The Burlsworth Legends Award is presented annually to an Arkansan who has made a significant positive impact on the state. The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation presented the first Legends Award in 2010 to former congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt. Brandon Burlsworth and John Paul Hammerschmidt are both from Harrison, Arkansas. Hammerschmidt served for thirteen terms in the United States House of Representatives for Arkansas's 3rd congressional district located in the northwestern quadrant of his state.
The Lindsey Reed Vision Award
Founding Brandon Burlsworth Foundation board members, Jim Lindsey and the late Stanley Reed were very instrumental in making the BBF what it is today. It is in appreciation to these two very important civic leaders that the Lindsey/Reed Vision Award was created.
In 1999, shortly after the accident that claimed the life of Brandon Burlsworth, Stanley Reed and Jim Lindsey reached out to Brandon’s family proposing to arrange a series of golf tournaments to benefit University of Arkansas students. These two gentlemen helped raise over 2 million dollars to endow the Brandon Burlsworth scholarships at the UA. Since 1999, over $1,610,000 in financial aid has been given to 306 UA students through the Brandon Burlsworth scholarships.
Beyond what Jim and Stanley did for UA students through the scholarship program, they continued to guide the BBF as the foundation grew and provided more programs for underprivileged children around the state of Arkansas.
2021 legends honoree
A lifelong Springdale resident, Gary began with George’s working summers in the family business. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1972 with a degree in Business Administration and began working for George’s. He was appointed President in 1980.
Gary has ingrained himself into the state of Arkansas through various Boards and philanthropic efforts. He served first as a Board member from 1979-1984 of the Arkansas Poultry Federation and then President from 1982-1983, was founding President of Northwest Arkansas Radiation Therapy Institute from 1983-1987 and a Board member from 1987-1991 and 1993-1995; Commissioner of the Springdale Water and Sewer Department (1984-1998) and then Chairman from 1998-2004 as well as Commissioner of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission (1985-1988). From 1995 to 2005 he served on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and was Chairman of the Board in 2004-2005. Gary received the Cornerstone Award from Springdale Public Schools Education Foundation in 2013 and was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2017, Mr. George was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for Northwest Arkansas National Philanthropic Day.
Currently, Gary serves as Chairman of George’s, Inc. and Legacy National Bank. He also serves on the boards of JB Hunt, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and Arkansas Children’s Northwest. He and his wife Robin have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.