The Women’s Home is proud to announce our 2015 Annual Gala “Landmarks & Legacies”
Our Gala will take place on November 13, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, and we are honored to have as our co-chairs Tracy and Harry Faulkner and Fran Fawcett Peterson.
This year’s Gala will recognize six honorees for six decades:
Joanne King Herring
Adele and Ber Pieper
Kay and René Joyce
To purchase tables and individual tickets, please contact Marcia Tapp at 713-328-1975.
JoAnne King Herring
In 1957, a young woman with five small children sought assistance at Houston’s major rescue mission. However at the time, there were no facilities for women. In fact, for women there were no services at all. The woman was instead referred to Mrs. Laura Sampson, JoAnne’s aunt and mentor. Mrs. Sampson took the family into her own home. She then asked Joanne, to help her develop a safe place for Houston area women. JoAnne used her charm and incredible communications skills to raise money and awareness for this new cause. She held the organization’s first fundraiser, a silver tea, in her River Oaks home and moved a local television executive to give her air time to share its needs. As a result, financial support poured in from the community to launch The Women’s Home and a television show was created for JoAnne. Over the last 58 years, JoAnne has used her dazzling spirit to continue to champion the mission of The Women’s Home.
Jane Cizik led the stabilization and growth of the The Women’s Home in its infancy. Her prudent and wise leadership attracted important new donors and staff professionalizing the services offered as well as building a stable financial core. Jane so believed in the mission and work, she tirelessly steered the Board of Directors throughout the issues and challenges every small agency faces. Her belief in the mission continued as The Home entered a new phase of service, our permanent supportive housing community named for her family’s lead gift, Jane Cizik Garden Place. No job was too large or too small for Jane to tackle and she did it with a gentle, cheerful spirit. Ever the optimist, Jane always has an encouraging word for all. Her guidance and generosity continue to leave a legacy of excellence.
Adele and Ber Pieper
It was her passion for gardening that first brought Adele Pieper to The Women’s Home. In the late 1980’s, The Post Oak Garden Club supported an outreach project to landscape the grounds on our Montrose campus. As President of the club at that time, Mrs. Pieper hosted several silver teas to raise money for the project while overseeing its design and execution. Along the way, Adele fell in love with the mission of The Women’s Home and encouraged her husband, Ber, to lend his support as well.
Since then, Adele and Ber Pieper have dedicated almost three decades of service to The Women’s Home. Together, they have provided crucial leadership that has helped The Women’s Home grow from a small local agency, into a nationally recognized treatment program. Over the years, the Piepers have taken on some the toughest volunteer positions in our organization; leading our Board of Directors for seven years, chairing two capital campaigns, and serving on our facilities committee, all with grace and enthusiasm. Their calm demeanor and dedication during difficult times are a true inspiration to our staff as well as the volunteers that have come behind them.
Bette Stead has held almost every position when it comes to growing and building The Women’s Home to what it is today. She has devoted tireless dedication and countless hours for almost 20 years. Bette served on the Board of Directors, presided over the Advisory Board, and she chaired our capital campaign task force that led to the construction of The Home’s first permanent supportive housing community, Jane Cizik Garden Place. Without hesitation, she stepped up again in the same role, but this time to guide our current $27 million capital campaign to build a second apartment community for families and a WholeLife® service center. She cheerfully meshes an amazing team of professionals, often calling for a “dance of joy” whenever we receive particularly great news. Without Bette’s expertise, time and energy, The Women’s Home would not be flourishing as it is today. Our Home has more than doubled in size and revenue since she began her volunteer work here. Bette plays perhaps one of the most influential and pivotal roles for this accomplishment.
Kay and René Joyce
Early in 2003, as a personnel recruiter, Kay Joyce was introduced to The Women’s Home by colleagues who volunteered working with our residents to hone skills for employment. Kay who was drawn to the mission of women who courageously turning their lives around, soon began to lead efforts in our Partnership council to expand our community footprint. She created event after event to attract new supporters, chairing evening mixers, golf tournaments, fashion shows, speaker luncheons and galas. She immediately involved her husband René and with his support and generosity, these events began to not only to break all financial records, but also put The Women’s Home on the map in Houston. The couple has introduced countless individuals and corporations to The Home and has been incredibly generous in both corporate and individual support for all of the major efforts in this formative period. We are proud to have Kay serve on our Board of Directors, continually cheerleading our growth and outreach.
Mandy personifies the bright future of The Home. Her gracious “can do” spirit was a welcome addition. As a powerhouse volunteer and advocate, everywhere she goes, Mandy spreads the message of The Women’s Home and brings new supporters to our doors, willing to create the kind of enthusiastic energy that will propel us to great new heights. Her grace, style and passion attract vibrant, diverse and compassionate Houstonians who understand and respect the struggles our residents face. She helped plan the blockbuster reNew and reDo Fashion Event this past August at The Wortham. Mandy’s willingness to build a buzz and set incredibly high expectations for the event went far in promoting our Cottage Resale Shop, a unique treasure in The Home’s past, present and future.