The OutStander Awards

The OutStander Awards are designed to spotlight outstanding, and upstanding residents in San Antonio who champion the Feel Good mission every day. First Lady of San Antonio Erika Prosper Nirenberg presented the OutStander Awards at Harlequin Feel Good Day on Saturday, October 5 to six individuals who champion good causes and improve the quality of life in the community of San Antonio.

Nomination Categories

Person of Positivity: Ande McBay

Person of Positivity Ande McBay has a moving story of resilience and perseverance. The self-proclaimed military “brat” has overcome numerous personal and medical challenges to become the first Deaf female Executive Chef in San Antonio and co-founded the Ladies’ Raspa and Adventuring Society and the Dames Who Dine.

Women United Community Catalyst, United Way: Laura Vaccaro

Women United Community Catalyst, United Way winner Laura Vaccaro is an active fundraiser for the MS Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and Girl Scouts. Her valuable leadership and ambitious fundraising goals have earned respect within the United Way family of volunteers.

Millennial Groundbreaker: April Ancira

Millennial Groundbreaker April Ancira “goes big” for one lucky nonprofit each year and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Brighton Center, ALS, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Family Services.

Harlequin Hometown Hero: Amy Palmer

Harlequin Hometown Hero Amy Palmer is a veteran of the armed forces who has committed her post-Air Force work to supporting those on the front lines through Soldiers’ Angels. Palmer has spearheaded the creation of a Veteran Internship Program at Soldiers’ Angels to help military service members transition to civilian life and learn more about nonprofit management. She mentors veterans daily and helps them learn skills that will assist them in finding future employment.

Cultural Champion: Kathy Armstrong

Cultural Champion Kathy Armstrong is an advocate for the arts as a curator, director, and participant in the cultural scene of San Antonio. She has put the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival on San Antonio’s cultural map, showcasing innovative contemporary art to more than twenty thousand festival attendees each year.