RecognizeGood honored Ann Hart as the 86th RecognizeGood Legend award in a presentation in Austin on Friday, August 30th. During the event, RecognizeGood made a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation to Autism Society of Texas in her name.
Ann Hart has been a core part of the Autism Society of Texas for over 25 years. For the first 20 years, the organization was entirely run by volunteers and has been able to positively impact thousands of parents in need of educational resources and support. Suzanne Potts, former Executive Director, gushes about Ann. “We COULD NOT operate without her! She’s a really phenomenal volunteer – there’s no part of the organization that she doesn’t know or have an impact on and she single-handedly speaks with every person with autism who calls in.” The time Ann has dedicated to the organization has grown little by little, until she essentially served as full-time unpaid staff doing just about everything for several years.
“She always pitches in, she’ll always help us, she’s always the first to volunteer and she’s a really solid person,” says Jackie Benestante, current Director of Advocacy and External Affairs. “We’re lucky to have her as a board member – we always joke, ‘What would Ann Hart do?’”