Shelby's Social Diary

Chic Houstonian earns glowing tribute for more than two decades of record-setting charity work

Chic Houstonian earns tribute for more than two decades of charity

15 Larkin McReynolds, from left, Linda McReynolds and Merritt Marinelli at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Larkin McReynolds, from left, honoree Linda McReynolds and Merritt McReynolds Marinelli. Photo by John Leech
18 Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert and Ann Berry at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert and Ann Berry. Photo by John Leech
21 Walt Peckham, from left, Earl Lester and Jerry Evensall at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Walt Peckham, from left, 100-year-old Earl Lester and Jerry Evensall. Photo by John Leech
19 S.J. Swanson, from left, Rosemary Harrison and Julie Grayum at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
S.J. Swanson, from left, Rosemary Harrison and Julie Grayum. Photo by John Leech
11 Joan Schnitzer Levy, from left, Truett Latimer and Harriet Latimer at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Joan Schnitzer Levy, left, with Truett and Harriet Latimer. Photo by John Leech
5 Carolyn Young, from left, Linda McReynolds and Elise Joseph at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Carolyn Young, from left, Linda McReynolds and Elise Joseph. Photo by John Leech
4 Betty Puryear, from left, Paula Wright and Jenny Price at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Betty Puryear, from left, Paula Wright and Jenny Price. Photo by John Leech
2 Ann Berry, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Grayum and Liz Jameson at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Ann Berry, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Grayum and Liz Jameson. Photo by John Leech
1 The models at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
Assitance League members model fashions from Elizabeth Anthony.  Photo by John Leech
15 Larkin McReynolds, from left, Linda McReynolds and Merritt Marinelli at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
18 Liz Jameson, from left, Leila Gilbert and Ann Berry at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
21 Walt Peckham, from left, Earl Lester and Jerry Evensall at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
19 S.J. Swanson, from left, Rosemary Harrison and Julie Grayum at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
11 Joan Schnitzer Levy, from left, Truett Latimer and Harriet Latimer at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
5 Carolyn Young, from left, Linda McReynolds and Elise Joseph at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
4 Betty Puryear, from left, Paula Wright and Jenny Price at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
2 Ann Berry, from left, Leila Gilbert, Julie Grayum and Liz Jameson at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014
1 The models at the Assistance League luncheon October 2014

Few stand out more in the Houston community as an icon of philanthropy and community service than Linda McReynolds. Her decades of volunteerism at the highest levels earned her top honors at the Assistance League's annual Mary Jo Peckham Awards Luncheon held at River Oaks Country Club.

McReynolds is recognized not only on the Houston front but also nationally for her myriad good works. In 2010, she was named Outstanding Community Volunteer Fundraiser at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. While raising millions of dollars for important nonprofits, McReynolds has led the charge in creating signature events for organizations such as Rice University, the Salvation Army, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and UT Health.

In 2011, for example, McReynolds chaired the Salvation Army "Reflections on Style" luncheon that raised a record $507,000 while honoring former first lady Barbara Bush.

More than 275 guests, including daughters Larkin McReynolds in from New York and Merritt Marinelli, turned out to applaud the honoree. Among those offering congratulations were luncheon chairs Jenny Price and Betty Puryear and Mary Jo Peckham's children, Leila Gilbert, Liz Jameson, Ann Berry and Walt Peckham, who served as honorary chairs. As a special treat, the family's uncle, Earl Lester, was treated with a cake as it was his 100th birthday.

Among those admiring the fashion show by Elizabeth Anthony were Elise Joseph, Carolyn Young, Jeanie Kilroy, Rose Cullen, Cynthia Allshouse, Lilly Andress, Molly Crownover, Phoebe Tudor and Joan Schnitzer-Levy.