Houston Treasure for 2011
Photo by: Evin Thayer Studios
Connie Reeves Cooke attended Dallas Fashion Merchandising College and began a career in fashion and modeling in Dallas and Houston. After marrying the love of her life, Clayton Cooke, she began playing tennis at Lakeside Country Club where she served as president of the Lakeside Ladies Tennis Association and won a record nine doubles club championships. She also earned a state ranking with Clayton in Husband/Wife Doubles.
Connie’s first society column, “Movers and Shapers,” debuted in Houston Health & Fitness magazine, which she followed by writing columns (and photographing the events herself) for L’Entrée, Philanthropy in Texas, Sense, Smart Set, and Texas Woman. In addition, she hosted a society segment on two Houston television stations. Connie’s love of writing produced her first novel, Fade to Dark, published in 2006. Her second novel, Cayman Heat, is pending publication, and she’s working on a third.
Connie has chaired numerous charity events including CCFA’s 2010 Winter Ball, two Houston Humane Society Galas, UH Moores School of Music Gala, two Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Galas, The Council on Alcohol & Drugs Houston Luncheon, Silver Grace Hope Foundation Luncheon, and Houston Symphony League’s Maestro Collection Luncheon.
She is a member of the Houston Ballet Guild, Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, and Children’s Assessment Center Guild, among many other non-profits. She has served on the boards of Houston Humane Society, Houston Symphony League, March of Dimes Guild, The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, CCFA, UH Moores School of Music, Silver Grace Hope Foundation, and UCP Guild.
Connie has been honored as an ABC-13 Woman of Distinction, an H Texas Magazine’s 25 Most Beautiful, and a CAP Gala “Houston’s Ten Elite.” She and Clayton were honored by the Cancer League as 1999 Pacesetters of the Year and 2007 Alkek Ambassador’s Award recipients. Connie loves to travel and spend treasured leisure time with Clayton and their two Chihuahuas at their vacation home in the Texas Hill Country.