This very special award is named after our Founder’s son, Gabriel Lester.

Texas Center for the Missing was founded in 2000 by Doreen Wise after the four-month disappearance and tragic loss of her son, Gabriel. She saw the need for an organization that could walk with families and provide them the support they need to make it through each day. TCM remains dedicated to our founding mission and strives to protect and serve the missing and their families through each step of the location and recovery process.

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Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipients

Each year, extraordinary Texas Center for the Missing volunteers and community partners are honored for their continued dedication to help the missing and their families find HOPE.  In 2013, TCM established the Gabriel Lester Hero Award to recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary efforts have helped bring the missing home.  This award is presented
at our annual Champions for Children event.


Laura and Tommy Wilson


Desiree and Antonio Urrutia III


Wendy and Michael Frailey


Nadine and Stephen Boutros


Mary and Allen Shindler


Tiffany and Randall Wong


The Hamill Foundation


Stephanie and Mark Deverka

Fluor Golf for Greater Houston


Christine and Ty Hoffer


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