86R23084 BPG-D
  By: Nevárez H.R. No. 1938
         WHEREAS, Dr. Ekta Escovar received the 2018 Benjamin
  Berkeley Citizen of the Year Award from the Alpine Chamber of
  Commerce; and
         WHEREAS, Each year, the chamber presents this accolade to an
  individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community;
  it was named in tribute to the city's first mayor, a physician who
  also helped organize the area's first bank and the Alpine
  Commercial Club, the chamber's forerunner; and
         WHEREAS, Dr. Escovar is currently Alpine's only
  pediatrician, and she serves as vice chief of the medical staff at
  Big Bend Regional Medical Center; in her work, she has treated many
  children injured on playground equipment at Kokernot Park, and she
  brought her concerns about safety before the city council; and
         WHEREAS, Learning that the city budget lacked funds to make
  repairs to the equipment, Dr. Escovar established a nonprofit, Big
  Bend Parks and Recreation for Kids; she secured grants that enabled
  the organization to make significant improvements to city parks,
  including Baines Park as well as Kokernot Park; and
         WHEREAS, Ekta Escovar has made a positive impact in the
  community through her civic engagement and deep commitment to the
  well-being of area children, and she is richly deserving of this
  prestigious honor; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby congratulate Dr. Ekta Escovar on her receipt of
  the 2018 Benjamin Berkeley Citizen of the Year Award from the Alpine
  Chamber of Commerce and extend to her sincere best wishes for the
  future; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Dr. Escovar as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.