Past Chairs

1992

Judy Gaston

1993

Barbara Krebs

1994

Muni Reynoldson
Sheryl Androphy

1995

Gayle Hamilton
Pat McCreary

1996

Liz Jameson
Leila Gilbert
Ann Berry

1997

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson

1998

Harriet Jenkins

1999

Carole Simmons
Karen Wildenstein

2000

Bru Lopez
Barbara Iglesias

2001

Dolores Johnson Chapman

2002

Debbie Kearns
Mary Gosnell

2003

Betty Latham
Betty Puryear

2004

Kathy Anderson
Sandra Smith
Mary Lou Thomas

2005

Mikell Long
Diana Mann

2006

Marina Jefferis
Lisa Kana
Linda Stanley

2007

Susan Smith

2008

Linda Dussair
Betty Puryear

2009

Marilyn Denham
Betty Puryear

2010

Marilyn Denham

2011

Louise Nuttall
Pat Sedwick

2012

Debbie Kearns
Vicki Merwin

2013

Mary Jane Casimir
Josie Ochoa
Jenny Price

2014

Jenny Price
Betty Puryear

2015

Jenny Price
Betty Puryear

2016

Jenny Price
Betty Puryear

Mary Jo Peckham

1923-1991

MARY JO, a native Houstonian, is remembered as a generous, caring person who gave freely of herself to help others. In 1966 she was a founding member of Assistance League of Houston. She served the Chapter in many capacities, including President in 1979. In recognition of her years of outstanding service, Mary Jo was the first member to receive her 25-year service pin.

In addition to the Mary Jo Peckham Award luncheon and Fashion Show, another legacy that bears her name is the Mary Jo Peckham Park For All children in Katy, Texas, which includes facilities for disabled youngsters. Her daughters, Liz, Ann, and Leila, and her son, Walt, support her memory through their own volunteerism. Assistance League of Houston presents the Mary Jo Peckham Award annually to an individual or organization that has contributed to the betterment of our community.

2016 Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon and Fashion Show

Mary Jo Peckham Past Chairmen
Fashion Show Models: Parissa Mohajer, Lou Shapiro, Mahzad Mohajer

Past Honorees

1992

The Brookwood Community

1993

Rockwell Fund, Inc.

1994

Richard S. Ruiz, M.D., F.A.C.S.

1995

Judge Michael McSpadden

1996

Nancy Tally Reynolds

1997

Shelby Hodge

1998

Truett Latimer

1999

Joan H. Lyons and Linda Lyons Brown

2000

Belle and Richard J.V. Johnson

2001

Gigi Huang

2002

John P. McGovern, M.D.

2003

Emily Crosswell and Flo McGee

2004

Ellie Francisco

2005

Mary Gracely and Jill Gracely

2006

Jan Carson

2007

Rose Cullen
Kathy Cullen McCord
Katie Earthman Cullen

2008

Franelle Rogers

2009

Susie and Sanford Criner

2010

Elaine Finger

2011

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson

2012

Ann Haunschild Bookout

2013

Joan Schnitzer Levy

2014

Linda McReynolds

2015

Kathryn and Jeff Smith

2016

Leisa Holland-Nelson
Phyllis Holland
Laura Max Rose

News & Events

On the Town with Jan Carson – Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon & Fashion Show

  MARY JO PECKHAM AWARD LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW The Assistance League® of Houston PHOTOS:   ALEXANDER’S FINE PORTRAIT DESIGN Twenty-five years ago the daughters of Mary Jo Peckham decided to honor their mother’s longtime support of the Assistance League of Houston by creating an annual fundraising luncheon. Since that time, Ann Berry, Leila Gilbert and […]

Culturemap Houston – 3 Generations of Givers-and a baby-lauded at Assistance League Luncheon

Original Article Three generations of philanthropists— and a baby — lauded at Assistance League luncheon By Clifford Pugh 10.4.16 | 2:02 pm Laura Max Rose, Selma Baines Rose, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Phyllis Holland. Photo by Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design The honorees at the 25th annual Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon and Fashion Show at River Oaks Country Club were […]

Houston Chronicle on Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon and Fashion Show

Original Article 25th annual luncheon honors three generations of women at River Oaks Country Club Mary Jo Peckham Award luncheon featured Escada fashion show by Elizabeth Anthony By Amber Elliott Updated 5:38 pm, Thursday, September 29, 2016 It’s not every day that a luncheon begins with trays of mimosas. Then again, it’s not every day that […]