Houston Treasure for 2008
Photo by: Gittings
School teacher, city councilwoman, television producer, and realtor are among the hats that Joann Crassas has worn along the road to becoming volunteer extraordinaire to a plethora of non-profit organizations enhancing the quality of life for the Houston community. Born in Beaumont, Joann earned a degree from Lamar University and a Masters degree from the University of Houston and has been married for 45 years to Bill Crassas, the Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus.
Joann cherishes the friendships as well as the accomplishments derived through her involvement. Her commitments have been to the arts, sciences, and education in addition to welfare and human services. Over the years she has chaired or co-chaired the Child Advocates Gala, Consular Ladies Club “Woman of the Year” luncheon, Assistance League’s Sustainers Luncheon, Opening Night for Houston Symphony, Moores School of Music “Catch the Carnival” gala, Hellenic Professional Society Scholarship Dinner, Women’s Fund for HER Jazz Brunch, Nutcracker Market Preview party, Nutcracker Foley’s Fashion Show, and this year’s Nutcracker Saks 5th Avenue Style Show and luncheon. She has served as an honoree for several organizations including Susan B. Komen “Race for the Cure,” Cancer League “Pacesetter Award,” Cystic Fibrosis “Holiday Spree,” Cancer Fighters of Houston, BRASS “Angel of the Year,” and Crohn’s and Colitis “Woman of Distinction.”
In addition to chairing events, Joann has served on several boards, guilds and committees including the Legacy of Excellence supporting Houston Baptist University, March of Dimes Haute Cuisine and Best Dressed Luncheon, Aquarium Foundation of Houston, Heart Guild, Ronald McDonald House, and Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists (BRASS).
Joann’s legacy to son Dean, daughter Sia, son-in-law Tim Ruppert and her three grandchildren is a commitment to giving back with time and energy to their community, as she believes the greatest gift of all is in giving to others.