Houston Treasures

E. J. “Jodie” and Maryann Hoffer

Houston Treasures for 2009

Photo by: Gittings

hoffer ej jodie and maryann hofferMaryann Hoffer has worked as an interior designer of her own design firm for over thirty years, and husband Jodie Hoffer is Chairman of the Board of his own company, Hoffer Furniture Inc.

Maryann and Jodie have been active supporters of the March of Dimes, as board member and finance chair, respectively. They have been honored by the Cancer League as “Pacesetters of the Year.” Maryann has chaired numerous events including the Arts & Science Achievement Dinner honoring Dr. Jonas Salk. She served on the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and chaired the “Salute to Style” Gala. She was Chairman of the “Symphony Scores Dinner Series” benefiting the Ima Hogg National Young Artists Competition. She has served on the boards the Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony Guild, Citizens for Animal Protection and the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, where she served as honorary chairman of the “Pink Tie Gala.” Maryann is currently on the advisory board of The Women’s Fund and was named a “Woman of Distinction” by CCFA. Maryann has also supported Baylor College of Medicine and the Huffington Center on Aging, which honored her in 2005. Maryann and Jodie recently co-chaired the first annual “Crystal Ball” in celebration of the Huffington Center’s 20th anniversary.

Jodie has served as a tireless leader in a broad spectrum of charitable, cultural, political, educational and medical organizations far too numerous to list exhaustively. But, for example, Jodie is listed on the Excellence Programs at the University of Houston and the University of Texas. He is affiliated with the “I Have A Dream” program of Lamar University and served on the board of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He has served as a trustee of Houston Grand Opera, Greater Houston Partnership and the HCOA Development Board at Baylor. Jodie is most active today in The Furniture Bank, which aids the poor and homeless. He founded the organization both locally and nationally and has remained on the Board of Directors since its beginning. In 2008, Jodie founded “The Bargain Bazaar,” a successful thrift store that benefits The Furniture Bank.

Maryann and Jodie have four children and twelve grandchildren.

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