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HilltopSecurities Donates $50,000 to Texas Schools


DALLAS, May 18, 2023– Dallas-based Hilltop Securities Inc. (HilltopSecurities) recently concluded its second annual Hilltop Hunt by donating $50,000 to support Texas schools. In fall 2022, the firm held the online treasure hunt providing Texas K-8 educators the chance to win a share of $50,000 for their districts’ education foundations, along with prizes for their classrooms.

“HilltopSecurities has a deep commitment to supporting education, and the Hilltop Hunt is a fun way we can give back to Texas schools and honor the teachers who have such a positive impact on our future generations,” said HilltopSecurities President and CEO Brad Winges.

This year’s theme featured Hilltop’s mascot, Mo the Buffalo. Participants followed his tracks in the online contest to see where he went next as he visited his favorite Texas landmarks. For 10 business days, participants worked to correctly solve daily riddles. Contestants were then entered into a drawing to win a share of the prizes.

Five Gold Prize and 10 Silver Prize winners were announced. Each Gold Prize winner received a $10,000 donation to their school’s education foundation, or comparable eligible teacher support organization of their choice, plus a pizza party for their homeroom class. The Silver Prize winners won a pizza party for their homeroom class.

HilltopSecurities executives traveled around the state to the Gold Prize winning schools to present their prize and thank them for taking part and making a difference in the lives of their students.

Gold Prize Winners

Corpus Christi ISD, Lori Taylor

HilltopSecurities’ Chief Operating Officer, David Holleran, and mascot Mo the Buffalo visited Ms. Lori Taylor and her class to present her with a check for $10,000 for the Cunningham Middle School at South Park STEM program. Taylor is a career and technical education teacher at Cunningham Middle School at South Park.

Edinburg Consolidated ISD, Gloria Bearden

Mascot Mo the Buffalo and HilltopSecurities’ Chief Operating Officer, David Holleran, traveled to Longoria Middle School to present Ms. Gloria Bearden with a check for $10,000 for the Longoria Teacher Support Fund.


Hays Consolidated ISD, Keke Powell

Mo and the HilltopSecurities team visited Ms. Keke Powell, her class, and administrators to honor her with a $10,000 check for the district’s education foundation. Powell is a second-grade teacher at Sunfield Elementary School.



Kerrville ISD, Kenna Bush

HilltopSecurities’ Chief Administrative Officer, Clare Graca, joined Mo to present Ms. Kenna Bush with $10,000 for the Kerville Public School Foundation. Bush is an art teacher at Tally Elementary School.





New Deal ISD, Carson Graham

Mo celebrated with Ms. Carson Graham and her class to present her with a $10,000 check for the district’s education foundation. Graham is a teacher at New Deal Elementary.

Silver Prize Winners

Celeste ISD, Jamie D’Amico

Celeste ISD, Mandy Willis

Cleburne ISD, Chrystal Rector

Fort Worth ISD, Jennifer Lenning

Frenship ISD, Kayle Lindsey

Frenship ISD, Krista Duffield

Frenship ISD, Molly Hernandez

Lewisville ISD, Rachel Dodson

Maypearl ISD, Keely Clarke

Pflugerville ISD, Kimberly Davis

About Hilltop Securities Inc.
Hilltop Securities Inc. is a full-service municipal investment bank and wealth advisory firm providing a full suite of financial services for public entities, institutional investors, housing finance agencies, broker-dealers, and individual investors. Founded in 1946, its primary areas of focus include public finance, capital markets, structured finance, retail brokerage, clearing services, and securities lending. Hilltop Securities Inc.’s goal is to build long-term relationships to help communities, businesses, and individuals thrive. A wholly owned subsidiary of Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH), HilltopSecurities’ affiliates include Momentum Independent Network, PlainsCapital Bank, and PrimeLending. Member: NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.

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