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All proceeds support The Nobelity Project education programs
at home and abroad.


The Nobelity Project Feed the Peace Awards is our largest fundraiser of the year. The evening supports all of our programs as we celebrate those committed to a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Every year we bring together stars of song, stage and screen and most importantly, the people who support The Nobelity Project's work around the world.

Our 2022 event sees a return to Austin's Paramount Theatre, where it all began with the SXSW premiere screening of our film NOBELITY. Red carpet cocktail party and art auction, awards presentation, concert and musical tribute make for an amazing night that makes all of our work possible.

Past honorees include Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Dan Rather, Ben Harper and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2022 honorees!


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. 

Thank you for capturing many special moments over the years:

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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

2021 A Moment of Grace


Save the date! Sunday MARCH 6th...

Willie & Lyle
Celebrity sightings
John Paul and Eloise DeJoria

Turk, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Rodriguez and Christy Pipkin

Ben Harper, 2014 Honoree

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

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!


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 Black and Blue Gibson signed by Gary Clark Jr.

Roatan, Honduras

This gala supports increased literacy.

Peace & Love

Turk & Christy Pipkin in 2016. Photo by Svetlana Photography

read all about it


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.

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.

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