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Barry Mandel Honored as a “B” Boy

Lauding a ‘B’ boy: Discovery Green president Barry Mandel (front row, second from left), pictured with his partner, Dr. Scott Sawyer (front row, right), was honored by Crisis Intervention of Houston for his charitable work. Photo by Michelle Rexroat.

Discovery Green’s Barry Mandel was among five men, all of whose first names coincidentally begin with a “B,” honored at an event recognizing their contributions to the Houston community.

The event, which raised funds for Crisis Intervention of Houston on March 31, was attended by more than 250 guests at the opulent Corinthian, located in downtown Houston.

As president and park director of Discovery Green, Mandel oversees a 12-acre park that serves as a public gathering space, holds hundreds of events, and welcomed over three million visitors in its first three years. A fourth-generation Houstonian, Mandel also served as chief operating officer and capital campaign director at Legacy Community Health Services, president of the Houston Downtown Alliance, and executive director of the Theater District Association. Mandel has also contributed to the success of Casa de Esperanza, American Leadership Forum, Talento Bilingue, Girls, Inc., the Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Food Bank, and AIDS Foundation Houston.

Chef Bryan Caswell, technical blogger and businessman Bob Cavnar, retail executive Bob Devlin, and investment banker Bobby Tudor joined Mandel in being honored with the B-Boys distinction.

“We at Crisis Intervention of Houston are thankful for this opportunity to recognize these five outstanding men whose contributions and willingness to answer the call for our community have been evident time and again,” said Shari Koziol, executive director of Crisis Intervention of Houston. “It is truly our honor to consider them friends of our organization and
we look forward to many more years of friendship.”

Organizers paid tribute to the honorees with a video presentation that showcased the many philanthropic contributions each man has made to improve the lives of others in the Houston community. The honorees were also presented with “The B-Boys” mayoral proclamation by Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzales. Jerome Gray served as the emcee, with remarks provided by Joni Baird, manager of public affairs for Chevron, the evening’s title sponsor. Crisishotline.org


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