small town of Possum Trot, Alabama. After working at the Goodyear Tire factory for nineteen years, she learned that for decades she had been paid less than men doing the same job. Lilly fought for over 10 years – all the way to the Supreme Court and then in Congress – to help close the gender pay gap for all women.
Lilly Ledbetter is a renowned advocate for women and the civil rights of the disenfranchised. Her advocacy on fair pay and gender equity led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Read more about Lilly Ledbetter and her fight for equal pay here.
The Legacy Luncheon will honor Dallas business leaders and philanthropists Cecilia and Garrett Boone, who have committed their lives and careers to improving Texas.
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