Houston Treasure for 2013
Photo by: Gittings
Danielle Ellis is a civic leader, business woman, and charitable fund-raiser. She has been a volunteer “extraordinaire” for over 30 years for visual and performing arts, education, and women’s issues. Her attention to detail and elegance, coupled with her sense of style is evident in everything she does.
Danielle specializes in upscale residential and commercial interior and architectural design and renovation for domestic and international clientele.
When not on the job, she has chaired many of Houston’s major charitable galas: Opera Ball, Ballet Ball, Mayor’s Gala (four years), Society for the Performing Arts Gala, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Textile and Costume Institute, Asia Society, The Women’s Home, Northwood University, an evening for the opening of UH Moores School of Music and the Inaugural Gala for Orbis International. In January, 2013, she will co-chair the CCFA Winter Ball.
Charitable fund-raising luncheons she has chaired include: The Houston Chronicle’s Best Dressed Luncheon benefitting the March of Dimes, The Fund for Teacher’s Luncheon (twice), the Museum of Southern History, and The Salvation Army Women’s Advisory Board’s Reflections of Style Luncheon.
Honors include: The Chronicle’s Best Dressed (3 times), a Woman of Distinction for CCFA, was the honoree of The Women’s Home Gala, and Northwood University’s Winifred B. Hirsch award for Volunteerism, as well as being named a Distinguished Woman of Northwood, a national award.
She has served on many boards and committees for a variety of non-profits over the years. Recently, Danielle is one of the Founding Members of: The BARC Foundation, formed to help fund Houston’s Bureau of Animal and Regulatory Control, The Champagne Cowgirls, the group that purchased the Grand Champion Steer at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Houston Ambassadors for the American Hospital in Paris.
Danielle loves her family. She is married to John Ellis, an attorney and Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Malta and a member of the International Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Her two daughters, two grandchildren, and two dogs round out her family. Among her proudest personal accomplishments is having completed the New York Marathon.