• City of Burleson Economic Development Manager Alex Philips was one of three recipients of the 2019 Pillar of the Community award during Hill College’s Boots and Suits Gala on April 26. COURTESY PHOTO/HILL COLLEGE

Hill College honors Philips

Burleson’s own Alex Philips was one of three Johnson County residents who were honored April 26 with a 2019 Pillar of Community award at the Hill College’s 13th annual Boots and Suits Gala.

“To get the award from Hill College for being a Pillar of the Community in Burleson, the place where I grew up, is just a testament to the team I’m surrounded by,” said Phillips, who serves as the city of Burleson’s Economic Development manager. “That team helps us move forward as a community with educational opportunities with Burleson Works and the Burleson Opportunity Fund. I was thrilled to have the chance to tell the story of our team and our community.”

The Pillar of the Community awards recognize individuals and organizations who have helped build and sustain higher education efforts in the Hill College district, and supported the growth of the College.

The other honorees at the event were Tony Cain, the Chief of Public Safety and Assistant City Manager for the city of Hillsboro and the managing editor of the Cleburne Times Review Dale Gosser.

The 2019 Pillar of the Community awards were presented to Tony Cain of Hillsboro, Dale Gosser of Cleburne and Alex Philips of Burleson.

The gala took place at the Cleburne Conference Center and raised over $57,000 to benefit Hill College district-wide scholarships for students.

Nearly 350 guests from the Hill College service area were in attendance and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres by the Centennial High School culinary department, a dinner catered by 360 Restaurant & Lounge, and entertainment provided by 380 West Band.

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