The Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award 

Given annually for more than a decade, the Feed the Peace Award honors those committed to social justice through art and action. Established in 2010 to honor Willie Nelson for his tireless efforts to create a more peaceful and sustainable future for us all.

The Ann Richards Founders Award

In 2013, we established a new award that honors individuals who have been great supporters in the success of The Nobelity Project. This award is named in memory our friend and mentor Governor Ann Richards, whose lead advisory position for The Nobelity Project was instrumental in launching our work.  


Fun fact! The beautiful Feed the Peace Award is hand crafted by local glass and ceramics artist Kathleen Ash of Studio K in Manchaca, Texas. 

Since its inauguration, this star-studded event honors and entertains the who's-who of the capital of Texas. Yet, with a nod to the city's casual vibe, the dinner and concert proudly touts itself as the gala with "no back room and no black ties". 

The evening brings together stars of song, stage and screen and most importantly, people who support The Nobelity Project and want to make a difference in this world. Red carpet cocktail party, art auction, a fantastic Four Seasons dinner all lead to the Awards presentation, concert and musical tribute.


Past attendees include Ricardo Chavira, Kyle Chandler, Owen and Luke Wilson, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Fonda, Bill Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Benson,  Blake Mycoskie, Shawn Colvin, Joe Ely, Augie Garrido, and The Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire and Emily Robison.


2021: A Moment of Grace

Though it may look different in 2022, the heart and soul of The Feed The Peace Awards will remain.

Thanks to The Four Seasons for many beautiful years together.

Turk, Christy, the Nobelity Team and its supporters are brainstorming creative ways to celebrate this one night that brings joy to so many.

Together, we continue to #FeedThePeace


2010 Honoree

Willie Nelson

Inspired by their longtime friendship with a special Texas icon, Christy and Turk came up with the idea for an award in his namesake. Willie accepted the first Feed the Peace Award and joined Lyle Lovett, Ray Benson, Robert Earl Keen, and Joe Ely in a very special guitar pull.

2012 Honoree

Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes


2013 Honorees

Kris Kristofferson

John McCall

2014 Honorees

Ben Harper

John Paul and Eloise DeJoria

Concert featuring Carolyn Wonderland

2015 Honorees

Dick Clark, of architectural firm DC+A

Little Steven Van Zandt

Kyle Chandler and Family

Concert featuring Jimmie Vaughn and Billy Gibbons

2016 Honorees

Darden Smith for his work with SongwritingWith:Soldiers

Austin Hope for his contributions through Hope Family Wines

Concert featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard

2017 Honorees

Jerry Jeff Walker

Gilbert Tuhabonye for his work with Gilbert's Gazelles

Concert featuring Jerry Jeff with Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

2018 Honorees

Dan Rather

Concert featuring The Flatlanders

2019 Honorees

Delbert McClinton

William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

2020 Honoree

Ray Benson

...the best one yet!?

Willie & Lyle
Celebrity sightings
John Paul and Eloise DeJoria

Turk, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Rodriguez and Christy Pipkin

Kyle Chandler & Family, 2015 Honoree

The cast of Friday Night Lights helped us honor the Chandler family - then the marching band performed and the crowd went wild!

Ben Harper, 2014 Honoree

Ben Harper wowed the crowd with a moving speech and powerful musical performance


Billy Gibbons

Jerry Jeff Walker, 2017 Honoree

American singer/songwriter, Walker raises awareness for a myriad of causes, including the Tried & True Foundation with his wife, Susan.

Gilbert Tuhabonye, 2017 Honoree

Gilbert Tuhabonye is a beloved role model, coach and an inspiration to people all over the world. He is also a genocide survivor.

Working for a better way

This annual gala raises funds for The Nobelity Project’s social activism throughout the world and honors two Feed the Peace recipients. A cocktail hour is followed by seated dinner with local celebrities and A-listers of music, film, theater, and literature.


Our annual gala supports all of the work you care about like community and conservation service projects in the US and environmental protection efforts around the globe.

College Bound!

More than a fun night in Austin, this gala directly funds scholarships for students to pursue higher education

Darden Smith, 2016 Honoree

A classic shot by Bill Albrecht captures Darden and a powerhouse of musicians!

The Turk at Laburra

Thanks to our partnership with Hope Family Wines, every bottle of The Turk by Treana funds clean water projects in Kenya - and there's always plenty to pour at the gala!

Good times!

Gareth knows FTP is a great excuse to get a little dressed up and do a lot of good.

Incentive Initiatives

Thanks to smart partnerships, we hope to provide more bicycles, new textbooks, and laptops to students than ever before! These incentives prove great motivation to score higher marks.

Auction Block

Our 2017 auction showcased a Collings Guitar signed by Paul Simon!

Roatan, Honduras

This gala supports increased literacy.

Peace & Love

Turk & Christy Pipkin in 2016. Photo by Svetlana Photography

2016 Valentine's Day Gala

The Four Seasons Austin continues to generously host our annual Feed The Peace Awards & Concert

Thank you for capturing so many special moments.

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Karen Frost

April 2, 2010

The Nobelity Project’s Artists and Filmmakers Dinner
Forty Texas celebs, each hosting a table, will anchor this great evening. The Nobelity Project will honor Willie Nelson with the first-ever “Feed the Peace” Award, and a fantastic show will include Ruby Jane, Kat Edmonson, Ray Benson, Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett and more.

Other Texas celebs attending include Bill Paxton, Ricardo Chavira, Kyle Chandler, Rick Linklater, Connie Britton, Dana Wheeler Nicholson, Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Hannibal Lokumbe, Charlie Sexton, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis.

read all about it

Austin CultureMap

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

March 25, 2012

The Artists & Filmmakers Dinner is a fun-filled gala where there’s no back room and no black ties, just a great party and dinner that celebrates the idea and reality of hope. 45 tables are hosted by 45 legends of Texas film, music, books and more! Michael Barnes has called it “the star-studliest night of the year.”

This year the foundation is honoring Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes, who has given over 2 million pairs of shoes to kids in the developing world. And the evening includes performances from New York City’s DJ Spooky with the Tosca String Quartet and an all star jam with the incomparable Joe Ely, Charlie Sexton, Shawn Colvin with special guests.

Every guest is seated at a table with a Texas star. Past table hosts have included Willie Nelson, Owen Wilson, Kyle Chandler, Nobel laureate Steve Weinberg, Bill Paxton, Ricardo Chavira, Lyle Lovett, Kinky Friedman and many more!


Austin360 | Austin American Statesman

Excerpt from Out&About article by Michael Barnes

February 13, 2013

The Nobelity Dinner delivers more celebrity firepower than dozens of other Austin galas put together. The list of musicians, filmmakers and literary figures goes on for days. Our table was headed by unpretentious musical treasures Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis...Nearby was Ellen Richards, whose mother’s name, late Gov. Ann Richards, an early Nobelity backer, was added to a new founders award.

That honor went to John McCall, an early and generous backer of Turk and Christy Pipkin’s charity that helps people with basic needs in Kenya, Nepal and Austin — just to start. With expected saltiness, former gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman accepted in McCall’s name.

The big honor of the night is the Willie Nelson Feed the Peace Award, which was picked up by actor and musician Kris Kristofferson. Later, a priceless array of artists interpreted his songs.

Aside from the company — which included the likes of Luke Wilson, Augie Garrido, Jody Conradt, Brendan Hansen, Brad Leland, Elizabeth Avellan, Jaston Williams and Ray Benson — among the charms of this annual affair is the rare auction that is cunningly fun and over in a matter of minutes.

Like the Glimmer of Hope Foundation auction, one pays for services — a water well, a bookmobile, a school basketball court — then the buyer also receives a nice bonus such as a vacation or a festival package. It’s so much more direct than the usual folderol and it raises tens of thousands of dollars in mere minutes.

The Pipkins know how to do it right.