The Houston CPA Society, a chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, will honor Billy and Donnelle Atkinson, Sugar Land, as its honorary co-chairs of the Society’s 2012 Scholarship Extravaganza that raises funds for accounting scholarships and the CPAs Helping Schools program. “Mardi Gras Madness,” will feature dancing to the music of Commercial Art, dinner, and a silent auction. The festivities will be 6:29-11 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hilton University of Houston, 4800 Calhoun. Attire is “Mardi Gras” or colorful cocktail.
“We hope to raise the bar on fun with Commercial Art providing dance music,” said Tonja Rodriguez, Maplewood, shareholder with Harper & Pearson Company, event chairwoman. The event already has raised about $149,000 in pledges and gifts. They hope to fund 30-35 accounting scholarships, direct 20 percent of the total to CPAs Helping Schools and the rest to an endowment for the Accounting Scholarship Fund.
Natalie Bomke, Fox 26 morning news anchor and reporter, will be the mistress of ceremonies.
Individual tickets are $150. Packages with tickets to the charity event begin at $1000. For information, call 713-622-7733 or go to the Society’s Web site at www.HoustonCPA.org.
The Atkinsons were selected as honorees because of their dedication to the profession and to scholarships,” Rodriguez explained. Billy, a former Houston CPA Society president, retired recently as an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has been chairman of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, the presiding officer for the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and also served on the executive board of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and as a trustee of its Education Foundation. He has served on the President’s Advisory Council at Texas A&M University since 1998 and has been a member of the Accounting Department Advisory Council within the College of Business at A&M for more than 25 years.
Donnelle was a founding member of the New Century Garden Club in Richmond and served two terms as its president. She served six years through 2011 on the Covenants Committee of the First Colony Homeowners’ Association. She also helped to organize the junior golf program at Sweetwater Country Club and has been an active member and two-time president of the Sweetwater Ladies Golf Association. Donnelle also has been church organist for First Baptist Church Rosenberg, where they have been lifelong members.
Both of the Atkinsons have served on the board of Sweetwater Country Club, and Billy was instrumental in getting the Society to host its Golf Classic there for Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana for which he also served as a board member for six years, including a term as chairman.
The couple has been married for 42 years. They have two married children and four grandsons. They established the Billy M. & Donnelle Atkinson Scholarship in Accounting at Texas A&M. PwC also established a separate $150,000 “Billy M. Atkinson/PricewaterhouseCoopers Scholarship in Accounting” at Texas A&M, recognizing Billy’s long-time interest in accounting education and students.
The Society’s Scholarship Committee and contributing sponsors will present scholarships to students majoring in accounting who intend to become CPAs. The scholarship candidates must be full-time students with a grade point average of at least 3.25 in accounting and 3.0 overall, have at least 12 hours in accounting courses and declared accounting as a major with financial need, ethics and citizenship requirements. They must be students at one of the eight universities and colleges in the Society’s membership area. The eight schools are Houston Baptist University, University of Houston – Central Campus, University of Houston – Clear Lake, University of Houston – Downtown, Prairie View A&M, St. Thomas University, Sam Houston State University and Texas Southern University. For more information about the Houston CPA Society, log on to the web site at www.HoustonCPA.org.