By Hayden Walker
Last Monday at the iconic symbol of Texas State pride, the Alamo, The History Channel hosted an exclusive preview of epic ten-part event series Texas Rising (premiering Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at 9 PM ET/PT). From the Emmy Award-winning team behind record-breaking History Channel miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, Texas Rising takes place in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of the Alamo and chronicles the Texas Revolution and the formation of the Texas Rangers.
The event was to recognize the “Texas Honors,” inductees in a star-studded evening in partnership with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, kicking off fundraising efforts for the Alamo Endowment, honoring the State’s great history and recognizing an elite group of Texas legends, humanitarians, athletes, artists and entrepreneurs.
Chef Paul Qui was recognized for his amazing work and success in the culinary arts. Brendan Fraser introduced chef Qui, with an abundance of kind words and accolades, presenting him with the Texas Honors award in front of a distinguished audience and notable film and political dignitaries in attendance.
In attendance included Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and members of the Texas Rising Cast:
- Bill Paxton
- Ray Liotta
- Kris Kristofferson
- Brendan Fraser
- Olivier Martinez
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson
- Leslie Greif, Executive Producer
- Roland Joffé, Director
Texas Honors Honorees:
- Chef Paul Qui, Top Chef Season 9 Winner (Austin, TX)
- Shanna Peeples, National Teacher of the Year (Amarillo, TX)
- Sara Martinez Tucker, President Emeritus of the National Math & Science Initiative, University of Texas Board of Regents (Laredo, TX)
- Marcus Luttrell, Retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell (Houston, TX) *Luttrell’s wife Melanie attended on his behalf.
- Phil Collins, Musician
- José Feliciano, Musician
- Chuck Mead, Musician