Assistance League Luncheon

Three generations of philanthropists— and a baby — lauded at Assistance League luncheon

3 philanthropists and a baby lauded at Assistance League lunch

Assistance League luncheon, Laura Max Rose, Selma Baines Rose, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Phyllis Nelson
Laura Max Rose, Selma Baines Rose, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Phyllis Holland. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Parissa Mohajer, Lou Shapiro, Mahzad Mohajer in Escada
Parissa Mohajer, Lou Shapiro, and Mahzad Mohajer model looks from the Escada collection. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Leila Gilbert, Ann Berry, Liz Jameson, Walt Peckham
 Leila Gilbert, Ann Berry, Liz Jameson, Walt Peckham. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Lauren Mirynowski, Julie Roberts, Phuong Nguyen
Lauren Mirynowski, Julie Roberts, Phuong Nguyen. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Seated: Nancy Reynolds, Joan Lyons, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson Standing: Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds, Truett Latimer, Ann Bookout, Jan Carson
Past honorees, seated: Nancy Reynolds, Joan Lyons, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, standing: Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds, Truett Latimer, Ann Bookout, Jan Carson. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Jann Cobler, Fran Lichtenstein
Jann Cobler, Fran Lichtenstein. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Micahyla Joseph-Lackings, Claire Higginbotham, Lisa Kana, Derrick Gilmore
Micahyla Joseph-Lackings, Claire Higginbotham, Lisa Kana, Derrick Gilmore. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Sherri Zucker, Elaine Finger, Nanette Finger, Jann Cobbler
Sherri Zucker, Elaine Finger, Nanette Finger, Jann Cobbler. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Linda McReynolds, Ann Duncan, Ann Bookout
Linda McReynolds, Ann Duncan, Ann Bookout. Photo by Alexander's Fine Portrait Design
Assistance League luncheon, Laura Max Rose, Selma Baines Rose, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Phyllis Nelson
Assistance League luncheon, Parissa Mohajer, Lou Shapiro, Mahzad Mohajer in Escada
Assistance League luncheon, Leila Gilbert, Ann Berry, Liz Jameson, Walt Peckham
Assistance League luncheon, Lauren Mirynowski, Julie Roberts, Phuong Nguyen
Assistance League luncheon, Seated: Nancy Reynolds, Joan Lyons, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson Standing: Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds, Truett Latimer, Ann Bookout, Jan Carson
Assistance League luncheon, Jann Cobler, Fran Lichtenstein
Assistance League luncheon, Micahyla Joseph-Lackings, Claire Higginbotham, Lisa Kana, Derrick Gilmore
Assistance League luncheon, Sherri Zucker, Elaine Finger, Nanette Finger, Jann Cobbler
Assistance League luncheon, Linda McReynolds, Ann Duncan, Ann Bookout

The honorees at the 25th annual Mary Jo Peckham Award Luncheon and Fashion Show at River Oaks Country Club were billed as "three generations of Holland Girls" — Phyllis Holland, her daughter Leisa Holland-Nelson, and granddaughter Laura Max Rose.

But 4-week old Selma Baines Rose nearly stole the show. The infant, whose parents are Laura Max and Ben Rose, eyed the proceedings with an air of nonchalance as she viewed the proceedings snuggled next to her mother.

"She's our littlest guest ever," Leisa Holland-Nelson quipped.

While the Holland clan was honored for their long history of community volunteerism, Holland-Nelson said the "true honorees" were Peckham's children, Leila Gilbert, Ann Berry, Liz Jameson, and Walt Peckham, who have kept the philanthropic spirit of their mother alive. Mary Jo Peckham was a founding member of the Assistance League of Houston, which is the beneficiary of the luncheon.

Also attending were a sizable number of past honorees, including Ellie Francisco, Franelle Rogers, Nancy Reynolds, Joan Lyons, Jeanie Kilroy Wilson, Rose Cullen, Linda McReynolds, Truett Latimer, Ann Bookout, Elaine Finger, and Jan Carson, who also emceed the luncheon.

Elizabeth Anthony owner Julie Roberts wowed the crowd with a New York-caliber runway show featuring 42 looks from the Escada spring/summer 2017 collection, accessorized by Chris Davies jewelry. Davies flew in from New York for the style show and an appearance at Elizabeth Anthony. Guest models Claire Higginbotham, Darlene Abdouch, Lisa Kana, Lou Shapiro, Parissa Mohajer, Mahzad Mohajer and students from the Yellowstone Academy also thrilled the audience of 250 with their runway prowess.

Also enjoying the luncheon were chairs Jenny Price and Betty Puryear, Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack, who spoke about the creation of the Mary Jo Peckham Park for All Children in Katy,  Judge Lynn Hughes, Sara White, Lois Taber, Susan Glesby, Fran Litchenstein, Sherri Zucker, Nanette Finger, and Jann Cobbler.