The Dallas Builders Association has awarded the 2017 Hugh Prather Trophy to Donnie Evans of Altura Homes. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Dallas BA and has been presented annually for the past 67 years to a builder, remodeler or developer member who has done the most for the betterment of the North Texas region.
The 2017 presentation was made during the Association’s Sept. 29 Installation of Leadership held at The Empire Room in Dallas and presented by StrucSure Home Warranty.
The award was named for the Association’s first president, Hugh Prather, in hopes that his principles would serve as a guide for future generations of builders. It is not meant to be simply a “Builder of the Year,” but something more that reflects credit to the building industry.
Other awards presented Sept. 29 were the Clyde Anderson Associate of the Year Award to Clyde Anderson; the APEX Award to LRO Residential; the AP Roffino Award to the Government Relations Committee; and the Shorty Howard Trophy to Michael Turner.
Past Prather Award recipients include home building icons such as Dave Fox, W.W. Caruth Jr., Bob Folsom, Fred Roach, Kent Conine, Tommy Ford, George Lewis, Jerry Carter and Harold Pollman, among others.
2016 Prather recipient Michael Sugrue of StoneLeaf Homes of Distinction presented the award.
Donnie Evans is a U.S. Army veteran who completed tours in both Germany and Vietnam He is a strong supporter of such charities as the Boy Scouts, Helping Hands and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Each Christmas he participates in the Angel Tree program, always choosing children who have asked for a bike.
Evans was a key driving factor in Altura Homes’ Operation FINALLY HOME project that built a mortgage-free home to a wounded veteran last year. He is currently assisting with the Dallas BA’s Patriot Paws project to build a new facility for an organization that pairs wounded veterans with service dogs.
Evans is a significant contributor to the Texas Builders Foundation, which provides scholarships for students going into the residential construction industry. He served on the committee to elect John Ratcliff to the position of US Congressman.
Evans has served the industry on all levels. He has been co-chair of the Sunbelt Builders Show and not only served as the Dallas BA’s membership chair, but was the top membership recruiter from 2015 through 2017.
To top it off, at the age of 66, Donnie Evans and his wife Toni became the foster parents to three young children.