On October 15, 2011 at the John Ross Palmer Art Gallery & Studio’s black-tie Evening of Escapism, at the conclusion of the presentation for the 2011 Vallone Award, Artist John Ross Palmer took the microphone to announce a new and special award. His emotion-filled speech listed the long-time sports, leadership and professional accolades of the award winner. He concluded by reading a personal message of congratulations from Mrs. Lucy Garvin (Immediate Past President of the United States Tennis Association), an individual that the award winner has known since his childhood days of playing competitive junior tennis in South Carolina. John then presented the new award, “The Ryan Award,” to his then-husband Ryan Lindsay. He thanked Ryan for his never-ending commitment to the business and the tremendous sacrifice he had endured to leave his lucrative law practice to aid in the furtherance of Palmer’s career.