HARLINGEN — Janet Magee is an advocate for abused children.
Fellow inductee Janice Wyrick helped form the RGV Birding Festival.
John Hollingsworth has volunteered for years with the birding festival, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen, Loaves and Fishes and other organizations.
And then there’s Mary Elizabeth Butt, who had a strong impact on the city library, recreation facilities and health care agencies in Harlingen and across the state.
“When I read her bio, I would love to have met her, she was a woman before her time,” said Kathy Preddy, past president of the Rotary Club of Harlingen.
The Rotary Club maintains the Harlingen Walk of Fame and inducted Wyrick, Butt, Magee and Hollingsworth into the Walk of Fame Thursday night at Jackson Square Event Center.
Numerous local dignitaries, including the Rev. Bill Reagan and City Commissioner Michael Mezmar, attended the event.
Magee, founder of Blue Sunday Child Abuse Prevention Initiative, was delighted by the honor.
“I am blessed to be inducted at the same time with people I have admired and who have helped me along the way,” she said.
Magee, 65, went to high school with Wyrick and they have been lifelong friends.
“It’s a great honor,” said Wyrick, 64. “We don’t do things with the thought that we’re going to be inducted, but we are grateful.”
The Walk of Fame has more than 100 inductees, including Harlingen founder Lon C. Hill, Mayor Chris Boswell, and long time educator Verna Young. Hollingsworth said he was delighted to take his place among them.
“I am truly honored because there are so many people I know so well that are part of the Walk of Fame,” said Hollingsworth, 83.
“To be part of that means a great deal to me,” he said. “To be honored in your hometown is great.”
Mary Elizabeth Butt is now deceased but her legacy continues to inspire many.
“These are people who dedicated their lives to make change in Harlingen,” Preddy said.