A charitable organization supporting young Texans

2017 Scholarship Recipients


The Annual TIASF Scholarship Luncheon

August 5, 2017

Damian's Cucina Italiana

 2017 Luncheon

The 2017 Texas Italian American Sports Foundation Scholarship Awards Luncheon was held August 5th at Damian’s Cucina Italiana Restaurant. Houston businesswoman Carolyn Faulk was the special guest of honor. Former Houston Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown served as master of ceremonies and introduced Carolyn to the 106 guests, including 19 recipients who received $1,000.00 scholarships each. Freshman scholarships were renamed and awarded in honor of the late Frankie B. Mandola.


Carolyn Faulk is a successful Houston businesswoman, a community leader and a philanthropist. She is CEO and President of A&C Plastics, an international corporation and one of the nation’s largest distributors of sheet plastic. In addition, Carolyn is President of Marco Plastics and President of Faulk Properties. She is a Lifetime Vice President of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Founder of The Faulk Foundation.



The mission of the Faulk Foundation is to support families facing challenges in their lives including devastating illnesses, hardships or who have family members serving our country overseas. Whether it's purchasing eyeglasses, school supplies or putting a meal on a family’s table, the Faulk Foundation makes the world a better place by helping others.


Throughout her outstanding career, numerous honors have been awarded to Ms. Faulk, including Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, Women Who Mean Business by Houston Business Journal, and Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. She is a 1970 Sam Houston State University graduate and was inducted into the Sam Houston State Business Hall of Honor in 2015. TIASF proudly salutes Carolyn Faulk as our 2017 special guest of honor.


Faces in the crowd at the luncheon included Astros relief pitchers Joe Musgrove and Chris Devenski, Astros radio play by play broadcaster Robert Ford, former Astros player and manager Larry Dierker, Houston Baptist University Director of Athletics Steve Moniaci, MLB Correspondent Alyson Footer and TIASF friend and supporter Mrs. Solly Hemus.



Johnny B. Mandola


Carlo Dechiro

Vice President

Daniel Sessions


Paul Galante


Ross Gagliano

Scholarships Chairman


Sam Biondo •  Charlie Cash  • Sandy Embesi • Sam Listi • Michael Patronella • Lynda Pontecorvo • Noxie Romano



Joe (Bubba) Butera • Matt Galante • Ciro Lampasas, Sr. • Damian Mandola • Frankie J. Pizzatola III • Cindy Richardson


Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation   •    713-863-0056   •   info@TIASF.org   •   PO Box 130163   •   Houston, TX  77219-0163