Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Honoring those with special needs

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14

Banquet Speakers

Gordon Hartman

2016 GVH Headshot

Native San Antonian Gordon V. Hartman is a philanthropist and former homebuilder who at the age of 15 started his own landscaping business while attending a local seminary.  By age 19, he had saved enough to begin his homebuilding business, and by age 23, he had started a land development company.  Founded in 1983, Gordon Hartman Homes built housing for low- to moderate-income families.  Over the next 22 years, Gordon grew his company into the largest locally-owned homebuilding and land development enterprise in San Antonio.  In recognition of his successes in business, he has earned membership in both the San Antonio Business Hall of Fame and the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Gordon sold his companies and established The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation so he and his wife, Maggie, could pursue their dream of helping children and adults with special needs.  Their devotion to this cause is inspired by their now 24-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was born with cognitive and physical challenges.

In 2007, Gordon recognized the tremendous need for fully-accessible outdoor recreational facilities, so he made another dream come true – the April 2010 grand opening of non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible™ theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone.  Two years later, global automotive giant Toyota, the leader in mobility solutions for drivers with disabilities, opted to become the presenting sponsor of Morgan’s Wonderland under a long-term philanthropic agreement with Gordon.

Emma Faye

Emma Faye is an internationally-known role model for the (D)deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) community and founder to nonprofit organization, Aid the Silent. Aid the Silent is a system of support for the four main programs of: deaf ministry, deaf education, deaf research and deaf resources. The overall mission is to aid economically-disadvantaged deaf children and teens to reach their full potential and to live life more richly by providing funds to receive hearing and speech resources (hearing aids, FM systems, speech therapy), ASL lessons, ministry-related activities and education enrichment programs. She was Miss San Antonio 2015 and 2017.

Emma Faye

Banquet Gallery


Hyatt Regency River Walk

123 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX, 78205

Important Information


Doors open at 5:30 pm

Banquet starts at 6:00 pm


Formal, Semi- formal